Tuesday, October 20, 2015

One for the list of Gremlins rules

The most-excellent '80s movie, Gremlins, had three rules for the protagonist to follow when caring for the lovable creature that spawns the eponymous gremlins—do not expose the Mogwai to bright lights or sunlight which will kill it, do not let it get wet (1), and never feed it after midnight (2).

Here's a new one. Never, ever attempt to sync a smart phone before work. 

I foolishly thought it would be easy and it was not. I woke to find the sync I had set up the night before didn't activate because there was a button I had to click to start it so I started it there and then because I needed to rip a voice memo off it. 

It did not work. I worked myself into a total panic state trying, and failing, to sync my phone and ended up stress crying in the end room. 

I realised I could use headphones to access the file and not rip it to CD and even though that's a pain—the touch screen interface gives you limited control of moving around the file—but it was better than the alternative of my hideous phone unable to sync.

It's been a stressful few days and this seemed like the icing on a particular cake of shit.

But, despite the stress cry before work I had a good day even though I had so much to do and so many meetings to go to. It helped having a lessons learned chat with a colleague.

It's horrid feeling overwhelmed like that, to fall over on one thing and then because multiple stressors have landed you end up having a big stress cry over that particular thing—but in reality it's really over everything.
I have to cut myself some slack—it was a fuck-load of stress—and I am, after-all, only human ... even if a supra one.

I bet Superman has had his cry-cry moments, foetal and sobbing in his ice fortress over a combo of Lois Lane love business and having to repeatedly battle egomaniacal cock-spanks like Lex Luthor and Brainiac

So I'm in good company.


(1) That causes the Mogwai to spawn copies of itself. 
(2) And that turns a Mogwai into a gremlin. Though I admit the last rule is somewhat rubbery given when exactly one considers midnight to be and, of course, biologically how a response could occur with a temporal trigger. I'm sure a zoologist, or cryptozoologist in this case, can answer that. Get onto it, cryptozooies!

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