Life in the Land of the Rising Sun

Thursday, August 23, 2007

What Do You Do?

What do you do...

...when you finally get time to get things done, but you can't find the motivation to do anything?

...when you finally get something difficult done right, but then the equipment breaks?

...when you suddenly start being asked to do things you were told never to do again?

...when you suddenly start getting lots of strange and unwarranted attention, and you have no idea why?

...when you're told you should have been doing something you were once punished for doing?

...when you're threatened with punishment for doing something you were always praised for doing?

...when something which is valuable, but only to you, strangely (suspiciously, more like) turns up missing right when someone asks out of the blue to see it?

...when something you made is taken from you and given to someone else who then takes all the credit?

...when someone whose acquaintance you valued suddenly turns into a frosty, ass-kissing, rule-quoting rodent?

...when someone working closely with you on an important project (that you started) suddenly disappears without warning or explanation?

...when people working closely with you on an important project (that you started) first close you out of the loop and then stab you in the back?

...when people you have always trusted show in no uncertain terms that they have never trusted you?

...when your world is suddenly turned sideways because of something you apparently did but don't know how or why?

...when your world is suddenly turned upside down because of things that have nothing whatever to do with you?

...when the bad guy wins?

...when the hopeless, blithering idiot keeps taking all the bows?

...when your support becomes part of the problem?

...when your problems seem to be your chief means of support?

...when you have nothing better to do than write whiny blog posts?

...when you run out of beer?

Durian, anyone?


  • Remember that "Call of Cthulhu" (your version) rocks.

    Think of all the wacky things your kids have said that made you smile.

    Think of what first made you know you loved your wife.

    Remember all those rapscallions you knew from decades ago who still come here to give you a hard time all in the name of friendship and fellowship.

    Remember all of those kids you've molded into better people because you wouldn't give up on them.

    Think of how many of us admire you for what you've accomplished in this life. More than just me do so I think.


    I hope that puts an emotional dent in some of the injustices you are enduring right now.

    By Blogger Don Snabulus, at 1:25 AM  

  • Blimey, that stinks. And I'm not referring to the durian.

    I have noticed that a lot of stupid things happen as September approaches. Hopefully soon things will begin to straighten out. It may be part of the general malaise the world is suffering at the moment.

    But all my "music of the spheres" blabbering aside, I like the things that Don Snabulus said to you. Good stuff there.

    Chin up Minstrel!

    By Blogger Olivia, at 5:44 AM  

  • Well, as quickly as possible I get on my BUELL and ride. If you can ride it out, all lifes problems seem to be held at arm length at least until you get back. In the case of inclement weather I drive the car with the radio UP with a pumping rhythm to pick up the physical heart rate and the emotional heart rate. As for the Durian, man I have not seen one of those since I was in Singapore! A nasty smelly fruit indeed.

    By Anonymous The Intrepid Adventurer, at 5:58 AM  

  • This sometimes happen when you air your dirty laundry in public. People have strong opinions. Those who support what you do will give you praise and give you favors. Those who are suspicious about what you do will wonder if they will be written baout in your blog. I would say that your LITLORS has become for more popular than you believe it is. It may not have been seen by everyone you know yet, but they know about it and will find it soon. You have two choices ahead of you. Surrender, and remove the blog from the Internet, or face the music like a brave man, and defend what you think. That is what defines a true author.

    Of course, as a gaijin, it just might be that because you are an American, and people have opposing views about the war in Iraq, that you are being blamed for something you had nothing to do with.

    This, I think, is the reason why autobiographies are done when one is very late in years. Most of the suspects have abated.

    By Blogger Maximilian Strange, at 8:06 AM  

  • Snabulus
    Thanks, buddy! I'm feeling better already!

    (Hmm...maybe I need to do a remake of that...)

    You're right. It seems like September is the time we are able to judge whether it has been a good year or not, because that's when either good kids suddenly go bad or bad kids suddenly turn good. It's also a time for general, random weirdness.

    Well, no BUELL here, but I have my BLUE RAV4...and a room full of fun noisemakers! :-)

    And heeeeeere's another well-meaning but presumptuous (and off the mark) lecture! You clearly assumed I was talking about the recent blog blunder incident. You were 85% mistaken. Only three of the statements I made had any connection to that, directly or indirectly. The rest have to do with a number of different things, most of which I haven't mentioned on this site (and probably shouldn't).

    Thanks anyway, old buddy!

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 2:05 PM  

  • Let the world go by and enjoy that durian.

    By Blogger Happysurfer, at 4:54 PM  

  • love durian!!! yummy....

    Interesting questions though ;)

    By Blogger Selba, at 4:56 PM  

  • Read wierd non-fiction. The wierder the better. Nothing like someone whose brain is on Betelgeuse trying to give their god-within an extreme makeover to restore your sense of utter superiority and faith in the genius of Sigmund Freud.

    Not that there's anything wrong with Betelguesians . . .

    If that fails, wear silly underwear. You can't be too serious in silly underwear.

    Hfjdefwy? Must be Betelgeusian for fruit salad.

    By Blogger Phillipa Scratch, at 4:32 AM  

  • when the hopeless, blithering idiot keeps taking all the bows?

    ...when your support becomes part of the problem?

    ...when your problems seem to be your chief means of support?

    ...when you have nothing better to do than write whiny blog posts?

    ...when you run out of beer?

    lol Moody Minstrel
    so life treating you good
    and things looking up

    running out of beer though, that's unforgivable. Don't you have 24 hour liquor stores or petrol stations in Japam. If not keep a bottle of wine or saki at hand.

    Be Prepared!
    Get a bottle of Scotch

    By Blogger QUASAR9, at 8:03 AM  

  • I do the Soupy Shuffle.

    (a bottle of Scotch helps)

    By Blogger Pandabonium, at 1:10 PM  

  • I see you've shed the South Park dude and taken on a samurai avatar! Well done, cheer you up any?

    By Blogger Olivia, at 10:19 PM  

  • Thank you all for being support that isn't part of the problem!

    Now, speaking of strange and unwarranted attention, why am I suddenly getting more than twice my usual number of hits per day, almost all from the U.S., most from the East Coast?


    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 11:01 PM  

  • Make that FIVE TIMES my usual number of daily hits...

    No sign of me on Fark, though...

    By Blogger The Moody Minstrel, at 11:03 PM  

  • Get Google Analytics. It will tell you what sites are referring to your web page. I suspect that some of those hits might be coming from Maximilian's Space Ship Garage.

    By Blogger Maximilian Strange, at 11:59 PM  

  • To quote E.T. "OUCH"

    By Blogger Swinebread, at 1:03 PM  

  • nope, no durian for me please, I am allergic

    In fact, I am allergic to pain too...

    but somehow cannot avoid.

    By Blogger Robin, at 6:09 PM  

  • moody, this posts makes me wanna give you a hug! this crap sounds like the same stuff i had to put up w/ at the ministry of state here. it was my first "real" job and they were ALL out to get me and i had no clue as to why, unless doing a good job is a means to an end ... but i guess it was showing up the idiots... so what did i expect!

    i'm outta beer too and ramadan is about to start.... dang dang dang.

    love this post.

    By Blogger Um Naief, at 12:44 AM  

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