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orthodoc 06-27-2012 01:53 PM

Finally got some sleep and my brain has rebooted - seems to be firing on all cylinders. At last! A working brain, just in time for starting this residency! Hooray!

limey 06-27-2012 03:59 PM

Hooray for Orthodoc's brain!!
(I use tapatalk - but I type, not talk ....)

Clodfobble 06-27-2012 06:22 PM


Originally Posted by Pico and ME
So, now that you speak your meassages instead of typing, is what you are saying any different from what you would type?

Oh, I don't speak them out loud. I didn't even realize you could do that with Tapatalk. I just use it because the forum layout is hard to use in the generic phone browser. Tapatalk reformats the data into an interface that works better on a phone, that's all, and automatically sets features like "jump to last unread post" and stuff. Typing is still slow, I mostly just browse, but I can browse easily, and open it up for just a minute or two at a time without having to jump through a bunch of different windows to get there.

DanaC 06-27-2012 06:25 PM

[singing] My boy Carrotchops, be do be doop, he makes my heart gooooo giddyup, be do be doop...[/singing]

infinite monkey 06-27-2012 07:17 PM

Heh. I was at my friends house last night and their dogs were so cool,especially the one I want to steal. He loved the ear scratching and the cooing, but he ain't leaving his castle. What a dog. :)

ZenGum 06-28-2012 07:00 AM

The college had a graduation ceremony today. (I was co-organiser and MC, but it was only about 100 people). The cool thing was one particular student. At the end, we gave out the prizes for best performance in each subject, and dux.

Going by subject, two different girls won accounting and chemistry, then a Chinese lad who I shall refer to by his English name Martin won Critical Thinking, but as he left the stage the speaker called him back for the prize for economics, then as he left the stage the speaker called him back for the prize for mathematical studies, then as he left the stage the speaker called him back for the prize for specialist maths.

Four out of five. Not bad. Each came with a certificate and $50 text book voucher.

He won the prize as dux, of course (certificate plus $100 voucher).

At the reception, he was talking with some teachers and his friend who also got a very good mark. Turns out the friend got 93.2 and Martin 93.4.

Says Martin "I'd like it if you would accept this, please" and gave the friend one of the gift vouchers.

Nice lad.

DanaC 06-28-2012 07:05 AM

Ohh that's a nice thing to do.

classicman 06-28-2012 08:46 AM

There is hope... well done young man.

BigV 06-28-2012 10:10 AM

Notice, *only* because ZenGum has decided to share this sweet anecdote in our "happy today" thread that we know of it. It probably didn't make the news. Not on the crawl at the bottom of the screen. No headlines, etc. I'm glad ZenGum shared his story and that Martin shared his rewards. But classicman's comment that there's hope... These kinds of acts by young people (and some of us seniors too, once we shoo those hoodlums off the lawn) are all around us, everywhere. The hope's always there, we just don't always reach down into the bottom of the box and hold it up for all of us to see.

BigV 06-28-2012 12:55 PM

really belongs in the I'm laughing my ass off at the irony of it all thread


The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a federal law that made it illegal to lie about being a decorated war veteran, saying that the law was an unconstitutional infringement on free speech.
Good! I have always thought that this "law" was the vilest sort of pandering. SCOTUS determined that unless the "liar" was trying to profit from the lie, this kind of speech was protected. The giggles I get are from my friend Rush Limbaugh who railed against the court's stupidity of protecting liars.

o teh irony


plthijinx 06-29-2012 09:31 PM

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roommate came home today! yay! happy about that. now the work begins. we tested out just about everything with the house today and accessibility. fitted the potty chairs over the downstairs bathroom and his bathroom upstairs, put the shower chair in the downstairs shower and he tried them all to make sure he could use them no problem in case i wasn't around to help.

surprisingly he was able to negotiate the stairs up and down with no help at all. in fact, no help with anything.......until......

he sat in his lazyboy upstairs. now, he does have a walker upstairs and downstairs as well as canes and a wheelchair for downstairs. but when he sat down in the lazy boy there was no getting up by himself. i'm strong, but not that strong. i damn near dropped him on the floor trying to get him up. i just couldn't do it. i was able to just barely get his butt on the edge of the lazyboy seat and lay him back then run and grab my neighbor to help me get him up.

no harm, no foul. i just don't want to hurt his back and the seemingly great job Doc did on him. i honestly didn't think he'd be able to do the stairs. that's a huge plus.

i'm still afraid for when i leave to go to the office due to the distance of travel, 38 miles one way. if he fucks up and i'm at work.....i shudder to think.

all in all though his back is healing nicely and he starts therapy next week.

oh, that, and in the next two weeks i'm getting a raise at work.

here's a pic of the roommates back just after surgery.....

Undertoad 06-29-2012 09:39 PM

jesu le christy

monster 06-29-2012 09:46 PM

what in the hell happened to him?

orthodoc 06-29-2012 09:47 PM

Any possibility of home care to check on him while you're at work (referral through his PCP)? Sounds like he needs to use firmer surfaces than a lazyboy ... and watch out for your own back. It's easy to hurt yourself trying to assist someone while leaning over.

You've done an amazing job getting everything in place for him - hope all goes well with his recovery.

And congrats on the upcoming raise!

plthijinx 06-29-2012 10:03 PM

we're looking into that but ya know how insurance companies work. probably won't happen.

my back is already screwed so i do my best to watch it. i hurt it real bad almost 3 months ago on a fishing trip when the boat bounced off a party barge wake and launched about 3 feet or so in the air while doing 30 knots. aggravated my old supercross days of racing motorcycle numerous injuries. i'm doing the best i can with him and that's precisely why i went and got my neighbor to help me get him up. and thanks on the later!

monnie it's years of abuse. he is an aikedo and judo instructor and in fact, i only found this out through his best friend when he was here a few weeks back, that roommate almost made the Olympics some years back for judo. he's a very humble man and doesn't talk about all that. he'd rather sit there and let you think he's some dude just hanging out. try to fight him? even now he'll put you on the ground from a wheelchair! lol!

i know. he damn near just did it to me when i was making fun of him just now! (hey! laughter is the best medicine!)

to cut a long story short mon, about 15,000 back slams on the mat did it.

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