February 09, 2004

Beal Awareness Week

I think it's the dreaded beal again. "Beal," for those who may not be aware, is an illness characterized by having it. It's named after the character Howard Beal in Network, and was discovered by one of my college English Lit professors.

Thus:
Susie: "I can't go to class, I have beal."
Helpful questioner: "What's beal?"
Susie: "It's the reason I can't go to class."

In this case, though, I think beal has struck the blogosphere with a vengeance. I know I have been unable to comment on others' blogs because of it, and I suspect that there was a particularly bad outbreak this past weekend--only a few hardy souls were able to post at all. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for beal. It strikes without warning, usually in winter time, and has no set duration. Research into its cause and treatment are sadly underfunded. In fact, very few people are even aware it exists!

I am therefore declaring this Beal Awareness Week in the blogosphere.

What can you do to help? Sympathize. That's about it. If you stop by a regular read and they haven't posted, just let them know in a comment that you understand: "Sorry about your beal. Hope you get better soon." If you are a sufferer, try to let your readers know: "No post today. Beal." or if you are a reader: "I'd like to comment, but I have beal."

We can get through this epidemic if we all pull together.

Posted by Susie at February 9, 2004 12:39 PM | TrackBack
Comments

Yeah, I noticed it was particularly severe at BI the past few days...mild case at SR.

Posted by: Wind Rider at February 9, 2004 04:23 PM

Yep. Me, too. Hope you get better soon.

Heck, hope I get better soon, too. This reeks. :)

Posted by: Linda at February 9, 2004 05:20 PM

I thought this was already named "February."

Posted by: Trey Givens at February 9, 2004 05:24 PM

"BEAL" (A poem)

Bloggery lethargic and ancillary
as dense and compact as February.

-- Tuning Spork

I, too, have been commenting less lately, though many of my recent comments disappeared due to "No info in ID field" (or something) even though my ID info is there and presumably remembered. Hmmm.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at February 9, 2004 10:15 PM

I think Trey is right - it's February! All weekend I've had to press on my brain really hard in order to come up with some sort of post *sigh*. Commenting, however, is still working for me. That's because someone else thinks of something new, all I have to do is see if I can think up a readable response. *G*

Posted by: Teresa at February 9, 2004 11:50 PM

It's February?

Hang on... October, November, December, January Damn it, so it is.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at February 10, 2004 04:46 AM

I'd like to comment, but my lemming has measles.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at February 10, 2004 04:53 AM

Susie - you need a logo for we of the Beal affliction. It'll serve as a warning to readers.

hln

Posted by: hln at February 10, 2004 08:47 AM

If, when I read the name Beal, I immediately thought of the half-black, half-white guy from the old Star Trek episode "Let This Be Your Last Battlefield", does that mean I'm a nerd?

Posted by: Harvey at February 10, 2004 11:14 AM

Yes, Harvey--sorry.

Posted by: Susie at February 10, 2004 11:53 AM

Interesting.... I apparently came down with the Beals and didn't even know it.

And sadly, it wasn't the Jennifer Beals...

Posted by: Mike the Marine at February 10, 2004 12:14 PM

If someone came up with a cure for Beal, would they be awarded the Nobeal Prize for Medicine?

Posted by: Pixy Misa at February 10, 2004 12:38 PM

*groan*!

Posted by: Susie at February 10, 2004 01:51 PM

Thanks for the timely warning. I thought it was just me.

Unfortunately my new computer caught it from the old one and has to go back to the store for a refund.

I have been struggling for days to post an already written post and my old computer would just reboot at random intervals until I gave up and bought a new one.

I should have waited until the contagion wore off, because the new HP computer ran for several hours and locked up completely.

I will put a notice on my home office door:
"Quarantine - Beal epidemic. Check back much later."

Posted by: David at February 10, 2004 07:40 PM

Blogger Ennui Apathy & Lethargy

Posted by: Da Goddess at February 18, 2004 01:13 AM

Thanks. I definitely have had it. Now, I know what to call it. It's better than calling it Rex.

Posted by: Jim - Parkway Rest Stop at February 18, 2004 02:15 AM

here via DaGoddess... I had to know what 'beal' was. seems I have it every other day. as for the past weekend, I'd venture to guess that most bloggers weren't blogging because they were bonking...or something. ;-)

Posted by: Cindy at February 19, 2004 06:26 PM

Beal syndrome sounds like cabin fever. I prescribe a week in Key West. A place with religious rituals that include rum, nudity and sunsets is a sure cure.

Posted by: Kathleen at February 20, 2004 11:28 AM

Beal sucks.

I just got through a severe bout of it, but I don't feel like I've shaken it altogether yet.

I think it's just that my Muse is off on vacation. She couldn't stand the weather around here anymore and left in a rush, mumbling something about "Cancun".

Good news is that I've had Beal before, and it always passes.

It'll pass for you too. Have faith.

Posted by: Emperor Misha I at February 29, 2004 11:41 PM
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