Monday, May 30, 2016

"Marijuana Addiction Linked To Depression and Schizophrenia"

"In what researchers call a 'groundbreaking discovery,' specific genes that cause addiction to marijuana have been identified, and it turns out that some of them can increase the risk for depression and schizophrenia. The discovery could help shed some light as to why up to 90% of people with marijuana addiction also suffer from psychiatric conditions or other addictions.

"To come to this conclusion, researchers, led by Joel Gelernter, a Yale psychiatrist analyzed the genes of up to 15,000 individuals from three different groups in a bid to establish the connection between gene composition and various addictions. Between 18% and 36% people in each group had a cannabis dependence. The team concentrated on genetic variations known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are associated with symptoms of marijuana addiction.

"The researchers found three genetic variants in the subjects linked with addiction to marijuana. One of the variants was located in a gene that regulates the level of calcium in the body. Repeated studies have already established that fluctuation of calcium concentrations in the body is an indicator of substance use disorders such as opioid addiction.

"Another genetic variation located in a gene known as CSMD1 was also found in participants with marijuana dependence. The variant is linked to the growth of the central nervous system. Surprisingly, genetic variations found in CSMD1 are associated with schizophrenia risk. Following the discovery, Gelernter said, 'We were surprised to find a genetic risk overlap between cannabis dependence and major depression.'
"While previous studies have associated marijuana addiction and increase the risk of schizophrenia, this is the first study to show the specific genes that cause the addition and further explain why addicts tend to have psychiatric disorders. It is imperative to mention that this study only established the link between genetic variations and symptoms of marijuana addiction and cannot prove that these genetic variations lead to marijuana dependence.

"Additionally, even though the study seems to point to the fact that marijuana addiction, depression, and schizophrenia may have common underlying genetic factors, there is also a likelihood that individuals sufferings from schizophrenia and depression tend to use marijuana because they feel the drug reduces the intensity of their symptoms.  Nonetheless, the findings could help address marijuana and addiction and enable doctors to find a lasting treatment for the two conditions. At present, a comprehensive therapy to treat schizophrenia is yet to be found.

"The findings of the study were published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry:"

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

"'Hungry' by Paul Revere & The Raiders on Mono 1966 Columbia 45."



Ah, yes.

"Post Turtles"

"While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75-year-old Texas rancher whose hand had been caught in a gate while working cattle, a doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.

"Eventually the topic got around to politics, and then they discussed the new congressman who was acting way too big for his shoes as a politician.

"The old rancher said, 'Well, ya know, most politicians are just like post turtles.'

"Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a 'post turtle' was.

"The old rancher said, 'When you’re driving down a country road, and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a "post turtle."'

"The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor’s face so he continued to explain.

"'You know he didn’t get up there by himself, he doesn’t belong up there, he doesn’t know what to do while he is up there, and you have to wonder what kind of dumb ass put him up there in the first place!'"

Wash Your Fruit

Trust me, the pesticides applied to most of our food plants are far worse than any ass cooties. Especially the stuff from outside the USA. They often have few to no laws concerning pesticide use.

Floating Cabin


Who do we all know that sounds like this?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

"Welsh sheep go on rampage after eating cannabis plants"

"SWANSEA, Wales, May 25 (UPI) — Officials from a city in South Wales are warning that a group of sheep could have ingested cannabis causing them to stir up trouble in nearby towns.

"Swansea County Councillor Ioan Richard feared that sheep in the area could ingest cannabis plants that were dumped from an illegal cannabis factory.

"'I dread to think what will happen if they eat what could well be cannabis plants — we could have an outbreak out of psychotic sheep rampaging through the village,' he said.

"Richard added that one flock of sheep had already been seen roaming about a Welsh village and intruding on people’s homes.

"'There is already a flock of sheep roaming the village causing a nuisance,' he said. 'They are getting in people’s gardens and one even entered a bungalow and left a mess in the bedroom.'

"A spokesman for the Swansea council reported that the cannabis had been removed from the area and condemned the process of illegally dumping the waste, known as fly-tipping.

"'The fly-tipped waste has now been removed, but we’d urge anyone with information about who may be responsible to contact either ourselves or South Wales Police,' they said. 'Fly-tipping has a negative impact on local communities, so we’re doing all we can to both prevent it and clean up as quickly as possible at known hot spots.'"

