L in the Southeast

L in the Southeast
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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November 04
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Retired PR Director
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I am a retired Public Relations professional who now writes purely for fun and catharsis. I covered most of my memoir-type pieces in the first three years here. Lately I have dabbled in politics, current affairs, pop culture and movie reviews. Life is my muse.

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FEBRUARY 12, 2013 1:38PM

My Mind is on Spin Cycle

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spinning

 

Thoughts twirl and spin.  So many topics.  So many issues.  State of the Union? Who really knows?  We really need to care.

Guns are a constitutional right.  Why?  Some think the government will run amok. Others fear people who are have-nots want theirs. 

Guns are made for one purpose.  To maim or kill.  Hunt for food or hunt for sport?  Is there a difference? Should there be?  How many people today really need to hunt to put meat on their tables?  Shoot at a bull’s eye target…that’s sport.  Shoot at a living creature…something dies.

I watched another British eight-part series called World Without End.  Told about England’s King Edward II.  He wasn’t a great king – didn’t even want to be one.  Not especially good at conquering.  Sexually attracted to other men, but did his kingly duty by marrying French Queen Isabella and siring four children.  Very well-done series. 

Struck most by the cavalier attitude toward human life, especially those of the peasantry.  Hangings were daily affairs, attended as spectacle by all in town, including the children. It wasn’t enough just to execute.  Manner of death was determined by the King’s desire to humiliate.  Let’s hang him and eviscerate him before he passes out.

Lots of pissing and moaning over drones today.  I thought of that as I watched the English King’s army battle the French.  There was no long-distance aspect at all.  Want to kill they guy?  You’ve gotta get up close and personal.  Gotta put some heft behind that thrusting sword, wear the spurting blood and feel the flesh give way.  Hear the crunch of bone.  Instead of sitting at a computer screen launching unseen missiles and unmanned flying machines toward a target we hope we’ll hit without too much collateral damage, Middle Ages warriors had to put skin in the game…and blood…and guts…and, sometimes, their heads.  Literally.  It is getting much easier to kill without witnessing the slaughter. 

And people wonder where the American culture of violence originated.

Then there are the lesions the MRI discovered on my brain.  Inconclusive as to diagnosis.  Can’t be good.  Could be catastrophic.  Doctor says it is not uncommon to find in sixty-somethings with a history of high blood pressure.  BUT, it could be multiple sclerosis, like your mother has.  Or some other autoimmune disorder.  Or not.  Must wait to see neurologist on the 26th.  Tell myself it’s going to happen.  Sooner or later, the body starts to give out.

Why are some people so combative?  Most of us try to make a point and be done with it.  You disagree?  That’s okay, tell me why.  But others seem to want to vent their spleens at every turn.  You disagree?  You are an idiot.  Not just an idiot, a f**king idiot.  It takes all the enjoyment out of conversation.  It makes me decide to take a hike.  Maybe that’s what they want to happen.

Will I run out of money before I run out of life? Probably. 

I need a nap.  Or a drink.

 

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Two schools having gun problems here today in the San Diego lately. It is crazy around her in the search for Dorner. One teacher had a gun and a knife on his belt at school this morning and was arrested. Another was an armed officer arresting a person in the area around a Coronado school. The world has gone mad.
I want you to be safe. I want you to enjoy every minute of this crazy life we are given. My mom had some interesting results from her MRI too. Maybe this, maybe that. It is an amazing world where we can look inside our heads. Much love to you. Keep writing no matter what!!
Oh Lezlie, fingers crossed.
Sending much love, grace, and peace.
"a nap or a drink". Have both. Find a nice patch of sunlight streaming through the window and let yourself go. Good luck with your awe inspiring brain. Sad to think that humans have ever viewed human suffering as a form of entertainment.
That's it in a nutshell Lezlie.

Too much month at the end of the money.

The doctor really ain't in the house.

The bloggers minds are on vacation and their mouths are workin' overtime.

Hope you stay well.
Z. Myriad, Amy, toritto, Sarah, and aka: Thank you all so much for your support. Whatever the future holds, I know I'll be able to prop myself up with all your good wishes and understanding.
You can't take it all on your shoulders, L.. Go for the daily double: the drink and the nap. Hope it all works out at doctors.R
Hope all will be okay. if you have 60 somethings then I must have over a 100. You will find out like a smart person. I on the other hand do not want to know so I dont go and am done with it.
Loev and hugs to you.
Gerald: You're right, of course. That's just the way I'm wired.

