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Re: Frostbite Falls Daily Rant
« Reply #375 on: December 26, 2012, 07:30:53 PM »
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Re: Forever Young on the Last Great Frontier
« Reply #376 on: December 26, 2012, 09:28:55 PM »
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Very rock n' roll to make such a big life decision so quickly! Fortune favours the brave!

It's not really that "big" or "quick" a life decision for me.

I've been toying with going back to academia for a while, I was going to go for a Ph.D. and work it Cross Disciplinary in Economics, History, Anthropology and Psychology.  I pretty much have the dissertation already written, I just need to rewrite some stuff in more Academic prose and work up a bibliography of citations.

This however is a more practical idea and discipline that I can actually use to help the community when TSHTF.  It's not that big a deal because it really won't change my life all that much, I'll just have to reallocate my time.  Obviously won't be spending 6 hours a day writing for & editing the Diner.  LOL.  However, I can recycle Oldies but Goodies and hand off WP editorial tasks to other folks (like you & WHD) who are starting to get more conversant with WP software.  Also I am sure I can pound out one article a week on Sundays talking about College Life for the Aged & Decrepit. LOL.

The cost is a real bargain for Alaska Residents, tuition is capped at 12 credits and I am quite sure I can carry 18 with little difficulty.  The Nursing Courses I need aren't Rocket Science.  The issue would be mostly one of scheduling, but quite a few of these courses are available as Online stuff.  I certainly will have no issues writing papers for the classes, that's for sure. LOL.  About the only thing that might be a limit is how fast I can memorize various drugs and disease types and symptoms etc, not sure I am quite so fast as I used to be with this.


WTF! And you think I'm nuts!  :icon_mrgreen:

Alright, as I've said, a healer is as a healer does. And healing, IMHO, is what you are all about (even with your Orkin Man theory - LOL)

I am notoriously "Nuts", as EVERYBODY KNOWS.  This was so nice and unconventional an idea it appealed to my nutty side immediately.  :icon_mrgreen:

Healer?  Yes, I suppose I do think of myself as a Medicine Man of sorts.  Save As Many As You Can, right?  This is a practical way to fulfill that goal in my locale.

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Plenty of healers needed, in the coming troubles. And yeah, I DO think some of those hard-driving nursing types will,
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You think any of my classmates will have a thing for Grandpas?
once they figure you out  ;) Except, I didn't know you had kids?

I don't have kids, that I know of anyhow.  I was just speaking metaphorically and generationally.  If I had got married at 18, had a child and that child got married at 18 and had another, at 55 I could have a Grandchild entering Nursing School.  My Peer Group of Students in the program are effectively how old my Granchild would be now.

Once they "figure me out"?  You think Major Doomer Iconoclasts with Dentures have Sex Appeal?  LOL.  I wonder about that one.  I also gotta think carefully about whether I would Advertise that I am Chief Cook & Bottle Washer on the Diner to these folks, since if I do so my Anon would be shot to hell in a heartbeat.

Obviously also, once anybody figures out I am loaded, I'll be a target for Golddiggers.  I don't want some bimbo who wants me for my money,  I want one who loves me for the kind, gentle teddybear in there...somewhere. LOL.

Seriously of course, I really cannot imagine getting involved with any female again after all this time.  I'm too settled into being a Monk & Hermit.  On the other hand, if some sweet young nurselett like Shelly jumped on me while we were cramming for finals, I'd have a tough time turning that down. LOL.

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Good for those legs, to be among all those kids. Get you dancing again, maybe.  :icon_sunny:

Not too sure how good the legs are for Dancing, but the Horizontal Bop is possible...if I can remember how and stock up on Viagra before JIT delivery fails to the 3 Bears Pharmacy.  LOL.

Kind of Jumping the Gun here of course, since who knows if they will even enroll me?  At least a couple of weeks I think before the Transcripts make it in and I might get a call from some Admissions Officer calling me up and saying "Are you fucking FOR REAL here?" LOL.

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Re: Forever Young on the Last Great Frontier
« Reply #377 on: December 27, 2012, 04:27:45 AM »

Kind of Jumping the Gun here of course, since who knows if they will even enroll me?  At least a couple of weeks I think before the Transcripts make it in and I might get a call from some Admissions Officer calling me up and saying "Are you fucking FOR REAL here?" LOL.

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If the program isn't too packed they'll take your money for sure.  What does the school care?  It's just about money to them. 

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Re: Frostbite Falls Daily Rant
« Reply #378 on: December 27, 2012, 04:47:22 AM »
I cant believe youre serious, but why not. Its an invaluable knowledge base for the future, especially if you stock up a big ass first aid kit good for a few years for quite a few people. Walking the wards not so much.

