AI: Holiday Stress and a Daily Dose of Name Calling. How to Deal Thread.
Bug Girl can’t come to the the AI right now because she is training an army of what you see in the featured image there.
Bonus points if you can name that there bug in the comments. It is about 2.5″ long and a whole bunch of them live in my neighborhood. I call that one, Chomper.
This here AI is about pests, including the holiday bug known as, The Blues.
AND I am glad I get to jump in here and ask you all a question since I am usually the one who gives the advice on this site. And I do sort-of actually know the answer to today’s AI but I’d really like to get your take on it my too, my oh-so-wise-readers. The question has to do with holiday stress and the obsessive, constant hate some of us get on ye ol’ intertubes. These two things combined today in my morning twitter feed.
*Trigger warning for naughty words intended to insult me.
So this morning I woke up to this litany of name calling:
And I have to say, that the twitter harassment from this group has gotten so regular and so over-the-top that I rarely get upset by it and I hardly ever see it but I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t annoying and sad. I only noticed this little thread because someone had an account I hadn’t blocked yet and so these little fellas got through my filter.
But enough about me.
This time of year is hard for a lot of people.
Maybe you don’t have enough money to buy gifts. Maybe your family is not your friends. Maybe you have lost a loved one who meant a lot to you and this season reminds you of them. Maybe you just went through a break-up. Maybe you have to work extra hard this time of year but get paid the same. Maybe you lost your job. Maybe the holidays have been attached to a religion that you no longer hold dear and so you don’t know how to celebrate anymore. Maybe everyone on the television and in advertisements are displaying a fake joy and ‘holiday spirit’ with the shop-shop-shop mentality that you just can’t relate to or ever hope to keep up with. Maybe everyday you get called a fat, stupid, cunt. There are a lot of reasons why this time of year is hard on people.
So here are your questions: Do you have any advice on how to deal with the added stress of the holidays? Do you run an extra mile on the treadmill? Do you donate your precious time to a charity? How can we help each other and help our community get through this time of year? And how should I deal with these incessant internet bugs? Does anyone have a huge can of cyber-strength Raid I can borrow?
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