Toys Of My Childhood.

Christmastime is a very top-secret secretive time where things are hidden,whispered, spoken in secret code or in another language so the kids can’t hear,and where kids are told to “Don’t look!” or to “Get out of the room!” so presents can be bought, smuggled into the house, wrapped,and hidden without being seen! As for my Christmases as a child I fondly remember my fave. toys of my past as a kid in the 70’s and a teen in the 80’s and here they are:

-Barbie

-Ken

– G.I Joe

-Baby Alive

-Stretch Armstrong

-The Bionic Woman action figure

-The Six Million Dollar Man action figure

-Charlies Angels dolls

-Star Wars action figures

– Slime

-Spirograph

-Blip

– Buckeroo

– Operation

-Don’t Break The Ice!

-Lite Brite

-Easy Bake Oven

-Pet rocks

– Simon

-Rubicks Cube

-Cabbage Patch Kids

– My Little Pony

– Perfection

– Slinky

-Poochie

-E.T

– Strawberry Shortcake

-Holly Hobbie

-Merlin

– Junkyard

– Kerplunk!

– Baby Krissy

– Raggedy Ann and Andy

– Little Orphan Annie doll

– Fisher Price toys

– Bugs Bunny talking toy

– Snoopy

– “Baby Joey” doll

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I also heard on the news how in this country we always  have to wait an unacceptable long time for any medical care here compared to other countries(such as the US, the UK,and Australia for example) in fact, it came dead last in a list of all other developed countries, such as waiting days for an app’t with your family doctor, 4-8 HRS on average wait at the ER, and MONTHS wait to see a specialist or have surgery. I’m not surprised(and it’s been almost 4 months already since my doc put in the referral for the plastic surgeon and neurologist  and I STILL haven’t heard back yet, I don’t even have an app’t date!!)  and yet another reason this country is ass-backwards, half-assed,behind everyone else,inept, and just plain SUCKS! They said as well that we just patiently wait, don’t complain and think nothing of it, likely because people here are just too STUPID to know any different and don’t know any better; not even realizing that it’s NOT like this everywhere(just a bunch of dumb rednecks!) just like my hubby, always defending it, and the radio DJ appalled me as well cracking” without hockey we have nothing to do now but get drunk and drive around!” Good LORD! I swear to God I HATE this place!! It’s an embarrassment.

Canada Still Sucks!!

Canada continues to suck more and more every day and I wish I could leave except I can’t afford to move. They said on the radio just last night that major problems here incl. discrimination against immigrants and the poor and heavy problem drinking, and that over 50% of the population is defined as such which incl. heavy drinkers, binge drinking, under-age drinking, alcoholism,and drunk driving, and that over 80% of drunk drivers are repeat offenders that will continue to go on and on drinking and driving. It also said that on average the average Canadian will consume over 465 alcoholic drinks a YR and that doesn’t incl. the heavy drinkers.It’s just so sad that drinking is such a big and important part of the “culture here”(rednecks) or rather lack of culture, and of people’s lives and that this country has one of the highest drunk driving rates in the world. I mean, alcohol is BAD for you, it’s unhealthy, it serves no useful purpose and no good ever comes out of it,it’s not necessary, you don’t NEED it to have fun,and it’s bad for society and is one of society’s biggest ills..We are a country of loser boozers and it’s a disgrace!

As well, Canada is one of like only  3 or 4 countries to vote against Palestinian statehood in the UN (2/3 of countries will vote approval) once again proving to be USA and Israel’s puppet, showing the UN and the world what assholes they really are(this country can kiss my hemmoroid!!), a FB friend of mine called Canada “One of the morally darkest countries in the world” and someone had spray-painted “Canada will burn!” on a war memorial as well, so I’m NOT the ONLY one that thinks it sucks, and on the news they said on average it costs over 800$ a MONTH for daycare per child and they want the gov’t to pay more towards covering the costs in subsidizing it and I think is a bad idea; it should be like with abortions(which ARE paid for by the gov’t as well); if you want one, YOU should pay for it yourself and it shouldn’t be paid for with TAXPAYERS dollars! Why even HAVE kids in the first place though if you’re just going to farm them off to daycare, anyway,and with the cost of daycare, parking,gas,and the expense of the extra car, that would take up all of  the second salary anyway, so you might as well just stay home with your kids in the first place where you should be; it’s best for the kids, and you’d be saving all that unnecessary expense! I’m so sick of the gov’t “Nanny State” involved in every aspect of people’s lives and the more they’re involved; the more they control, regulate and fund, the less freedom we have; every gov’t involvement comes with “strings” attached.