Theres going to be a problem with the eventual withdrawal of all the people on SSRI's and opiates just for starters when supply starts to run dry.
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Re: Forever Young on the Last Great Frontier
« Reply #379 on: December 27, 2012, 04:49:28 AM »

If the program isn't too packed they'll take your money for sure.  What does the school care?  It's just about money to them.

The IF question there is the important one, and how any they will jam into the program.  You mentioned there were waiting lists in some programs in some neighborhoods.

I *suspect* this will not be  problem here for me, as I think Alaska Residents get Priority and few would have anywhere near my qualifications.  Nevertheless, I just don't know how they determine who gets into the program.

Money wise, they don't make that much, at $250/credit hour max for 60 hours  would be $15K, but since they cap at 12 hours, max is probably closer to $12K.   I suspect I can pull scholarship money in the second year based on achievement,  from AARP or other Old folks groups.  I do not know the precise demographics of the program, but my best guess is I am WAY smarter than everyone elsel in there, I just about always am.  So it seems likely to me I can get some kind of scholarship for academic achievement along the way.  Seems to me the MOST money they could expect to make from hooking me is around $10 Grand for the RN.

Its a numbers game as to how many get admitted, and in my case since I am coming in about midway, how many Washouts they generally have.  More washouts means more Open spots in the upper level courses.

Time will tell on how this plays out.

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Re: Forever Young on the Last Great Frontier
« Reply #380 on: December 28, 2012, 07:12:45 PM »

Time will tell on how this plays out.


OK, today I got back a few auto-generated emails on the App.

The only transcript I was able to send semi-electronically was my Masters transcript from CUNY.  Neither Columbia or SUNY have an email option for doing Transcripts, gotta be snail mail there.  I still had to send out a Signed form via Fax to get the CUNY transcript mailed off, not sure if it is mailed electronically or snail mail, I suspect the latter.  This one thus will likely land first in the UAA Admissions File, since the snail Mail requests for transcripts to the other two institutions are somewhere in the US Postal Service system at the moment.

I also got an auto generated email from UAA, encouraging me to call up one of the Academic Advisors, and letting me know I can Register for courses 1 semester before actual Admission to the program, which means I could start in the Summer.  Not sure I wanna do that though, I kinda was thinking about travelling around a lot this coming summer.

I don't think I will contact an Academic advisor at UAA until after all the transcripts make it in there.  The conversation would mainly be about what courses I really need to take, and without the transcripts in hand the advisor would not know the actual background here.  I'm hoping they allow me to wave some of the lower level Nursing Courses in favor of some Master's Level courses I could apply later to the Nurse Practitioner license, though I doubt they will allow that.  Perhaps they might let me sit for final exams in some courses though without actually doing the course as a registered student.  After reviewing Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nurses, I am pretty sure I can ace those exams just with some online study.

My guess at the moment is 2-3 weeks before I get confirmation all the transcripts are in and I can begin this negotiating process.  Based on what I read in the email, unless there is a waiting list I can't see how I could be rejected from the program.

Tons of Bennies if I do get in and going at UAA.  I get an Internet Conection and Email box, and can get cheaper Med Insurance.  I may drop my phone, which by itself would save $100/mo.  I also may dump the Cabin and either move On Campus or live in the Bugout Machine.

This is very entertaining!

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Another Auld Lang Syne
« Reply #381 on: December 31, 2012, 02:07:55 AM »
Another Auld Lang Syne by Diner Godfather RE now UP on the Diner Blog!

Happy New Year Diners!  :icon_mrgreen:

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Re: Frostbite Falls Daily Rant
« Reply #382 on: December 31, 2012, 06:13:39 AM »
It is snowing. I plan to go pay my property taxes (extortion bribe) today. Had to sell some silver to do it. It, of course, is what the silver was meant to be for. But I just didn't think that it would be so soon. Isn't that the way it always turns out? Even though many of us suffer from 'Collapse Fatigue' from the seemingly interminable waiting for the other shoe to drop, events always take us by surprise.

End of the year depression... months spent concentrating on transforming the barn into a shop when what I should be doing is digging graves. A grave unfinished means being able to put off the deeper thoughts until another day. What the new year represents is that the other day has arrived. Trauma to say the least. I always feel better on January 2nd gazing out at the pristine year ahead. What possibilities. Looking back on 2012 we can see how used up it seems. We used the hell out of it didn't we? Degraded, dirtied, torn and tortured it until we must bury the stinking remains in the grave meant for other things. Our record as a species is not good. 

