Archive for October, 2002

j: thankfulness

What I am the most thankful for in my life is the people that I live with. The last few days I have had to rely almost entirely on their good graces and it has been really rewarding.

S in particular has been extremely caring. I got a real taste of what it is like to be handicapped and she really helped me when I couldn’t help myself. She took me to the Kroger and wheeled me around in a wheel chair. She brought me food and drink when I couldn’t get up to do it myself. She helped me get my pants off so that I could go to the bathroom. She washed me when I couldn’t move well enough to do it.

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RE: J: authority figures

From:	SAZ 9-OCT-2002 12:02:41.20
Subj:	RE: J: authority figures

There are already censors placed on what can safely be taught in a classroom. Thanks to the texas school board, the Norton Anthologies give us a sterilized picture of literature. If the unwashed masses have a right to only be taught “safe” ideas, what’s wrong w/ giving the more enlightened people that same right?

On the whole issue of development; I think that an important part of people learning to stand on their own is being in environments where they have the opportunity to. Keeping people too isolated from the harshness of reality can be debilitating developmentally I think.

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n: science lesson for the day

Up until 6 weeks male and female fetuses are undifferentiated sexually; they both have the same parts. At this point if there is a Y chromosome present then androgen starts being produced and the gonads drop down to form the testicles. (In the female they don’t move and form the ovaries.)

Their progression through the male’s body leaves weaknesses in his musculature that will exist throughout his life. Also, for bipeds like humans, all of the weight of the organs in the abdominal cavity are resting on the pelvis while they are standing. (Unlike quadripeds who have the weight of their organs spread across their abdomen while they walk.)

These conditions sometimes combine to cause a breach in the muscular wall of the lower abdomen pushing some of the bowels through. This condition is known as an inguinal hernia. (There are other hernias that form at weak spots in the abdominal wall such as the naval (umbilical hernial) or because of damage (incisional hernia).)

The point of the science lesson for the day is I have an inguinal hernia. If all goes as planned on Friday afternoon I won’t anymore. =) Hernias are structural problems and though they can get worse with time, they won’t ever get better. I’m going into surgery bright and early at 6:00 in the morning. It is an outpatient procedure and I will hopefully be home healing by the afternoon.

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sj: we were soldiers

I watched this movie Friday night and it really got me to thinking. It is Mel Gibson’s newest movie and it deals with the first major battle between American and North Vietnamese soldiers.

The main point of the movie, in my opinion, is a treatment on the nobility of being a soldier. It manages to do this however without being especially sympathetic to war.

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RE: J: a long friggin journal

I’ve always been one to act reasonably and show my best side in public. This doesn’t mean I disacknowledge struggles that I have or repress the fact that they’re there, it just means that I deal with them in my own way and on my own turf.

I’m going to try and respond from my personal experience. I am really not sure how applicable it is. Honestly and openness have anyways been big things for me. I’ve not had an episode recently, but over the years I’ve said some things here that really left me feeling uncomfortable. I’ve even said some things (about other people) that a wiser person likely wouldn’t have.

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n: introduction

Well, E called me out, so I am going to write a little. There was the week where cor had 100 some odd messages and I got behind that week and put it in the queue to read through those and write an intro. Whenever I have had little things I have thought about writing I’ll put that off because I haven’t done the intro yet.

Well, I’m just going to skip the reading for a bit and go ahead and do the intro so I can write. =)

My name is Will and I’ve been here a while. I got to Tech in ’96 and have been doing college or co-op ever since.

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