Friday, 15 June 2018

Mars and Venus Go on a Date

This is an abbreviated version of the novel and all the most useful tips that I found in this book.

This book is written to help men and women understand the opposite gender better.
The book starts off by telling you about the five stages of dating. Attraction, uncertainty, exclusivity, intimacy, and engagement.
Attraction is the first stage, when you first start to realise you want to continue seeing that person, then comes uncertainty when you start to wonder if the person is right for you. After that stage comes exclusivity where you stop looking for some one else because you want to take the relationship farther. Then intimacy where you become the most serious about the relationship. The final stage in engagement, you’ve both decided that you’re right for each other and make some of the best moments of your life.

Although some people find the right person immediately, most will have several relationships varying in intimacy, although too often people will break up and have bad feelings for a long time after. This is because people stay too long together because they don’t realize that they aren’t compatible. This leaves the leaver guilty and the left resentful because they both put a lot into the relationship and they feel like it’s all been wasted.

When women start dating they try their best to make the man happy because that is how they would treat another woman, but she must learn to make a man happy she must allow him to make her happy and let him know that you appreciate it. She often thinks that she has to give back the same that he gives, and this often makes her uncomfortable. A man does not expect a woman to give back.

Another thing that women do is let the man do all the talking because she thinks this will make him happy, but it can in fact it can turn him off or he’ll become more interested in the subject than her. What will make him really interested if she carries the conversation and tells him all about her. Sometimes women will have to interrupt because the man will keep on talking. This is just the way men talk. But when she does interrupt she should be tactful and not be resentful or say something like “can I say something”, this makes you seem out of the conversation.  Instead you should say something like “I think…” or “I like…” you should interrupt firmly but gracefully.

Now after the date a man will often not call, now this will leave the women wondering if something went wrong, and why he isn’t calling. What they don’t realize is that it’s not normal for a man to call. He just won't think about it. A wise guy will make sure to call at least 3-4 times a week in stage one, but sometimes a lady will have to call after a while.
A man might not call because he realizes that he’s taken to long and he doesn’t want to get berated even though he’s interested. A lady should call after a week or two but she must not be resentful when she calls, she should just call casually and say hello or use an excuse therefore letting the man know that she isn’t angry with him.

A man must realize that engagements and marriages are very important to women, men might not realize this. A lady should not give a man an ultimatum about a ring, instead she should have several calm talks about the subject.
Another thing is that no relationship is perfect, but a couple should help bring out the best of each other and not the worst.

Some people don’t go past the first stage because they’re trying to find “Mr./Mrs. Perfect”, but most relationships take time to form, so you must move farther than just the first date.
A man will stop being romantic once he thinks he’s “won” the lady, this is a reason woman shouldn’t call unless necessary, because if he feels that she is pursuing him he’ll stop trying to “win” her over.
One thing that is different with women and men, is that men will never just meet up to “talk”, unlike women. Also, men will meet up after years of not seeing each other and continue like it was yesterday that they met.

Another big differences is that women will often drop hints that she thinks is acceptable to let the man know what she wants. When the man does not make the connections she’ll eventually become indignant and get angry at him. Now it would be more romantic if he asked if she needed help, but men just normally ask each other for help. So, a woman must ask him for help if she wants it and he’ll gladly help. But if she is angry at him and says something like “CAN YOU PLEASE HELP!” a man will become indignant because he believes that he’s done nothing wrong.

One tip for guys is that when a woman is annoyed at something he should just agree instead of explaining it with logic, this will just make her more annoyed and angry at you.

A tip for ladies is that sometimes guys need a short break, sometimes a woman will try to comfort him in this moment which is the complete opposite thing she needs to do. After a day or two he’ll comeback with even more love and romance.

A man is more likely to make an apology if he believes that the woman is going to accept it, but if he believes that she’ll just berate him he'll be less likely to apologies and learn from his mistakes.

A man must realise that engagements and marriages a very important to women, men might not realise this. A lady should not give a man an ultimatum about a ring, instead she should have several calm talks about the subject.
When a woman talks about her problems a man assumes that she’s asking for advice.
Men enjoy when a woman can have a friendly argument about a subject.

When looking for a place to find somebody for a date you should go places where the numbers are in your favor. Where there are more of the interested gender.

Now go on and get out there!

