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Long, Lost Weekend [Mar. 15th, 2005|07:19 am]
Young Geoffrey
Well. Those were 4 days I'll never see again.

It started on Wednesday, with that familiar tingle at the back of my throat - you know, the one that tickles, only not really; that usually precedes a cold, but not always - yeah, that one.

I actually paid it some heed, which is unusual; normally I only notice little changes in my body in retrospect. I popped vitamins like Laura pops candy, but this time anyway, 17 or 20 grams of C over 36 hours was not enough to repel that barbarian horde.

Friday found me awake early, feeling worse, but determined to carry on. Maybe if I refused to get sick; or, if I was sick already, if I refused to admit I was sick ...

I did some cleaning and laundry in preparation for Saturday's festivities, which chores found me late to work and, worse, already exhausted. Without the energy that had roused me from bed, inertia was dragging me back to it.

By 11:00 I put my phone on hold and mumbled something to Ann about being back shortly.

We have some unused space at the office, relic of our small part in the GreatInterWebBubble of 2000[tm], when my outfit had 3 times the staff. Among the furniture relegated to that space is a long couch. Still wearing my parka (I didn't take it off until I returned home and wrapped myself in bed, shivering in shirt, robe, sheet and down-filled duvet, not to mention a brace of felines desperate to share my bed), I lay down and closed my eyes, thinking a nap might give me the energy to carry on.

I doubt it would have, but in any case, the not-so-comfortable seat, the lack of another parka or two, and the strange (to a wannabe sleeper) sounds from within the building precluded slumber.

I tried a couple of times, even forced myself to have lunch. At about 2:30 I shut down my computer and said to Ann, "I gotta go home", then shuffled out the door, down the steel steps and into the cold toward Queen Street - where the streetcars weren't running. I shuffled all the way to Bathurst before it occurred to me that one of the reasons I have a job is so that I can take a cab home when I'm feeling half-way to death's door.

Laura woke me around 4:30. I heard the key in the lock and rasped a greeting. She entered the room bouncing like a young woman who had had 2 cappucinos too many - which was what she was. She managed to keep me awake until 7:30 or 8:00, at which point I flaked out again.

Long story short, though I woke every couple of hours to give and take liquid, I slept until noon or so. Laura brought me soup and did her best to endure my crankiness. She left around 5 and by 8:00 or so I returned to bed.

Sunday and Monday were more of the same, though I could feel my strength gradually returning. When I awoke this morning, it was not yet 5:00, but I knew there was no return to slumber. My throat is still scratchy, but the dishes are clean and I feel alive again.

Sorry again for the cancelled party, folks. How's early April strike you all? Would a Friday be better than a Saturday?

Meanwhile, if you click the cut, you'll see that not all my sick-time was wasted.

It Wasn't a Complete Loss

And also, apparently, I am ...

<table cellpadding="20">
English Genius

You scored 100% Beginner, 86% Intermediate, 100% Advanced, and 77% Expert!
You did so extremely well, even I
can't find a word to describe your excellence! You have the uncommon
intelligence necessary to understand things that most people don't. You
have an extensive vocabulary, and you're not afraid to use it properly!
Way to go!

Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!

For the complete Answer Key, visit my blog: http://shortredhead78.blogspot.com/. </p>
My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
You scored higher than 62% on Beginner
You scored higher than 14% on Intermediate
You scored higher than 83% on Advanced
You scored higher than 68% on Expert
Link: The Commonly Confused Words Test written by shortredhead78 on Ok Cupid

[User Picture]From: queenofdemons
2005-03-15 01:39 pm (UTC)
well good to hear you are better! Your test there managed to confound me with its results so I've written the blogger to get answers! Thanks for making my morning a tad more interesting than the norm.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-03-16 01:55 am (UTC)
The results confused me a little, too. Let me know what you find out.
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[User Picture]From: queenofdemons
2005-03-16 02:15 am (UTC)
well as yet, no answer - I however got the score of "oddly expert" with 2% Beginner to Advanced and 94% expert! I KNOW I got the others right because I ran it by an Editor Einstein-wanna-be friend of mine. SO I'm disgruntled with littleredhead person.