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Those damn high sheep hoodlums ruin it for all the good sheep.


Friday, May 27, 2016

He was he

He was he,
And I am me,
So stop comparing cats.

Copyright © May 27, 2016, OrbsCorbs.

"Rally musters community support to treat mental illness"

From The Journal


"RACINE — When describing her long struggle with mental health, 55-year-old Luann Simpson boiled her experience down to two major dramatic course changes in her life.

"The first occurred at age 24 when she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, experiencing extreme mood fluctuations 'ranging from the deep darkness of depression to the heightened energy of full-blown mania' and plunging her into a phase of occasionally being locked up in a psychiatric unit, given dozens of medications, even various phases of electroconvulsive therapy.

"The second happened when she first walked into the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Racine County office — where she is now a peer support consultant.

"'I was told that I had a mental illness and it is treatable and, with medications, I would be able to manage and be OK,' Simpson said of her original diagnosis. 'Well, I am here to tell you that manageable and OK does not have to be future for anyone diagnosed with a mental illness. Mental health recovery is real.'

"Simpson shared her story to about 120 people at “Bridging the Gaps: Mental Health Recovery is Real — Take the First Step,” a community rally observing Mental Health Awareness Month at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital on Thursday evening.

"Organized by Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, United Way of Racine County, NAMI Racine County and Infinite Potential Central, the rally gathered organizations, businesses and government bodies to share how they are trying to make an impact in better treating mental illness.

"Speakers addressing the crowd included Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave, United Way of Racine County President Rodney Prunty, NAMI of Racine County Executive Director Mike Boticki and others. In addition, the rally featured some speakers who shared their personal struggles with mental illness, such as Simpson and Miss Racine Haley Schonter.

New mental health clinic


"Among the initiatives highlighted at the rally, Prunty announced that United Way will be partnering with the Racine Unified School District to start a school-based mental health clinic in Knapp Elementary School, 2701 17th St., being rebuilt to open as a “community school” next year.

"That would be the third New Beginnings school clinic at Unified schools — which stations a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin clinic in a school — since the program first launched in October in partnership with the Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health. There are clinics at SC Johnson Elementary, 2420 Kentucky Street and Wadewitz Elementary, 2700 Yout St.

"In addition, Prunty highlighted the need to combat the negative association many have of mental illness, a key theme of the rally to help those suffering with mental illness to take their own first step toward recovery.
He noted that the rally — which organizers plan to be an annual event — and other events like it will be important steps in the effort to rid society of that stigma.

"'This is the first of many,' Prunty said. 'We’re going to continue to grow, and I can tell you we’re not going to rest until we have significantly reduced or even eliminated the stigma associated with mental illness in our community so folks can get the help they need to live productive lives.'

"Organizers said anyone looking for information about mental illness, as well as the support and resources available for county residents go to NAMI of Racine County’s website:"

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"Resource fair, rally at Wheaton will focus on mental health"

From The Journal

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"RACINE — In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, several organizations will host 'Bridging the Gaps: Mental Health Recovery is Real — Take the First Step' rally and resource fair at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints hospital St. Luke’s Health Pavilion auditorium, 3821 Spring St. 

"The event will feature mental health advocates sharing stories and offering support about mental illness and recovery, followed by a community resource fair.

"The host organizations are United Way Racine County, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Racine County, Infinite Potential Central (IPC) and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints hospital.

"Guest speakers include:
  • Dr. Soheila Brouk, founder of Infinite Potential Central;
  • Lisa Adams-Qualls, social worker in the Racine Unified School District;
  • Mary Huck, cofounder of Survivors of a Loved One’s Suicide;
  • Rodney Prunty, United Way of Racine County president;
  • Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave;
  • Julie Hueller, vice president of operations of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare;
  • Erika Arzate, a member of the Latino community;
  • Jackie Hartley, Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health manager;
  • Miss Racine Haley Anya;
  • Mike Boticki, NAMI Racine County executive director;
  • Luann Simpson, NAMI Racine County peer support consultant.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

"Yorkville's escaped emu returns home safe," after terrorizing the countryside

From The Journal


"YORKVILLE — It took a team of community members, a portable fence and a lucky catch, but a fearful emu that went missing from a hobby farm in Yorkville on Monday is now back home safe and sound.

