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Holy Education Batman…Barney is just not batty.

After a meeting of the SEIU 503 Civil Rights Committee, I decided it is time to educate everyone on hidden disabilities.  I am not talking about asthma you can hear them wheeze and/or they as you to not to wear scents.  I am talking about that area housed in people brains.  Mental illness and mental disabilities.

PTSD is becoming more and more common.  However there is a misconception that only soldiers and rape victims have PTSD.  Anyone who has experienced a severely traumatic event-especially one that involves life or death.  I personally have it from finding my father dead of heart of attack in the front yard when I was 9 years old.  Signs of PTSD can be re-experiencing the event, avoidance behaviors,  and they being easily startled or jumpy.

Everyone jokes about OCD Olivia.  The person in the office who has to have everything just so. Well, 1 out of every 40 people is clinically diagnosed with OCD. People with the disorder literally have a compulsion to have things just so and to check and recheck things.  They feel that if they do not do theses things, something bad will happen. It is not funny to them and should not be made fun of.

One thing I often hear is so-and-so is bi-polar so moody.  Bi-polar moods take time to switch it is not instant.  In borderline-personality disorder, the change could be instant.  So when you throw around terms like bi-polar referring to a moody co-worker, you could be insulting Stable Sally who you have never seen  be moody at work, but had bi-polar disorder that is controlled by medication.

For more information on mental illness, please go to http://www.nami.org

There are brain disorders that have nothing to do with mental illness.  A coworker could have a cognitive disorder like semantic dementia,  That means they lose semantic memory (knowledge of understandings, concept based knowledge  and general world knowledge).  They would show symptoms of dyslexia, reading impairments, and an atypical spelling-t0-sound correspondence.  So Sam may not be lazy and stupid, there may be other things going on in his head.

Finally, I want to talk about Alzheimer’s in the workplace. People are no longer retiring in there 50’s and 60’s.  Because of the economy, we are working older to make ends meet.  As sad as this sounds, we spend more time with our coworkers then their families.  We need to know the signs of what to watch for, so we can let them know.  I know of a case where the co-workers covered for someone so long, that by the time the family found out, it was almost too late to have any quality time left.  The following is taken from the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org):

Signs of Alzheimer’s

Typical age-related changes

Poor judgment and decision making Making a bad decision once in a while
Inability to manage a budget Missing a monthly payment
Losing track of the date or the season Forgetting which day it is and remembering later
Difficulty having a conversation Sometimes forgetting which word to use
Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them Losing things from time to time

If you find that your coworkers are having these kinds of symptoms at work, you owe it to their family to let them know.

This end the end of my educational post.  Just remember, you coworkers are one of your circles and you need to be aware of them  just like your other circles.

Political Correctness has hit the Comic-Con World, now I am offended!!!!

I was going to wait till after the first of the year to revamp my blog and start anew.  However, I have been thrown for a loop.   Yesterday Emerald City Comic Con posted the Thursday “Tales from the Con”.  They deleted it few hours later. Why?  Because they caved into a feminists PC bullpuck! The subject matter of the comic was booth babes.

For those of you who did not see it, here is a link to a screen shot that I took from someone elses’ blog. (Please note, neither myself nor the other blogger had permission to show the cartoon) Tales from the Con 12/27/12.  People complained that it was sexist and offensive.   Really people, it is a four panel cartoon, not a Playboy or Penthouse spread.  (Also, I am wondering if the offended parties have ever been to  Comic Convention?) When you go to a Con, there are booth babe, aka hot girls who may or may not know anything about the product behind them to entice guys, and some girls, into stopping at the booth to view the wares.  It is no different than the vendors at Faerieworlds who had bubble machines going to attract children, so the adults in charge of them would have to stop by.  It is tried and true marketing technique that has been used by vendors, probably since Cons first started.

Slack jawed guys staring at them is no different from they guys staring at the chicks dressed like Slave Leia or Laura Croft.  It is no different then me staring at the guy who dressed like Hawkman last year at ECC or the tattooed Punisher at Rose City Comic Con.  Both genders are going to be checking out the cosplayers, can anyone forget the Silversurfer in nothing but silver paint and silver tighty-whities…Two years in a row. I know I won’t, I even have photos.  For Jane Doe to have gotten her knickers in a bunch and called the comic sexist and followed it up by  linking  to a blog that echoed her views its seems unbelievable, unless she adverts her eyes when there is a hot guy (or gal) in a costume at a Con.  Unless it is a case of the lady doth protest too much, and  she is just a hypocrite.

But back to how ECC handled the squeaky wheel: Not only did the comic strip come down off Facebook and their website, but  Jim Demonakos offered an apology for everyone that they offended with the comic strip on the ECC Facebook page.  Because someone was offended by something that is part of Comic-Con culture, he felt the need to apologise.  If it were not for the fact that I have already spend the almost $300 on tickets for myself, DH, and our friends to go to ECC (I would lose money to resell the tickets), plus my family member has booked their timeshare for our use; I would seriously consider changing our annual tradition to a Con that is not going to give into the PC police.

#GGBC The Call of Lovecraft

This month for Geek Girls Book Club we answered the call of Lovecraft.  HP Lovecraft that is.  If you have not heard of Mr. Lovecraft, please do not continue to read my blog as I must distance myself from you and rock you live under.

For those of you whom did not heed my request and are continuing to read without knowing who HP Lovecraft is here is some brief info.  He is one of the American fathers of what became known as speculative fiction, then later the genres we know and love as Sci-Fi, fantasy, and horror. He was born 8/20/1890 in Rhode Island.  He created Cthulhu and the Necronomicon.  He wrote as a journalist, poetry, general fiction, as well as the horror he is mostly remembered for.  His creations still pop up in modern pop culture including “Army of Darkness” and “The Real Ghost Busters”. He even appeared in one of my favorite TV shows, “Supernatural”.

I had not ready of his massive works prior to this month.  Thanks to Cthulhuchick.com, I was able to download his complete works onto my Nook.  I only read 2 selections, “the Call of Cthulhu” and “the Cats of Ulthar”.

The Call of Cthulhu:  I must admit, I did do a lot of skimming.  Parts of held my interest parts of it did not.  The story had a lot of description of things and not actions and conversations.  Maybe if I had not been reading it during lunches, I might have enjoyed it more.  The scenes where there were interactions between people were great.  But again I am not a reader who needs the whole set painted for me with words.  I would give it 3 of 5 tentacles.  What I enjoyed I really enjoyed.

The Cats if Ulthar:  I absolutely loved this story!!!  I have 4 cats so I really hated the couple who lived in the dark cottage.  I felt so bad for the gypsy boy whose cat was taken and then wanted to cheer when he cursed them.  I especially loved the end. 5 of 5 tentacles!