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Re: Frostbite Falls Daily Rant
« Reply #383 on: December 31, 2012, 12:10:05 PM »
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So here we are now, on the cusp of another Auld Lang Syne.  Pretty much every year since I started Blogging the Collapse in 2007, I have written some sort of paean to the New Year, and this one will be no different.  Sometimes I write Prognostications for the Future in such posts, other times I write Nostalgia for the Past.  I suspect this one will contain both also.

AsteroidImpactWe got through the big Mayan Date of 12/21/2012 without a Planet Killer sized Asteroid hitting, and without  Global thermonuclear Warfare also!  So I guess we are SAFE now?  Of course not, and pinning your prognostications on any given day is pretty much like picking out the right numers in the Lotto, your chances of being precisely correct here are quite small.

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You caught my attention with that title. Listening to NPR, OBama, CONgress etc, the Fiscal Cliff talks, don't see yet how Dec 21 might not yet be seen as a kind of bifurcation point, after which everything seemed to go bad?  Seems like a new 5,126 year cycle to me. LOL. Seems like that should be a celebration, but um, we're 7 Billion now, and like you like to say, "everybody knows."  Watched Avengers and the latest Batman: Dark Knight Rising. this weekend. Struck by how similar the endings were, salvation by one man, from uber-nuclear annihilation; how both narratives were sustained by the knowledge that energy shortage is a very real, imminent threat to humanity. Avenger's of course more optimistic that some genius will figure it out, unlimited sustainable power, that is. Where is Tony Stark when humanity needs him? At least they can say, they warned humanity, eh?  ;)

That would be a kind of curious justice, to have Japanese/GE/et al nuclear rain falling down on America, after Nagasaki and Hiroshima, if not for the horror and grand STUPIDITY of it. Esp as Japan only has what, 10% of the world's nuclear facilities? How about 40 days and 40 nights of global nuclear rainfall? Meanwhile they are building Mcmansions on those same sandbars Sandy wiped out, funding coming from the public dole. Genius.

Elecricity. Don't discount either, a blast from the sun, to some degree knocking out the global grid, in 2013. We aren't ready for that either.

Which, I expect the nation-states and banks will muddle along maintaining BAU, increasingly in lock-down mode, for the immediate future. Increasingly UNABLE to maintain control.

 



 


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Re: Frostbite Falls Daily Rant
« Reply #384 on: December 31, 2012, 06:23:23 PM »
Happy Solstice Diners! Happy Holidays.

RE,

Good idea about the RN path. Always good skills in any community in any era. You will always have something to offer your fellow humans.

But I want to go back to where you said you were moving out of the cabin and going to live in the bug out vehicles starting this summer. Is that off the table with the school thing, or are you still giving up the cabin either way? 'Cause if you are, I think there's a whole goldmine of implications there, questions for you and all of us.

The obvious question is: If you know things are going to suck pretty soon, why wouldn't you live in (relative) luxury while you can? I hear you about keeping your preps up and walking the talk, but why not keep the warm cabin while you can? Anyone familiar with the energy/environment situation faces this question to one degree or another many times a day.

And does giving up the cabin mean giving up any claim to any land you might be using for a garden or woodland?

I just don't see why you would do this now. Get your RN. Help people. But you might be a better beacon if you weren't living out of your truck. Not yet anyway.

Cheers-WW

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Re: Frostbite Falls Daily Rant
« Reply #385 on: December 31, 2012, 06:37:15 PM »
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Happy Solstice Diners! Happy Holidays.

RE,

Good idea about the RN path. Always good skills in any community in any era. You will always have something to offer your fellow humans.

But I want to go back to where you said you were moving out of the cabin and going to live in the bug out vehicles starting this summer. Is that off the table with the school thing, or are you still giving up the cabin either way? 'Cause if you are, I think there's a whole goldmine of implications there, questions for you and all of us.

The obvious question is: If you know things are going to suck pretty soon, why wouldn't you live in (relative) luxury while you can? I hear you about keeping your preps up and walking the talk, but why not keep the warm cabin while you can? Anyone familiar with the energy/environment situation faces this question to one degree or another many times a day.

And does giving up the cabin mean giving up any claim to any land you might be using for a garden or woodland?

I just don't see why you would do this now. Get your RN. Help people. But you might be a better beacon if you weren't living out of your truck. Not yet anyway.

Cheers-WW

Water Weasel,

Good to hear from you. When I read your comment, I was like, how is he going to smoke cigarettes, surrounding himself by empty beer cans, and remain the fastest keyboard in the West, while earning an LPN and living in a bugout vee-hicle? 