The school teachers are also threatening to go on strike on Friday as well, greedy unions always holding the kids “hostage” and making them suffer(I’m so glad we homeschool!) so the gov’t said if so they’ll legislate them back to work, and with my MRI results my mother and I both expect to hear it’s either a tumour or Chiari malformation given my symptoms but my hubby thinks everything will come back normal and passes it off as “just age”, yet my doctor didn’t and she’s seen enough patients and people my age(almost 46) to know what’s “normal” for aging and what isn’t and she obviously thinks it’s NOT normal and must be something more than just “age” since she DID order the MRI! I hope as well that it’s NOT just something like age, stress, or migraines, either, as they have no cure and at least with tumours and “Chiari” surgery can cure it,and if there’s no cure I’ll be stuck like this forever! I also meant to say “December” but said “September” too,(but didn’t even realize it) and mixed up the words “basket” with “bath tub” yet another way my brain has been betraying me more and more lately and how I mix up words and such…..I KNOW SOMEthing isn’t right….I would also think that unless it shows something imminently critical(such as an aneurysm  about to rupture, or a blood clot) I wouldn’t have anything done about it until the new YR but just rather find out what it is for now.

My 18 YR old also quipped he knows I have something wrong with my brain since I’m religious and believe in God and once I get brain surgery and it gets fixed I’ll “be more intelligent” and “won’t be religious or believe in God anymore”(I told him,”Ha, ha, VERY “funny!”) and we can’t get anything on the kids’ Christmas gift list here(because this country sucks and the selection is shit here) so we went online to order from USA except it recognized that it wasn’t a US credit card  even though we DID provide a US shipping address(that we have re-shipped to here) it said the shipping  address didn’t match the billing address so we still weren’t able to do it. I just got so mad! These things ALWAYS happen to me! Things just DON’T ever work out for me or go right and I always have such a problem with everything,and it doesn’t matter if it’s big things or little things; everything just always goes wrong for me all the time and I hate it and everything is always such a struggle.Why can’t things just WORK for me for ONCE?

“The Artist.”

 I recently saw the movie “The Artist” and I really liked it! It won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Actor and now I can see why. It was a black and white silent film just like back in the 1920’s, the time period that it portrayed. It started off in 1927 and spanned a 5 YR period.(Whenever I see movies in the late 1920’s I always feel sorry for the characters, thinking about the upcoming Depression,”If only you knew what’s going to hit very soon; the prosperity you enjoy now isn’t going to last for long!”) It starts off with silent film star George, an outgoing popular affable fellow, who is kind to his staff and coworkers and friendly to his fans, and who has a loveable Jack Russell terrier and an indifferent wife. He lives in a big house and is a top star but things can change and nothing lasts forever. He meets a young woman named Peppy who starts off as an extra in one of his movies and adores him and the two become fast friends. He goes out of his way to give her a break and she never forgets it and years later remembers it and returns the favour.

As the Depression hits times change, not only with the economy but with the changing film industry as well and silent movies are phased out and “talkies” are introduced and poor George finds himself a has-been. He is no longer popular and his career is over, but Peppy’s star rises and it becomes a role reversal and a reversal of fortune; she becomes a huge star and he is washed up; he loses his fame, his fortune, his marriage and his house. In one scene his wife laments how unhappy she is and he replies,”So are millions of us.” He invests his money in a film but it flops and he loses everything,meanwhile Peppy becomes famous and George becomes despondent and falls into alcoholism and ends up moving into a small apartment but Peppy is always keeping an eye on him from afar, without him knowing, always caring about her friend, watching over him, sorrowful over his decline.

There are many sad scenes as George falls further and further into despair, incl. where he is rescued from a fire and Peppy finds out and takes him in, and where he can’t take any more and puts a gun in his mouth to kill himself(I cried at that one, esp. as I have been there myself; attempting suicide and knowing the despair that drives one to it and what it feels like, so I could identify with what he was feeling and I felt so badly for him). In the end Peppy proved to be a faithful friend and was there for him to lift him up and help him revive his career and give him hope for a new life(she even anonymously bought all his belongings at an auction presumably to give back to him at a later date), and I was hoping (and I think it was implied unless I took it the wrong way as I am a hopeless romantic) that they would be a couple. I really enjoyed it and it was one of the best movies I have seen in a  long time and I highly recommend it!

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As well, I had an allergic reaction to the contrast dye they injected into my veins for the MRI(they said you can have reaction to it up to 48 HRS afterwards) as I was itchy all over,and I assume as well when I get the results that if it comes back normal(or inconclusive) that the doctor’s office will just call me and tell me, and only if they found anything that I’d have to come in for an app’t and discuss it. I expect they’d find a Chiari malformation though, esp. considering I have all the symptoms(as well as Marfan Syndrome, which often co-exists WITH Chiari) although sometimes you can have all the symptoms of something and NOT necessarily HAVE it, like our 18 YR old when he was 5 months old he HAD all the symptoms of fluid pressure on his brain and got a CT scan but it turned out he DIDN’T have it afterall…..yet when our now 14 YR old DID have leukemia when he was 7 he DIDN’T have the typical symptoms of it, so you never know…I just have to wait and see, but I’m nervous for the results to find out what’s been causing all my symptoms.If it IS a Chiari  or a tumour I’d be referred to a neurosurgeon for brain surgery, and even if everything is clear I’ll still see the neurologist(if I ever hear back that is; so far it’s been almost 4 months since my doc put in the referral and I still haven’t heard anything yet!) as he can still do other specialized tests, like say, for Alzheimers, or something.