"Caretaker Dawn Dahms first learned the emu was on the loose after its owner spotted the animal — a flightless, but fast bird related to the ostrich — in the front yard of Dahms' farm.

"Some people who spotted the emu soon after its escape tried to recapture the bird, but that only further exasperated the situation, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office later reported, and the emu fled.

"The bird was eventually captured on Thursday afternoon, after Dahms got a call from someone at Harry Hansen Meat Service, 10407 Highway K, in Raymond, who said he had just spotted the emu in a nearby cornfield.

"'We sent some people out there and they corralled her with some fencing, and then apparently as they were getting her from the fencing to the horse trailer she tried to jump and some man from out of nowhere started walking up and he caught her in midair and got it back into the horse trailer,' Dahms explained Thursday evening." 

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So, I guess that emu is off the menu at Harry Hansen's.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

"Emu escapes in Yorkville, not considered dangerous"

From The Journal


"YORKVILLE — The Racine County Sheriff’s Office isn’t very worried about a loose emu that escaped in Yorkville.

"'We deal with this every day, people’s animals getting out,' Sgt. David Coughlin said. 'It’s an emu. It’s a small ostrich. It’s not going to hurt anybody.'

"According to Coughlin, the Sheriff’s Office received a call at about 1 p.m. Monday about an emu that had escaped from a hobby farm in Yorkville. Some good Samaritans tried to recapture the emu, but that only further exasperated the situation, as the emu fled.

"'It’s not a people emu,' Coughlin said.

"The emu escaped while its owners were moving other animals, according to Coughlin. Some neighbors have seen the animal in the area, and the owners have worked to recapture it.

"The emu’s owners declined to provide additional details about their lost animal, since having a bunch of people trying to track the emu could make the situation worse. The Sheriff’s Office isn’t devoting any personnel to the emu for the same reason.

"'People come out with goodhearted intentions and might totally screw it up worse than it already is,' Coughlin said.

"The emu remained at large as of late Tuesday afternoon, said the owners, who did not want to be identified."

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Right.  Absolutely harmless . . .

"Unclaimed Safe Deposit Box Auction Starts Tuesday"

From Racine County Eye:

 By Heather Asiyanbi in Community · May 24, 2016 · No comments

"Take note treasure hunters: the state Department of Revenue is hosting an online auction of unclaimed safe deposit boxes. The auction runs from Tuesday through 10 a.m. June 7.

"Up for grabs are a variety of coins, jewelry, stamp collections and various other items, an announcement from the DOR reads.

"The department is responsible for the unclaimed property program, and staffers work to connect residents with unclaimed property that might belong to them. According to state statute, when no one steps forward, the state has three years to sell the items through auction.

"While the auction will take place primarily online at #16286, anyone interested in participating in person can do so from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Wisconsin Surplus, 202 West Front Street, in Mount Horeb.

"Residents who want to check if they have any property with the state can use the DOR’s online database."

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GO to the DOR’s online database and check if there's any money, property, whatever out there for you or someone you love.  JUST DO IT.  Someone very close to me just received $3,200 after submitting a claim in late January.  He had to submit some additional documents.  It's a very slow process.  He said one of the people he talked to at the DOR said they're swamped.  His claim didn't even get looked at until March, even though he submitted it in late January.  However, it did eventually pay off.

It's worth your time to search for property that may be due you.  It's absurd that the DOR says they make every effort to find people who are owed money.  Right.  My buddy's money came from his father's life insurance company, 40 (!) years ago.  He hadn't been hiding in the past 40 yers.  Indeed, he had to file income taxes with the state each year.  But they couldn't find him.  Or his mother or sister when they were alive.

Good luck!

"Incident Control Office"

Cute kitten

Here, kitty, kitty; here, kitty. kitty.  What a cutie pie.  He reminds me a little of my previous cat, Gordy.

Monday, May 23, 2016

"America’s Deadliest Home Video, Shot In Racine, Re-Released"

From Racine County Eye:

By Denise Lockwood in Breaking · May 23, 2016 · No comments

"Before there was The Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity, there was America’s Deadliest Home Video… well almost.

"But no really, it LIVES!

"America’s Deadliest Home Video was written and directed by Jack Perez, produced by Racine native Mick Wynhoff, and filmed in Racine 25 years ago. Initially released in 1993, the movie was just re-released by Camp Motion Pictures and that means the flick is now available on DVD to buy on Amazon or

"Starring Wynhoff, it also featured Danny Bonaduce just after he faced jail time for punching a transvestite in Phoenix Arizona."

