lost time incident 65
Greetings to each and every one of your inboxes! It’s so great to be here, taking up space next to all the special offers you get from every business you’ve ever made the mistake of giving your email address. I hope this is one of the emails you look forward to, even though we’re not giving you coupons. On the plus side, we’re also not asking for money.
Unless that’s something we could do. Should we be asking for money? Do you have too much money? Because I absolutely have ideas for non-essential things that money-that-wasn’t-mine could be spent on.
Did you know that the majority of funds raised by sites like GoFundMe now are for healthcare costs? There are so many people in dire straits and their only option is to funnel as much money as they can from their peer group (and generous strangers) into the coffers of insurance companies and healthcare providers.
It wouldn’t be so bad if we knew that the average healthcare provider was, say, blowing fat stacks on Etsy and supporting artists. Keeping non-profits open for the coming year with their giant charity checks. Building schools. Sponsoring libraries. But they don’t. They just take our money and they eat and digest it and form health cocoons that they enter to transcend their human form and disappear to live among the stars.
I assume. I don’t know anyone who works in healthcare, or insurance, so I can’t confirm that’s 100% true.
Anyway, I promise you this: If I get a fatal and/or expensive disease, I am 100% starting a GoFundMe, but none of that money is going to healthcare. I am only spending the money collected on stupid stuff. Like: I’ll pay someone $50 for a nice stick, I don’t care. I don’t even need a stick, but dang, if it’s nice? $50, gimme. It ain’t my money. Who cares. Bury me with that stick.
I’ll turn on a webcam and try to make a papier mache of my face with paste and $100 bills. I’ll fail, too. So what. I don’t know anything about papier mache. I had to Google how to spell it.
Anyway. Thanks for reading. This week, my brain has been full of Lovecraft-style cosmic horror and the banality of social media. Due to the curse of literacy, know that if you continue, your brain will also be full of the same things. TURN BACK NOW, soft-hearted children! It’s your last chance!
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a fun quiz for friends
This is just a bit of fun! Copy and paste for your friends. Can you fill this out honestly?
Last time you were kissed: Today
Have you ever held hands during a fireworks show? Yes
Favorite song: “Hey Ya”
Have you ever traveled out of your country? Yes
Have you ever felt a pressure pushing in on the walls of the world from some cold other place? Yes
Favorite kind of music: The haunting music, a humming from the stars, getting ever closer
Can you hear me? Can you hear me calling from this dark place? Yes
Favorite color: A color I can’t name. Words fail.
Cats or dogs? It is all beasts. It has all names.
Can you help? No
When’s the last time you had a crush? The pressure is unbearable.
Can you help? Yes. Yes, I can help. I can share the message. I can quiet the humming. I will let everyone know.
True friends will copy & paste & tag [all] people so they can fill this out as well! Fun!
this town’s carnival
The Carnival came to town and they’ve got all the rides. The Slide of Mirrors. Fish Throw. The Widening Gyre. Pick the Brick. Goldfish Graduation Ceremony. The House of Spooks. Kiss Tunnel 4000.
The guy who works the booth smokes too much. In the haze, you can barely see the balloons you’re throwing darts at, the open mouth clowns you’re spraying water at, the criminals working off their community service by dodging softballs. Mostly dodging.
The dunk tank is full of Dr. Squib because that’s the town’s biggest employer. All the brown noses trying to get dunked. Making their resumes soggy.
I hate this town.
ending theme song
You want to know the craziest thing about that online quiz piece above? I posted it, thinking the joke was obvious: Both the questions and the responses speak to some outerdimensional, malevolent force acting on the poster. But someone actually reposted it! And added their answers! And then, someone else ALSO answered it!
Crazy, man. So you can’t underestimate the lure of those dumb online quiz things.
“But Michael,” you may be thinking. “What did they answer to questions such as ‘Have you ever felt a pressure pushing in on the walls of the world from some cold other place?'” Well, I’ll tell you.
One of them just said “Nope.” Fair enough.
The other person: “Maybe.” So maybe there’s cause for concern?
That’s for you to decide, dear reader. Let us know in the comments what you think! (There’s no comments.)
With all the fondness a human heart can muster,
—Michael Van Vleet
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