Checking In: 2023-08-06

Checking in for 2023-08-06:

  • Been taking the weekend easy. Yesterday I didn't take any naps (or at least any naps in bed) so I'm feeling it today.
  • I'm also not a smart person because I was looking for my copy of In the Court of the Crimson King, a 50th anniversary documentary about the band King Crimson and managed to find it. After ripping the CDs I put in the DVD. I told myself I wouldn't watch the whole thing through, and I mostly succeeded. (I only watched about 95% of it.) It's a hell of a documentary, not only for the frank discussions about the band from current and past members, but also watching them interact. Also, Robert Fripp does not suffer fools. That this documentary got made is a testimony to the tenacity and craftsmanship of the film makers. How do you document someone who is actively antagonized by your presence and lets you know it at every turn?
  • This was also filmed just before Bill Rieflin passed away from Stage 4 Colon Cancer. He was on tour throughout, in pain from his treatments. He'd gone through way more than I have for my treatments (I'm not currently in pain, and I count my blessings each day for that) but still maintained his sense of humor throughout. His frank and open discussion about his disease was actually helpful for me in ways I didn't expect, Continuing to tour in one of the most demanding bands out there while going through the final stages of his life (and knowing they're his final stages) was a kick in the ass for me. I already had a huge amount of respect for Bill but this documentary ratcheted it up several notches.
  • I've been participating in the "RPG a Day Challenge 2023" on This simple exercise of thinking about games and how they have played a part in my life is helping me to reconnect with RPGs and games in a way I didn't expect. Perhaps I've been too harsh in thinking of social media as a time-sink. If used judiciously it can actually, y'know, connect people. Who knew?
  • Tomorrow is my follow-up with Dr. Raofi (the liver doctor). I think this appointment could have been a telehealth session since Dr. Jaiyesimi seemed to think that ablation was off-the-table but I've been surprised before. I just don't like being jerked around planning for events that don't happen. I have enough to worry about as it is; please let me be selective on worrying about the things that are real, m'kay?

More as I know it.