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"#MyDepressionLooksLike: Twitter Users Share Their Emotional Stories With Hashtag"

Getty Images - Depression is one of the most common forms of mental disorder, yet many people mask their symptoms or isolate themselves rather than confront their depression to seek treatment.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Invisibility Cloaks

My resume


"One-Stop Shopping"

"New and expanded medical definitions create more patients — and a lucrative market for drug firms"

From JSOnline:

"From binge-eating disorder to overactive bladder, new definitions or lowered thresholds mean millions more people — overnight — fit the criteria of having treatable disorders"

"Know someone who shouts and pounds on the steering wheel when cut off in traffic?

"They might be one of 16 million Americans said to suffer from 'intermittent explosive disorder.'

"Can you polish off a box of cookies while watching your favorite TV show?

"Could be a sign of 'binge-eating disorder,; said to afflict 7 million Americans.

  "Another 14 million men are said to have clinically low testosterone, 9 million women are said to suffer from low sexual desire, and tens of millions more are said to have bladders that are too active or blood sugar that is a little too high. That blood sugar level used to be considered normal. Now it makes you a candidate for treatment with expensive medication.

 "None of these conditions was considered part of mainstream medicine just 20 years ago. But thanks to new definitions or lowered thresholds, millions more people — overnight — fit the criteria of having treatable disorders.

 "Many independent doctors and researchers are skeptical, saying the new conditions are the product of medical groups that get pharmaceutical industry funding, researchers looking to advance their careers and drug companies aiming to broaden the market for expensive new products.

 "On top of that, the drugs sold to treat these newly defined — and not life-threatening — conditions often carry serious health risks, a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MedPage Today investigation has found.

 "An examination of eight common new conditions found the changes all went in the same direction — toward expanding the number of people who could be treated with expensive drugs."

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"Intermittent explosive disorder: Mental condition or bad behavior?" That's me!


Keep Cal

Brakes 101

No caliper.  The rotor appears to be a ventilated one with large cooling fins.

Nothing on the road surprises me anymore, nothing.  When I see shit like this, I try to put as much distance between him and me as is possible.  Sometimes that means speeding up; others, it means slowing down.  Just stay away from wackos like these.

Friday, May 20, 2016


From Knuckledraggin My Life Away:

"You can probably tell I don’t think much of AKs, huh?
A cheaply produced rifle that has worse accuracy than a fucking slingshot.

"'But… but the knockdown power is greater than the 5.56!!!'
Yeah, if you happen to hit your target.

"'It’s more durable than an AR!!!'
Because the fucking tolerances are so loose. Again, a cheap rifle.

"'Ammo is widely available!!!'
5.56 ain’t?

"It’s such a cheap rifle that it’s been used to arm guerrillas all over the world – because those insurgents are too fucking ignorant to take care of a firearm.

"Yeah, I know, I’m going to hear about this post."

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

211th Chorus

The wheel of the quivering meat
Turns in the void expelling human beings,
Pigs, turtles, frogs, insects, nits,
Mice, lice, lizards, rats, roan
Racinghorses, poxy bucolic pigtics,
Horrible unnameable lice of vultures,
Murderous attacking dog-armies
Of Africa, Rhinos roaming in the
Vast boars and huge gigantic bull
Elephants, rams, eagles, condors,
Pones and Porcupines and Pills—
All the endless conception of living
Gnashing everywhere in Consciousness
Throughout the ten directions of space
Occupying all the quarters in & out,
From supermicroscopic no-bug
To huge Galaxy Lightyear Bowell
Illuminating the sky of one Mind—
    Poor! I wish I was free
    of that slaving meat wheel
    and safe in heaven dead.

Hallelujah! - "Say goodbye to Time Warner Cable: sale leads to name change"

From The Journal

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Associated Press

"NEW YORK — Time Warner Cable is going away, and that means you might have a new cable company to hate. But you might find one you like better instead.

"Time Warner, the largest cable provider in New York and Los Angeles, among other markets, was just bought by Charter Communications Inc., which has mostly operated in the Midwest. The Stamford, Connecticut-based company also bought Bright House Networks Wednesday. That makes Charter the second-largest home Internet provider and third-largest video provider in the U.S. Over the next year and a half, Charter will phase out the Time Warner Cable and Bright House names in favor of its own brand, Spectrum.

