Wheel of Fortune

March 2, 2012 § 31 Comments

I suppose I was a complacent twat about the lentil of good news I received earlier this week.  Last night I was flailed by a gob, smack between the eyes, of very bad news that is not going to go away any time soon.  (It is nothing to do with planktonhood, twinkles or illness).

Was reeling in my bed all last night.  It requires strength, fortitude, lack of self-pity, pragmatism and, in some ways the most difficult, love.

It is not interesting what it is.  What is interesting is the wheel, and how quickly it spins.  Wheel of fortune sounds as if it might be one of those big wooden numbers with metal on the insides, such as on a chariot or astonishing vehicle which may have transported the boulders to Stonehenge, rather noble and sedate and hinting at a certain natural order of things, and random, flawed kind of justice.  That’s how I have always pictured it anyway.  But it’s not.  It’s one of those spindly, modern, Olympic bicycle wheels which spins so fast it turns into a blur: sophisticated, soulless, and showing absolutely and totally no mercy.

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§ 31 Responses to Wheel of Fortune

  • Are we going to get a St. Patricks Day Bullocks? Purim Bullocks? Mothering Sunday Bullocks? Vernal Equinox Bullocks?

    • Oops, it’s “bollocks”- Not a word that’s in usage in the American language, I actually just looked this one up in an e-dictionary

      • MissM says:

        I was wondering where the obsession with bovines came from. Seems you just confused a word for balls with an animal that no longer has them. (Although I hear in the US they call young bulls ‘bullocks’ as opposed to using the term for the neutered versions.)

  • Elle says:

    Plankton, sorry to hear about your bad news. These are interesting times for many people and we need to be resilient to get through them. I wish you the best.

    Scott, if you were a livestock farmer you could have bullocks 24/7.

  • MissBates says:

    I haven’t learned much in 49 years, other than the fact that joy and despair are often next-door-neighbors, and sometimes they even co-habit.

    Whatever it is, I’m sorry you’re going through it, Plankton.

  • Margaux says:

    Life has a nasty habit of kicking us in the teeth when we least expect it. Courage, P, whatever the vicissitudes of fate have served up for you. Wishing you all the best – whatever it may be.

    (NB. Bullocks, Scott – this sounds serious)

  • Jo-Jo says:

    Sorry to hear this P, life is never easy or straight forward, how we all wish it was. Whatever it is you are going through, you can know that here in cyber-world, your friends and followers are right behind you, and wishing you well, and sending you love. I wish I was your friend for real, and I would give you a big hug, but all I can do is send you one over the internet, a cyber hug ((((((hug)))))))) !
    Take care dear lady, you are in my thoughts.
    love,
    Jo-Jo

  • chris says:

    Cheer up Planky……but I guess its getting a real pain keeping this blog up. Hope whatever it is resolves itself swiftly.

  • Barry says:

    ~One step forward…two back…then 4 forward ….hope you get going forward again soon ……
    “On yer Bike Girl!” xx

  • EmGee says:

    Planktonhood, wheels of fortune, wheels on fire…, oh god, now I have visions of Pats and Eddy whirling in my brain, and now I am not sure who to feel sympathy for, me or you 😉

    However it also brings to mind a few lines of the Al-Anon Promises:
    “Will we ever arrive? Feel joyful all the time? Have no cruelty, tragedy, or injustice to face? Probably not, but we will acquire growing acceptance of our human fallibility, as well as greater love and tolerance for each other. ”

    I wish the best outcome for whatever is troubling you Ms P. Our lives can change in a millisecond that’s for sure.

  • MsHaversham to be says:

    I’ve often maintained that there’s no limit to the amount of crap life hurls at some. Just when you think you’ve waded through it all and have reached an embankment, you slip back in the crap with another heap thrown from above.

    It’s not bloody fair. I personally think the following line from Monty Python’s ‘Always look on the bright side of life’ the best: “life’s a piece of a shit, when you look at it, and remember that the last laugh is on you”.

    I hope whatever it is doesn’t last long. If not, there’s plenty of room down here at rock bottom ; ) xx

  • Dawn says:

    Hang in there, P! This too shall pass.

    “As you’re chewin’ on life’s gristle, don’t grumble, give a whistle! An’ this’ll make it turn out for the best… ”

    I told them. I said, “Ernie, they’ll never make their money back.”

  • Caz says:

    ….so sorry to hear that P. Life has a habit of giving one a smack whenever one feels a tiny bit complacent about things. You’re doing just the right thing having friends over.
    Hope it doesn’t swamp your w/e. If it’s any small comfort – when I couldn’t sleep I used to put lavender or geranium oil on my pillowcase and breathe deeply! x

  • Lydia says:

    If it’s not men children or health it must be bankruptcy or something of that ilk. Anyway whatever it is I hope it can be resolved. A lot of people on here we spend our lives fixing things for people. May be we could help.

    Sometimes all the bad things come at once and some other people never really have much bad happening. It is as you say sometimes down to luck (but also sometimes not).

  • Lizzie says:

    Surround yourself with your friends, as much as possible. I always find this the best remedy. Especially if you can confide in them and listen to all the feedback of differing opinions on how to handle things/move forward.
    Then if sleepless nights still prevail, you have something to digest and assiimilate. I find this process, even if the problem doesn’t go away, helps sort the mind out into a logical, even playing field.
    Heartfelt sympathies P. xxx

  • rosie says:

    Hope your friends are providing wine and succour, P.

    I’m currently in Disco Heaven courtesy of BBC4*, which I didn’t even know was on and a lovely, unexpected treat for the next few hours. Sometimes it’s the little things.

    * though I draw the line at Village People!

  • RS says:

    I wish you strength and continued humour and love from those close to you and your readers as you deal with whatever challenge it is that has hit your over the head this time.

  • Twinkletoes says:

    Adding my sympathies too. I’ve been a bit preoccupied with my own problems this week. Not the end of the world, but something that is proving difficult and annoying. That’s on top of the long-term health issues which have been a nuisance too. But as my dear mum used to say, “There’s always someone worse off than yourself”. Big hugs to you P. xx

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