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16 minutes ago, jewel21 said:

Hello all my preverted friends, heh. 

Today I am officially double vaccinated which is nice. I am worried about what side effects I will experience, though. 

The assistant who I work with quit this week. Today was her last day and I'm so very sad. She was the only thing still making me come into work because we could go on walks together during lunch and bitch about the job and our boss. Now it's just me and them again. 

On the plus side, I am officially on vacation for the next two weeks which makes me ridiculously happy. But I'm already dreading having to go back. 

On not so good news, I've been having a lot of headaches this past month. And four times I've woken up in the middle of the night to see giant triangles, lines, coloured circles, etc, obscuring my field of vision. The first time it happened I woke up around 3 AM, looked at my comforter which has a geometric pattern on it, and it's like the wires in my brain crossed. Shapes and color were all I could see, both my with eyes closed and open. I eventually fell back asleep and when I woke up my vision was normal. 

I went to the optometrist and was told the structures of my eye were fine. It was maybe an aura without the migraine and not to worry. It could have also been a pressure change in the blood vessels. 

But it's happened three times since then. Not as spectacular, the shapes are much smaller but it's still disconcerting. I'm trying to get an appointment with an ophthalmologist (the man I worked for retired) but so far they just had me leave a message with a nurse who will call me back within the next three days. And, if it's an emergency I was told to go to the hospital. 

I actually left work early today because my head was hurting and the stupid dentist wasn't helping matters by talking non stop all fucking day long. 

Once I left I felt better but now with the vaccine who knows. 

Anyway, that's what's new with me. I hope everyone else is doing well. 

I think you might want to see a neurologist. 

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32 minutes ago, peacheslatour said:

I think you might want to see a neurologist. 

I'm trying to get a referral. I only have an appointment with my GP on September 14 but I was hoping she could give me one. I left a message asking if I could advance the appointment. She told me she's leaving on vacation and to see an optometrist and he could refer me if he thinks I need one. But the optometrist said my eyes were fine and not to worry and sent me on my merry way.

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4 minutes ago, jewel21 said:

I'm trying to get a referral. I only have an appointment with my GP on September 14 but I was hoping she could give me one. I left a message asking if I could advance the appointment. She told me she's leaving on vacation and to see an optometrist and he could refer me if he thinks I need one. But the optometrist said my eyes were fine and not to worry and sent me on my merry way.

That's good. I hate the way nobody can get anything done in the summer. Everyone goes on vacation and leaves their clients stuck. (I don't mean you, Jewel) but doctors, bankers, realtors. I had a hell of a time last summer once my dad's house sale closed getting people together for signings and wire transfers.

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Joey Jordison, Founding Slipknot Drummer, Dead at 46

Joey Jordison, Slipknot’s founding drummer and co-writer of many of their biggest hits, died on Monday at the age of 46. A rep for his family said he died “peacefully in his sleep” but did not specify a cause of death.

“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow,” reads a statement from Jordison’s family. “To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart, and his love for all things family and music. The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans, and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.” The family intends to hold a private funeral service.

Jordison was the motor that kept Slipknot’s music running in their early days. His stoic presence behind the drum kit and virtuosic drum solos, like the one captured in the band’s Disasterpieces film where his riser ascended to the heavens, made him a favorite member for fans. Behind the scenes, Jordison was instrumental to Slipknot’s songwriting, and his neck-rattling rhythms and death-metal blastbeats were a crucial ingredient to the band’s sudden success.

The drummer was playing with a group of Des Moines, Iowa metalheads who called themselves the Pale Ones and later Meld when he suggested they change their name to Slipknot in 1995. Within a few years, the band’s lineup expanded to nine members who wore nightmarish masks and fused metal and rap aggression that placed them at the vanguard of the nu-metal explosion. Thanks to steady touring and explosive live shows on Ozzfest, their 1999 self-titled debut went double-platinum.

He stayed with the band until 2013, leaving for what he described at the time as “personal reasons.” A few years later, he revealed a neurological disease that caused his departure. “I got really, really sick with a horrible disease called transverse myelitis; I lost my legs,” he told the audience at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in 2016 (via NME). “I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. I got myself back up, and I got myself in the gym and I got myself back in fucking therapy to fucking beat this shit.” At the time, he said he was rededicating himself to music with a new band called Vimic.

In addition to Slipknot and Vimic, the prolific musician played guitar in the glam-inspired horror-punk group the Murderdolls, drums with the alt-metal group Scar the Martyr and extreme-metal supergroup Sinsaenum, and pre-Slipknot resume stints in Modifidious and the Have Nots. He also made guest appearances on recordings by Otep, Necrophagia, and Rob Zombie. In 2005, he assembled several supergroups for the project Roadrunner United, which commemorated the 25th anniversary of Slipknot’s label, Roadrunner; on five tracks, he played with dream teams that featured members of Type O Negative, Deicide, Life of Agony, and King Diamond’s band.