"New Spectrum subscribers will probably like some things. Charter will continue trying to boost Internet speeds and won’t have usage-based billing or caps on how much data customers can use. Its prices are generally lower than Time Warner Cable’s, and Charter says it will use its size to negotiate better deals with channel owners.

"Aguilar said Time Warner Cable in particular is seen as a static, distant company that doesn’t care about its customers. (Emphasis added.) But Charter has an opportunity to change that now. Comcast renamed its cable business Xfinity in 2010, and Aguilar said consumers like Xfinity as a brand.

"'If they marry the name with significant improvements in the customer experience, they could have something very interesting,' he said.

"But that might be tough. Over time, cable bills are likely to keep rising. The merger means Spectrum will have even less competition to keep prices down. Many of Time Warner’s cheaper deals, which offer slower Internet speeds, will go away. Costs for cable companies are still rising because they pay high prices for the rights to carry channels on cable lineups, and those increases get passed on to consumers.

"Those kinds of annoyances make complaining about cable companies a fact of life for a lot of people. From rising bills to unexplained outages to long hold times on the phone and lengthy and long waits for service, there’s always something to keep customers unhappy with their provider. Time Warner, which tried to merge with also-hated Comcast in 2015, had been acknowledging that lately. Its ads last year nodded toward typical cable company shortcomings, and in recent weeks the company has run an ad campaign that says it’s 'Changing for Good.' The ads say its service has improved and 99 percent of its technicians arrive within the one-hour appointment window consumers are given."

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I'm already in training for new wars with the new owners.

Morning Instructions

"City Council denies CVS rezoning"

From The Journal

"10 Plastic Surgery Horror Stories"

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

"War - 'Low Rider' (HQ Audio)"

There's that sax again.

DUI Test

JM - 30

Welcome to America

I don't know for a fact that my parents and sister went through Ellis Island, but they were DPs (Displaced Persons), war refugees.  They told me about seeing the Statue of Liberty from their ship.  So, unless there was another intake point for war refugees in New York City Harbor, they went through Ellis Island,  From there, my memory of my parents' stories is a little cloudy.  However, at some point my mother and sister left my father in charge of the luggage while they peed, or something.  The place must have been rife with con men and hustlers of all types.  This would have been about 1948.

So my dad is standing there and he doesn't understand one word of English.  Somehow this hustler gets across the idea to my father that he is in great admiration of my father's wedding ring (a simple gold band).  He also gets across the idea that he would love to hold the ring in his hands.  My dad is so impressed by the guy's interest, that he hands over the ring.  Suddenly, there's a tap on my father's back.  When he turned around, no one was there.  When he turned back to the guy with his wedding ring, no one was there, either.

It must have been a field day, every day, of poor suckers for the hustlers to fleece.

Of course, my father (and my mother) never forgot about it.

Back then, you had to have a sponsor to get into the USA.  A sponsor was someone who promised you a job and housing for a year.  I'm not sure of how the practice of choosing people for what jobs went.  I know my parents and sister almost ended up (down?) in Australia.

I'm also unsure of how and who got paid, and who didn't.  It was similar to indentured servitude.  My parents and my sister ended up on a farm in Ohio.  I don't remember the city's name.  I'm sure my sister would have.  My father was a skilled machinist.  He hated farm work.  Loathed it.  So he got stuck on a farm for a year.  There was a small "home" behind the main house that my parents and sister lived in.

One of my favorite stories from that time involved my father's introduction to corn.  They had never seen corn before.  There was no corn in Riga.  So the first time my father saw it, corn and its cobs were being fed to the pigs.  It became my father's job to feed the pigs.  Forever thereafter, he wouldn't eat corn because it was "pig food."  I never saw him eat corn.  My mom and sister and me all liked it in various ways, but dad wouldn't eat "pig food," period.

Monday, May 16, 2016

"First Penis Transplant Performed in U.S. on Cancer Patient"

From Newsweek:


Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, underwent the first successful penis transplant in the U.S. -  Massachusetts General Hospital

"Things are looking up in life for a patient in Boston, thanks to a dead man’s penis.

