Perfect description of shutdown


I’m still sick. And pretty much the most intellectually strenuous thing I’ve been doing has been reading webcomics. I just happened upon this one. It’s technically about sleep deprivation. But there’s a particular stage of shutdown I get into where I’ve had conversations almost word for word like the conversation below, just not about coffee. (Clicking on the image brings you to the webcomic page it came from, on Questionable Content.)

Questionable Content strip #1477

[Image description: The comic title says “Number 1477: Read manual before operation.” Hannelore and Dora are two women standing in a coffee shop. Dora is behind the counter, Hannelore is in front of it, looking confused. Dora says, “Hey Hanners, what’s up?” Hannelore says, “What? Oh, I’m in the coffee shop now. Hi, Dora.” Dora says, “Are you okay?” Hannelore says “Oh, I’m fine, I’m fine! I hit that sweet spot at around 40 hours of bin’ awake where you feel GREAT! Can I have a cup of coffee?” Dora says “I’ll pour you some decaf. The last thing you need right now is a stimulant.” Dora holds out the coffee to Hannelore and says, “Here you go.” Hannelore takes the cup and stares at it. Hannelore says, “Um, what’s this?” Dora says, “It’s coffee. Like you asked for?” Hannelore says “How… how does it work?” while staring blankly and holding the coffee cup high at an angle where coffee begins to spill out of it. Dora, arms folded, says “You put it down on the counter, then go back to your apartment and go to sleep.” Hannelore says “Ohhhhh.“]


About Mel Baggs

Hufflepuff. Came from the redwoods. Crochet or otherwise create constantly and compulsively. Write poetry and paint when I can. Developmentally disabled, physically and cognitively disabled. I'm not really part of any online faction or another, even ones that claim me as a member. The thing in the world most important to me is having love and compassion for other people, although I don't always measure up to my own standards there by a longshot. And individual specific actions and situations and contexts matter a lot more to me than broadly-spoken abstract words and ideas about a topic. My father died in 2014 and that has changed my life a lot in ways that are still evolving, but I wear a lot of his clothes and hats every day since he died and have shown no sign of stopping soon.

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