Apparently Sundays Are For Not Being Here Either

Although in the case of this particular Sunday, it is mostly about me being asleep most of the day. Damn it, I better not be coming down with something, I have to go to Worldcon in two days. I wish not to be this year’s Worldcon Vector of Infection. I think I’ll go lay down some more.

25 Comments on “Apparently Sundays Are For Not Being Here Either”

  1. A late relative of mine used to say that a man who doesn’t know the difference between a lay and a lie will have trouble in life. Hope you feel better soon!

  2. definition of lay
    transitive verb
    1: to beat or strike down with force
    2a : to put or set down b : to place for rest or sleep; especially : bury
    3: to bring forth and deposit (an egg)
    4: calm, allay
    5: bet, wager
    6: to press down giving a smooth and even surface
    7a : to dispose or spread over or on a surface b : to set in order or position c : to put (strands) in place and twist to form a rope, hawser, or cable; also : to make by putting strands in place and twisting
    8a : to impose as a duty, burden, or punishment b : to put as a burden of reproach c : to advance as an accusation : impute
    9: to place (something immaterial) on something
    10: prepare, contrive
    11a : to bring against or into contact with something : apply b : to prepare or position for action or operation ; also : to adjust (a gun) to the proper direction and elevation
    12: to bring to a specified condition
    13a : assert, allege b : to submit for examination and judgment
    14often vulgar : to copulate with

    meh, it is possible that he is laying …

  3. Beat that virus!
    BTW, I just finished the OWM series and I’m starting Android’s Dream next, then I’ll have finished all your novels. Great stuff.

  4. Lara Dunning – Lara Dunning is the founder of Small Town Washington & Beyond, a travel site dedicated to small town traveling. Her freelance work can be found in Bellingham Alive, Family Vacation Critic, trivago magazine, and ShermansTravel.
    Lara Dunning

    That’s how I was yesterday. Hope your day of rest gives you the energy you need.

  5. I was sick last week and I posted a couple times. Maybe I sent you the bug, but with both both of us having Macs I wasn’t worried about passing you a virus!

  6. Bruce Diamond – Flyover Land on the teeming Mississippi River – Despicably proud old man. Text-extruding asshole (thank you, John Scalzi) with a skewed vision on life, pop culture, writing and general assholiness. Not a scholar, not a gentleman, not Martin or Lewis. But still trying to make life fun and funny.
    Bruce Diamond

    Apropos of nothing, here’s a threadjack: I find it interesting that SPOILER ALERT!!…

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Fuzzy Nation have very similar “oh, shit!” moments.

  7. Way to fend off those stalkers. I see your plan.

    More seriously, hope you feel better soon. I came down with H1N1 swine flu at my last WorldCon, and I wish it on no one.

  8. Safe travels, and see you in a few days, John! If you still feel icky when you get to Reno, let me know. I have some stuff from the UK that I swear by (mostly B vitamins, no herbal stuff) since using it when I started feeling bad in Melbourne. Didn’t miss much of the con (1/2 day of sleeping), and since then I’ve used it regularly and didn’t get sick once this winter (which is miraculous). I shall be happy to give some to my Toastmaster. :)

  9. Hope you’re feeling better now John. You have a big week ahead of you. (I recommend rest, vitamins, and lots of OJ when feeling a bit out of sorts)

  10. I am totally with you on wishing you not to be sick. To be consumed for betterness: zinc, garlic, 4000 mg of vitamin C, fish oil, chicken soup, and avocados.

    Because who doesn’t like avocados?

  11. John, I have absolute faith in your lay-downing ability.

    Re lay down vs lie down: A good case can be made for the former being sufficiently prevalent as to constitute a legitimate construction.

    A friend of mine recently badgered me into shifting my idiom to the “correct” version, but she uses “you know” as a form of punctuation, so I’m feeling a strong urge to revert.

    I trust, John, that living in Ohio hasn’t caused you to pick up the structure “needs [verb past participle],” e.g. “The shirt needs mended.” It’s quaint, but I can’t defend that one.

  12. I’ll remember to do the PAX salute rather than shake your hand, then!

    Here’s hoping you feel better sooner!

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