"A team of surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital announced Monday that they successfully completed the first penis transplant to take place in the U.S.—and the third one worldwide—on a man who has been living without his member for several years due to penile cancer.  

The penis transplant, a procedure also known as a genitourinary reconstructive vascularized composite allograft, took 15 hours for the physicians to complete. The patient, 64-year-old Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, underwent a partial penectomy in 2012. Physicians on Friday said that he is doing well and that there are no signs of organ rejection, bleeding or infection.

"The surgical team spent more than three and half years preparing for this breakthrough procedure. It required the work of several different departments and specialists in the hospital, including plastic and reconstructive surgery, urology, psychiatry, infectious diseases, nursing and social work. The hospital’s transplant center first considered performing this procedure in 2012 after they successfully performed a hand transplant, another highly complex surgery. The group worked closely with the New England Organ Bank to make it happen.

"In a statement issued by the hospital, the patient expressed gratitude to the team of doctors and acknowledged the potential for this surgery to change the lives of many men. 'Today I begin a new chapter filled with personal hope and hope for others who have suffered genital injuries, particularly for our service members who put their lives on the line and suffer serious damage as a result,' Manning wrote. 'In sharing this success with all of you, it’s my hope we can usher in a bright future for this type of transplantation.' The hospital added that the donor’s family was pleased to hear the surgery was successful."

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"Things are looking up in life for a patient in Boston, thanks to a dead man’s penis."  Rimshot

This is great news!  I hope they'll make it elective surgery.  Just wait around until someone with a big penis, who is a good medical match for you, dies.  Then claim that schlong!


JM - 29

This Tuesday past, May 10, I expected to be emotional.  I was going to my last, last session with my psychiatrist, because she's retiring.  I had seen her three months ago and we expected that to be our last meeting, but she set up this date just in case I hadn't yet made an appointment with another psychiatrist.

As it turns out, I did have an appointment with the psychiatrist she most highly recommended, but they were booking appointments 5 months out.  I got an appointment for August.  When I got to my session with Nancy, she said the psychiatrist she recommended was booked up for a year now and not taking any more new patients.  Hooray for me.

Unfortunately, I was still in shell shock after the implosion of the JTI.  I figured I lost at least ten friends, if not more.  Now I'm telling this to the psychiatrist I've best connected with over the years.  About 8 years, I think.  I loved Nancy and it was painful to have her ripped out of my life, especially after the loss of the JTI friends.  I was soon blubbering.  Everything felt raw and hurt.  She told me I was grieving and not to make any major decisions over the next few days.  And then,  fini.

This has been a pattern my enire life.  Make some friends.  Have a good time with them, from a few months to a few years.  Then lose those friends and drift to another group.  I don't know why.  Freud, I suppose, would say it's fear of commitment, but how do your explain 16 years with someone?  38?  45?

My other happy news came a day later, Wednesday, May 11, when I had an appointment with my kidney doctor.  He said I've lost a percent in kidney function, down to 41%.  He also said this was not to be unexpected as it's a progressive disease.

Say what?

No one told me that.  I thought that if I followed doctor's orders, I would lose no more ground and maybe even gain some.  He said tissue died when my kidneys shut down and that if we could look at it today, we would see the scarring from the dead tissue.  There's no way to reanimate dead tissue.  Fine, but "progressive?"  Even if I follow doctor's orders?  They aren't much: control my blood pressure and stay hydrated.  Whenever I voice my concern , he refers to all of the diabetic patients who come there in wheelchairs for their dialysis.   "At least, you're not like them," he says.  Oboy.  How reassuring. 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Homage ut S. Ioannes

You slake my thirst when I'm dry.  You bring me food when I'm hungry.  You bring me reading material when I'm depressed.  You share my joy when I'm happy.  You've given so much to me and my family, that I can't repay you.  There isn't enough time left in my life.

When we speak, your share your comprehensive knowledge of current events, geography, and history with me.  You never fail to awe me.  When we speak of "the good old days," we laugh and laugh.  Together we share our concerns about aging, disease, and friends dying.  Together we condemn the anger which has gripped our nation.  Together we rip politicians to pieces.

It's been more than 45 years.  You've never failed me.  In the least.  I went drunkenly flying off of I-94 on St. Patrick's Day in Milwaukee in your Chevy.  It was totaled.  We had the simmering hulk towed to your home.  Your first words were, "Was anybody hurt?"  We shook our heads.  "Good," you said, "let's --- ----."

