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  •  I salute your sister. She sounds like an wonderful (13+ / 0-)


    A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

    by marleycat on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 06:06:37 AM PST

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      is wonderrful, she's also a recovering wingnut who suffers regulat relapses. They got to her at a young age. One day in high school back in the late 70s, she just wanted to be a good Christian kid, grow up, have a family and a career. She used to argue with me that the death penalty was immoral, that only God should make such a final judgement, or that I should give ten cents of every dollar I made to the poor, because it was the moral thing to do and that's what Jesus told us to do.

      Then for years she was completely manipulated into supporting the Beck-Hannity-Limbaugh complex. Despite the fact that she works for the government, for the edu department, in a section of that edu dept that critically depends on extra, special funding for special ed kids with all kinds of needs. She wouldn't have beeen alone having to restrain that kid and getting punched and kicked in the face, and then popping her ACL so loud it sounded like a .22 had gone off, if Texas properely funded their schools and took care of children with that kind of explosive potential. She's coming out of it now, but it was a long, tense journey with lots of family dinner shouting matches.

      •  I sprained my right ankle (11+ / 0-)

        restraining a teenager at a POORLY funded 'psychoeducation center' here in Georgia, back in 1991.

        I was the only male that worked in the program (that wasn't an Izod-wearing wimp) and while I was hired to do counseling with disturbed kids, I spent much of the time enforcing rules and being a physical presence. I labled myself the "Bouncelor" - part counselor, part bouncer.

        I put up with a lot there. Kids bigger than me wanting to kick my ass. Reason # 3476 I am thrilled I studied martial arts: I would have been too intimidated to deal with such a setting if I had not had the fighting training.

        I got grabbed from behind one day by a Big Ol Corn-Fed Boy™ and another kid - only 13 but 5'10, 150 lbs, with a full mustache and large muscles, grabbed my hands and attempted to bend them backwards. While a psychotic Beavis stood nearby, giggling.

        I shifted my hands and reversed the hold the 13 year old had, causing his hands to be bent upside down, then I raised up and he was forced up to tip-toes screaming "Ow! No Fair!"

        I know it had to hurt.

        Beavis giggled and said "I don't know, it's 2 against one".

        I wrenched his wrists really good and he let go and backed off; I shoved my right hand down my back towards the big guy's package, causing him to let go of me immediately.

        Once I was free nobody wanted any more fun.

        I told them I would kick their ass on top of their head for a hat and I would find another job.

        No further issues with them.

        I quit that job after 10 months and 2 injuries and starving check to check.

        The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

        by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 06:35:42 AM PST

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        •  Bouncelor! (5+ / 0-)

          That's fucking excellent! I may have to steal that one  ...

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          I mean to add, theres this intriguing women I'm flirting around with. One of the unique things I like about her, she's a full contact tournament martial arts fighter. I have seen video of her knock people out cold with a single spinning back kick to the face. I can't decide if it turns me on or frightens me ...

        •  Bouncelor sounds like... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...something out of a Dr. Seuss book, but what you were put through doesn't have the faintest trace of whimsy in it.  It's remarkable that you got out of that situation without permanent injuries - or a lawsuit against you by ever-litigious parents.

          •  I managed to sublimate most of the aggression (1+ / 0-)
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            into foot races: let the teens and kids challenge the old man to  a race to see who's best.

            I, of course, smoked them all.

            The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

            by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 08:04:15 AM PST

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            •  Sounds like I used to be! (1+ / 0-)
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              I used to run cross-country, and do the 100-yard dash, pretty well.  Unfortunately, asthma damaged my lungs to the point where I couldn't sustain either, and by the end of high school I was removed from both sports out of fear my lungs would collapse!

              I certainly wouldn't race you. ;-)

              •  I sucked wind as a child. Couldn't run a city bloc (2+ / 0-)
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                total wuss.

                I started camping and hiking in my early 20's and martial arts at 25 and serious backpacking about age 30.

                I am now 52 and in the best condition of my life due to exercizing more now than I ever ave previously.

                I don't want to be an old vegetable.

                The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

                by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 08:13:30 AM PST

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                •  I was really active. Not just the racing... (2+ / 0-)
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                  ...but I bicycled everywhere.  I could do 40 mile round trips by the time I was a teenager, and my lungs didn't hold me back like they did with my running.  I was biking everywhere well into the 2000s, when my bike finally fell apart, and being a grad student at the time, couldn't afford to replace it.

                  I've not lived in bike-friendly areas since then, and I really, really miss just hopping on my bike and pedaling somewhere.  I ever get a job that pays a decent salary, I'm getting a decent touring recumbent bike and getting back onto the circuit.

                  I don't want to be either, but right now, just climbing a few flights of stairs winds me.  Being forced to live a totally sedentary life due to my medical problems has taken its toll.

                  •  I have been really lucky to not have (1+ / 0-)
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                    any serious health issues other than poor eyesight (which is correlated with my high intelligence - guffaw) and annoying sinus issues (noses run in my family).

                    Really sorry to hear about the asthma....

                    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

                    by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 08:27:15 AM PST

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                    •  Well, the asthma is no longer a factor! (1+ / 0-)
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                      It basically disappeared around the time I went to college, though it left my lungs permanently unable to support foot racing.

                      What came later was ulcerative colitis, and that quite nearly killed me.  I've had that (mostly) corrected with surgery, but it's left me much poorer in stamina, and the steady, continuous decline in my income has left me living in places where outdoor exercise is hard to come by, and too much exercise causes more problems then it does good.  Kind of a teeter-totter balanced on a razor blade.  There are things I can do, though...I'm going to start a meditation and basic yoga class at work soon.

      •  She shows that... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...heroism is often quite messy in the real world, and that our heroes are quite flawed human beings, but that doesn't make them any less heroes.

        That she manages to even partially shake the wingnut brainwashing is a monumental achievement in itself.  They're extremely good at sucking people into their cult and keeping them there once they're fully indoctrinated.

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