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Ugh, managed to stave it off quite a while, but I finally caught the 'rona.
That sucks. COVID hit me pretty hard when I had it last year.

I've got the flu, but so far it seems pretty mild.
 
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Good luck. Being sick sucks, especially around the holidays. May it be mild and may it depart quickly.
That sucks. COVID hit me pretty hard when I had it last year.

I've got the flu, but so far it seems pretty mild.
It's not too bad. Kind of like a mild flu mixed with a cold. Fortunately I'm quintuple vaxxed and just a resilient varmint in general. Weirdest and most annoying part is my calves feel really sore, so it's a little uncomfortable to walk.
 
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It's not too bad. Kind of like a mild flu mixed with a cold. Fortunately I'm quintuple vaxxed and just a resilient varmint in general. Weirdest and most annoying part is my calves feel really sore, so it's a little uncomfortable to walk.
When I got it last year I was double vaxxed.

I ended up with a really bad cough that prevented me from sleeping for like 3 days, a fever, chills and muscle soreness. I was really sick for like a week, and then it took me about another 4 days to fully recover.

My mom on the other hand was fine after 3 days and didn't have anything worse than a sore throat.
 
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I found out my pastor died a few day ago. I didn't know until Saturday. He was great man, and retired in 2020. Died at the age of 88. It sucks that I never got to say a proper good bye. The last time I talked with him was in 2018. He died of pneumonia and cardiac arrest.
 
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Update: The flu that I have is very much not mild.

Last night I got the shakes after playing some games on my PC and had trouble walking down stairs to my bedroom. Also my joints hurt.
 

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Update: The flu that I have is very much not mild.

Last night I got the shakes after playing some games on my PC and had trouble walking down stairs to my bedroom. Also my joints hurt.
Yeah, some weird stuff going around here a couple of weeks ago. About 4 guys that work together on the "second shift" where I work all got covid. My early morning shift all got something as well, but it wasn't covid. We all still have to regularly test, and we were coming up negative. And we all had some sort of respiratory issue that jacked up our mucus production. For about 5 days blowing my nose could produce frankly alarming amounts (and varied colors) of snot. Otherwise though we felt fine.

But seriously, the flu can really suck. It used to be I'd get it about every other year or so, and inevitably I'd feel awful for about 2 days and then I'd be fine. And I never bothered with a flu shot back then. Then I turned 40. Got the flu and it knocked me right down and completely unable to function for about a whole week. So I started getting flu shots, and they have been working for me so far. For the last couple of years I've been getting the 'Travis Kelce double shot.' I've tested positive for covid twice since that, but just like the time I got covid before there was a vaccine, I was asymptomatic (mostly, I think maybe there was some extra fatigue.) Wouldn't have even known I was sick if I weren't regularly getting tested.
 
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I hate LinkedIn and I hate the amount of time I am currently spending on there.

Social media is bad enough, but it's even worse when it's all just posts about corporate culture by people larping as stable and professional individuals. It's extra insufferable.
If it makes you feel any better, there is a growing awareness of this fact.




Anyways, does anyone still listen to actual radio, and are you as annoyed as I am when the blabbermouth DJ likes the sound of their own voice more than the opening chords of the song they’re playing? It’s like, no I don’t listen to the radio for your fluffy small talk, and yes people may want to hear a full song without suffering how awesome you are for managing to shut up right before the artist starts singing. It’s almost like it’s displayed as a talent or challenge among jockeys borne from boredom, because they all do it.
 
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If it makes you feel any better, there is a growing awareness of this fact.




Anyways, does anyone still listen to actual radio, and are you as annoyed as I am when the blabbermouth DJ likes the sound of their own voice more than the opening chords of the song they’re playing? It’s like, no I don’t listen to the radio for your fluffy small talk, and yes people may want to hear a full song without suffering how awesome you are for managing to shut up right before the artist starts singing. It’s almost like it’s displayed as a talent or challenge among jockeys borne from boredom, because they all do it.
Well, as someone who works in actual radio (terrestrial radio is the preferred industry term last time I checked...) yeah, that's kind of how DJ's are. Those of us on the talk side are generally a little salty about it too. Something generally passive aggressive like, "really gotta show it off in the 60 seconds you have to talk before taking another 4 minute break. Must be tough coming up with 8 minutes of content an hour." Putting it in high school terms, DJ's and sales guys are the preppies and jocks, talk side guys and news people are the brainy and geeky know-it-alls, and the sports radio guys are the jocks. Engineers, techs, and producers are the angry blue collar guys who pretty much hate the rest because generally we have to our jobs and be able to do all the others as well.

