it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. primarily it was the worst. it just kept finding ways to get worse. you'd think, wow, rock bottom! but then increasingly astounding events would force your face right through the ground and the layers and layers of sediment and crust beneath it to unprecedented, unimaginable depths. "man," you think as eons of soil record exfoliate the shit out of your skin, "this sucks"