Recovery Week 184 In Review

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Salted Lithium Week One Hundred and Eighty-Four


It has been a week since I pulled my Facebook account out of its car, threw it to the road and pumped three shots into its chest while it screamed “I swear to God we’re fixing all the privacy stuff… I swear to God!”.

And, as I pulled away in my 1967 Pontiac GTO, listening to Fleetwood Mac pound out “Oh Well” over my Hi-Fi Stereo, seeing the mess I left behind me, I had to smile and ask… what was that about?

I only updated my Facebook account a couple times a week, and on multiple occasions over a day maybe three times in almost… six months? But now that I’ve stopped I can see, and feel, the huge hole missing in my daily surfing routine, which normally consists of checking my five email accounts every thirty minutes, rechecking my blog stats for my three blogs every fifteen minutes, reading and rereading three or four newspapers, checking YouTube for cartoons, finding something about hockey I haven’t read yet.

Being on Facebook was a way to lose time when I didn’t feel like writing. Now that it’s gone I have to find other things to do when I don’t feel like writing. Like, maybe, writing.

Which I’ve done a lot of since shutting down the Facebook Devil. Three thousand words on my other blog, three thousand on this one… including this post. Not great words, but definitely recognizable.

Victor will be six months old on Saturday. Now that I’ve quit Facebook it’ll be nice to have some time to spend with my son. I guess.


The Lists From Week One Hundred and Eighty-Four:


Five Strangest Search Terms Used To Find Salted Lithium:

5) gape wink tongue
4) facebook suicide day stats
3) me and grandmother are fucking
2) truckasaurus
1) “sarah polley’s breasts”

Honourable Mentions: sac hanging down from wisdom tooth extra


Top Five Salted Posts For The Past Week:

5) Recovery Week 183 In Review
4) After Thirty Years Today I Finally Told My Grandmother To Go Fuck Herself
3) How Being Raped Has Effected My Sex Life
2) Facebook Suicide
1) The Empty Room At The End Of The Recovery Rainbow


The Five Blogs I Visited Most This Week:

5) Knit Nut
4) Psych Survivor 2.0
3) Neuroskeptic
2) Natalia Antonova
1) Spin Me I Pulsate


The Past Week In General:

Victor and I have had a hard time connecting this week. Last week his mom started working the early shift at the store (5am to 12pm), three times a week, and I’ve tried to be available that early, but it’s just not working out right.

I’ll write more about why soon, but basically my brain just can’t turn on that early… and I do realize how incredibly fucking lame that sounds, I really do.

It was actually a pretty good week. Victor, my girlfriend and I took part in our village’s annual village-wide yard sale. I’m still de-cluttering my apartment, so I took advantage of the event and managed to sell two dozen CD’s, as well as a box of books and a bunch of DVD’s.

I managed to put together enough money to feed myself for another week. Score.

I also managed to give away a brass unicorn my grandmother gave me two years ago. This made me happy.

Victor was definitely the star of our show though. We set up our stuff on my parents’ front porch, which is only two doors down from Main Street, so we had a lot of traffic. And most of them stopped to see Victor.

I had an excellent appointment with my psychiatrist. We managed to get through a lot of stuff. I was starting to feel slightly abandoned, but received a couple of emails from some people I haven’t heard from in a long time, so that was cool.

I haven’t gotten my dishes done yet… or even started. I did fill the sink with water.

I did get posting on my other blog, which feels great. I’m using my real name, and blogging mostly about stuff in and around my little village. I managed to get three full posts up in just a few days, and I’ve got some great ideas for more.

When I still had the Facebook account I got into a bit of a “skirmish” with the editor of a medium-sized newspaper on someone else’s account. It would have helped my side immensely if I had an Internet presence for the douche-bag to find. But, because I’ve been blogging anonymously for so long, searching for “Me” brings up next to nothing.

So it’s nice to have something for people to Google again.

Plus, it’s going to be really funny when people Google my Village and they find the stuff I’ll be writing.


Movies We Watched This (Last) Week:

“The Road” (2009) with Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee, and “The Killing Fields” (1984) with Sam Waterston and Dr. Haing Ngor. Not exactly the most upbeat of movie selections, but both were fantastic. We also watched “The Good Thief” (2002) with Nick Nolte and Nutsa Kukhianidze, it’s about an American curmudgeon, gambler, thief and heroin addict dying slowly in France, but willing to try “one more big score.”

All three movies are about fathers and sons, in “The Killing Fields” the main character choses his job over his family, then adopts the son off one of his abusers. “The Road” is about a father and son trying to survive in the aftermath of a global catastrophe by travelling to the Atlantic Coast. The “Father” hopes to have taught his young son all there is to know about survival by then.

It’s be a wee bit of a stretch, but the relationship between “Bob” (Nolte) and the younger characters in “The Good Thief” is very close to one of an absentee / addict father and his adoring children.

I’m in the process of watching “Birth Of A Nation” (1915), it was the first blockbuster. Mostly it’s about how the Klu Klux Klan saved the United States after their civil war. Funny stuff. We’ve got a pretty cool little video store here.


Photo Of My Week:

salted photo of the week


Coming Next Week:

I’ll probably be shaving my beard this weekend… probably. I might be having drinks in Ottawa with a friend of mine… but I’m not putting out this time.




About Gabriel...

...diagnosed with manic depression when I was nineteen, for the next 14-years I lived without treatment or a recovery plan. I've been homeless, one time I graduated college, I've won awards for reporting on Internet privacy issues, and a weekly humour column. In 2002 I finally hit bottom and found help. It's now 2022, and I have an 8-year old son, and a 12-year old son... I’m usually about six feet tall, and I'm pretty sure I screwed up my book deal. I mostly blog at
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3 Responses to Recovery Week 184 In Review

  1. OMG the cute. How can you handle it?

  2. thordora says:

    geez…will you put out if I visit? 😛


  3. Gabriel... says:

    Judging by the sudden jump in search terms like “salted lithium other blog” and “salted lithium home town” I should probably have let people know there are no connections between this blog and the one I came out on.

    Hi “DD”, I’m glad you found WordPress, Blogger is so 2004. When he’s really trying to blind you with his cuteness Victor will actually smile his big open smile, cock his head to one side, curl both hands into little fists, plant them under his little chin and gurgle. That’s usually when we hear the ring announcer say “It’s over! It’s over! Surely this level of Cute cannot be beat!”

    Hi Thor… uhm… I guess the only way we’ll ever find out for sure is if you come down for a visit. You can bring my prize from when I won that contest.

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