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

4 Comedians I Recommend

Including Eddie Izzard, John Oliver, Trevor Noah, and Bill Burr

Eddie Izzard
Age: 56
Country: England
Job: Politician and stand-up

Bio: His mother died from cancer when he was six, while she was battling cancer his older brother (eight years old) and him built a model train to help keep their minds off their mother. In his earlier years (20s) he was a heavy cross dresser (makeup, high heels, dresses, the whole package), he started off with doing comedy in the street then upgraded to stand-up on stages. He’s been in a load of movies as a main character or just an Easter eggs. Now he is a politician in England.

Style: He is one of those comedians that will make you laugh even if you’ve watched the skit multiple times, he uses accents and lots of mimes to add to his sketch, he will also point out how stupid his mimes can be. In one he puled up his elbows to demonstrate that he was carrying luggage. He then pointed out that nobody carries luggage like that but if he were to do it normally you would think he was walking (that sounds not funny at all when I type it, but it’s hilarious when he does it). He does lots of subjects and often jumps into them with very hilarious abruptness often making a joke how one thing is totally connected with another, not. He also usually plays multiple characters in one skit which adds to the skit greatly (his skits usually are based on history).  

Subjects: history, language, movies and anything else.

Best sketches:

John Oliver
Age: 41
Country: England but now American citizen
Job: Host of the Last Week Tonight show

Bio: Raised in England, he went to university and got an English degree, but at the same time he was the vice president of the drama club. Before becoming the host of Last Week Tonight he was on other weekly shows and did stand up comedy. Now he’s with HBO.   

Style: John Oliver has a very sarcastic style of humor a usually very funny, although I think HBO makes Oliver always put in one inappropriate joke because they think its better for viewership or something. The reason I think this is that there is always one and only one in each show which seems a little strange to me. His humor is often added on with photos or props or doing something ridiculous. Like buying the NRA URL or showing stupid commercials on the channels Trump watches. He also compares the subject of the joke to something ridiculous. His humor does verge a little to the dark side, but his show isn’t all humor, he can become serious and the show often goes to serious story lines that you need to know about, but because they aren’t the main story that week most other news sites won’t tell you about them. He is also known for the “John Oliver effect” which has got a lot of news sites in USA to do more research about stories instead of just posting what another news paper has. Also, Oliver and his group has set a new high for the thoroughness of their digging into a new story or not even what seems like a story but they will dig and find out things that are serious problems in the USA or the rest of the world.

Subjects: All serious news problems. I haven’t seen any of his stand-up.

Sketches:   interview with Stephen Hawking (rest in peace) not his best but still funny.

Trevor Noah
Age: 34
Country: South Africa
Job: One of the hosts of The Daily Show, and Stand-up

Bio: Having been born in South Africa from a black mom and a Swiss dad, he was a crime at the time, he says that in public his mom would have to pretend that she wasn’t his mother, but he didn’t realize that this was different from other people he just thought it was a game. Now he does a humorous show on new stories that happen that day or recently.

Style: Trevor has what I would call a bass comedian style, just basic puns and jokes that you see a little in all comedians, but he does it better than anybody I know, but he also makes his jokes very calmly and you catch them and chuckle at them as he just mixes more into his news program. He is very good at doing accents in comedy. I'm having a hard time telling you how good he is, here’s my advice click on the link underneath best sketches. You’ll understand.

Subjects: Politics (he works as a comedian news show), or when doing stand-up he does a little of everything.

Sketches: not his best but still very funny.

Bill Burr
Age: 49
Country: United States
Job: Stand-up

Bio: Had dreams of becoming a lawyer but that didn’t happen so he became a construction worker which is the only other job he’s had fun at besides being a comedian. Now he does several hundred shows a year all around the world.

Style: Probably the easiest to get offended at if you take everything he says seriously, one of his skits is how he wished the best ladies (president wives) would stop talking about how they should fix the governmental problems (at first this seems offensive), but then goes on to compare it to if a plumber came to fix your leaky pipes and then his wife who knows nothing about plumbing came in and started correcting him you would tell her to stop it. He also said that when there’s going to be a female president he expects the same of the best man.
His skits are often like this so here’s my advice, if you get offended easily don’t watch him.
But something that makes him so special is his acting and demonstrations. He is like Eddie Izzard except much more “angry” jokes or humor. It’s one of his things that he makes jokes about, how angry he is.  

