Archive for November, 2011

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Wal-Mart posted record Black Friday sales

November 28, 2011

click for more satirical art by Paul Kuczynski

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Holiday Challenge

November 27, 2011

I plan on conducting a social experiment this month, I intend to ignore the “Christmas” holiday.

Christmas joy has completely escaped me over the past several years.  Rather then enduring the holiday process only to find myself once again feeling depressed or isolated, I’ve chosen to examine and challenge my beliefs.

Reasons why I’m choosing to ignore the Holiday 

1) It is a religious holiday, I am not religious

2) It is a a children’s holiday, I am not a child or a parent

3) The divisive and ultimately pointless “Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holiday Debate”  including the idiot who mentions Kwanza, because they still think its funny – it isn’t funny!  it’s tired!

4) Capitalism, in particular Black Friday Doorbusters, the high holiday of all things greedy.  Corporations use every trick they have to turn a profit and millions of people stand in long lines to dutifully swallow the punch

 

Things which I do enjoy about this time of year and plan to continuing enjoying:  The original Charlie Brown Christmas, an understated Christmas tree, the tasteful use of white lights outside of a home, the concept of caroling and the song “It’s Christmas, Baby Please Come Home”, which just about breaks my heart every time I hear it.

 

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the last thing I needed first thing this morning

November 26, 2011

In my late twenties I underwent a series of mental/psychological tests which demonstrated to a team of specialists what I already knew, I am not very bright – or at least as bright as I thought I could be – hearing the words “has the math skills of a fifth grader” cemented it.  I was diagnosed with Adult ADD and given a prescription to Adderall. a medication which has had a profound effect on my life.

The only problem with Adderall is maintaining an ample supply of it.  The drug is classified as a controlled substance, meaning that legally you can only be provided 30 days of medicine at a time, at which time you are requited to have a Doctor write a new script, hand deliver the script to the pharmacy, show your drivers license, sign additional waivers etc…  There are no refills, nothing can be faxed, phoned in or mailed.  Some states add additional hoops (yes you ILLINOIS) which mandates that a local physician write the script.

I don’t own a watch and oftentimes am knowingly unaware of the timezone or day of the week but I am acutely aware of when my bottle will be empty and which elaborately planned scheme will fill it back up.  My profession requires constant (occasionally unscripted) travel.  In the past eight years obtaining my legally prescribed medicine in accordance with FDA regulations has cost me thousands of dollars (flights, out-of-state doctors appointments, couriers, etc).

This morning my bottle went empty, I’d done the math prior to flying home  and procured a prescription from my Primary Care, convincing her to date it in accordance with Massachusetts standards.  The first pharmacy did not have Adderall in stock,  I called another, a third, ten more…  no one had it.  One Pharmacist told me it was on back-order, another said there had been a drug recall, a third told me that they drug had been outlawed.   A google search confirmed that there was in fact a massive nationwide shortage of Adderall and it was expected to continue for the next few months –  bureaucratic red tape with the FDA and the drug companies.

Over a dozen phone calls netted a Mom & Pop pharmacy about 40 miles away who were able to fill a portion of my prescription for $410 (normally it cost $10 with my insurance ).

Dear FDA, Thank you EVER so much for making it impossible for me to get the drug that’s allowed me to keep my job and earn a living for the past few years. As the saying goes, the scariest words in the English language are “We’re from the government, and we’re here to help you”.  I’d keep a chart showing my productivity decline once my prescription runs out… but I’d never actually get around to it and it would be done very sloppily and inaccurately, because “incomplete” and “badly done” is pretty much all I can manage without it.

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end of year, maimone mixtake

November 25, 2011

Click HERE or on the image below to download the end of year mixtake

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thankful for disregarding my destiny

November 24, 2011

Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go” – Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

For years I believed that this beautiful quote was my bittersweet destiny.  I am thankful for outgrowing it, thankful for choosing to stay.

 

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E. Pluribus Unum

November 21, 2011

Did you know that the de facto motto of the Unites States was E. Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One)?  Congress changed it 174 years later (1956) to “In God We Trust”.   In 1957 “In God We Trust” appeared on all paper currency.

A couple of years earlier in 1954 this same Congress added the words “Under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance (originally written in 1892 by a Baptist Minister who DID NOT INCLUDE the words “Under God”)

Some of our nations more uncomfortable experiments of combining church and state were passed into law by the very same congress whose members included Joseph McCarthy (McCarthyism) and embarrassing missteps included: House of Un-American Activities Committee, Hollywood Blacklists and associated witch hunts.

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Namedropping “The Oatmeal”

November 18, 2011

I frequently borrow ideas and inspiration from a sharp witted Seattle artist known as “The Oatmeal”    We go way back to the days when I briefly published a small town tabloid for teens and “The Oatmeal” (known to us as Greg) was a hungry amateur,  submitting articles and drawings with hopes of being published.

I subscribed to Greg’s newsletter and watched as he honed his sarcasm into hilarity, completely unaware that he was becoming somewhat well known until a friend quoted something from “The Oatmeal” which immediately sent me into a manic namedropping mode – which I always assume will impress people but ends up making me seem like a pathetic behind the scenes wannabe starfucker (see the recent U2 post where I mentioned knowing the guys in the band).

Long story short, technically speaking Yes, I suppose that it would be accurate to say I am the one who gave “The Oatmeal” his first big break