The News Cycle
Deus ex Caffeina
Tags:coffee, coffees, caffeine, caffeine hit, coffee addict, coffee addicts, coffee addiction, coffee addictions, morning, mornings, monday, mondays, deus ex machina, greek, greeks, ancient greeks, tragedy, tragedies, greek god, greek gods, plot device, plot devices, solution, solutions, hopeless, hopelessness, hopeless situation, hopeless situations
"Enough medical mumbo jumbo, just give it to me straight, Doc-will I ever be able to play piano again?"
Tags:mumbo jumbo, pianist, pianists, headless, disembody, disembodied, injury, injuries, injured, bedside manner, hopeless, lost cause, lost causes, hopelessness, optimist, optimists, optimistic, life support, kept alive, head, heads, medical equipment, operation, operations, accident, accidents, nasty accident, nasty accidents, musician, musicians
"I'm starting to wonder if my story is ever going to be uplifting."
Tags:life story, life stories, depressing, depressed, depressive, depressives, uplift, uplifting, pessimist, pessimists, pessimism, existential crisis, existential crises, miserable, misery, unhappy, unhappiness, ruminate, ruminations, ruminating, modern life, modern attitudes, hopeless, hopelessness
"You should be aware that we already have a strong in-house candidate."
Tags:candidate, candidates, job candidate, interview, interviews, interviewing, subservient, subservience, kiss butt, kisses butt, kissing butt, suckup, suckups, sucking up, suck up, sucks up, qualification, qualifications, skill, skills, skillset, skillsets, skill set, skill sets, job interview, job interviews, lost cause, lost causes, hopeless, hopelessness
"You can wrap it up in a pretty package, but it's still life."
Tags:life, depressed, depressing, depressive, depressives, pointlessness, existential crisis, ageing, getting old, getting older, mid life crisis, mid-life crisis, negative, negativity, pessimist, pessimists, pessimistic, disappointment, disappointments, hopelessness, give up, giving up, modern life, modern attitudes, miserable, relatable
"The problems will remain the same, but apparently they get wordier and wordier."
"I'd like to announce my candidacy for President of the United States."
Tags:desert island, desert islands, castaway, castaways, ship wrecked, shipwrecked, hopeless, hopelessness, oblivious, obliviousness, future president, political candidate, political candidates, going mad, going crazy, optimistic, optimism, optimist, optimists, hopeful, political campaign, political campaigns, marooned, bright future, ambitious, ambition, ambitions, bad company
It's A Breeze
Tags:cure, cures, cure-all, cure-alls, diet, diets, dieting, hopeless, hopelessness, depressed, depression, mental health, mental health problem, mental health problems, mental health disorder, mental health disorders, eating habit, eating habits, worry, worries, anxiety, anxieties, glib, glibness, quack, quacks, quackery, dietitian, dietitians, dietician, dieticians, insecure, insecurity, insecurities, snake oil, vitamin, vitamins, vitamin intake
"And the dim fluorescent lighting is meant to emphasize the general absence of hope."
Tags:office layout, office cubicle, office cubicles, fluorescent lighting, fluorescent light, fluorescent lights, interior design, interior designs, interior designer, interior designers, working environment, working environments, work environment, hopeless, hopelessness, office worker, office workers, desk job, desk jobs, mental health, mental state, employee morale
"And the score remains unchanged."
Tags:tennis, tennis game, tennis games, tennis player, tennis players, butterfly, butterflies, butterfly catcher, butterfly catchers, butterfly trader, butterfly traders, butterfly net, butterfly nets, draw, draws, score, hopelessness, tennis official, tennis officials, umpire, umpires, tennis umpire, tennis umpires
"I put some beer on the hook."
Tags:ice fishing, drunk, drunks, over the limit, alcoholic, alcoholics, alcoholism, drinker, drinkers, heavy drinker, heavy drinkers, winter, winter time, frozen lake, fishing, bait, beer, beer can, beer cans, beer bottle, beer bottles, temptation, temptations, frozen lakes, hopeless, hopelessness, fallen through the ice
"The 'Queer Eye' people came by - but they fled."
