Sunday, November 27, 2011

295 candid radio.COM with Zman and Littleflurry

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On this show

Black Friday Hell Stories,

Lots of techy stuff,

Promoting a friends book,

"Coast Guard Alaska" on The Weather Channel

Littleflurry's surprise when she arrived at work last night,

The best way to shop on Black Friday,

and much more.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Picking apart one of those Dumb Back in My Day lists.

Posted by Zman

You've seen them in your inbox. Those back in my day lists that tell you how much "better" things were thirty some odd years ago. Well I thought I'd take one of these lists and pick it apart to show just how silly they really are. My responses to the list are in quotes after each item.

If you are 36, or older, you might think this is hilarious!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning.... Uphill... Barefoot... BOTH ways...yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!

But now that I'm over the ripe old age of forty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. They've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, They live in a virtual Utopia! And I hate to say it, but the kids today, don't know how good they 've got it!

1) I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

"Someone obviously has a problem with being able to quickly look things up. Maybe the person who wrote this enjoys the old way but most of us like the fact that we can instantly look things up. Not sure why this person thinks this is a bad thing."

2) There was no email!! We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents!

"I guess this person did not have access to a phone. I can remember sense I was pretty little and I'm forty two that we had access to phones in our house. so no you did not need to send a letter. And if you did send a letter, it took a couple days to get there. 36 years ago we were using an inventions called trucks and air planes to get mail around much like today. We were no longer using the pony express."

3) Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our behinds! Nowhere was safe!

"Yes because that was so much better. I guess this person sees nothing worn with child abuse?"

4) There were no MP3's or Napsters or iTunes! If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!

"So, what's this persons point, and I tunes is not stealing. I tunes is a legal downloading site. This person really has a problem with modern technology."

5) Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, Baby! Dig?

"because being able to have CD's that last a long time is such a horrible advancement. Look technology advances get over it already."

6) We didn't have fancy stuff like Call Waiting! If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it!

"Because getting stuck not being able to get a hold of someone in an emergency was so much better."

7) There weren't any cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY GOSH !!! Think of the horror... not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please!

You kids have no idea how annoying you are.

"Maybe not but we have a pretty good idea how annoying you are. and why is being able to get in touch with someone 24/7 a bad thing. Maybe you liked the day when you could not reach someone in an emergency but I kind of like the ability to do that. So how is this a bad thing. It's also not just kids using this technology. Mostt adults use it too. Get out of the rock your under and you might realize this."

8) And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

"What is wrong with knowing who called?"

9) We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination!!! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen.. Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! Just like LIFE!

"Video game technology advances like everything else, Go play your Arari 2066. I'll keep the great graffics of my x box."

10) You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing! You had to get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!! NO REMOTES!!! Oh, no, what's the world coming to?!?!

It's called progress, get over it." I used to read the old TV guide cover to cover but those days are over, get over it."

11) There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons!

"Actually many TV stations ran cartoons during the week in the afternoons when you got out of school. Sounds like someone is using a little selective memory. Plus everyone nows the good cartoons are on Boomering not Cartoon Network."

12) And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove! Imagine that!

"And you can still use the stove it you want. No one is stopping you."

13) And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you were doing chores!

"My parents never told us that." Maybe your parents realized how annoying you were and that's why they made you stay outside."

And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!

"Because the brain damage people received at the time was so much better. Probably explains why this person wrote this drivel. Brain damage could be the only explanation for writing this. and by the way, We did have car seats and wear our seat belts back then. I'm 42 and can always remember wearing a seat belt.

See! That's exactly what I'm talking about! the kids today have got it too easy. They're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1970 or any time before!

The Over 40 Crowd

"I can't think of anyone I know over forty who think like this. The person tho wrote this obiously has a problem with the fact that older is not better and I'm gguessing this person is well over forty."

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

My take on the "We Want a Cure for Tourette Syndrome posts on Facebook.

Posted by Zman

No doubt by now you have seen the Tourette Syndrome posts on Facebook. If you have not, I'll describe it to you. It is a picture of a green T shirt with the words, "We want a cure for Tourette Syndrome, When do we want it, C@#t" I won't type the full word but you get the idea. Basically it pokes fun at the uncontrollable swearing part of Tourette Synbdrome.

Now as someone who has Tourette Syndrome I'd like to point out that the swearing, or coprolalia is the rarest form of Tourette Syndrome but unfortunately gets the most publicity. Tourette Syndrome is a disorder effecting the nervous system that causes involuntary movements and sounds called tics. These take many forms. Now I do have involuntary vocalizations. Anyone who works with me has seen me walking around appearing to talk to myself. Now my co workers know I'm just blurting out random words and phrases. I do it at a whisper so you'd have to be standing almost next to me to hear it. I've been able to control the volume but of course can't control the vocalizations but I do not have the swearing problem. As I said, that part is very rare.

Along with the tics Tourette Syndrome can come along with other problems like OCD (obsessive Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, ADD,anxiety, depression, and other problems so it is more than just a swearing disease and should not be taken lightly. I wonder if the people posting this to Facebook would also post similar comments about other diseases and disorders like cancer or mental illness. I'm guessing probably not. They'd catch hell from most of their friends. Tourette Syndrome is no different. It should never be considered OK to poke fun at a disease or disorder It is no more appropriate to post these kinds of comments about Tourette Syndrome than it would be about any other disease or disorder. Those of us who live with Tourette Syndrome can tell you it is no picnic.

All this Facebook post shows is peoples ignorance, Instead of making fun of someones disorder or disability, why not take a few minutes and try to actually learn something about it.