And does anyone still listen? Honestly, I'm usually surprised by how often outside of work I get recognized. I'm at best a 3rd fiddle on any of the shows I produce, and yet in public if I have to speak up out loud there's generally a chance I'll at least get "you sound familiar." And I get 100% recognized if I'm in a situation where me or anyone says my name out loud. I was stupid enough when I started doing on-air stuff that I didn't pick a nom de guerre. And my parents saddled me with a very unusual name. So I always have to lie about my name at a coffee shop. I don't listen to radio outside of work, but a lot of people still do. But generally, just while they are in a car or work somewhere where a radio is always on.

And all the on air people, all have "radio voice" and love the sound of it. Some even NEVER turn it off. Kind of forgot how I guess. I hate listening to me in a replay or on a promo or commercial. And yet even I have "radio voice." I was just on air enough that over time it developed. I try and keep it to the office only... but more and more find myself talking like that out in the real world. I make the effort though, I don't want to be one of those guys that never turns off the radio voice.

But on thread topic, If any of you are going to become a parent soon. Name your kid Bill. Or Don. Or James. Ann, Sarah, Molly... something easy to spell very common. As someone with a really unusual name... it sucks. You constantly have to explain and spell it to complete strangers... total pain in the ass. It makes you way easier to dox... just don't do it.
 
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If it makes you feel any better, there is a growing awareness of this fact.




Anyways, does anyone still listen to actual radio, and are you as annoyed as I am when the blabbermouth DJ likes the sound of their own voice more than the opening chords of the song they’re playing? It’s like, no I don’t listen to the radio for your fluffy small talk, and yes people may want to hear a full song without suffering how awesome you are for managing to shut up right before the artist starts singing. It’s almost like it’s displayed as a talent or challenge among jockeys borne from boredom, because they all do it.
Well, as someone who works in actual radio (terrestrial radio is the preferred industry term last time I checked...) yeah, that's kind of how DJ's are. Those of us on the talk side are generally a little salty about it too. Something generally passive aggressive like, "really gotta show it off in the 60 seconds you have to talk before taking another 4 minute break. Must be tough coming up with 8 minutes of content an hour." Putting it in high school terms, DJ's and sales guys are the preppies and jocks, talk side guys and news people are the brainy and geeky know-it-alls, and the sports radio guys are the jocks. Engineers, techs, and producers are the angry blue collar guys who pretty much hate the rest because generally we have to our jobs and be able to do all the others as well.

And does anyone still listen? Honestly, I'm usually surprised by how often outside of work I get recognized. I'm at best a 3rd fiddle on any of the shows I produce, and yet in public if I have to speak up out loud there's generally a chance I'll at least get "you sound familiar." And I get 100% recognized if I'm in a situation where me or anyone says my name out loud. I was stupid enough when I started doing on-air stuff that I didn't pick a nom de guerre. And my parents saddled me with a very unusual name. So I always have to lie about my name at a coffee shop. I don't listen to radio outside of work, but a lot of people still do. But generally, just while they are in a car or work somewhere where a radio is always on.

And all the on air people, all have "radio voice" and love the sound of it. Some even NEVER turn it off. Kind of forgot how I guess. I hate listening to me in a replay or on a promo or commercial. And yet even I have "radio voice." I was just on air enough that over time it developed. I try and keep it to the office only... but more and more find myself talking like that out in the real world. I make the effort though, I don't want to be one of those guys that never turns off the radio voice.

But on thread topic, If any of you are going to become a parent soon. Name your kid Bill. Or Don. Or James. Ann, Sarah, Molly... something easy to spell very common. As someone with a really unusual name... it sucks. You constantly have to explain and spell it to complete strangers... total pain in the ass. It makes you way easier to dox... just don't do it.
This is why I prefer listening to music via CDs and MP3s. The only time I have the radio is with Sirius. Some stations do have the talking problem, but it's usually not obnoxious like the FM talkers out there. I have not done regular radio in years.
 
