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Personal Update - 8/11/2014

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Lona G (80)
Monday August 11, 2014, 3:50 am
Sorry that you start to feel numbed by this daily overload of InsaniTEA, TomCat, but I think I can understand it quite well. Although very few are exposed to the same amount of Right Wing nastiness as you are day in day out, from some comments and from my own experience I gather that at times people just don't know how to react anymore. After another Republican is going somewhere where no sane person has gone before - or insane man, for that matter - it is hard to muster surprise or a novel reaction. How many words are there to describe the depravity of these people after all?
I'm sure it is part of the GOP tactics to just wear down the left in the hope that some of their malicious insanity will slip through unnoticed or that liberals just give up and won't bother to vote in 2014-2016. Pretty depressing thought, isn't it? But I'm also very sure you'd never let it come to that and that in a day or two your saturation level has come down enough to get really worked up again about the next level of InsaniTEA. And so will we :-).

In the meantime, stay off the fags, TomCat. That is one area you can't let your guard down, not even for a day, so stay strong.

JL A (281)
Monday August 11, 2014, 6:34 am
Respite time is essential for all types of work, especially that which affects emotions, to avoid burnout.

Similar to gangs, the TP mindset includes many who are at, and may never get beyond, the wannabe level which is pure mimicry and/or repeats of others and thus "nothing new under the sun."

Me, it isn't TP but I'm paying attention to Hawaii's primary because it reflects several dimensions of interest: a changing of the guard, response to a single choice that was not one exemplifying the moral high ground and, perhaps, race-related voting patterns.

Winn A (179)
Monday August 11, 2014, 6:46 am
Take good care of yourself Tom Cat.

Pat B (356)
Monday August 11, 2014, 7:12 am
I understand your burnout. Sometimes, it's important to just stand back and take a deep breath. After all, day in and day out, the TeaBuggery and InsaniTEA is still there, which is most unfortunate. Have a 'me' day, and enjoy the day. You certainly deserve it. Take good care, Tom.

Gloria p (304)
Monday August 11, 2014, 7:23 am
Little dog lead puzzle time: 3:42.

I suspect there isn't much news because of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq. The tea baggers can't say that President Obama is a Muslim will not help Christians.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Monday August 11, 2014, 9:30 am
5:06 It's not the same, but it reminds me a little of a cat who, the first time I tried a harness on him, was convinced he was crippled for life. Cats are so dramatic. He traveled the entire length of the hall lying down, putting one paw out inti the carpet and then dragging himself along, like a pullup (the exercise, not the underwear), over and over. He almost had me convinced. But my mother wasn't. She found a piece of cellophane, went to the living room, and crumpled it - a sound he loved more than the can opener - and he was back in the living room in a blue streak. Then the expression changed to embarrassment. "Busted!"

No one with a heart can get through the news unscathed. It just built up and hit you - and perhaps with a touch of writer's block for good measure. Do something as uplifting as possible. It would be great if you could spend some time with your guys without going through the hassle of getting there and back (not to mention breaking the schedule). But I know you'll think of something.

Lynn Squance (235)
Monday August 11, 2014, 3:49 pm
2:53 Cute dog for a dog. My kids are cuter! I was at physio this morning and a little chihuahua/pomeranian mix named Parker gave me the once over as he smelled cat. He got so excited that I have scratches on my leg now. He comes to worker with his massage therapist mother and is quite the little therapy dog.

Remember a while back I said it was all getting to me and I didn't know how you put up with all the political BS? Your answer was: I write about it to get it out of my system. I am not suggesting keep writing the blog. But maybe write a little humour, or write what you would really like to say but can't for civilities sake. This is writing just for you, not for us. In addition, have relaxing day or days with lemonade as Nameless says, and maybe some of that high octane chili you like.

Here is a little offering that I posted on Care2. It is fun, no stress and easy on the eyes.

Bella and Bubbles: An Unlikely Inseparable Pair Cuteness Overload Warning

See you when you're ready to come back. We'll be here.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Monday August 11, 2014, 9:56 pm
Thank you

Carrie B (306)
Monday August 11, 2014, 10:48 pm
Do you have any idea how many of us share your feelings about what is going on in our Country and the world. It boggles the mind and makes me wonder if I have just been blind my entire life or things really have changed that much.

Shirley S (187)
Monday August 11, 2014, 11:29 pm
Have a NICE timeout & then you will BOUNCE back for another round.

TomCat S (129)
Monday August 11, 2014, 11:43 pm
Thanks guys! I'm back! :-)

Robert O (12)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 12:33 am
Thanks Tom. Be well.

Cheree M (46)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 6:16 am
hope you get to feeling better soon, noted, thanks TomCat.. :)

David C (131)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 8:50 am
a day off once in a while is a good thing....I think thats why God (if there is really one) created a day off every week.....

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 9:29 am
Ah, TC, how could you not be overwhelmed at times? I have entire days when I cannot bear to talk to another human or watch yet another news story or read yet another piece of disturbing yadda yadda. Being a shining light in a time of darkness gets exhausting but you do a fabulous job, TC, and we all admire you, need you, respect you, and yeah, love you.

Chris C (152)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 11:56 am
Be well, Tom. I completely understand. Deep depression runs in my family and I thought I was the only lucky one it had missed after so many years of a very tough life. Then I started my animal/political activism and suddenly found myself, after a 6yr saturation of it, feeling depressed and experiencing vertigo. I got a little medicine and am feeling good now and,after surviving 6 mo of vertigo, my head is clear. I was advised to give up the activism - no can do! THis is my way to give back and to magnify my soul. We really DO appreciate you, Tom!

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 2:27 pm
I fully understand the burnout, Cat Man. Even though you wanna stay informed and share with us, you need to heed your inner self--take a much deserved break my peep. You more than earned it. Take care of your self so you can come back recharged and ready to bite their TEAfected lower ends with a vengeance! We will wait.....

James Maynard (84)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 9:13 pm
Thanks for your dedication TC!
Am back in Maz after visiting
friends in Alberta and now trying
to catch up.
Too slow puzzle time......
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