Nathan Jonas Jordison was born in Des Moines on April 26th, 1975. He grew up nearby in the small town of Waukee, where he got bad grades in school and considered himself an introvert. He discovered Kiss and Black Sabbath in the early Eighties and his parents nurtured his interests in music. He started his first band while in elementary school; Jordison played guitar with a friend who wasn’t very good at drums, prompting the musician to switch instruments. His parents surprised him with his own drum kit when he was in fifth grade and he continued to play with friends.

Jordison and the other original members of Slipknot found each other playing Des Moines’ club circuit, chiefly at a venue called the Runway. By 1996, they had started wearing masks and had put out a demo album called Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat., which featured a song called “Slipknot” that the band later refashioned into the Slipknot album’s “(sic).” “The first mask I had was an original pale-white kabuki mask,” Jordison told Revolver. “One Halloween, when I was about eight years old, I came home from school and my mother popped around the corner with that mask on and a long robe and scared the living fuck out of me. It’s always stuck with me. So I had to use that for my mask.”

Slipknot’s self-titled debut came out in 1999 and thanks to a slot on Ozzfest and videos for the singles “Wait and Bleed” and “Spit It Out,” it was certified platinum within a year. “I was a night manager at a Sinclair gas station from ’95 to ’97,” Jordison told Rolling Stone in 2001. “That’s where most of Slipknot was conceived. I’d get off band practice at about ten, and I’d bring a radio and TV and fucking crank metal. Shawn [Crahan] would come down at about 11:30, and we’d start plotting things out. He’d split at about five in the morning, and we’d have all these ideas. That’s how we did it.”

Their second album — 2001’s Iowa — was an even bigger success, reaching Number Three on the Billboard 200 as the band moved from Ozzfest’s second stage to main-stage headliners. But not everything was so sunny behind the scenes. “When we did Iowa, it was a very dark time for the band,” Jordison told Revolver. “Some of our strongest and most meaningful songs are on that record, but we were all on drugs and drunk and it sucked. It’s a time I don’t like to talk about much because I don’t like to condone any drug use, whatsoever.” Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses), released in 2004, debuted at Number Two, while 2008’s All Hope Is Gone bowed at Number One. That record would be Jordison’s last with the band.

In 2016, the drummer claimed the band had fired him via email three years earlier over a misunderstanding. “They got confused about my health issues and obviously even I didn’t know what it was at first,” he told Metal Hammer. “They thought I was fucked up on drugs, which I wasn’t at all. I’ve been through so many things with those guys, and I love them very much. What’s hurtful is the way it went down was not fucking right.”

A few years before his death, Jordison revealed that he was holding onto demo tapes of songs he’d written for Slipknot at the time of his dismissal. “Maybe someday they’ll surface, maybe they’ll never be heard, but I don’t translate them to any other band. They still stay in the Slipknot safe,” he told Metal Hammer. “I won’t use them for anyone else besides Slipknot, if that ever happens again.”

Twenty years ago, though, he was unsure if Slipknot could continue — he just knew he wanted it to. “I don’t think this band can last more than four or five albums,” he told Rolling Stone. “Look what we’ve done on the new one [Iowa]. I know we’ve succeeded every time I listen to it. I think four albums will tie everything together. This band is so physical, it’s literally trimming years off our lives. This music is hard to play, and it’s hard on us. But we love it.”

-- May you find no pain and eternal rest in the arms of the Father.

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ZZ Top: 10 Essential Songs

A deliciously juiced-up John Lee Hooker–derived rhythm-guitar lick drives this classic “two-minute wonder” (in Billy Gibbons’ words), which paid tribute to the Chicken Ranch, the same long-standing real-life brothel in La Grange, Texas, that inspired the book and movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. “I went there when I was 13,” Dusty Hill told Spin in 1986, noting that he was irked that the establishment shut down just months after ZZ Top’s song came out. “It was a whorehouse, but anything that lasts a hundred years, there’s got to be a reason.” -- Have mercy!

 

Waitin' for the Bus

Poor ZZ Top, they just wanted to get home. The Homeric track that opened their iconic Tres Hombres album starts with a thin, precise bluesy guitar lick and a tight, sighing drum line that foreshadows the band’s electro-blues era, setting up Gibbons and Hill to plead for compassion in concert: “Have mercy!” Gibbons goes on to explain they’ve been waiting for the bus all day, with a bottle of booze and some leftover scratch, but, horror of horrors, when the bus arrives, it’s “packed up tight.” Blues harp virtuoso James Harman takes a solo, and by the time the song finishes up, the ZZ guys are dreaming of getting a Cadillac someday (fast forward to Eliminator). “You can meet some very unique people on a bus and in a bus station,” Hill told Spin in 1985. “I like to people watch. I love bus stations and train stations. The thing about a bus is who you have to sit beside. If the guy’s got good wine, it’s OK.” The way the song seamlessly segued into Hombres’ bar rocker “Jesus Just Left Chicago” as if nothing happened made for one of the best one-two punches in the history of road rock.