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Well, as someone who works in actual radio (terrestrial radio is the preferred industry term last time I checked...) yeah, that's kind of how DJ's are. Those of us on the talk side are generally a little salty about it too. Something generally passive aggressive like, "really gotta show it off in the 60 seconds you have to talk before taking another 4 minute break. Must be tough coming up with 8 minutes of content an hour." Putting it in high school terms, DJ's and sales guys are the preppies and jocks, talk side guys and news people are the brainy and geeky know-it-alls, and the sports radio guys are the jocks. Engineers, techs, and producers are the angry blue collar guys who pretty much hate the rest because generally we have to our jobs and be able to do all the others as well.

And does anyone still listen? Honestly, I'm usually surprised by how often outside of work I get recognized. I'm at best a 3rd fiddle on any of the shows I produce, and yet in public if I have to speak up out loud there's generally a chance I'll at least get "you sound familiar." And I get 100% recognized if I'm in a situation where me or anyone says my name out loud. I was stupid enough when I started doing on-air stuff that I didn't pick a nom de guerre. And my parents saddled me with a very unusual name. So I always have to lie about my name at a coffee shop. I don't listen to radio outside of work, but a lot of people still do. But generally, just while they are in a car or work somewhere where a radio is always on.

And all the on air people, all have "radio voice" and love the sound of it. Some even NEVER turn it off. Kind of forgot how I guess. I hate listening to me in a replay or on a promo or commercial. And yet even I have "radio voice." I was just on air enough that over time it developed. I try and keep it to the office only... but more and more find myself talking like that out in the real world. I make the effort though, I don't want to be one of those guys that never turns off the radio voice.

But on thread topic, If any of you are going to become a parent soon. Name your kid Bill. Or Don. Or James. Ann, Sarah, Molly... something easy to spell very common. As someone with a really unusual name... it sucks. You constantly have to explain and spell it to complete strangers... total pain in the ass. It makes you way easier to dox... just don't do it.
Thanks for the added context. I also usually listen to a morning radio show on the way to work and it’s typically enjoyable, so there are instances where the talking is welcomed, or in between songs with some useful news or something. Just would be nice if it was kept out of the songs basically, because more often than not whatever’s being said while the song starts winds up being inconsequential small talk anyways.
 

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But on thread topic, If any of you are going to become a parent soon. Name your kid Bill. Or Don. Or James. Ann, Sarah, Molly... something easy to spell very common. As someone with a really unusual name... it sucks. You constantly have to explain and spell it to complete strangers... total pain in the ass. It makes you way easier to dox... just don't do it.
I have to be really careful about my name online, because I could legitimately be the only person in the world with my full name. (I won't do a search to check.)
 

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I present to you...my latest FIRST WORLD PROBLEM

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Samsung - 57" Odyssey Neo G9 Dual 4K UHD Quantum Mini-LED 240Hz 1ms HDR 1000 Curved Gaming Monitor

is sold out EEEVERYYHWHERE

just when I discovered I need it right now, and I can't continue life without it. My whole year is ruined.

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I have the worst sinus headache I've ever had in my life. It hurts bad enough that I am nearly crying, and I haven't cried in about 20 years.
 

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I have the worst sinus headache I've ever had in my life. It hurts bad enough that I am nearly crying, and I haven't cried in about 20 years.
That's not a sinus headache; that's emotional backup. Haven't cried in 20 years? Go to your room, lock the door, close the blinds, turn off the lights, turn off your phone, and fucking let it out. Cry like no one's watching for a good ten minutes. And when you're done, blow your nose, eat a bag of rusty nails, chase that with a shot of whiskey and a rare steak, and you're back to being a manly man without a hint of weakness or emotional fragility.
 
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That's not a sinus headache; that's emotional backup. Haven't cried in 20 years? Go to your room, lock the door, close the blinds, turn off the lights, turn off your phone, and fucking let it out. Cry like no one's watching for a good ten minutes. And when you're done, blow your nose, eat a bag of rusty nails, chase that with a shot of whiskey and a rare steak, and you're back to being a manly man without a hint of weakness or emotional fragility.
Look I’ll be honest, this is about 70% pretty good advice. Don’t eat the rusty nails though.
 
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