Kryptonite for depression…
Posted January 20, 2017on:
Sometimes these posts just write themselves. The words pop up like mushrooms after a spring shower. Those are the fun ones because you don’t know what you have written until you get to the end. It’s a form of literary Tourettes.
Then there are those like today.
Long, laborious, slogs winding their way to nowhere in particular. It isn’t a trip upon which you want to invite friends. The best advice, “Stay at home with a nice blanket and a better book.”
To be painfully honest, I have been really depressed this week. I was shell-shocked through November. December found me trying to intellectualize. But this week – this week I have been really depressed. This travesty is really going to happen. This isn’t a nightmare. This is as real as it gets.
So I did a little research. Most of the self-help cures for depression aren’t applicable on such short notice because they say things like, “Don’t dwell on the negative or it isn’t as bad as it seems.” Well, yes it is and I can make a pretty strong case that things will get much, much worse.
The applicable short-term self-help depression cures are these:
- Get outside especially if the sun is shining.
- Do 20 minutes of exercise.
- Avoid caffeine because it lowers serotonin levels.
- Eat a turkey sandwich because tryptophan enhances serotonin release.
- Pop Prozac if you have it. If not, drink. Lots.
I thought about predictions for the next four years, but this early on, Noah probably didn’t even pay attention to the weather reports. There will be time to fret and fume about the Vermilion Vermin. It isn’t too soon to laugh about him though.
For instance, his cabinet picks. We have a Nobel physicist and a nuclear theoretical physicist being replaced by an early elimination from Dancing with the Stars who got an F in organic chemistry and a D in something called “Meats”.
We have a Treasury Secretary who said the disclosure form was complicated and he just plain forgot to mention $100 Million in real estate holdings. We wouldn’t want things to be too complicated for the guy who is charged with running a $3.8 Trillion budget.
Then we have the most honest designee, Ben Carson, who said, “No one should want me running a federal agency.”
Then there is the lady who found a pair of “smart glasses,” put them on, and stumbled into the Education Secretary Confirmation hearing. The family of Ms. DeVos anted up $200 Million for her to have the opportunity to embarrass herself bigly. With a straight face she essentially said, “The only thing that is going to stop a bad grizzly with a gun is a good grizzly with a gun.”
And finally, we have a Friend of Vlad, being considered for Secretary of State. Let there be no question, Mr. Tillerson gives a new meaning to the GOP. It is now the Gas and Oil Party.
Then there’s the review of 3 Doors Down biggest hit, Kryptonite.
The compatibility between the social and spiritual perspectives amplified by post-grunge and the revanchist right-wing politics of Trumpism seems fairly obvious, but it’s never more explicit than in the music video for 3 Doors Down’s own career-defining hit “Kryptonite.” As in the film Birdman, to which the video serves as an unwitting precursor, the protagonist is a repellent white man. Old, with disheveled hair, dressed in his underwear, his food infested with insects, he was once a superhero (or a superhero on television, it’s unclear). He watches reruns of his former self on TV. This old man is preposterous and awful and doomed, but how many can he take down with him?
Old man, disheveled hair, once believing he was a superhero, and watches reruns of himself on teevee. If that isn’t a precursor to the clamorous Yam, I don’t know what it.
The best palliative for depression is comedy. I’ll warn you, inauguration humor isn’t a genre with a large selection, but enjoy what there is.
Folks, fix yourself a turkey sandwich, come by often today, talk about anything and everything, and remember to keep your television on and tuned to anything other than the misInauguration.
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