 

“I ain’t askin’ for much,” Dusty Hill yowls on this cheerfully filthy 12-bar blues, the lyrics of which he composed in under 10 minutes while the band was soundchecking at a Florence, Alabama, rodeo. “I said, Lord, take me downtown: I’m just lookin’ for some tush.” Points for honesty, and a stylish new twist on a long tradition of mixing sacred and profane — that is, unless you believe Hill’s claim in interviews that he only meant to suggest something “plush, very lush, very luxurious” (as in, “That’s a tush car”), as well as “what it means in New York.” Years later, after ZZ Top became unlikely MTV stars, Rolling Stone‘s Kurt Loder did some further pondering on the subject of “Tush”: “Do you really want to think about what that song means? It means turn up the guitars.” Back in 1975, when it became their first big hit, that was more than enough.

 

I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide

One of the Top’s most swaggering, cocksure, this 1979 blues number both dreamed of and boasted about a mass appeal that wouldn’t arrive in earnest for the band until four years later with Eliminator. Nonetheless, Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill, and Frank Beard dared you to find anyone cooler as they cruised around town in a Caddy, flanked by women in short dresses “smoking Lucky Strikes.” Gibbons told Guitar World in 2009 that the song was a tribute to Texas guitarist Joey Long, who loaned him the tinny mandolin-like instrument that drives the track. There’s some clavinet tucked into the outro, too, a choice that inspired bassist Hill to play more piano and keys on future sessions. “It’s such an interesting sound,” Gibbons said, “that it ignited Dusty’s interest in learning some keyboard skills.” 

 

Cheap Sunglasses

Who says the drudgery of touring can’t be inspiring? One of the highlights of 1979’s Degüello (along with “I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide”) was this ode to low-cost eyewear, which came to the band on tour. According to Hill, ZZ Top’s travels led them to many a roadside stop, and, as he told Spin, “Every gas station in the world had a cardboard display of the cheapest and ugliest sunglasses you could imagine.” Starting with its gnarly riff, and extending to Hill’s rock-steady bass line, “Cheap Sunglasses” wasn’t just advice for anyone with a hangover. Before the MTV era kicked in, it was an early testament to the group’s knack for making roadhouse blues riffs feel bracingly modern

 

“We had dabbled with the synthesizer, and then all this gear was showing up from manufacturers. We threw caution to the winds. This was one of the first tracks that started unfolding,” Billy Gibbons told Rolling Stone of the band’s state-of-the-art Eighties makeover, which began in earnest with this lead single from Eliminator. A four-minute blast of Eighties synthesizers and fiery riffs that emits pure adrenaline, the song became a classic-rock radio staple, and inspired a video — directed by Randy Newman’s brother, Tim, and showcasing the band’s red 1930s Ford Coupe seen on the Eliminator cover — that defined ZZ Top’s signature iconography of cars, guitars, and women for all times.

 

Sharp Dressed Man

ZZ Top and producer Bill Ham gave a big ol’ Texas bear hug to the synthesizer on the trio’s monster 1983 LP, Eliminator. While Billy Gibbons’ guitars remained fuzzy and raw, a synth doubled Dusty Hill’s bass track (or all but provided it, depending on who you ask) on “Sharp Dressed Man,” infusing the peacocking anthem with a pulsing rhythm. Along with its high-fashion video, the song was peak Eighties, even if the band members themselves chose to don dusters and fedoras instead of blazers and scarves. “Sharp dressed depends on who you are,” Hill told Spin in 1986. “If you’re on a motorcycle, really sharp leathers is great. If you’re a punk rocker, you can get sharp that way. You can be sharp or not sharp in any mode. It’s all in your head. If you feel sharp, you be sharp.”

 

Got Me Under Pressure

Billy Gibbons never explains how he hooked up with a hoity-toity dominatrix cokehead in the Eliminator hit “Got Me Under Pressure,” because she got him so stressed out. All he’s capable of is trying to keep up with her predilections for French food, art museums, and having sex in cars while wearing London Fog slickers. By the time he’s ready for a break, in the song’s bridge, he expects her to beat him up and leave him in a ditch when he tells her it’s over, but hey, such was the imaginary life of ZZ Top in 1983. “Everybody asks if ‘Under Pressure’ was about a girlfriend of mine,” Gibbons told Spin in 1985. “And if not, whose was it? Well, fortunately that kind of pressure we’re not under. Maybe it’s just because we got out of town on time.” The original recording was Gibbons solo with co-writer Linden Hudson playing bass on a synth (and, yeah, that’s a drum machine), but when ZZ Top played it live, Gibbons and Hill would trade lyrics, making the tableau described in the song a sort of twisted ménage à trois that would confound even Freud.

 

The third in ZZ Top’s Eliminator singles trilogy goes all the way in its embrace of shimmering synths and radio-friendly hooks — compared with the grit and verve of “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Gimme All Your Lovin’,” it could almost be Huey Lewis. Crass, commercial, and utterly catchy, it’s the only one of those three songs that made the Top 10. Billy F. Gibbons got downright literary when he recalled the song’s origins to Spin in 1986: “I was driving in Los Angeles, and there was this unusual downpour. And there was a real pretty girl on the side of the road. I passed her, and then I thought, ‘Well, I’d better pull over’ or at least turn around and offer her a ride, and by the time I got back she was gone. *… She had legs and she knew how to use them.” Haunting, isn’t it?

