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metaller wrote: October 3rd, 2019, 10:35 am I haven't been super active posting in a while, but I still want to say that I'll be gone for a month from Oct 18 to Nov 17.

I'll be hiking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal during that time. I might have some wifi here or there, but I think I won't use it much. I plan to not stare at my phone, but rather stare at the mountains.

Anyway, if I use my phone, I intend to update my friends and family via a blog. You can have a look then, although I likely just post in German: http://mountains-and-me.com/ (It's still in development).
Hey guys. I'm back from Nepal. It was a blast. Hands down the best vacation 've ever gone on. Everything was even better than I imagined it to be.
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Welkome back and thanks for the tip !
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Back on after a mostly unplanned, months-long hiatus. I went into detail in another thread, but can copy and paste the text here, since it's largely relevant to the content of this thread as well:
For the majority of the summer and going into the fall, I was feeling extremely similar. As many have observed, it happens periodically from time to time, but I'm usually able to shake myself out of the funk and can come back from the fog after a short period of time. But somehow, the disillusionment and disinterest in my biggest hobby wound up lasting for much longer than I'm used to - practically through the entire summer and headed into the fall as well. Looking back it could be attributed to any number of things;

I.) Being burnt-out or overtired from work. Don't get me wrong, I still very much enjoy my line of work and find my job generally fulfilling. But as of late, we've been short staffed (which requires those of us still here to pull double, sometimes triple the work) and the caseload of patients for most of this year has been particularly difficult, moreso than what's generally expected of this workplace.

II.) The lack of any seriously interesting viewings options on most of the major streaming services (mainly Netflix, but I haven't found Amazon Prime or Hulu to have an especially interesting selection this year either).

III.) The crop of new releases from 2019 haven't exactly been the most interesting or memorable. And I'm normally the last person to write off an entire year so early on, but apart from a select few (off the top of my head, Us, The Farewell, & Once Upon a Time in Hollywood are the only really noteworthy films released before September), almost everything I've seen from January til August of this year has largely been forgettable, if not momentarily entertaining while watching. And that's without comparing the state of things to the outstanding spring / summer crop from 2018.

One rare upside during this whole funk was that around the middle of summer (late July/early August), I connected with a coworker of mine that's also very much into film, and with nearly the same tastes as me. I've had friends before that were into film as a hobby, but never to this degree (heavily knowledgeable with classics & also a strong interest in non-English language fare). Needless to say that we got into a routine of going out for dinner & a movie meetups on at least a weekly basis for just about a two month period and have obviously become very good friends in the process.

Can't really get into this next part with much detail (HIPAA is a helluva law), but to sum up; I received an injury at the workplace during the first week of October, which involved having my jaw broken by one of the patients at the facility I work in. Following this, I had my jaw wired shut for two weeks and was out of work this whole time, with hardly the strength or energy to get out of bed, let alone pick and choose anything I wanted to watch. Since returning to work and regaining my health, my disillusionment towards film has returned with triple the resolve (largely attributable to the lingering trauma from the incident and the increasingly uncertain mood at the workplace since then). I still see newer releases at my previous rate and the films overall have gotten a bit better, but I don't feel as emotionally connected towards anything I've watched in the past month, even while noting the general increase in quality.

And lastly, on a more personal note, my relationship with the coworker who I previously mentioned has been strained a bit since my return. Again I won't get into many specifics here, but we've sort of fallen out of the routine lately and, despite my best efforts, haven't really gotten back into it just yet. There's plenty of possibilities for potential future screenings with the both of us, but this sudden stalemate of both a regular viewing habit and a close friendship has also no doubt contributed to putting a damper on my interest in film, let alone my spirits as a whole.

To end things on a positive note, I've recently sought professional help to help me cope and process my recovery, and I'm hopeful that my friendship with the coworker will be mended in time. At least I hope so. :unsure:
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Sounds like a rough time GWH - I can certainly empathize, especially lately, though my problems have been pretty different.

