Thursday, July 25, 2019

I'll Procrastinate Later.

In the fourteen-or-so months (YIKES!) since I last posted, things have happened (as they are wont to do). Things I meant to sit down and write about but lacked the focus needed to apply myself to the task. Incidentally, "lacks the focus needed to apply himself" was a regular note my teachers left in my report cards back in the day.

Some things, you never outgrow.

Sure, I can make a lot of excuses as to why I didn't have time to blog. Tons of them! I could talk about how hard things got with my slow crawl to a Mass Communications degree and how not getting enough sleep didn't really seem like a problem in my thirties but my forties don't like it so much (I'd just turned forty when I last posted and hadn't truly started to feel the effects). At the end of the day, though, I just kept putting it all off.

That doesn't discredit the other things that have happened, however.

For one thing, school is tough on a working adult! A lot of you can attest to this. I reached the point where I suffered clear sings of burnout and developed a acute aversion to sitting down to do my assignments. Too bad you don't get to just throw your hands up and quit and still call yourself a proper adult. I totally would have done that, believe me.

So there was that... but the main thing that was giving me an excuse to put off writing was the flood.

Yup! Flood.

And I'm not talking about a flooded bathroom again. I mean a real, honest-to-goodness, house-under-water deluge.

Coming down to the end of last October - four days after our fifteenth wedding anniversary - Mrs C and I lost pretty much all our material possessions to a massive flood. Nearly everything we had accumulated over those fifteen years was gone after two days of freakishly heavy rain that left our community (as well as many other parts of our tropical paradise) under water for nearly two more days.

In our house the water got as high as five feet while others in other parts of our community saw as much as ten feet. I can't say we were the lucky ones, though. Be it five feet or ten, if you live in a flat everything you own is toast. Soggy, muddy toast.
Alas, poor Adella! I hardly knew ye!
Mrs C and I weren't home, fortunately. The rain caused a traffic nightmare in most of the country and, as a result, we were stranded in the capital where we both work. Kawaii - you remember Kawaii, right? - was the only one home and she was able to swim to safety and wait out the flood on top someone's pickup. The little so-and-so actually came right back to our street the same day all the the water had finally receded and met up with us when we were finally

able to get back in.

After several months and thousands of dollars, however, we were able to finally get back to some semblance of the life we had (though we still haven't replaced the TV and dinner table).

In some good news, I have finished with school (without having to throw my hands up and quit). By November I'll graduate and have my very own bachelor's degree! Not so comforting is the fact that, nowadays, everybody and his brother have degrees so to even consider myself marketable I'll have to jack back in and go for my master's.

Later.

7 comments:

  1. It's nice to see a familiar face post! I've been "not blogging" as well but I really don't have any excuse. I lost my job last year, have attempted freelancing, and now see the value in a permanent position. I'm so sorry to hear you lost your home in a flood, but I'm glad everyone in your household is safe. Here's to a much better rest of the year - congrats on the degree!

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    1. Thanks and sorry to hear the about the job loss. I'm trying not to be in a similar situation myself as my contract is coming to an end in a few months. Just like you, permanent employment is looking pretty good to me too.

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  2. Wow! That sounds horrible. Flooding is something I fear here. Half of the town I live in (Hội An,Vietnam) is completely underwater every year. The locals know how to deal with it and are well prepared, but it seems like a nightmare to me. So, we only rent apartments that are supposedly above the flood plane.

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    1. Some of the houses here are two story while others are built on stilts so the neighbors in those were above the water level & did not lose as much. They still describe it as a nightmare, though. Having to be rescued by boat is not fun & some even had houses crammed with people who couldn't make it out before the water got too high.

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  3. I'm so sorry about all that you lost and all that it takes to get back to some semblance of life as it was. Now that you're done with school (congratulations!), you'll be blogging regularly again, right?

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    1. That's the plan. If nothing else, I'm serious about giving it serious consideration.

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  4. Oh this is awful. Glad your humour made it through another difficult time.

    As for the degree, I can absolutely relate. I just finished my master's and I am thrilled. Before I started, I remember reading a tweet that went something like, "just completed my master's aka sitting for two years." To avoid that, I learned to walk and read at the same time. I have made thousands of laps around my dining room table and my wife wanted to kill me but it worked. Hang in there. November will be here soon.

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