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What's scarier, zombies or Congress? [Oct. 1st, 2013|11:04 am]
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Neither is scarier than the ill-informed but certain.

I’m going to take a page out of my favorite Liar’s playbook and back away from Facebook until this budget thing is resolved. I mean, I’ve carefully crafted an Actual Friends list where it’s only family & friends that I really care about, or are funny, smart and interesting. There’s a huge overlap thankfully. So I’m protected from all of the uninformed, uneducated (and I don’t necessarily mean school-learning here) morons that clearly have no idea how government works, what this fight is about, what the repercussions really are, or are using this to push some crazy-expletive agenda that is only barely related to the budget and shutdown. Except that the micro-pates are still COMMENTING on my actual friends’ pages. It’d be simple to wish that my actual friends not start anything, and I do sort of wish that, but that’s pure selfishness and they should go ahead and do what makes them happy. I have plenty of other things to attend to, THAT’S for darn sure!

Although what really cheeses me off is that for the first time in almost two decades, I made arrangements to take a tour of what used to be called the Front Royal Conservation Center, (its mission has expanded, and that’s cool, but I haven’t internalized the new name yet) which is where a lot of the endangered species are being bred and studied. It’s only open once a year. And finally, this year, it was on a weekend where I could actually go, and I got tickets before they were sold out. Yeah, this Sunday. And if the government doesn’t open back up, guess what’s not happening. Except of course, it might. Or not. I do NOT have room in my head to run two completely separate logistical plans for the weekend. And I’m resentful as hell. I mean, that’s nothing compared to people who are here in the nation’s capital for a vacation or field trip. I mean, okay, so I have to wait until next year and I’m out the $30 (because you know they’re going to reschedule for a weekend I can’t do it…), I’ll get over it, but I’m mostly obsessing on THAT because it’s a safe place of my head to be…a controllable outrage that makes me feel self-indulgent and small if I think just enough about it.

I also realized that now is probably not a good time to be watching the U.S. version of House of Cards, as that’s just a one-way ticket to the pit of despair over politics. So, last night – Monday being TV night, once I mow the lawn, make dinner, clean the litter boxes, throw in laundry, and wash the faire dishes – I switched over to watching the Walking Dead. That’s better. I much prefer having nightmares about zombies.

And it was timely – I was actually considering breaking down and attending a Haunted Attraction this season. And those people wandering through those dark prison hallways, with zombies suddenly coming out of nowhere, reminded me how very, very, very much I HATE being scared. As much as I adore haunted houses – it’s all about making them, enjoying the concept of them, stealing ideas, techniques, etc. But I’m all about the lights-on tours. Going through the house while it’s live, active? ::shudder:: Even knowing all that I know about the design and theory…the startle, the insecurity, working the gap, misdirection, exploiting vulnerability, driving throughput, recognizing drop panels and Pickel designs…I mean, when I walk into a room/scenario, I have a fair idea of exactly what’s going to happen and for me…it doesn’t expletive matter. I’m still nauseous the whole time.

I think I’ll content myself with the 2-D scares of zombies chasing other people on a little screen in the living room, while I build my new man-eating plant.
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[User Picture]From: sequinedlovenun
2013-10-01 03:14 pm (UTC)
I've been gone from Facebook for at least 10 days, on a self-imposed brain cleanse, and have no intention of going back until the budget is settled. The BS that will be flying, either cause me to need to go back on HBP meds or start clicking the delete button in machine gun fashion.
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2013-10-01 04:10 pm (UTC)
Snake Plissken?

We thought you was dead.
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[User Picture]From: sequinedlovenun
2013-10-01 04:12 pm (UTC)
you couldn't be so lucky!
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[User Picture]From: russell_moore
2013-10-01 06:36 pm (UTC)
"morons that clearly have no idea how government works, what this fight is about, what the repercussions really are, or are using this to push some crazy-expletive agenda that is only barely related to the budget and shutdown"

so, you have seated members of congress following you on Facebook?
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