I have gotten somewhat back into film but I don't necessarily see that lasting, I dunno - also pretty down on this year's films so far but I'm way behind and have seen little non-American stuff so perhaps that will change.

I'll be going on the road tomorrow to visit my brother and family over Thanksgiving, be gone probably 10-12 days, and don't know how much I'll be posting during that time. Could be a lot if bro is spending all his time trying to get laid as he has been for the past couple of months but we'll see.
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Thanks. I've read here about your recent struggles as well and also want to offer my condolences. One of my great uncles passed during the period of time while I was offline, but the impact and emotional toil is surely smaller than losing a parent. I too hope to get away and spend time with my family during the holidays. More than most previous years, I've decided to really bury my head in all the obviously commercialized Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Years trappings and traditions, in the hopes of at least keeping my head above water during this time. On the positive end, my sister recently got married, so that should occupy a decent amount of attention, while also keeping the mood mostly elevated. Which reminds me, I should also make a post in the 'holiday movies' thread at some point too, since I've been finding myself watching a decent chunk of yuletide schmaltz lately. :think:
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Does anyone know if Peaceful Anarchy is okay?
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sol wrote: February 3rd, 2020, 12:37 pm Does anyone know if Peaceful Anarchy is okay?
He's been online yesterday, so not absent, but he's quiet indeed. He keeps postponing things lately.
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joachimt wrote: February 3rd, 2020, 2:18 pm
sol wrote: February 3rd, 2020, 12:37 pm Does anyone know if Peaceful Anarchy is okay?
He's been online yesterday, so not absent, but he's quiet indeed. He keeps postponing things lately.
Yeah, I noticed. I got worried when I saw that he hadn't checked any films on iCM for three weeks, but when I saw that he had been active here I was like "ah, okay", but now I'm wondering if there is something else going on. I just hope he isn't put off by some of the snarky comments on the Favourite Directors thread. I appreciate everything that he does for our forum.... even if he refuses to budge on making Oscar Best Documentary Official, lol.
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sol wrote: February 3rd, 2020, 12:37 pm Does anyone know if Peaceful Anarchy is okay?
This is not the thread to ask such questions! You should ask here! :angry:
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Just a heads up, I'm traveling for work and may not be around much, if at all this week.
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enjoy workin', max.
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maxwelldeux wrote: February 10th, 2020, 4:17 am Just a heads up, I'm traveling for work and may not be around much, if at all this week.
Have fun traveling... hopefully they don't stick you in MA again since the weather isn't so great right now (though it could be a billion times worse, so I shouldn't complain). :whistling:
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Hey.. I'm moving to my sister's, and she doesn't have internet, so, there's a hit or miss chance my posting will be rather rare in the coming few months. (Hopefully it won't, but, if it is, that's the reason why.)
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Nathan Treadway wrote: February 22nd, 2020, 11:14 am Hey.. I'm moving to my sister's, and she doesn't have internet, so, there's a hit or miss chance my posting will be rather rare in the coming few months. (Hopefully it won't, but, if it is, that's the reason why.)
Best of luck with your move, Nathan. You'll be missed!
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Wow, didn't even know there still existed any places without internet. :)