hmph I say, hmph!
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-03-18 01:56 am (UTC)
I don't suppose I need to mention that the results of these quizzes haven't been published in Nature, do I?
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[User Picture]From: stolen_identity
2005-03-15 01:57 pm (UTC)
hmmmm... i knew you'd be a genius. but for some reason, i was expecting 100% in all categories from you. you let me down ;)
hahaha. kidding :)

hope you're feeling better soon!
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-03-16 01:56 am (UTC)
I was expecting 100% too. Christ, I scored off the scale when I was in grade 7!
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[User Picture]From: stolen_identity
2005-03-16 02:33 am (UTC)
hmm. i wonder how you'll score when you're like... 80 :P
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-03-18 01:54 am (UTC)
I'd like to think I'll be above participating in such ludicrous web-tests by then. :)
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From: venividivici3
2005-03-16 03:39 pm (UTC)


cough*pretentious*cough cough.

Wow, damn that broncitis. Still got a bit of phlegm there, yanno.

I'd have been very surprised if you got a 100%.

And keep in mind that in grade 7, you were being compared to people of your age and gender.

They cought up with you, Young Geoffrey.

on my SSAT's , which used the same marking scheme for vocabulary reading writing and mathematics, i only got 14% in math...lol.

and there were all these crazy analogies...i.e. frog is to kermit as pig is to.... dada da.

Naturally, they werent as easy as that example.

Eh, I was good enough to get into the most prestigious private school in Canada...**branksome hall**

Although, never go there. Ever.

By the way, did you want to actually meet the friend I'll be seeing today? Shes my friend from Branksome, the one that got into Harvard. Naturally, the most conservative of all my friends. I think you two might get along, even if you see eachother briefly.

This was a much longer comment than I had intended...sorry about that...

Xoxo, get back to me if you can.

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[User Picture]From: mirror_untrue
2005-03-15 02:17 pm (UTC)
goddamn that tetris score is impressive!!
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-03-16 01:57 am (UTC)
Well, that's what clean leaving will get'cha.
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[User Picture]From: amaaanda
2005-03-15 03:47 pm (UTC)
Level 55? That's it?! Pfft. And you call yourself a genius.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-03-16 01:57 am (UTC)
Let's see your screen-shot, baby.
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[User Picture]From: sabotabby
2005-03-15 04:11 pm (UTC)
You scored higher than me! Grrr. Although I kicked ass within my demographic profile (I am part of an uneducated generation, it seems.)

Saturdays are almost always better than Fridays for me. If you're looking for input.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-03-16 01:58 am (UTC)
I was looking for input. One vote for Saturday, people!
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[User Picture]From: saoilsinn
2005-03-15 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you're feeling better now.
Welcome back.
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-03-16 01:59 am (UTC)
Thank you. When I stop hacking I'll fight any one of you, with both arms tied behind my back.
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From: venividivici3
2005-03-16 01:42 am (UTC)


You sadistic bastard.

That tetris score is unreal...

I tried again today. I can't seem to get passed level 14 :(

Went to the Doctor today. He said what I was experiencing was normal for the anti-biotics. Apparently they killed off a little too much bacteria...

THat sort of information of side-effects would have been useful a week ago, though. Fucking Quacks man...

Jot me an email tomorrow in the a.m. hours so I can get my act together and know what Im doing and whatnot.

XOxo much love,


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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2005-03-16 02:01 am (UTC)

Re: Tetris

Just give it up, my love; it's not a battle worth fighting.

I'll do what you ask, though - if how I feel now is any indication - I'll be ready for anything you want to throw at me.

(As for the Doctor: isn't there a law that says they have to tell you about possible side-effects?)
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[User Picture]From: vienneau
2005-03-20 04:42 am (UTC)

You scored 100% Beginner, 86% Intermediate, 100% Advanced, and 77% Expert!

You beat me:

"You scored 100% Beginner, 86% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 61% Expert!"

Though I claim weariness for at least one of them. Some of the others actually got me, I was strangely delighted!
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