 

Rough Boy

The trio claimed to have written this proto-industrial power ballad “on a cold winter day in the wilds of west Texas” in their Greatest Hits liner notes. In the song, Gibbons croons huskily from a place of regretful introspection, trying to make sense of his misbehavior, before admitting “I’m a rough boy” over a keening guitar line. The trio worked together on the song’s fusion of Texas blues and New Wave claustrophobia, with evocative and ethereal keyboards played by Dusty Hill to set up Gibbons for one of his most emotional solos. Gibbons told Spin in 1985 that the construct of a “Rough Boy” was a device for the band to write a ballad: “The way he came up was, ‘How would a ZZ Top fan allow such a beautiful, lush bed of sound into their realm?'” he said. “The pretty music had to have a rough boy in it. He’s there.” 

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Oh my, Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth. Wow, it's been a long time and does that ever take me back. Thanks, Cupid!

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Well the nurse from the Ophthalmology clinic called me back and said they couldn't give me an appointment. That I should follow up with the optometrist I saw a few weeks back instead. They said I need to see a neurologist and when I mentioned a referral they said they couldn't give me one but my GP could. Except, as I told her, I'm only seeing my GP in mid September. 

And the pediatric ophthalmologist I used to work for is officially retired and can't write me a referral. *sigh*

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That sucks, @jewel21.  If you have another episode, would you be able to go to the ER?  Maybe they could give you a referral there?  At any rate, I'm glad you got your shot!  I hope you didn't have any bad side effects.  Mine were minor, and everyone I know has said pretty much the same thing.  Now, enjoy your vacation!  You've earned it!

10 hours ago, peacheslatour said:

Oh my, Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth. Wow, it's been a long time and does that ever take me back. Thanks, Cupid!

I was thinking the same thing!

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Thanks, Snap. Yes, if I have another episode before I see my GP I will most likely go to the ER. 

Only side effect to the second vaccine, much to my delight, appears to be a sore arm. And yoga was harder for me to do tonight. I got headachy and a little nauseous during but feel okay now. 

My cousin who is like 19 years younger than me said she had a bad migraine the next day and felt like she had arthritis. I'm so happy that doesn't appear to be the case for me. 

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Tracking Covid-19 cases in the US -- The numbers fail to paint a complete picture, however, since testing scarcity and delays likely left many Covid-19 cases and deaths undiagnosed, especially during the outbreak's early stages.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that as many as one in three people in the United States has been infected, more than three times the official count.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized vaccines from three manufacturers — Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson — for emergency use and a mass vaccination campaign is underway in the United States. While new daily cases have dropped dramatically from the January 2021 peak, the race between vaccines and variants continues, especially in parts of the country that are less vaccinated.

 

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OMG, Jose Feliciano's version of California Dreamin'. I really wanted to see Once Upon A Time In Hollywood so I bought a copy off Amazon. We watched it twice and loved it. My husband got addicted to that song and put it on his Kindle. He must have listened to it one million times over the course of a week.

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21 hours ago, jewel21 said:

 

Thanks, Snap. Yes, if I have another episode before I see my GP I will most likely go to the ER. 

 

Hey jewel21, I get optical migraines. No pain with those, but I can't "see" for sometimes up to an hour. You know how when you come into a dark house from bright sunlight and all you can see is like pulsating energy? That's what fills up my field of vision. I just have to close my eyes and wait it out. Mine are always triggered by bright light. I told my eye dr about it when I first had some and I was so scared, but he said not to worry about it, it was just migraine. I haven't been to the eye dr in well over a year (covid and lost my job). But this year I've had some in my sleep, so those weren't triggered by bright light events. When I eventually see my eye dr again I'm going to tell him about that.

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17 hours ago, SweePea59 said:

Hey jewel21, I get optical migraines. No pain with those, but I can't "see" for sometimes up to an hour. You know how when you come into a dark house from bright sunlight and all you can see is like pulsating energy? That's what fills up my field of vision. I just have to close my eyes and wait it out. Mine are always triggered by bright light. I told my eye dr about it when I first had some and I was so scared, but he said not to worry about it, it was just migraine. I haven't been to the eye dr in well over a year (covid and lost my job). But this year I've had some in my sleep, so those weren't triggered by bright light events. When I eventually see my eye dr again I'm going to tell him about that.

Interesting. Thanks for sharing! Have you ever had or heard of visual show? Basically I've had it since I was a child and after years of trying to explain what I see to my mom, optometrists, etc, I gave up and just learned to live with it. But then I found a support group on FB and was able to join and it's nice knowing I'm not the only one. Basically it's super rare, not many people know of it including ophthalmologists, and there's no treatment. Supposedly it's a neurological condition with no cure. Basically I see 'snow' or static constantly. Day or night, eyes open or closed, non stop. It's like of like those analogue TVs where they picture with be static-y. 

So already I have that condition which I've never seen a neurologist for, and now there's his whole constant headache/aura thing happening and I'm just starting to feel nervous. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_snow

https://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/visual-snow-syndrome/

 

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Wow, jewel21, that sounds awful, quite frankly. I never heard of it before.