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Re: Frostbite Falls Daily Rant
« Reply #386 on: December 31, 2012, 07:06:08 PM »

Good to hear from you. When I read your comment, I was like, how is he going to smoke cigarettes, surrounding himself by empty beer cans, and remain the fastest keyboard in the West, while earning an LPN and living in a bugout vee-hicle?

When I got my original Masters right after my divorce, I went to school during the day, then to an evening shift job, then to a night shift job, then back to school the next morning.  I had a Black Astro Van with a mattress in the back.  I slept in 2 hour increments 3 times a day for 2 years.

Then I lived for 6.5 years in a Freightliner Condo.

This is tradition for me.  My Bugout Machine is a postive PALACE compared to the Astro Van and the Freghtliner.

Anyhow, not certain I will follow through with it yet.  Also will wait on any decision making until I find out if I actually get in.

Makes no difference to the Hydroponics project, I'm doing that on a friend's property.

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Re: Frostbite Falls Daily Rant
« Reply #387 on: December 31, 2012, 08:14:15 PM »
Hey, RE, nobody doubts your street cred.

I was hoping for a deeper discussion about you voluntarily "powering down" vs comfort in the here and now.

I went one winter here with no heat and survived. Not fun, but I made it. Now that I have heat, I really like it. When I was younger, I camped out an entire calendar year hereabouts, but now I'm older and appreciate a warm dry place. In other words, I know I could make it pretty well with no power/etc, But I'm not thinking of giving it up until I have to.

And isn't this the crux of the biscuit? You first. Jevon's paradox. We know fossil fuel burning is killing the planet, but we just can't stop. Tragedy of the Commons...

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Re: Frostbite Falls Daily Rant
« Reply #388 on: December 31, 2012, 08:47:32 PM »
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When I got my original Masters right after my divorce, I went to school during the day, then to an evening shift job, then to a night shift job, then back to school the next morning.  I had a Black Astro Van with a mattress in the back.  I slept in 2 hour increments 3 times a day for 2 years.

Ben Franklin did a similar thing, sleep-wise. Might account some for your eccentricity.  :icon_mrgreen: Been struck by lightning yet? LOL

Lived in a Plymouth Grand Voyager, a tent and a canoe quite awhile, 1999-2002. Still had my head up my ass about happy motoring though. Glad I did it still. Got to know the western half of America pretty well.







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Re: Frostbite Falls Daily Rant
« Reply #389 on: December 31, 2012, 09:16:46 PM »

I was hoping for a deeper discussion about you voluntarily "powering down" vs comfort in the here and now.

Oh, there are variety of motivating factors behind it.  One is as I said that it is too easy to get complacent when you are not actually using the systems, things fall into disrepair and then the day you need the Bugout Muachine to actually Bugout, it won't start.

Also is the fact that if I am going to UAA and keeping my job in the Valley, I'll hardly ever be in the cabin anyhow.  Just sleeping mainly.  I can do that in a Bugout Machine bed as well as I can do it on the camping Air mattress I sleep on all the time anyhow. LOL.  I'm not going without heat, the BM has a propane furnace, I have a DC plug in heating pad from my trucking years too.  There was one occassion where fucking Schneider sent me up to Hoserville in February and left me stranded up there for a week because they couldn't get me a load out.  This was right after 9-11, great story I'll have to put it in the next part of Over the Road.

Main issue really is just the Bathroom, which I won't use on the BM, these are a pain in the ass to maintain.  Om the NUmber 1 end, I pissed into a a Gallon Jug for 6.5 years, this is no problem.  LOL.  On the Number 2 end, I am pretty "regular" there and if I drop a few logs before bedtime I don't have to go until the next morning.  For most other occassions, 24/hr gas stations have bathrooms, and besides I'll have a UAA ID so there is probably some open building with an accessible bathroom at night.  Absolute emergencies, I'll keep a porta pottie, and a hand trowel too for the Great Outdoors.

For showers etc, there is the Athletic Complex, where I could even take a morning swim which probably would be good for my legs.

For any super cold cold weeks sub zero, I can take a Bates Motel room. Or maybe one of my Nurselett Classmates will take pity on me and offer me her Couch. LOL. Right now we have astonishingly warm weather for late December, mid 40s. We had 2 weeks of nasty cold before that though.

Anyhow, fact is I don't need much space, when indoors I just sit at the laptop and keyboard, or I am sleeping.  The preps can all go in a storage unit.  I'm a minimalist and a Nomad, always have been.  I've got the Bugout Machine, so why not use it?

We'll see.  I'll stay comfortable the rest of the winter then make a decision in the spring.

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