Linda: No, no, no -- I don't have 60 things wrong with me; I meant people who are in their sixties with a history of high blood pressure. There are only 3 lesions in my brain, and, according to Maurene, they could be "benign." Yes, I am the kind of person who needs to know. For all the good it does. :D
Who do you think solved all the problems of the world before we of OS came along?
Be well, Lezlie. You are one of the voices of reason; I need you!
/r.
Lezlie, sending lots of hugs, prayers, and wishes for peace of mind to you. Try not to worry too much about this crazy old world...just take really, really good care of yourself, and hopefully it'll all turn out to be okay.
i must respectfully disagree with my dear friend AKA
when he says
bloggers' minds on vacation, cuz well yrs isnt and his aint
and ha mine? uh, no, not so much

!
~
Why are some people so combative?
because of the rage. of the way shit is. mix that with ENVY.
and oh for chrissakes you know yer 7 deadly sins
and it is all about them
just as it is all about
earth air water and fire.
~
we are told there are erratic atoms really.
well no.
atoms dont exist.
there is earth air fire and water.
and the various human 'humours'.
etc.
Good luck, L. Yes, the body gives out and test taking becomes more frightening, so many of us try to live each day to the fullest. Will be thinking of you and wishing you good results. You are a wise and tough woman and will prevail.
Well you're right that eventually, like an old car, the body's parts ear out. But I hope in you case Lezlie that it's something innocuous.

Thanks for the tip on World Without End. I like the genre but if it's too much blood and guts for the sake of realism I might not get through it.

As for gun rights, that 2nd Amendment sure looks anachronistic nowadays. Other countries flourish without it. But all we can do is chip around the edges like banning the most deadly weapons, limiting the number of bullets any can fire, and making sure that serious wackos with an official history can't easily get their hands on one.

In my opinion the biggest problems are global warming, the divide between rich and poor and nuclear proliferation. And the latter might soon be augmented, if not superseded, by technology. WMDs available to many. I'll do what I can but as a boomer I appreciate that these battles will require the efforts of the generations following us.

Please keep us posted and good luck to you.
You know I am thinking of you. xox
wow, Lezlie. What crummy news. Keep us posted.

FWIW, mammos, ultrasounds, MRIs are overly sensitive testing methods. My doc told me that she almost hates to begin the cycle of them, because they can get people concerned about things that are normal products and conditions of the body. Now that the diagnostic technology is available, docs have to use it. It sounds like you are receiving careful treatment, they don't want any unexplored threads. The unknown is such a difficult place. It always comes as a surprise that my body can be doing these things outside of my awareness. Why can't a tumor look the same as a bruise?
Take care. Swill that tea!
I guess there is no hoping the brain lesions are "special intelligence and insight" but since you have those traits anyway they should help you. I try to accept most things as "aging" these days. Hope it helps to know how many of us care for knowing you even out here in the internet world.
onislandtime: You mean I’m not supposed to try to solve ALL the problems????? :D

clay ball: Thanks. I do believe in taking care of myself, so I will not give in to whatever comes up.

James: What are you talking about? Your fabulous mind never stops!

Lea: Thank you for your good wishes.

Seer: Having all of you here to “talk” to makes everything a lot easier. I so appreciate that.

Abra: Re: the TV series, it does get pretty gory in place, but I just close my eyes until it’s over. Thank you for the good wishes.

Joanie: And that makes all the difference in the world to me. Thank you.

greenie: I suppose it is better that the test are overly sensitive rather than under. My gut is telling me this will be no big deal, but I do hope it will help explain the neuropathy I am experiencing.

LSD: I can’t tell you how much it helps to have you all rooting for me. Thanks so much.
sorry l for the obscurity of my previous comment.
i am trying to figure it out.
it seems to be about the current paradigm of dear Science,
saying we are made of randomness,
in a universe of utter chaos.
i agree half the time.
then my right mind comes back to me and
sees that it kinda all means something.
like! these deadly 7 sins.
i mean, for middle age dudes, they kinda hit it.
gluttony, envy, pride, etc.
~
anyways.
"It wasn’t enough just to execute. Manner of death was determined by the King’s desire to humiliate. Let’s hang him and eviscerate him before he passes out."

this is kinda like the media culture today.
build em up tear em down.
kinda watered down from old days, but the old days?
show us patterns of what we have become.
sorry l for the obscurity of my previous comment.
i am trying to figure it out.
it seems to be about the current paradigm of dear Science,
saying we are made of randomness,
in a universe of utter chaos.
i agree half the time.
then my right mind comes back to me and
sees that it kinda all means something.
like! these deadly 7 sins.
i mean, for middle age dudes, they kinda hit it.
gluttony, envy, pride, etc.
~
anyways.
"It wasn’t enough just to execute. Manner of death was determined by the King’s desire to humiliate. Let’s hang him and eviscerate him before he passes out."

this is kinda like the media culture today.
build em up tear em down.
kinda watered down from old days, but the old days?
show us patterns of what we have become.