Time to Stop and Smell the Roses For a Bit

In which I wax long-winded, because that’s what I do, so I’ve taken the liberty of burying the rest under the fold.

I just need a little break.

As I was poised to jot out yet another long, angry post about this that or the other, in this case the lying ass media and their continued stubborn refusal to ask Obam-bam any questions more pointed than “how can you stand being so awesome?” and “may we fondle your nuts, please? Just a bit?”, it struck me that I wasn’t having fun. I mean, actual fun as in “can’t wait to unleash this one” and “what derogatory term can I alliterate with cocktastically?”

Then I got to thinking about that, and it occurred to me that I couldn’t really remember the last time I was having fun like that without going a loooong way back. Because I used to have that sort of fun all the time. Heck, just putting my fingers on the keyboard used to put a dumbass grin on my face. A grin with a touch of endless evil mirth, of course. But all I seemed to be anymore was pissed off and annoyed, and it seemed like I had been for a long time.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we should all sit down and sing kumbaya in perfect harmony, there is plenty to be pissed off, angry, concerned about and annoyed by. If you’re not angry at what is going on, you’re not paying attention.

What I am saying is that I used to be able to take the piss out of stuff and have fun doing it, and in spite of the unmitigated, endless horrors of the last four years, it’s not like there never was an opportunity to be pissed off during the seven years prior to that. Yet back in those days my posts, at least as I recall, were made up of a mixture of snark, sarcasm, ridiculously excessive hyperbole, swearing in cuss words hitherto unknown to the English language, cheap jokes, laughs, the occasional mention of the word “boob” and, yes, fun.

My online alter ego (unlike my real life version who, as those of you I’ve met know, is about as goofy, laid-back, calm and completely unable to stop quoting Monty Python as you’re likely to meet) had turned into one endless, infinite vortex of Eternally Pissed Off™. Yes, the point of my posting has always been letting that part of me out that never ever would find expression in real life, aka venting, and crank it up to eleven. But that part isn’t and never was all angry, all the time. No matter how infuriating the situation is, sometimes you gotta crack a joke because, heck, if you don’t then it all just so very tiring and not at all fun in any way.

And that takes energy away from other stuff that’s more important than stroking my own ego, stuff that, right now, requires my utmost attention. Which may also have something to do with why I’m suddenly all introspective and stuff. It’ll all work out, I hope, with enough prayers, a bit of luck, G-d willing and perhaps a touch of divine intervention, it’s not like I’ve just been told I have two weeks to live or anything horrid like that, but I need to focus on the real me for a bit, and I can’t do that if I’m just being pissed off all the time.

But relax, no drama, I suck at drama anyway, I’m not leaving the Internets for-evah and turning off the lights in a huff of self-pity, I just very badly need a breather and to find my bearings. Reset, recalibrate and adjust so I can find my happy place again. And then I’ll most assuredly be back, full of piss and vinegar, snark, ridiculously exaggerated hyperbole and, most importantly, FUN.

Because even though we live in very serious times, this cannot be said often enough, that’s no reason that we should completely lose our ability to come up with a ridiculous pun or make an ugly ass face every once in a while. I’ll still be around, just stepping back for a bit so I can deal with other stuff.

See you soon.



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    LC_Salgak growls and barks:

    Misha. . .

    Take two bottles of your favorite Adult Beverage, and call us when you come to. . . . :em01:

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    You’re doing this in the last month before the Revolution, v2.0 starts? I understand. Take that breath, chug that adult beverage, get all your shit back in one sock, and we’ll see you when you feel less stressed. You have a good team to cover until your return.

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    Boryon growls and barks:

    Sounds like someone needs to kick back with a beer, take a look around, learn a new (or very old) insult or two 😉

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    LC CiSSnarl5.7 Chariot Builder growls and barks:

    Completely understand your sentiments – rest and relax and don’t think about it twice – sometimes it’s something that just has to be done.

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    LC TerribleTroy growls and barks:

    I understand what you are saying Mischa, sometimes one has to care for themselves before they can care for others. Do what you need to do to keep true to yourself and your family. I wish you good mental perspective and success in overcoming any obstacles you may be facing. I will look forward to seeing you return.

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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    Boss- May the good Lord bless you and yours. Hurry Back. We will keep the light on for ya.

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    LC Draco growls and barks:

    Uh oh…..Is this the calm before the proverbial storm?


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    FrankOK growls and barks:

    Been in that exact position a few times during my lifetime, my liege – unfortunately, T-shirts weren’t being passed out to confirm attendance.

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    Even God took a day off, Misha………..see ya soon.

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    seems we’re in the same boat Emperor,

    I’m doing the paperwork to take a medical leave from work today…..after all that has hit me over the head
    the last couple of months, I’m exhibiting symptoms of exhaustion and depression….my right hand shakes
    uncontrollably at random times and I just feel dark all the time. So. I’m taking 8 weeks off to recharge and
    also travel to Denver to take care of estate business and get my late mothers house ready to sell. Most likely,
    this leave will turn into a resignation as I’m just damned tired of that place and want to do other things…..

    so, like I said before, we’re in the same boat….now sit back, grab one of the fishing poles and drop a line in the water, I’ll take the oars for a while.