I have tinnitus. I hate it so much. It depresses and upsets me.

As of about 30 years ago, (yikes), I see with a "chromatic shift" if I try to wear glasses. So I wear contact lenses. And I wear blue light blocking glasses. One good thing about them is they're much lighter weight than prescription glasses. The "chromatic shift" is blue outlines on one side and yellow on the other side, of everything. I also think that they may have started manufacturing lenses differently and that may be a contributing factor for me. But no "chromatic shift" with contacts or nothing.

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And jewel21, I also have glaucoma from drs poisoning me with cortico steroids, but that's not contributing to my vision issues AFAIK. And I get other kinds of migraines, the vestibular migraines being the worst for me, and they are severe vertigo, so that's a horrible visual component.

Remember to blink a lot to help keep your eyes lubricated. And if you need to take other measures, do that. Light sensitivity is brought on by dry eyes. A warm washcloth over the eyes helps increase blood flow to the eye area. But I'm sure you know this stuff, and probably more, for basic eye health.

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6 hours ago, SweePea59 said:

And jewel21, I also have glaucoma from drs poisoning me with cortico steroids, but that's not contributing to my vision issues AFAIK. And I get other kinds of migraines, the vestibular migraines being the worst for me, and they are severe vertigo, so that's a horrible visual component.

Remember to blink a lot to help keep your eyes lubricated. And if you need to take other measures, do that. Light sensitivity is brought on by dry eyes. A warm washcloth over the eyes helps increase blood flow to the eye area. But I'm sure you know this stuff, and probably more, for basic eye health.

I actually didn't know about the warm washcloth so thank you for telling me. I do have slightly dry eyes and was told I could buy an over the counter eye lubricant. I never do, though.  And I've started wearing sunglasses because after a 20 minute walk in the sun by the time I get into work, I get this annoying beige light turning flashing thing that happens in my field of vision and it takes a few minutes for it to go away. 

I'm so sorry to hear about your migraines. That sucks and sound really debilitating. The chromatic shift sounds kind of scary. I've actually never heard of that before. It sounds terrible. 

This morning I woke up to the sound of my alarm going off. Confused I got up and went to turn it off only to see that there was no alarm. I don't know wtf is happening to me. 

I'm currently on vacation for the next two weeks and I'm really debating just not going back to work. The assistant, who was the only reason I stayed there, is gone and isn't coming back. It's just me and them again. I'm getting constant headaches and chest pains (that's my anxiety) when I am there. The dentist never shuts up so the headache just intensifies every minute, and if his wife tells him to shut up, he just talks over her like a child. I don't know if what's happening to me is stress related or if it's something more serious but either way I think I need to take some time for myself. 

The only thing is, it's super busy when I come back and not only will they have no assistant but no secretary either and I feel bad. Even though part of me is like screw them. I wanted to wait until I see my doctor in September, maybe ask her for a note for a leave of absence, but I don't think I can wait that long.

Everyone is telling me to start looking for something now but it's like day 3 of my vacation and I just want to relax, not go on job interviews or start working right away. I don't know what to do. 

I've also been told so many times by them that I'm 'dependent', not good at multi-tasking, can't handle stress, if I did go elsewhere I couldn't be able to handle it, etc, that my self confidence is basically shot to hell. 

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I've also been told so many times by them that I'm 'dependent', not good at multi-tasking, can't handle stress, if I did go elsewhere I couldn't be able to handle it, etc, that my self confidence is basically shot to hell. 

Do not listen to that crap. Your employer told you this? You should start documenting all of it. I think you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Don't be afraid to hire an attorney. They're not as expensive as you think and they are invaluable to help you in situations like this.

 

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I've also been told so many times by them that I'm 'dependent', not good at multi-tasking, can't handle stress, if I did go elsewhere I couldn't be able to handle it, etc, that my self confidence is basically shot to hell. 

1 hour ago, peacheslatour said:

Do not listen to that crap. Your employer told you this? You should start documenting all of it. I think you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Don't be afraid to hire an attorney. They're not as expensive as you think and they are invaluable to help you in situations like this.

 

 jewel21, spend your next two weeks of vacation finding a new job. ANY JOB!

I'm begging you to take control of this situation and save your life.

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 jewel21, spend your next two weeks of vacation finding a new job. ANY JOB!

I'm begging you to take control of this situation and save your life.

Seriously. Even working in a warehouse or a hardware store would be better for you. I think a lot of times we women only go after traditionally "female" jobs but I've done really well in "male" oriented spaces.

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Yesterday I bit the bullet and applied to 5 different jobs. One as a lab tech helper at a University, one as a receptionist at a physiotherapy clinic, and three dental receptionist jobs. One of the dental places called me today to set up an interview for next week so we'll see what happens. It's a big clinic, multiple dentist and hygienists which makes me nervous, but maybe it'll be okay. 

Also, the optometrist has prescribed me some corticosteroids drops to put in my eyes twice a day that are supposed to reduce inflammation that he thinks might help with the halos and auras. I only started them today but I hope they work. 

I'm still getting headaches even while on vacation. I've noticed they also get worse while exercising, especially while doing yoga. Something about downward facing dog I guess. 

