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PSA FB T-Shirt

Posted 2012.10.15 9.52 in Family/Friends

I recently attended a get-together where I met a number of new people for the first time (or at least I assume it was the first time) and while it was overall an interesting and enjoyable evening, there was also a nagging fear about next time.

Next time, at the next get-together, when they’ll expect me to recognize them all.

Sooner or later I’ll have to explain about face-blindness to them, and trying to figure out how best to handle that, I got the idea to just put it on a t-shirt. Something that would catch their attention and perhaps get them to ask some questions.

I figure that might help break the ice and make it easier to bring up the subject. FaceBlind.org is the URL for some of the official researchers who have been studying Prosopagnosia, and it’s easy to read, pronounce and remember.

Anxiety

Posted 2011.12.30 10.45 in Life On Drugs, Pointless Blather

So I’m on my way to a date with a scalpel, and I’m nervous.

They say it’s no big thing. Simple procedure, only takes 30 minutes or so.

I’m sure they’re right. I’m sure everything will be ok.

It’s just that I get nervous when needles, scalpels, and anaesthetic are involved.

And it’s not like they do anything to ease the anxiety – to the contrary, the whole process is designed to extend the discomfort. No food or water after midnight, so you’re hungry and totally parched while you’re waiting. No painkillers or other medication for a full week ahead of time.

I get the no-food thing, and the no-water thing makes a very slight amount of sense. But it doesn’t do anything to make one feel less uneasy about the situation.

Personally, I think they should give you a small supply of demerol, to start taking as soon as the anxiety sets in. That would go a long way to making the whole process run a little smoother. At least from the patient’s point of view.

About Ready to Give Up

Posted 2009.09.17 9.27 in Pointless Blather

There are times when you work hard and even though things are tough you know that you’ll get through it and past it and everything will work out at the end. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel and the clouds have a silver lining and if you just stay positive and work hard and persevere, it will all be ok.

Then you realize that the light at the end of the tunnel is actually a freight train coming your way, the silver lining on the clouds is actually acid rain, and you realize that if you work hard and persevere, all that awaits you is more hard work and more difficult times.

When life reaches the point where it consists of waking, going to work, working, going home, having dinner, going to bed, lather, rinse, repeat. And you realize that wow, if I do this for the next 20 or 30 years, maybe I’ll be able to afford to continue to do this for the next 20 or 30 years. What’s the point? I work so that I continue to have a job so that I can continue to work?

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