Out of the Blue

For the past week I've had a real pain in the ass. Literally. I went out with my friends last Friday night, and on the train ride home my butt started to really hurt, right at the top of the hamstring. At first this sounds like sciatica, but all that I've read about this suggests that it isn't, and I think it's just a muscle strain. But as far as I know I didn't do anything to strain it, and it was fine on the walk to the station before flaring up as I sat. I'm generally pretty good at tolerating discomfort, but this was bad enough that I was taking Advil for the next couple of days after that. The only thing I could connect with this is that I'd been sitting on a different chair since my Herman Miller Aeron bit the dust, and the chair was lower and much harder than my old one. I'd finally hauled the Aeron to the dump after failing to find a way to fix it or have it fixed. My impulse had been to find some sort of less-expensive knock-off to replace it, as the Aeron is quite pricey. But MrsBlue was insistent I get another, as the old one had served admirably for 20 years of heavy use, actually making it cheap compared to my previous habit of buying a new hundred-dollar chair every year. She also pointed out I used to get regular backaches in my pre-Aeron days, so she won the argument, and my new one should be delivered today. This probably won't help with the strained gluteus maximus I'm suffering at the moment, but hopefully will prevent recurrences once I've recovered.

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Re: Out of the Blue Aug 17, 2019, 23:59
Aug 17, 2019, 23:59
 
I read the article on the pill that may help with loneliness. I really hope that they make some strides with it.

I'm at an age and location where there are extremely few singles (the fewest in the US of any mid-sized or larger city) that's extremely religious, and I just can't work through the mental gymnastics that being religious requires (though I sure have tried... Maybe Religion is another "fake it till you make it" thing?)

I'm literally shot down every time I ask anyone to hang out, can't even tell you the last time I met someone I'd be interested in (and it's rare to find anyone who's even single +/- 10 years of my age; The singles meetups are filled with the elderly, and the local college is, well, a college) People from work don't want to hang out. I had a small group of friends who I watched anime with occasionally that has all but fallen apart, and I'm going to a number of meetup groups, but no real connections there, and most of them are an hour each way (since most are in a neighboring larger city).

I want to move, but most jobs in my field (programming) are also in places that are ungodly expensive (though thankfully... less godly in the literal sense, in that not 90% people are in the predominant religion)

If I could just count on eating a freaking meal with another human being a couple of times a month, I'd probably feel a lot better.

Though energy is another factor. I've got some bad fatigue issues, and have to lie down for much of the time not spent working. It really makes the hour-each-way to meetup groups after work seem daunting.
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