Later, you gave me a car, the Buick, aka, "The Puke."  It died during the winter at State and Main Streets.  We just left it there, in the road.

"Thank you" aren't the right words.  They can't carry the weight of my debt to you.  You go "above and beyond" what I'd expect from a friend.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.  You have never brought me violence and you always leave in peace.  I can't remember an encounter with you that I failed to learn something.

 Peace, St. John, peace.  May the next twenty years be more productive than the last.  May your talents be recognized for the gifts that they are.  May your path meet with the sunshine and the love that you deserve.

I love you and I thank you, sir,

"Joan Jett - 'I love Rock N Roll' - 1982"

"Membership Drive"

From JT Irregulars:

"JT Irregulars is looking for a few good men and women to post blogs on the site and comment on others blogs.  Everyone here is in charge of their own blogs, so you can express yourself however you desire.  You moderate the comments on your blogs.  You also can disallow comments on your blogs. 

"You'll receive a JT Irregulars email account, if you wish.

"We consider ourselves a "local" blog, but you don't have to be from Racine to join.  You can blog about whatever you want, not just Racine-related topics.  If you've found something interesting, post it on the JT Irregulars.

"You'll need a Google account to join.  Then send an email to requesting an account.  You'll receive a reply email with your "invitation" to join.  Hit the buttons and you're in.  Thank you for joining."

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"The Drifters - 'There goes my baby'"

Party on, lying John!

"Lord Love a Duck: Cat Cafés"

"'It’s totally a thing.'

"'Is not. Lord love a duck!'

"But your humble blogger was wrong. It is totally a thing.

"The Cat Café. No, it’s not where they serve overpriced espresso to cats (an experiment that probably produced the image to the right), but where they serve overpriced espresso to cat ladies, in the company of cats.

"If you fill out an adoption application, and the crazy cat lady running the café takes a shine to you, you can get a take-out order adopt-a-kitty.

"For some reason this is all over the news these days. Maybe it’s a lead-up to Friday the 13th when our cat overlords were supposed to unmask and take over the world, but got distracted chasing a laser pointer instead."

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Too cute:

Wednesday, May 11, 2016


"Everly Brothers - 'Bye Bye Love' - Original HQ Audio"

Wisconsin Department of Revenue Unclaimed Property Site

Go there and search the database by name.  I know one guy who was alerted to unclaimed property in his deceased parents' name by his ex-sister-in-law.  He checked the site,  Sure enough, there was money there from his father's life insurance company: $3,200.  He put in a claim.  There was a lot of waiting.  A couple of times, the Department of Revenue requested additional information and/or documentation.  He checked the status of his claim on the website regularly. He waited and waited.  Finally, a little more than three months after he first put in a claim, the Department of Revenue approved his claim.

Talk about free money...

Hillary in Blackface

"One more drink and she’s mine"

From Knuckledraggin My Life Away:

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016



Oh, the irony!

"Motorcyclist still absorbing horrific crash, viral video"

From JSOnline:

By Jim Stingl - "In My Opinion"

"Travis Meyer had one request for his father: 'Don't let Mom see the video.'

"The death-defying viral video.

"'After a couple days it was like, well, that's not going to be possible. He was on three TV stations,' dad Brian said.

"It's hard to watch but impossible to look away from the fast-moving images. Two videos, actually, were captured on helmet-mounted cameras during a group motorcycle ride the sunny afternoon of April 16 on Highway 21 between Omro and Redgranite.

"They show a small dog running out onto the highway and being hit by a rider, Brandon Ullrich, who then flies off his bike at highway speed. Travis was riding behind Brandon, and he dumped his bike, too, to avoid hitting him.

"If that's not terrifying enough, a semitrailer truck in the oncoming lane just misses Travis, who slid into its path but is somehow able to jump out of the way at the last second."

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Amazing, Powerful Diet Aid: Poverty

I haven't had much money lately, so I've only been eating one or two eggs a day.   I went to visit my shrink today and I've lost 20 pounds in three months.  My cholesterol levels are the lowest in years.

Try it.  You won't be disappointed.

(This doesn't count all the food that Drew and THB gave me, or I'd be even lighter.) 


From Racine Community Media:



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Party on, lying John!

If only it was true...