But I hope you'll enjoy moving in there and hopefully you'll keep the chance of getting here!
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I'm going to try not to be online much for the next couple of weeks. Got really bad RSI. Combination of lockdown and being online far more as well as a few spreadsheet jobs I had to do at work (don't normally do that kind of work).
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AdamH wrote: July 20th, 2020, 5:12 pm I'm going to try not to be online much for the next couple of weeks. Got really bad RSI. Combination of lockdown and being online far more as well as a few spreadsheet jobs I had to do at work (don't normally do that kind of work).
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Entirely possible that I will be "away" for several days - I won't really be away, but my stupid internet service is having issues and it could take a while for it to be fixed. I pay for broadband/cable as part of my rent - a weird thing to most people I suspect but apparently kind of common in Wisconsin for some reason - so it's a problem between the housing complex I live in and the local cable company and there's not much I can do. Last time this happened it was only supposed to be down for an hour or two but it ended up being 5-6 days with really intermittent/sporadic service, so who knows, especially with all the current problems. Last time at least they refunded a little bit of the rent so I assume that will happen again but it's frustrating for sure, and I really don't have any other way to access the internet easily.
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OldAle1 wrote: October 9th, 2020, 4:24 pm Entirely possible that I will be "away" for several days - I won't really be away, but my stupid internet service is having issues and it could take a while for it to be fixed. I pay for broadband/cable as part of my rent - a weird thing to most people I suspect but apparently kind of common in Wisconsin for some reason - so it's a problem between the housing complex I live in and the local cable company and there's not much I can do. Last time this happened it was only supposed to be down for an hour or two but it ended up being 5-6 days with really intermittent/sporadic service, so who knows, especially with all the current problems. Last time at least they refunded a little bit of the rent so I assume that will happen again but it's frustrating for sure, and I really don't have any other way to access the internet easily.
I'm glad it's just for a few days. :hug:
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OldAle1 wrote:I think four Aamir Khan films is enough for me. Unless I'm down to one film left on the IMDb Top 250 at some point and he's in that last film, at which point I'll watch it and then shoot myself having become the official-check-whoring person I hate.
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Lammetje wrote: October 9th, 2020, 4:46 pm
OldAle1 wrote: October 9th, 2020, 4:24 pm Entirely possible that I will be "away" for several days - I won't really be away, but my stupid internet service is having issues and it could take a while for it to be fixed. I pay for broadband/cable as part of my rent - a weird thing to most people I suspect but apparently kind of common in Wisconsin for some reason - so it's a problem between the housing complex I live in and the local cable company and there's not much I can do. Last time this happened it was only supposed to be down for an hour or two but it ended up being 5-6 days with really intermittent/sporadic service, so who knows, especially with all the current problems. Last time at least they refunded a little bit of the rent so I assume that will happen again but it's frustrating for sure, and I really don't have any other way to access the internet easily.
I'm glad it's just for a few days. :hug:
Thanks. You never can tell though around here. The whole fucking country's going into the dumpster and this area seems to be leaping headfirst at the moment. First they want to take off your masks, then they want to keep you from voting, then they come for your internet...
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flaiky wrote: October 6th, 2019, 10:30 am
metaller wrote: October 3rd, 2019, 10:35 am I'll be hiking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal during that time. I might have some wifi here or there, but I think I won't use it much. I plan to not stare at my phone, but rather stare at the mountains.
Aagh I'm jealous! I spent a week in Nepal as part of my big trip earlier this year, and really wished I had longer. We did a three-day hike in the Annapurna region and it was stunning. Pokhara is a fun place to spend a few days, too, we happened to be there for Holi and it was buzzing. Also did a rafting trip nearby, which I highly recommend if you can fit it in. Kathmandu has several great historical sites (do go to Bhaktapur, even stay a night there if you haven't booked everything yet) but unfortunately the hassling is even worse than in India. You can still see rubble from the earthquake in places and the air is horribly dusty and polluted in the city.

We didn't have much trouble with wifi - even all the tea-houses seem to have a modem which is quite insane. It might be harder when you're right in the mountains though, we didn't get higher than about 5,000 feet.

I'd love to hear about it when you're home. You're really making me want to go back.
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Yeah, I was wondering the same. Perhaps she's gone off films for a spell. Hope she's doing alright. Definitely missed...
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Yeah I do miss flaiky around here too...we follow each other on Letterboxd, I just checked and no activity for her there since February. I also hope it's simply a case of her taking a break from film-watching and discussion for a while.
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I recall seeing a post of flaiky's awhile back where she stated she'd probably be taking a break or becoming less active in the near future. I want to say that was late last year or the beginning of this year... might have been in a challenge thread. Regardless, with all the crazy in the world right now I also hope she's okay.
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