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Cue the familiar and unchallenging classical music - A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
Cue the familiar and unchallenging classical music
The refrigerator at Casa Dos Pedros is having trouble keeping temperatures down at an appropriately preservative level. I'm not exactly sure what's happened between this summer and last, but it's now acting exactly like the one this one replaced a couple of years ago. The going theory is that the thermostat is going, with a subheader noting that there is a distinct lack of grounded outlets in my apartment and kitchen. Neither the warmish fridge nor the questionable power issues are making me happy.

Also not making me happy is the fact that I am stuck in my windowless office on what, on first glance, appeared to have all of the makings of Summer's Best DayTM. Today's exactly the kind of day to be driving around in rolling country in a vintage British convertable with a picnic basket and a bottle of good wine to share with that special someone who just happens to be in the seat next to you. I could keep that image running for a while, but I know a few of you would lose patience very quickly when the baby deer emerge from the forest and bluebirds alight on our shoulders.

What do you have against baby deer?

The question of the day, though, has nothing to do with idyllic days nor decaying appliances. Quite simply, how is it that I can manage to engage in all manner of tedium when it doesn't actually mean anything, but will do everything in my power to avoid it when there's something real at stake? Ponder these things and opine below. In the meantime, I will procrastinate some more.
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cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: July 7th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like pizza. I like bagels. I like hot-dogs with mustard and beer. I'll eat egg-plants. I could even eat a baby deer.

La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la! Who's that baby deer on the lawn, over there?
komos From: komos Date: July 7th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is that from Sausage Plow, or is it a teaser for your upcoming solo album?
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: July 7th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Homer trying to get a job as a food critic. I love the baby deer part.
komos From: komos Date: July 7th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I missed that entirely. Next time, Gadget.
cook_ting From: cook_ting Date: July 7th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll sing it to you. It has a dance and everything.
stochasticgirl From: stochasticgirl Date: July 7th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Today's exactly the kind of day to be driving around in rolling country in a vintage British convertable with a picnic basket and a bottle of good wine to share with that special someone who just happens to be in the seat next to you."

That's quite some imagery there. I'd hit it.

Your QOTD was a little to existential for me, though. I shall wait for some other [more intelligent] people to comment and see what they have to say before forming my own suggestion.
komos From: komos Date: July 7th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll just go back to my Godard films, then. :\

Clear this up for me.... '67 Lotus Elan S3 or '67 Triumph Spitfire MkIII for this particular fantasy?
stochasticgirl From: stochasticgirl Date: July 7th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, that's a tough call. But I'll say the Triumph. Either way, it would be a fabulous fantasy.
clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: July 7th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Quite simply, how is it that I can manage to engage in all manner of tedium when it doesn't actually mean anything, but will do everything in my power to avoid it when there's something real at stake?

"Sometimes persuit of something real is easier if we only THINK about it rather than actually DO something about it. There's no chance of failure if we're only contemplating reality rather than experiencing it."

-- The Book of Klae's Dating Life, Chapter 2, Paragraph 12.
komos From: komos Date: July 7th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am moved only by paralysis, my friend. I am a glacier.
why_style From: why_style Date: July 7th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
i don't exactly know the answer, but i suffer from the same thing all the time (hence, i've been putting off calling my parents for three weeks because they're coming to visit tomorrow), and it could be the pressure involved in something real being at stake. but i think more likely is the fact that tedium to fill up the time doesn't actually feel that tedious because sitting and doing nothing would be even worse, but when you're actually interested in/concerned by the result of the tedium, it becomes even more tedious to wade through to the end. bah, i suppose i make no sense. but there it is.

komos From: komos Date: July 7th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
The short answer is that I am really, really pissed off at how things have gone down, and I am somehow "punishing" the "world" by my inaction. 'Course, the inaction leads to other problems which make me more pissed off and the circle is complete.

I could just as easily used Yoda's ditty to Anakin to explain that. Once you start down the path of the dark side, forever will it consume your destiny and all that.
schizohedron From: schizohedron Date: July 8th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I have to take a guess, from the baby deer and the bluebirds, that the unchallenging classical music might be Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, as used in Fantasia? At least, that's what I hear in my head.

Aggression toward the world via refusal to engage it in the ways it needs to be engaged, along with disappearing into the details of activities that won't move critical things ahead meaningfully. Is this an accurate paraphrase? Even if it isn't, it actually covers a fair chunk of my past 15 years! (Which explains why I've rewritten the same email explaining them a couple of times.)

From what I've read here, you're pretty damn important to a world that includes your local and distant-but-close-via-LJ friends. I think it holds a lot of strength for you and can help counteract the more trivial tedium, whether it be endless administrivia at work or nesting on the home front (which I have a tendency to do when feeling stuck). The man I saw rising to his feet over 4 years of posts seems like the sort of guy who could take on whatever this world you're punishing is throwing at you right now, even if you're not feeling it.

Is there some small element of the outer world you could get your hands around, move forward on, and — by conquering this — get a more confident leg up on the rest? I know that sounds nebulous, but your short answer was (surely out of necessity or privacy) broad in focus.

But I could be massively off base here, so forgive me for presuming anything I don't know. I hope you get two more Perfect Summer Days to help think things through. Or at least more beer.
riverbank From: riverbank Date: July 8th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
i was having outdoor fantasies that day myself.
starboogie From: starboogie Date: July 8th, 2006 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm often the same way about the tedium. I attribute it to fear of actually changing the status quo.

As for your fridge, the one in my old apartment had similar issues cooling until I carted off about four cubic meters of dust bunnies that had colonized the coils in the back. That fixed it real good.

My current fridge is also flaky. But I think this one's just old.
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