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, which tell me who I am and where I belong in the world. I relate to objects as if they are alive, but as things with identities and properties all of their own, not as something human-like. Culturally I'm from a California Okie background. Crochet or otherwise create constantly, write poetry and paint when I can. Proud member of the developmental disability self-advocacy movement. I care a lot more about being a human being than I care about what categories I fit into.

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