p.s. I'm in Boston, so uh according to my shaky grasp of U.S. geography, we're equidistant from the midwest...? Er. Sort of?
Anybody know what I mean when I ref monkey torture??? ;)
Laughter helps. I took one of my fiancee's undershirts and wrote REFUSAL (a la UWisc) in red Sharpie across the chest, then wore it to amuse myself. Later, my housemate and I watched several old episodes of The State over a bottle cheap wine. It helped.
As for the Midwest, it's a bit farther from CA than Boston; I know this because I used to live in Boston, and my parents (who live in Ohio) used to visit me all the time
. So I moved across the great parental divide to CA, and I've been undisturbed ever since. ; )