I don't like to use the Lounge for personal announcements, but this one affects POW! and some ongoing back-and-forth PMs I've had with various people over their work, etc. I've already posted a message in POW!, and I'm repeating it below to save time. I'm in extremely bad physical condition right now --NOT LIFE THREATENING--due to a number of accidents and the accumulated damage catching up with me, to the point that it is temporarily too painful to access the keyboard. This the first time that I've actually been able to move my arm enough to type in two weeks. I should be back to a decent level in anywhere from 6 weeks to maybe 3-4 months. I just need rest.
In addition, some long-running family problems are in legal process right now that are taking what little time i DO have left, so I'm having trouble keeping up with things.
Basically, as soon as POW! 41 and 42 Polls are posted, POW! will temporarily "take a vacation" until I can get my physical act up to level, which shouldn't be that long.
Those of you who sent me PMs that I haven't answered yet, please be patient. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
(Originally posted in POW!)
I'm back...sort of...
My sincere apologies for being AWOL, but it couldn't be helped. I seem to be at a point in my life when I need reminded I'm no longer 17 years old.
About a year ago, i lost a fight with a tree that threw me 40 feet across my neighbor's yard after it collapsed while i was cutting it and spun like a top, catching my right arm in the process. Before it completely healed, the bad snow this winter forced me into some major repairs and removal of another seven huge trees from my property that were endangering the house. This is when I discovered that you can't normally pick up an 1,800-pound tree trunk and move it someplace else. Three weeks later, my little sister ran into some problems that required hauling about 3 tons of crap around inside my hospitalized brother's house. At this point, the pain was permanent and i could no longer hold anything above the weight of a piece of paper.
(Anyone who laughs after reading this next paragraph is going to die...slowly...) By now I'm a bit pissed off in general all the time because I still have repairs to the house to make, have a permanent case of the shakes, so I figured I'd relax in a locked bathroom for a few minutes. Getting myself prepared for further painful construction, and nonchalantly grabbing some toilet paper, I reached back... and proceeded to rip what remained of my tendons/ligaments in my right shoulder to shredded paper. The pain was excruciating, and it still hasn't healed enough for me to reliably hold anything. Apparently...shit really does happen...over and over and over..
I am now wearing a shoulder brace, an elbow brace, a wrist brace, an ankle brace, and a look that can kill at fifty feet. I'm told this will continue for another 2-3 months at minimum, so...
I can't draw or paint.
I can't type easily (this is being typed while my arm is braced on a stool so I can reach the keyboard)
It takes me an hour+ to do anything on the computer that would normally be done in one minute.
I still have three...THREE!!!...ongoing court fights going on over my brother's health care payments, and an additional one over my nephew's care (he has mid-stage MS)
Basically...I'm useless for a while...
In the next day or so, I will post the two polls that are long overdue, and then POW! will take a short holiday until I can get physically back to speed. I won't allow POW! to die--it will be back as soon as i can pull it off. And I'd like to thank everyone of you who have been involved, especially since the beginnings. You all did good...and there will be a chance soon to do even better. Thank you.
I'm also going to post this in the lounge as part of a general alert on POW!