Real Name: Pops Wonkenmeyer
Member Since: December 29th, 2010
If you just like to write funny stuff to make people that you don't know laugh, then hi there! We'll get on like a house on fire. But if you've ever seen a house on fire, you'll understand that that metaphor isn't always appropriate, what with the flames and the burning, the smoke inhalation and damage to neighbouring buildings, and ultimately, risk of collapse and injury to human life. So maybe we'll just get on like some other metaphor, like a tree. We'll get on like a tree on fire.
Health update: I've improved quite a bit since starting physio last June. I have to do the exercises every morning, but they're very effective in keeping me active and mobile. I'm also starting to get abs for the first time in ten years, which is... surprising, to say the least. I starting working again over summer which was great, so I'll post a link to the film once they've put it online (a children's animation project).
I still get tired, but it looks as if that's down to post-viral fatigue- it's too late for me to get a proper diagnosis now (no one mentioned the possibility of a virus until I'd been ill for seven months), but the only thing that really fits the bill is Guillain-Barre syndrome. In which case, I've been very lucky indeed.
Oh, and I've started captioning again- my brain is working enough to make the creative connections now. Losing my sense of humour was the most disturbing part of this past year. I'm happy to say that my cruel sardonic bitterness is back to where it was before.
Thanks for all of the messages of support from everyone, and thanks to Christina H for including my letter to Zach in her wonderful article, '8 Tiny Things that stopped suicides' (http://www.cracked.com/blog/8-tiny-things-that-stopped-suicides_p2/). Like most people, I found it beautifully written, but that last line brought a lump to my throat. Christina, David Wong and John Cheese have added a level of maturity to Cracked articles that doesn't get fully appreciated by everyone. It's part of the reason why Cracked is funny, moving and informative, and forums like 4Chan are not.
If you want to contact me about the article or the original thread, please do so and I'll get back in touch as soon as I can.