I hope everyone else is doing well.  

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12 hours ago, jewel21 said:

Yesterday I bit the bullet and applied to 5 different jobs. One as a lab tech helper at a University, one as a receptionist at a physiotherapy clinic, and three dental receptionist jobs. One of the dental places called me today to set up an interview for next week so we'll see what happens. It's a big clinic, multiple dentist and hygienists which makes me nervous, but maybe it'll be okay. 

Also, the optometrist has prescribed me some corticosteroids drops to put in my eyes twice a day that are supposed to reduce inflammation that he thinks might help with the halos and auras. I only started them today but I hope they work. 

I'm still getting headaches even while on vacation. I've noticed they also get worse while exercising, especially while doing yoga. Something about downward facing dog I guess. 

I hope everyone else is doing well.  

Some good news! You may have a sinus problem. That pressure you feel when you bend down is possibly fluid building up in your sinus's. Maybe get some Sudafed? I have chronic sinus problems with symptoms like you describe. Sudafed works a treat for me.

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15 hours ago, jewel21 said:

Yesterday I bit the bullet and applied to 5 different jobs. One as a lab tech helper at a University, one as a receptionist at a physiotherapy clinic, and three dental receptionist jobs. One of the dental places called me today to set up an interview for next week so we'll see what happens. It's a big clinic, multiple dentist and hygienists which makes me nervous, but maybe it'll be okay. 

Also, the optometrist has prescribed me some corticosteroids drops to put in my eyes twice a day that are supposed to reduce inflammation that he thinks might help with the halos and auras. I only started them today but I hope they work. 

I'm still getting headaches even while on vacation. I've noticed they also get worse while exercising, especially while doing yoga. Something about downward facing dog I guess. 

I hope everyone else is doing well.  

Good news, jewel!

Don't stop looking, keep up the job search. It takes time to find the right place and the right people.

Pull back on second guessing the job interview or discouraging yourself before you talk to these people. Try to control the negative by taking control by finding the positive in this opportunity. Whatever good is to be found ...  better location, easier transportation, better hours or money, the interviewer thinks you'll be a good fit in their organization, you won't be going back to the snake pit ... Hold on to the positive.

Try not to defeat yourself before you get started.

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Thanks guys, that is what I am trying to do. The office manager I spoke with on the phone was very friendly and easy to talk to and she was English. The clinic is only 25 minutes away by bus, and that's with having to transfer buses so it's really do-able. The hours are longer which I wanted because I need something full-time and stable. When asked why I wanted to leave my current position, that was the reason I used. And even if I get it and don't think it's the right fit, I can just look for something else while there and I won't be at the crazy place so there's that. I will have to start buying bus passes again, but that's fine with the bump in pay due to longer hours. I don't want to stress myself out too much but I'm starting to prepare slowly for the interview, e.g. Going through their website to learn about the clinic and the dentists, the services they provide, etc. And I'm going to go through my dental notes as well from the school just to refresh my knowledge as well as practice some interview questions. 

Also, not sure if this is a good for bad thing yet, but apparently that is the clinic both my cousin and douche canoe uncle go to. Apparently one of the dentists in a childhood friend of his whom I've never met. I only found this out after I applied. 

Peaches, I will look into the Sudafed, thanks for the head's up! Hopefully it's something that simple because right now I'm convinced I have an aneurism that's going to burst, a brain tumour, or brain bleed, heh. 

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I don't want to stress myself out too much but I'm starting to prepare slowly for the interview, e.g. Going through their website to learn about the clinic and the dentists, the services they provide, etc. And I'm going to go through my dental notes as well from the school just to refresh my knowledge as well as practice some interview questions. 

That's really smart! Yes, do try the Sudafed. Lol, I'm like you, I always think everything is some scary thing and it never is. It's going to be all right.

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17 hours ago, jewel21 said:

Also, the optometrist has prescribed me some corticosteroids drops to put in my eyes twice a day that are supposed to reduce inflammation that he thinks might help with the halos and auras. I only started them today but I hope they work. 

Be careful with cortico steroids. Don't use them longer than a week. My health was ruined by them. Eleven years since I used any and I am still going through the horrific "withdrawl" from them. They literally ruined my health. Yet doctors prescribe them like candy and they are even in over the counter lotions. They are poison. If anyone has questions or is interested you can go here: https://www.itsan.org

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Oh @jewel21, another way to apply heat to your eyes is to rub the heels of your palms together to heat them up and then apply them to your eyes. Soothing. Go for when you're on the go or don't have access to a nice warm washcloth.

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I was told to take them twice a day for 14 days. Now I am worried.

Also, I now have two job interviews on Monday. Holy stressful, Batman.

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Who the fuck punches a horse?

There are a lot of unscrupulous coaches that will do anything for their athlete to win a gold medal.

 

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On 8/5/2021 at 12:14 AM, jewel21 said:

Yesterday I bit the bullet and applied to 5 different jobs. One as a lab tech helper at a University, one as a receptionist at a physiotherapy clinic, and three dental receptionist jobs. One of the dental places called me today to set up an interview for next week so we'll see what happens. It's a big clinic, multiple dentist and hygienists which makes me nervous, but maybe it'll be okay. 

