I indicated briefly on Friday that I had what I thought was a migraine brewing. As I kind of expected, it swung into full-on head pain/fog/hangover without the benefit of alcohol/oh-my-god-i-feel-like-crap-for-days by the end of the workday. It really got going on the drive home, where I had to pull over and vomit half-way through the trip, then limped home after getting my ass off the interstate.
I spent a lot of time hiding in the dark afterwards. I (probably against my better judgement) took a road trip with the family on Saturday, though spent the whole trip hiding in the middle row of the van with my eyes closed/head down/not looking at the road. Sunday, I didn’t move, or even get dressed. I barely left the couch until Sunday evening, again, sitting in the dark, with Netflix’s library of Person of Interest playing with the sound way down (it’s a dark palatte show, I could manage).
Oh, did I mention that my nerves were fried, and I may have melted down more than once? Yeah, that happened.
Today is Monday. I slept okay, so I went to work (because there’s a bunch of meetings I have to call into, and people are using my building who might like to gain access to it). We’ll see how it goes.
In the meantime, a bunch of stuff happened in the world while I was looking the other way.
Politics: Tim Kaine indeed got selected to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate. I was going to vote for Clinton anyway, but now I’m kind of enthusiastic about it. I’ve been watching Kaine his whole career (I’ve been around the RVA since his city council days), and I’ve seen lots of good things. He’s pleasant, smart, successful, way more liberal than most people give him credit for (a Jesuit education will do that to you – his entire worldview is pointing toward Social Justice and ending poverty), and gets good stuff done (which, as a Democrat in Virginia, which isn’t all that blue outside of the interstate corridors, means something). He’s good people, and should be good for the country.
More Politics: Debbie Wasserman Schultz steps down as DNC chair after a bunch of DNC emails get leaked indicating (as most observers were pretty sure of all along) that the DNC did not, as it should, remain neutral during the Democratic primary, and actively sabotaged the Sanders campain and championed Clinton’s cause. This is, yeah, a big deal, but we all kind of knew it anyway. I was a Sanders supporter the whole primary season, but as the Senator wasn’t a registered Democrat until very recently, and railed against the establishment the whole way; which isn’t gong to get the establishment’s support; he was always a long-shot, and I think his presence did a lot to pull Clinton to the left. Wasserman-Schultz was a pretty terrible chair anyway (plus, she continually votes to support payday lending which makes her an awful person), so I’m not mad to see her go. this’ll get some traction for maybe half a day until Sanders speaks tonight at the Convention in Philly, and unity will be mostly restored (those rabid Sanders meme-makers bitching up a storm probably weren’t going to vote anyway).
Popcomiganza: my friend Dan Nokes, by all appearances, had a great success with his first-annual POPCOMIGANZA convention up in Dunkirk MD; I wish I could have made it (see above), though I was happy to be a kickstarter supporter for this con, and I’m happy it went well. Congratulations!
San Diego Comicon News: the other big pop culture event of the weekend was over on the other coast. Lots of neat pop culture news came out of it. While I’ve been likewarm on DC’s Murderverse so far, the footage from Justice League and Wonder Woman looked…not bad. The JL bit even worked in a bit of humor. A general lack of charisma Vacuum Henry Cavill helped – there are some charming actors in this project; with no Supes around, they actually get to be kind of entertaining.
More SDCC: Some pretty cool stuff on the Marvel front as well – new footage for Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, and, it seems, Spider-Man: Homecoming, a bunch of casting confirmations, including Brie Larson as Captain Marvel (don’t really know much about her), BlacK Panther folks (Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger? okay), and Star-Lord’s father revealed as Kurt Russel as Ego The Living Planet, which is just the kind of weird I need in my life. Oh yeah – Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes) on Agents of SHIELD – I’ll take it.
There’s probably other stuff in the world to react to as well, but I haven’t gotten there yet. Maybe I will when my head clears.