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I just got my Security Guard Licence!
Things have changed at work, and all Stage Door staff have to be licenced security guards. I’ve been interested in that sort of thing for quite a while, and my employer paid for my training, exam, and licence.
I was the first to finish the exam, and only needed 1/3 of the alotted time to write the test and carefully double-check my answers. I passed with 88%. I’d have done even better, but the training provider my employer selected left a lot to be desired, and several questions involved material not covered in the course.
“Security guard, got my thermos o’ coffee beside me. Security guard, got my 2-foot-long flashlight to guide me…”
My other hobby is collecting tiaras. (Sparkly!)
I have almost 250 of them, plus some replica regalia. Most are replicas of actual historical tiaras. I hand-coloured the stones in some of them, to match the originals. Others, I had to structurally alter.
I need to learn how to do jewellery-soldering with a blowtorch, so I can start making my own tiaras.
Here’s a link to photos of some of my calligraphy practice and experiments with sheening inks on Tomoe River paper.
There’s also a photo of my test-tube rack of samples. We in the fountain pen community often swap sample-vials of ink, because a full bottle can be quite expensive, and takes a long time to use up. A 5 ml. sample is enough for a couple of fills, to see if you like it.
I’ve used inks from Australia, the Netherlands, Poland, England, France, Germany, and Japan, as well as American and Canadian, and vintage inks—including one that’s 80 years old.
I found a new hobby, last June, and it’s a surprisingly soothing, mesmerizing one. It’s calligraphy, with antique flexible-nib fountain pens.
My handwriting is scribble-scratch, and I got D’s and E’s for it in school. I eventually figured out it’s because my hand can’t keep up with my brain. But calligraphy is more like drawing. It makes me slow right down, and carefully form each letter. It’s mesmerizing, watching the tines of a flex-nib, flexing in and out, as thin & thick lines of colour flow from them. And I do mean COLOUR.
Bottled ink comes in every colour and shade you can imagine. Some inks contain glitter. Others are super-saturated with dyes that crystallize on the paper as they dry, producing a metallic sheen. Some inks have both. Depending on the combination of the pen, the ink, and the paper, you can get different results. It’s a combination of artwork, mindfulness, and science experiment!
And history, when you find a new antique pen to bring back to life. My youngest vintage pen is my dad’s Parker 61 capillary-filler, that he used to write his exams at Waterloo & U of T, in the late 50s-early 60s. My oldest is a solid-gold, hand-engraved Wahl from 1919. Imagine that! 99-year-old technology, that still works just as well as it did when it was new, and all it needed was a new rubber ink-sac!
And something else…
Now that I use my antique fountain pens (without flexing) for my everyday writing, it’s gotten a lot better.
We don’t feel time as other people do, because our neurology is more attuned to the organic time of nature (sunrise/sunset, the seasons, plantimg/harvesting, hunger/thirst/sleepiness), but most of the world’s societies run on an arbitrary, man-made, precise system of timekeeping.
Here’s how that system came to be…
This is a big issue for us.
Generics (and even different brands of generics) can be as much as 10% less potent to 10% more potent than the branded versions, yet still be considered bio-equivalent to the branded version.
This is fine for headache pills and cold remedies, but it can be disastrous in meds for mental issues. Each generic can have different fillers, which often include ingredients which carry a high risk of sensitivities, including milk products and gluten.
In most jurisdictions, pharmacists can substitute a generic (or change the brand of generic) without even asking or telling the patient. I’ve been burned by this when my pharmacy changed the generic brand of EffexorXR to one that not only suddenly didn’t
work, but caused side effects. My pharmacy now has to special-order the brand that works for me.
And I have to make sure my doctor HAND-WRITES ”NO SUBSTITUTIONS” on every prescription, and I have to remind the pharmacy every time, just to be sure I get exactly what I need.
There are Forum threads about generics, and some videos on the Videos page & YouTube channel. They’ll give you more info about it.
I am very concerned about this.
That combination may work fine at first, but can suddenly cause uncontrollable, almost psychotic, rages and emotional outbursts.
The combination of ADHD meds + Paxil (or Prozac) is so dangerous that the FDA has placed Black Box Warnings about it on the labels. A Black Box Warning is only for the most serious of potential side effects.