Also, the optometrist has prescribed me some corticosteroids drops to put in my eyes twice a day that are supposed to reduce inflammation that he thinks might help with the halos and auras. I only started them today but I hope they work. 

I'm still getting headaches even while on vacation. I've noticed they also get worse while exercising, especially while doing yoga. Something about downward facing dog I guess. 

I hope everyone else is doing well.  

Hi Jewel, Just passing by here. I wish the best for you. You didn’t mention your blood pressure which could cause some of your symptoms. If your current employer doesn’t have a BP cuff to check it, you may be able to check it at a pharmacy. 

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17 hours ago, peacheslatour said:

Who the fuck punches a horse?

 

Shades of Black Beauty.  

I'd like to give her a punch in the face.....or send her off to the knackers.

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Markie Post, Actress Known for ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Night Court,’ Dies at 70

Markie Post, an actress known for The Fall Guy and Night Court, has died following a battle with cancer. She was 70.

Post’s manager, Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, confirmed her death to The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday evening.

Post was born in 1950 in Palo Alto, California, and began her career in television by serving as an associate producer on the game series Double Dare, which was hosted by the late Alex Trebek.

She first appeared as an actor on television in the TV movie Frankie and Annette: The Second Time Around. Post appeared in numerous series after that, from comedy show Semi-Tough to crime drama The Gangster Chronicles, Fantasy Island and The Love Boat.

From 1982-85, Post took on the role of Terri Michaels in action adventure series The Fall Guy, opposite Lee Majors, Heather Thomas and Douglas Barr. She went on to play Christine Sullivan in the comedy series Night Court, and later had recurring roles in Hearts Afire and Odd Man Out.

In 1998, Post played Cameron Diaz’s mother in Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s There’s Something About Mary. Post’s more recent credits include Chicago P.D., The Kids Are Alright TV series and Transformers Prime, in which she voiced the character of June Darby.

Post continued pursuing acting roles after her cancer diagnosis, with appearances in shows such as Santa Clarita Diet.

Post’s family shared in a statement, “But for us, our pride is in who she was in addition to acting; a person who made elaborate cakes for friends, sewed curtains for first apartments and showed us how to be kind, loving and forgiving in an often harsh world.”

Sophia Bush, who played Post’s daughter on NBC’s Chicago P.D., paid tribute to the actress on Twitter on Sunday. “I’m just heartbroken at the news of Markie’s passing … she was a rock. A light. A great friend and a phenomenal scene partner. She brought sunshine everywhere she went. Prayers,” Bush tweeted.

Bush’s One Tree Hill costar Hilarie Burton, who also played Post’s daughter in the 2013 film Christmas on the Bayou, expressed grief over her passing on Instagram. “Devastated just isn’t a strong enough word. To know Markie Post was to fall head over heels in love with her,” Burton wrote, sharing memories of working on the holiday film together in Louisiana with costar Tyler Hilton.

“Our little gang went everywhere together. Markie bought us all harmonica necklaces and we’d break out into Old Susanna at a moments notice. Markie came to my apartment and read books to my son and nurtured me as a young mother. She was just so good at loving people. It came so easy to her. The way she talked about her husband and daughters….I wanted to be loved like that. I wanted to LOVE like that,” Burton wrote. “I’m not being eloquent because I am deeply sad. But I have scores of letters from this magical woman where she calls me things like ‘my darling girl’. She was gentle with me, and made me feel safe and seen. Especially in an industry where being a girl was sometimes a danger. I could put my guard down with her. She was the perfect mix of lady and dame, a master of domestic arts…but also quick to call someone on their shit. She played @sophiabush’s mom not long after, making us tv sisters of a sort. She was the kind of person whom everyone considered their dear friend, cause I don’t think she knew how to be anything less than that. But to her husband Michael and daughters Kate and Daisy….thank you for sharing her with us. Loving her has been a joy.”

Ed Asner also paid a tribute on Twitter to his former Hearts Afire costar, writing “I am devastated to hear of the passing of my friend Markie Post. She was a true talent. We did Hearts Afire together and to work with her and John was a gift. F&@k Cancer! #MarkiePost.”

Marsha Warfield reflected on her time working with Post on Night Court in a Facebook post, saying she was shocked and devastated to learn of her death.

“She has been, and will be, described as perky, bubbly, sweet, etc. And she was. But, she was also real, caring and kind. I never heard a cross word from, to, or about her. Because of our shared love of game shows, we were on set playmates,” Warfield wrote. “You hear actors saying their casts were a family, but on Night Court, the whole crew was family. I was adopted late, but I never doubted that I was family too. Markie was a big reason for that. She was our welcome lady, or whatever you call that person who shows up at your door with a pie and a smile the first day you move in the neighborhood. I never got the pie, but the smile was bright enough to make you forget pie was a thing. Harry, Charlie and Markie were a big part of my life. They were cast mates, co-workers, friends and family. I will miss them, and cherish the memories we made and shared. Three of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure to know, may they rest together in peace, forever calling out Passwords, cracking jokes and sharing laughs and smiles. My deepest heartfelt condolences to all whose lives they touched, and may their families and friends be comforted with the knowledge that there are millions of us.”

