Friday, December 22, 2006

Friday Word..He Has No Future..Internet Maladies..Signs..

Friday Word

The always fun to read Maggie chose this Friday's word. It's "BELL". Maybe you can do a post, story, poem or anything you like on your site with the word "BELL" in it. Sai has also done a post on it, you can read it here.

Got My Bell Rung

I heard that term a few times, when a football player takes a big hit and hence gets his bell rung. So when I read about the Friday word, the following episode came to my mind. It was not football though, but my bell got rung pretty good, when I had a concussion about 3 years ago.

We lived in CT back then, me, *A* our friends Dan and Ken would often get together. One evening we went off to NYC for dinner. As usual the food, the company and drinks were great. The plan was to stay at Ken’s place for the night. Dan was driving and myself and *A* were in the back. I was asleep, so when we got to Ken’s, they woke me up. I got out of the car and shut the door. As I did that I realized that I was feeling faint. The last thing I recall was me trying to reach for the side of the car to steady myself.

When I came back, I saw *A*, Dan and Ken looking down at me. Everyone was shocked and worried. They had called 911. I said I was fine, but I felt terribly groggy. The paramedics showed up, my head and neck were immobilized and, we were off to the hospital ER. They asked me my name, day of the week and all that good stuff. I could even recall my SSN. That was a good sign I guess. It was in the ER that I started feeling the start of a nasty headache and I started throwing up.

The docs did an X-Ray and a scan on my head. I had had a concussion. They kept me overnight in the hospital and I was discharged the next day. I felt fine except for the pounding headaches (lasted about a week) and dizziness. I was out for about a week, before the headaches subsided and I was not always dizzy. But for about 2 months, every time I got out of the car I felt as if the world around me was spinning a bit. I was fine otherwise.

Apparently I fainted, because I had a bit of a low blood pressure. I went really quick from a state of restful sleep to a quick standing position. Apparently there was not enough time to get blood to my brain, and to prevent problems the primitive response of the body is to faint. The prone position would then ensure that my brain got the blood supply it needs. It just so happened that my head happened to hit the driveway which was a paved surface.

*A*, Dan and Ken told me that the sound of my head hitting the driveway was the most sickening sound they had heard. As Dan said, sort of like a coconut hitting the ground after it falls from a tree.

So now you know what I mean, when I said my bell got rung real good?

No Shit Sherlock!

MIAMI - The shadow of President Bush seemed to loom large over his younger brother Wednesday, as the outgoing Florida governor ruled out any plans to return to elected office.
“No tengo futuro (I have no future),” Jeb Bush told Spanish-language reporters in Miami, when asked about any possible political ambitions after he steps down next month.

I have no sympathy for you Jeb. Blame this on your brother who is responsible for the mess this country is in many ways. No wonder you don't have any future. This nation has had enough of the Bushes!

Signs written in Arabic raise eyebrows on GRTC buses
OMG..Somebody save us.. Link

The signs first showed up in the past few weeks on 170 GRTC buses covering routes all across the area. There is a meaning behind them, but it's probably not what you would think. It's a short Arabic phrase that has some people confused.

“We have had some people concerned that there is Arabic on our buses, they're a little scared that maybe there's a secret message or it's calling on a terrorist cell," says Rev. Douglas Smith of the Virginia Interfaith Center.

So what does the sign actually say? If you look close enough it's written right below: "Rock, Paper, Scissors."

"We react before we know and we need to take time to just think for a second and not just fall prey to our emotional, visceral reactions," says Dr. Archana Bhatt of A More Perfect Union, a non-profit group that’s behind the awareness campaign. They want to get riders re-thinking their biases and maybe start a discussion during their ride through downtown.

The group plans to extend the campaign to include other South Asian races and religions. They also plan to run public service announcements to get the message across -- but those will be more straightforward.

Internet Maladies

The Internet has given birth to a quirky range of modern addictions and maladies, the British weekly New Scientist says in its Christmas issue published this Saturday. Link

- EGO-SURFING: When you frequently check your name and reputation on the Internet.

- BLOG STREAKING: "Revealing secrets or personal information online which for everybody's sake would be best kept private."

- CRACKBERRY: "The curse of the modern executive: not being able to stop checking your BlackBerry, even at your grandmother's funeral." (A BlackBerry is a popular handheld device that can be used for phoning, emailing and web-browsing).

- GOOGLE-STALKING: Defined as "snooping online on old friends, colleagues or first dates."

- CYBERCHONDRIA: "A headache and a particular rash at the same time? Extensive online research tells you it must be cancer."

