I’m sorry, what?

March 9, 2005

When I was a kid, I got awful ear infections. The crippling kind that leave you (meaning “me”) rolling back and forth in bed screaming and shrieking like a lunatic with a bullet in his belly. It hurt so bad that I’d get bored of screaming, but couldn’t stop. So they were pretty bad. Now, after bad colds (like the one I just came out of, called “February”), I get this thing where I can’t hear anything in one ear. It’s a kind of obnoxious pressure, like there’s a pencil eraser stuck up against my ear drum. It’s a distinct sensation, a kind of vibrating ache, that is forever linked with those lousy ear infections in my memory.

Without getting into anything gross, I can flush the place out, but it doesn’t do much. I have to wait it out. In the meantime, my ear hurts and I’m all but deaf to one side. I spend days like today piecing sentences together from the vowels I can make out. It’s a frightening disconnect between the physical world, which can get right in my face, and the audible world, which sounds like it’s on the other side of thick glass. So, the people I stand in line with at the check-out counter, for example, sound far away, but appear right behind me with no warning. It puts me on edge. I can sort of hear folks, but not really.

Recent emails suggest that not all of you are able to make out the old Haloscan comment links at the bottom of these posts. Meanwhile, others can, on multiple platforms and multiple different machines. Strange. To test both the operational quality of this option and the limits of your interest in my self-indulgent tomfoolery, I’ve turned on the commenting feature that’s indigenous to the current Blogger software. (I’ve tweaked with the RSS feed on the site, but just a skosh.) Right now, anybody can comment, but when I tire of being hit with beer cans and misspelled pharmaceutical ads from the bleachers I may switch it so that only registered Blogger-types can do it. Please let me know how Blogger’s commenting sub-app works out for you by, you know, using it.

So, in conclusion: I’m only catching some of what you’re saying. Could you please repeat it?

Noise: Gorillaz, “Dirty Harry”

Update: Do you get the blog via an RSS newsreader? Are you getting line breaks or not? Tonight’s fiddlings suggest some posts do and some posts don’t. I’m not sure why that is.



  1. Hi Will:

    I used to get ear infections like that and sometimes still do. I learned to wear a hat or earmuffs anytime it got below 40 degrees, and that helped a lot.

    If you have that kind of blockage in your ear, you may have a bad ear infection, even if it’s not as painful as your childhood versions. This is exactly what happened to me through a good chunk of February. After suffering through it for a week and a half, a quick trip to the doctor scored me a scrip for Zithromax. Days later, sweet relief–especially once the nausesating meds ran through my system.

    As for your site, I get it via RSS. This last post of yours, at least, came through with the line breaks.

    However, when I clicked to the individual post, rather than your main blog page, I don’t get any of the graphics. The main blog page seems fine though.

    Will you be at GTS? Or Nexus (the new name for the Beloit College con)? If you’re going to fly, go to the doctor TODAY. Flying with blocked eardrums will bring you straight back to those screaming earaches you had as a kid. Hope to see you happy and healthy soon!

  2. Have to admit to near total cluelessness when you started spouting off stuff about RSS, etc. I had noticed that I couldn’t find the haloscan link at the bottoms of your posts for the last week or so. I liked the purty french poetry stuff.


  3. Hey Matt,

    Thanks for the warning on the pictures. That’s corrected now.

    I won’t be at GTS (still haven’t left the Vegas airport, dammit) or Nexus, I’m afraid. I don’t really know anyone at Beloit anymore, so there’s no one there to tell me these things or invite me, and I can’t really justify the time or money to send myself to these things. Say hi to GAMA-type folks for me, though. I’m sure I’ll see you at Origins and Gen Con, and I have big plans to be either happy or healthy at those shows.


    I don’t know what’s wrong with the Haloscan comments. I may have to ditch them so that I’m not tracking two categories of comments in the future. I’m glad that you liked the poetry, too! (Hell, I’m just glad you read it!) I don’t write much of that stuff anymore, and when I do now it’s mostly to exercise forms.

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