Animals, Calvin and Hobbes, Heartbreak, Nature, Prosecco

A Real Life Calvin and Hobbes Moment

I grew up loving Calvin and Hobbes. It’s hard to believe now that the strip ended in 1995 because some of the strips are still totally relevant today. Sadly, today the relevant cartoon was heartbreaking.

There is a Calvin and Hobbes strip where Calvin finds a baby racoon injured on the ground.  He takes it in and keeps it warm, hoping that the little guy would pull through.  Sadly, the Racoon dies, leaving Calvin bereft.

This strip always left quite an impression on me, even as a kid when I first read it, but now as an adult, I can see even more how this is a very special story.  Cartoons about kids very rarely touch on the theme of death.  Whether you feel that it’s not appropriate for children, eventually kids have to understand about death, because none of us are getting out of here alive.

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I was always the kid who found injured birds and hedgehogs and brought them home hoping I could nurse them back to health.  They always died, but there was always hope.  And it seems at nearly 38 years old, I’ve never lost that hope.

I found this little guy pretty worse for wear in the extremely hot weather near my house (and close to some of the neighbourhood cats).

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I’m not sure what type of bird he was.  I’m pretty sure the local cats had been at him, and he was almost gone when I found him ( I love cats, but bloody hell they are sods at times).  He was only in my life for the shortest time, but he has broken my heart, just as those animals did as a child.  But I’m not going to stop hoping, because I dread to think what type of person I’d be if I did.  Because you never know, one day I might save one.

Now excuse me whilst I go look for prosecco.

 

Disability, fibromyalgia, Hypermobility, Mobility Issues, My Life, Theme Parks

Do I Risk it or Don’t I

I’ve been a rollercoaster junkie ever since I first went on the Tower of Terror at the now defunct Camelot theme park in Lancashire, England back when I was a mere 10 year old.

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Now this takes me back…

Since then I have been to many a theme park here in the UK. Frontierland Morecambe Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Chessington World of Adventures, Flamingo Land, and a few others I’ve probably forgotten.  The closest Theme Park to me now is Blackpool Pleasure Beach, which I have visited many a time.  My mum has never forgiven me for the time we were on the Log Flume there, when I was up front, and at the last second on the way down the main drop I ducked down so she got a face full of water.  And then there is Valhalla, a Viking themed water ride, where the sign says ‘You May Get Wet on this Ride’, and that turned out to be a total understatement and I took a few hours to dry out.

It’s been a few years since I last went to a theme park, and recently I have seen a videos of Blackpool Pleasure Beaches newest rollercoaster.  It’s my 38th birthday on the 4th June, and I thought that maybe a day out at Blackpool would be a perfect way to celebrate.  Until G pointed out that breaking too hard in the car throws my back into spasm.  So maaaaaaybe it’s not the best idea.  I guess I’ll never know until I try, but when the cost of trying is at best painful and at worst, absolute agony whilst I’m laid up for a few weeks, I guess I have to be sensible.

However being sensible has never been my strong point.  We shall see.

Interestingly enough, an Urban Explorer got into the abandoned Camelot theme park a few years ago.  It’s sad to see the place I spent many a happy day in during my childhood like this, but also quite interesting.

degenerative disc disease, Disability, fibromyalgia, Hypermobility

“You Must Be Feeling SOOOOOO Much Better In This Weather!!”

It’s been the hottest day of the year in some parts of Britain today.  I’m not sure whether this has been the case in Lancaster, UK, where I have spent most of today, but it certainly felt like it to me.

Today I have been to a wedding, which was very nice (I wish my sister in law and her husband all the best).  It’s been a lovely day, the sun is shining, there isn’t a cloud in the sky… But I’m sat here praying for a thunderstorm.

People automatically assume that people with illnesses like mine suffer during cold weather, and feel better in warm weather.  But this isn’t always the case.  I love winter.  Cold weather doesn’t affect me, and up until I started using a walking stick, I loved snow.  In hot weather, I feel like death warmed up.  I can’t control my temperature, and I hurt all over.  At least when it’s cold you can put more on.  there is only so much I can take off to keep cool before I get arrested for indecent exposure and trust me, you do not want to see that.   Right now, I am

a) Praying for a thunderstorm

or

b) Wanting to emigrate to the Arctic Circle

The next person who says I must be feeling better in this hot weather better be able to out run me (tbh it’s not hard).

Now please excuse me whilst I go and find a chest freezer to lie in.

Books, Discworld, Geek, RIP, Sir Terry Pratchett, Towel Day, Wear Lilac

May 25th

It’s May 25th. It’s a bittersweet day for geeks like me.

Towel Day

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Two weeks after Douglas Aadams’s death, fan organised a memorial on 25th May 2001. And it’s carried on every year since.

So why a Towel Day? Why not Loofa Day? Well, it’s all to do with The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, arguably one of Douglas Adams most recognised works.

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So, RIP Douglas Adams. We still miss you. And I’ll keep my towel on me.

Wear the Lilac Day

Terry Pratchett is possibly my favourite author of all time. I aspire to be like Granny Weatherwax as I grow older. I was devastated by his Alzheimers diagnoses, and even more devastated by his death in 2015.

After his death, Wear Lilac Day was set up. In Pratchetts Discworld Novels, certain members of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, and a few others around the city, wore a sprig of lilac. The 25th of May was the day that they remembered those who fought and fell for hardboiled eggs, truth, justice and reasonably priced love, who died – and in Reg Shoe’s case rose and kept fighting – in the Glorious Revolution of Treacle Mine Road. After his death, Terry Pratchetts fans decided that the 25th May should also be Wear Lilac Day to commemorate him, and raise money for Alzheimers Research. Donations can be made here.

GNU Sir Terry Pratchett. Mind how you go.