Tags:tv show, tv shows, fixer upper, fixer uppers, fix, fixes, fixing, reality show, reality shows, tv show, tv shows, flee, flees, fleeing, hopeless, hopelessness, useless, uselessness, lost cause, lost causes, lifestyle change, lifestyle changes, self-improvement, crazy, craziness, insane, insanity, trash heap, trash heaps
"No, you can't be be me, but I'm flattered you asked."
Tags:executive, executives, rich person, rich people, the one percent, the 1 percent, wealth divide, wealth gap, business executive, business executives, manager, managers, business manager, business managers, boss, bosses, privilege, privileges, privileged, silver spoon, flattered, flattery, hierarchy, hierarchies, office hierarchy, office hierarchies, hopeless, hopelessness
"I'm old. What's good for that?"
Tags:beauty standards, beauty ideal, feminine beauty ideal, the feminine beauty ideal, anti ageing cream, anti ageing creams, anti-ageing cream, anti-ageing creams, skincare, getting old, getting older, ageing, women's sell-by date, gender issues, vain, vanity, beauty, beauty product, beauty products, hopeless, hopelessness, hopeless case, hopeless cases
"No, it's not going to be O.K."
Tags:hell, the devil, devil, sin, sins, sinner, sinners, punishment, punishment, death, eternal damnation, circles of hell, depression, depressed, depressive, depressing, ok, okay, going to be okay, hopeless, hopelessness, futile, futility, stupid question, stupid questions, pointless question, pointlessness
Hailing a Taxi
"You used to start off each day with a song."
Tags:bird, birds, songbird, songbirds, pet, pets, pet bird, pet birds, caged bird, caged birds, depression, depressed, depressive, depressives, mental health, mental health issue, mental health issues, mental health problems, mental health problem, mental health disorder, mental health disorders, couple, couples, sing, singing, singer, singers, morning, morning person, morning people, marriages, long term relationship, long term relationships, long-term relationship, long-term relationships, hopeless, hopelessness, crushed hopes, broken dreams, captives, captive, captivity
"My whole life stretches out before me as a series of egg-white omelettes."
Tags:middle age, middle aged, mid life crises, mid-life crisis, diner, diners, existential crisis, omelette, omelettes, egg white omelette, egg white omelettes, hopeless, hopelessness, boring, bored, boredom, pointless, pointlessness, egg yolk, egg yolks, disappointment, disappointments, let down, let downs, let-down, let-downs
"Oh, for Pete's sake, lady! Go ahead and touch it."
Tags:art gallery, art galleries, do not touch, art museum, art museums, modern art, sculpture, sculptures, temptation, temptations, tempted, self restraint, self control, art gallery guard, art gallery guards, art museum guard, art museum guards, give up, giving up, given up, fed up, give in, giving in, modern life, uncultured, hopeless, hopelessness
"Do you have a minute for a problem whose solution has eluded humanity since the dawn of civilization?"
Tags:harass, harassing, hopeless, hopelessness, harassed, intrude, intruding, intrusion, pointless, pointlessness, stopped in the street, questionnaire, questionnaires, evangelist, evangelists, evangelical, charity worker, charity workers, the big questions, lifes mysteries, life's mysteries, chugging, chugger, chuggers, fundraising, fundraiser, fundraisers
"O.K., you could have been great. Now get off the bar."
Tags:bar, pub, ambition, ambitions, dream, dreams, hopes and dreams, ski jump, ski jumping, ski jumper, ski jumpers, ski-jump, ski-jumping, ski-jumper, ski-jumpers, let down, let downs, let-down, let-downs, disappointment, disappointments, disappointing, hopeless, hopelessness, show off, show offs, show-off, show-offs
"For God's sake, … I naturally, assumed when I told you to dot the 'i's' you would also cross the 'T's,' "
Tags:employee, employees, bad employee, bad employees, incompetent, incompetence, dot the i, offices, office job, office jobs, office work, office worker, office workers, literal interpretation, literal interpretations, hopeless, hopelessness, oblivious, obliviousness, handwriting, bad handwriting, report, reports, writing reports, let down, let downs, let-down, let-downs, frustration, frustrations, frustrating
Tags:street seller, street sellers, pedlar, pedlars, peddling, street pedlar, street pedlars, street peddling, second hand, second-hand, pre loved, umbrella, umbrellas, broken umbrella, broken umbrellas, used umbrellas, hopeless, hopelessness, pointless, pointlessness, market place, the market place, niche market, niche markets, flea market, flea markets