Did your doctor say why you were being switched from Effexor (a drug which is safe in combination with ADHD meds, and which had helped you for 6 years) to one which should never be mixed with ADHD meds?
Please look up the drug information on *legitimate* medication websites. And talk to your pharmacist ASAP. Often, they know more about this than doctors do.
Check the Videos page. There are a couple of free videos about it. David Giwerc (founder of the ADD Coach Academy had the ideal (and very clever) way of doing it.
He didn’t mention ADHD at all. He just pointed out that he excelled at selling, and could increase his sales by 40%, if he had a helper to handle all the paperwork, so he could devote all of his time to what he did best. It worked even better than he’d promised. He MORE THAN DOUBLED his sales!
To sum up:
1) Make it a business proposition, with clear benefits for your employer.
2) Focus on your strengths and what you need to improve them.
3) Use real numbers, so everything is measurable.
4) Don’t mention your ADHD.
5) Get in the habit of always presenting possible solutions whenever you present a problem. My dad taught us this, from the time we were kids. This way of thinking makes an employee much more valuable.
I’m not a doctor, but I do know that Methylphenidate (the drug in Concerta) passes completely from the body in less than 24 hours. The “withdrawal” symptoms only last for the few hours it takes for the last of the dose to wear off.
Can you keep track of the effects, hour by hour, for a few days, starting from just before you take it until the end of the day? Do this for several days, and you’ll see if there’s a pattern.
It could be that your dose is too high. Or maybe you’d do better on a different form of Methylphenidate, such as Biphentin or Ritalin SR. You and your doctor need to discuss this.
Another possibility: Are you taking branded Concerta or a generic? Most generics are NOT bio-equivalent to the branded version, and can cause the problems you describe.
You may want to talk to your pharmacist about this too. Often, they know more about medicines than doctors!
P.S. – The monthly hormonal roller-coaster ride can have a big effect on how meds work in women and girls grom week to week. And peri-menopause can make it a whole new ballgame. In my case, it meant having to change from Concerta (which I’d taken for years) to Biphentin.
Something else to discuss with your doctor!
Here’s a video of a huge flock of freshly shorn sheep, being herded down a New Zealand mountain.
My cousin shot this viral video. Only, she’s no tourist. She was born & raised in Brantford, Ontario, but she’s lived in NZ for many years, and is married to a Kiwi.
Here’s the device I use: www.niteize.com/product/S-Biner-KeyRack-Steel.asp
It’s a carabiner-keychain that clips onto your belt-loop, a zipper-pull (inside a purse, if you use one), or whatever. Each key easily clips onto a small “s-biner”, which clips securely onto the main unit.
It’s easy to unclip each key as I need it, then clip it back onto the main unit, which stays clipped in place. Or, I can clip that little s-binered key onto another zipper-pull or belt-loop, if I only need that one key, and leave the rest of them on the main unit, clipped in place.
My work keys, flashlight, and signalling whistle are on a similar unit, always clipped to my belt-loop when I’m at work, and clipped inside my purse the rest of the time. When they’re clipped in place, I don’t need to dig for them.
Oh, that sucks! Correction: It blows dead bears.
Were they work keys or personal keys?
Funny how you can’t REmember something you didn’t “member” in the first place, isn’t it?
How to prevent it from happening again?
For me, I have to stick to a system. I carry my keys on a carabiner, that’s always clipped into my purse (and I always use the same cross-body organizer bag). If I have to unclip the carabiner, I wait til the last moment, then clip it back into its proper place immediately after use. If I don’t, I’ll freak out as I try to find my keys. I remind myself of that mad panic, whenever I’m tempted to not follow my clip off-clip on rule. It’s one heck of an incentive to stick to my rule.
Another approach is to use a clip-on keychain with a spring-loaded chain. You stretch it out to use the keys, and as soon as you let go, the keys snap back into your purse, pocket, or belt-loop. Unfortunately, I’d play with the sproingy mechanism without thinking, and I killed 2 of them. Pulled it out too hard, and snapped the spring. That’s why I switched to the carabiner.
Or, you could have multiple sets of keys in various places. But if you lose a set, and your address is on them, anyone could find them and use them.
Or, you could put so many jangly keys on the keychain, that people hear you coming a block away, and if you drop them, there’s a huge crash. My mom uses this technique.