Post is survived by her husband, producer and writer Michael A. Ross; and daughters Kate Armstrong Ross and Daisy Schoenborn.

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Trevor Moore, Comedian Co-Founder of Sketch Troupe The Whitest Kids U Know, Dies at 41

Trevor Moore, a comedian, actor, writer and producer who co-founded the sketch comedy group The Whitest Kids U Know, died on Friday after suffering an accident. He was 41.

Moore’s death was confirmed by his manager, Kara Welker, who shared a statement on behalf of Moore’s wife, Aimee Carlson, an svp at Seth McFarlane’s production company Fuzzy Door.

“We are devastated by the loss of my husband, best friend and the father of our son. He was known as a writer and comedian to millions, and yet to us he was simply the center of our whole world. We don’t know how we’ll go on without him, but we’re thankful for the memories we do have that will stay with us forever. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you please respect our privacy during this time of grieving.”

Moore was born in 1980 in Montclair, New Jersey. He began writing early on and published, at the age of 12, a book of cartoons titled Scraps. After moving to New York in 1999, Moore interned with Saturday Night Live’s executive producer Lorne Michaels and participated in the NBC page program.

He went on to co-found The Whitest Kids U Know with Zach Cregger, Sam Brown, Timmy Williams and Darren Trumpter, a sketch group that gained attention after winning an award at HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in 2006.

The group’s self-titled series, The Whitest Kids U’Know — which Moore also starred in — ran from 2007-2011 on IFC. Moore had numerous other television writing and directing credits, from Uncle Morty’s Dub Shack to Disney XD series Walk the Prank and Just Roll With It.

Moore also created and hosted The Trevor Moore Show on Comedy Central, which featured a series of comedy sketches. As an actor, he appeared in Breaking In and Animation Domination Hi-Def, among other credits.

Cregger and Brown of The Whitest Kids U Know issued the following statement: “Early this morning, we learned that we lost our brother, our collaborator and the driving force behind WKUK. He was our best friend, and we speak for all of us in saying that the loss of Trevor is unimaginable. We are heartbroken and our grief pales in comparison to the loss felt by his wife and son. On behalf of WKUK, we ask for privacy during our time of profound grief, and strength for his family who are dealing with the impossible thought of living life without him. Our hope is that friends, fellow artists, and fans that loved him will not focus on his death, but will remember the countless moments of laughter he gave them.”

Last year, the crew launched an official Youtube channel featuring their most popular sketches and bonus materials. They are currently in post production on their first animated feature film, “Mars,” which is due out next year

Moore is survived by his wife Aimee, and their son, August.

 

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Good luck with your interviews, jewel!  We're all rooting for you!  👍

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20 hours ago, Snaporaz said:

Good luck with your interviews, jewel!  We're all rooting for you!  👍

Thank you for the kind words, Snap. 

I've been invited to spend a day at one of the clinics tomorrow to see how it is. I hope it goes well. The other interview went well but they still have a few more people to interview. They mentioned I would most likely hear back by the end of the week. 

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6 minutes ago, jewel21 said:

Thank you for the kind words, Snap. 

I've been invited to spend a day at one of the clinics tomorrow to see how it is. I hope it goes well. The other interview went well but they still have a few more people to interview. They mentioned I would most likely hear back by the end of the week. 

Great news! I can't tell you how much I admire you, taking the initiative like this during your vacation. I know you were so ready to rest but you gathered yourself up and reached out for a better life. All the luck in the world.

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1 hour ago, peacheslatour said:

Great news! I can't tell you how much I admire you, taking the initiative like this during your vacation. I know you were so ready to rest but you gathered yourself up and reached out for a better life. All the luck in the world.

Thanks, peaches. You're right, I really didn't want to be doing this during my vacation but I also didn't want to go back to work once my vacation was over, heh. 

I had the option of going in tomorrow for a trial run or next Thursday. At first I really wanted to wait until next week, but the more I thought of it, the more I knew come next week I would be in a pissy mood dealing with the dentist for three days straight. Especially since it would be busy that week and we have a lot of kids coming and he's terrible with kids. So I figured tomorrow would be better and I would be in a better frame of mind. The office manager seemed very pleased that I would be coming in tomorrow so that's good. I just hope it goes well and I get along with everyone. 

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4 minutes ago, jewel21 said:

Thanks, peaches. You're right, I really didn't want to be doing this during my vacation but I also didn't want to go back to work once my vacation was over, heh. 

I had the option of going in tomorrow for a trial run or next Thursday. At first I really wanted to wait until next week, but the more I thought of it, the more I knew come next week I would be in a pissy mood dealing with the dentist for three days straight. Especially since it would be busy that week and we have a lot of kids coming and he's terrible with kids. So I figured tomorrow would be better and I would be in a better frame of mind. The office manager seemed very pleased that I would be coming in tomorrow so that's good. I just hope it goes well and I get along with everyone. 

Coming in tomorrow shows great drive. I'm sure that was much appreciated.

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