- PHOTOLURKING: Flicking through a photo album of someone you've never met.

- WIKIPEDIHOLISM: Excess devotion to contributing to the online collaborative encyclopaedia, Wikipedia. (Wikipedia even has a page where you can test whether you're an addict!

- CHEESEPODDING: Downloading of a song "so cheesy that you could cover it in plastic wrap and sell it at the deli counter." Cheesepodders are especially vulnerable to soft-rock favourites from the 1970s.


deepsat said...

well i do hope they end up wid a good discussion rather than a bias hiccup!! now a days anything to do wid arabs cause so much paranoia!

nice maladies!! :-))

Sanjay said...

@Deepsat, I hope so too. What worries me is how they are trying to make "sounding biased against muslims" normal. Gotta fight stuff like this.

meno said...

Sorry about your poor head. Ouch. I get dizzy when i stand up too fast, as the blood has a long way to go.
At least W will have accomplished one good thing, keeping his bro out of office. But i'll be keeping my eye on him, politicians have a way of weaseling their way back.

Sanjay said...

@Meno.. Thanks, there appears to be no permanent damage although the concussion was considered moderate to severe.

Oh ya we need to watch these folks.

Hope your visit to DC is going well!

Sai said...

Ouch about your head!

It is so sad that anything to do with the Arab world is viewed with paranoia.

Hey I had a classmate in grad school who google stalked people from his undergrad and our other classmates. That used to creep me out completely!

Sanjay said...

@Sai.. Ugh at the googlestalker.

Khushita said...

i tagged you!!

Carrie said...

I'm guilty of Blog Streaking. I admit it. Is there like a club for us? You know what is worse? I reveal more on other's blogs than I do my own.

Ouch for your noggin'! I can't handle headaches.

And don't even get me started on Jeb. (rolling my eyes)

Maggie said...

Nice bell rung story, but glad your head is ok.

I think we need to remove the fear out of every day living and get back to appreciating our melting pot. People have become extreme in their paranoia these past few years, or the paranoia is becoming more mainstream. Its awful.

As for Jeb, seriously, another Bush in office would constitute a hedge and we know we don't need some new barrier blocking us from cooperation with the rest of the world!

Sugarlips said...

I also lived in CT for 3 years :)

Ouch...Ouch @ head...Hopefully you are doing fine since then :)

Its time for Bush to go behind the bushes ;)

Maladies :)

We need to get rid of this Arab paranoia.

Stay Beautiful..!!

Ameet said...

That sounded scary - hope everything's ok now.

I guess I've been suffering from many Internet maladies and never knew it!

Teri said...

I saw the news article about the internet maladies - almost blogged about it. I'm totally guilty of every last one of them. Except cheese podding. I have excellent taste in music. ;)

re: the arabic on the buses - people are so bloody stupid!

Something to Say said...

at least someone's doing something against the bias (unlike urs truly who just comments on blogs about it) and rightly said - I hope it starts up a debate!

Who needs another Bush? Not this country, I hope!
Ouch about the head - nasty memory that one...

Sanjay said...

@khushita. Will do the tag later.

@Carrie, I think we are all guilty of some of those at times.

@Maggie.. Thanks

@Sugarlips.. I am fine thanks. Where did you live in CT? We lived in New Haven.

@Ameet.. I am fine now thanks.

@Teri.. When they talked about Pandora as one of the top websites, I did think of you, since I found out about it from you.

@Something, well at least you are aware of it. I am sure if the chance presents itself you will do something about it too.

Anali said...

I love your posts! I always get a laugh and great information too.

That was quite a bell ringing story. Your poor head! That must have been awful.

And that piece on bias was very interesting. I guess we can all be very quick to rush to judgement and find out that we are completely wrong.

And I think I have a few Internet maladies! Yikes!

Nadim said...

head hitting rock is sickening! i have heard that sound b4... frm very close !!! but it did nt hurt! did it hurt yu?

Fuzzylogic said...

Glad to hear you didn't suffer from any complications of the concussion,I had my brother sustain a fracture of the skull due to a fall from a tree when we were kids and I remember hearing that sound and having such a sickening feeling.Thankfully he too recovered well.
The arabic words on the bus reminded me of a tshirt being sold on ebay which looks like arabic script but actually is engish and which says "I'm not a terrorist"!Much needs to be done in addressing this phobia before it consumes us!
I hope bush bro stays out of politics,we don't really need another one of the breed to mess up things further!
By the way Happy holidays!

Aditi said...

ahh u have two places to comment now as well
ouch for the concussion glad u were ok.. bell i woulda come up with jingle best woulda said batmen smells after that