I’m not normally one to apologize for light posting. Rather, for those of you wondering where the hell I’ve been, know that three things have been eating at me:

  1. Pneumonia
  2. Depositions
  3. Skyrim

Pneumonia has kept me down and at home. Where I’ve tried to work, really I have. But when you’re not physically well, it takes a seemingly tremendous amount of energy to concentrate and mentally focus on anything. When your body rebels on you — through your sinuses or, um, other bodily voids — it can be difficult to sustain that concentration. So when I haven’t had to muster focus for travel to attend to depositions, I’ve been trying to stay home and not be a hero at work, because no one there wants my disease and I am fortunate to have the sort of job where I can get work done at home. In theory. And yes, when I’ve permitted myself to do so, I’ve been indulging in about an hour at a time of Skyrim. Which is pretty damn absorbing, not in the least for the astonishing visual beauty of its landscape. I often can’t focus on it for more than an hour at a time, either. This week’s on-the-road depositions — five of which I’m taking rather than defending or observing — is going to be a tremendous challenge.

Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering litigator. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Recovering Former Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.


  1. I’m sorry to hear about the problems….I’ve never had pneumonia, but it sounds very challenging. I hope you have a chance to take care of yourself and get better soon!

    • Thanks for the good wishes, Pierre. I hope you never have to deal with pneumonia. This sucks.

  2. You get better now, Mister. Pneumonia does not sound particularly fun to deal with.

    What character are you playing?

    • Breton built up for magic at lower levels. As things grow more challenging, I find I need melee combat skills to supplement this and finish off the bosses, and I’m starting to burn through hirelings.

  3. I was just thinking about how much you owed me an apology for being sick, doing actual work, and playing video games. I’m glad you did this. I hate to think what our relationship would have become had you not.

    (Feel better.)

  4. My main recollection from having pneumonia was feeling like my entire body had been hit by a Mack truck. You have my sympathy and I hope you get well soon.

  5. That sucks.
    I had pneumonia last year, and I went back to work early.
    My recovery took about twice as long as it should have had because of it.
    But you can expect to be out two weeks, maybe three.
    I would say, schedule for three, and if you can make it back in two-and-a-half, you’ll be ahead of schedule.
    Take it seriously, even when you start to feel better.
    That doesn’t mean that you’re well yet; it just means that the worst is over.

  6. Sending whatever health karma I have your way. You need to get all the way back on your feet for May.

    • Yes indeed; Patrick invites me to drink plenty of fluids and the plan is to have a significant amount of ethyl hydroxide by Memorial Day weekend. Actually maybe a bit before that; I’ll e-mail you should the stars and planets align just so.

  7. I never get “lucky” enough to get real diseases that result in me needing to stay home. I only ever get sick enough to feel like crap but feel obligated to go into work anyway, which is doubly-stupid as I can do almost everything remotely as well.

    I’m an idiot, basically, is what I’m saying here. Drink lots of fluids.

  8. I love the picture. I want to find a card like this one my desk on day.

    Hope you feel better soon.

    • Protip: if you’re going to Google Image Search that exact phrase, you may want to make sure your safesearch option is turned on, or you’re not at work. Trust me on this.

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