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    Terrapod growls and barks:

    The ark that is the Rott can surely sail on without a captain for a while, there being modern autopilot and a lot of volunteers about (shades of Silent Running). I hope to have the chance to meet a few more of the denizens of this arc in the near future and I truly hope that it will be in better circumstances than we all seem to be dealing with just now. Go for the R&R, reset the gyro, reload the reaction drive tanks and refuel the plasma generators….

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    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    Well, I guess the Imperial Correspondents are going to have the Bridge watch as well as the Quarterdeck for awhile and so now are going to have to earn our combat pay.

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    LC LittleRott84 Imperial DJ growls and barks:

    Question, does Texas offer early voting? If so, I have a great idea that you can try to pull off. Pretend to certain people (not us, obviously) that you don’t care, and then come the morning after, when Romney wins, surprise them all. When they ask, simply say “Have you ever heard of early voting?” I came up with this because I have two members of my household that are going to be voting for Obama (my sister and her boyfriend; I don’t think my mom is going to vote, and my dad has a brain and wouldn’t vote for him in a million years).

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    LC SecondMouse growls and barks:

    Boy, does that sentiment resonate, Misha. Recent challenges have limited my time here lately as well. Either way the election goes, this is a marathon, not a sprint. We’ll all be here.

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    Your plate has been overflowing for awhile now Misha. Do what you need to do, knowing that we’re here to help you in anyway we can, even if it’s just answering the phone when a weird Texas number calls. I do so know what you mean though. The stakes are too high to have fun with it now. I used to be able to debate and not get angry. Not now. It went from the old adage of “There is no greater thrill than to be shot at with no affect” to “Holy shit that was close, these fuckers are serious.”

    I’ll bitch slap my muse and try and pick up some slack around here. I’ve been goldbricking for too damned long anyway.

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    Matthias the Triceratops growls and barks:

    Sounds like a really good idea to me. We all need time to unplug and recharge. Recall that Christ often would spend the entire night in prayer off on a mountain by Himself!

    As for me, a two week vacation away from all of the news is starting Thursday! Now let’s see if I can keep off the political sites.

    Dominus tecum

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    I know what you mean Misha. That’s one reason I’ve been rather absent the past months. Too much anger, frustration, and just plain being pissed off all the time doesn’t help one’s ability to deal with the day to day mess we all call life.
    Take a deep breath and just close the door for awhile and deal with what you gotta deal with. I’ll make sure Crunch doesn’t dent the fenders.

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Thanks, everybody, I really have the best secondary family here, but I’ve known that for years.

    This, too, shall pass. It’s some serious fuckuppery, some of it my own and some of it not, but it’s time for me to focus on first things first and try to fix things that really mean something to me.

    Then I’ll be back bigger and badder and, most importantly, more silly than ever.

    I trust the team to keep things interesting, they wouldn’t be on it if I don’t, especially not with what I’M paying them, and I may just pop in from time to time to put a drive-by post up if I find something that is truly hilarious that I have to share.

    We need hilarious now more than ever.

    G-d Bless and thanks, my Rottie family.

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    Farmor growls and barks:

    Relax my son – the troops are comming all the way: We´ll fix it all.
    Love your mom

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    Draven32 growls and barks:

    Terrapod says:

    The ark that is the Rott can surely sail on without a captain for a while, there being modern autopilot and a lot of volunteers about (shades of Silent Running).

    Yeah, but which one of these nutjobs it Huey, Which is Dewey, and which is Louie?

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    Igor, Imperial Booby growls and barks:

    This, too, shall pass. I, too, shall continue to lurk. :em01:

    Take a breather, let the blood pressure settle, go out to the range and ventilate paper/whatever from waaaay downrange. It’ll clear your head and soothe your soul.

    The rest of you, back on your heads!

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    BigDogg growls and barks:

    Damn … sounds like we all need to hop on a chopper and take a lonnnng ride.

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Man, I’m so sorry, Deej.

    I think I know who you’re talking about, but that doesn’t matter, nor does it matter what his politics were. I wish him well in the afterlife and I pray that those who knew and loved him will know that he’s in a better place and that, sad as his passing is, it would be even sadder had he never lived.

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E. says:

    Your plate has been overflowing for awhile now Misha. Do what you need to do, knowing that we’re here to help you in anyway we can, even if it’s just answering the phone when a weird Texas number calls.

    Thanks, brother, it really means a lot. Not that I ever doubted it, but that doesn’t mean I should ever take it for granted.

    One day at a time, coping with the anxiety and paranoia so I can keep on keeping on, but I know I’ve got the best people in the world covering my six.

    I may be sitting in the shittiest foxhole in the world right now (I’m not, it just feels that way, Helmand Province is still orders of magnitude worse) , but at least I know that my foxhole is jam-packed to overflowing with the best friends any man ever knew.

    Which is more than I could hope for, so I’m hanging in.

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    Emperor Misha I says:

    Which is more than I could hope for, so I’m hanging in.

    You’re gonna be just fine brother, just fine.