Subjects: His skits are based mainly on his experiences and his thoughts.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones

Recently I’ve been listing to Darynda Jones, specifically her 12-book series about a woman who was born with the ability to see and talk to dead people (I don’t know if she’s done any other series).
I have listed to almost all of the twelve books, except for 2,11,12 and I’m listing to the 8th (look, I’m a weird person). So in this blog I’m going to tell you the rough idea of the plot, and my opinion of the series so far.
First thing when listing to an audiobook is if the reader is good, because if the reader is bad it can completely ruin the best of books, and the reader in this series is very good, with both female and male voices. For voices I haven’t had a moment of “wait who was that” and all the voices are very distinct and pleasing to listen to.

Now onto the actual bookie stuff. One of the first things you might be thinking about is if all of her books are good, I mean doing a series on the same subject for twelve straight books and keep readers interested seems like quite a hard feat. But Jones does it very well, and one of the ways she does it, is that the main character is also a detective of sorts. This book is also written with many small but funny jokes, like at the beginning of each chapter there’s a funny quote like “If one door closes and anther one opens you house is probably haunted”, and then puts at the end where its quoted from (meme, bumper sticker, T-shirt, and once in a while a person). Quotes aren’t the only funny thing in this book though. The main character always has something funny to say even in the direst of situations. The plot is also very strong although I’ve had a couple of moments thinking that what just happened was a little confusing. But considering it’s a series of twelve books, it’s very well done.

We’ll come back to the plot later but first I want to tell you about the main character and some others, then some things in the plot will make more sense.

Charlie Davidson
The main character, known as Charlotte Davidson (she doesn’t like the name Charlotte though), Charlie Davidson (most of her friends call her Charlie), and Dutch (only Reus, her boyfriend/husband calls her that). As you may have noticed she goes by a lot of names, for our purpose we’ll call her Charlie.
The entire plot is effectively based on her and her powers. She starts off in the series with nothing horribly special, but she starts to grow into her powers as the series goes on.
Her basic powers slash the reason she’s on earth, is that she’s the Grim Reaper, but not in that way you’re thinking right now. You’re imagining a scary spooky skeleton with a hood and a scythe, well forget it (side note, most reapers in this world don’t live past the age of five and she is 25ish, reapers do their job after they’re dead, the reason she’s lived this long is because of another character that we’ll learn about). Her job is to help souls pass, but not all of them, most pass immediately after they die, but some that are murdered stay because they want their murder solved, and this is how Darynda keeps the books fresh. Or somebody will come to her private investigator business and ask her to solve a murder or disappearance. I’m describing it quite badly, but oh well. The way dead people find her is because to them she is really bright.

Reus Pharaoh
Now the way Charlie has survived for so long (compared to other reapers), is Reus, the son of Satan/Lucifer. Now its not as bad as you think. Luckily for the main character Reus fell in love with her. And he was born on earth so he could protect her. Because he saw her before she was even born he arrived on earth three years before. Because of this he was old enough to protect her. All did not go well for our little Reus though, when he was deciding a couple for him to be brought up by, he chose a nice couple but then life through two curve balls at him. First, he was abducted by a lady because she thought the mother was undeserving. Then because the cops were getting onto her she sold him to a very horrible person. Let’s just say that man liked boys more than women. When Reus is twenty he is thrown into jail for murdering that man (he didn’t do it), and after 10 years in jail he breaks out to prove his innocence. After that he moves in beside Charlie and then buys her dads bar and later in the series they marry.

Cookie Kowalski                                                                                             
Cookie… yep that actually somebody’s name in this series, she is a single mother, assistant of Charlie, and also Charlie’s best friend, also the comic relief of this book. She is slightly overweight and is clumsy and just all around good person. She and Charlie are constantly having funny discussions and getting themselves into trouble. Charlie and Cookie (also called Cook sometimes) bonded over many things, one being their absolute love of coffee. They drink wherever and whenever they want no matter what.
 I can’t really explain her true personality, it just has a je ne sais quoi. Without Cookie this series would definitely be half baked.

Auch/the Dealer
Auch, a deva (slave demon) that fought like a gladiator for the amusement for the Hell hierarchy. He was the best of the best, so good in fact that in a hand to hand fight with pure skill he would be able to best Satan himself. He was allowed luxuries that other deva didn’t have. Eventually he escaped Hell to live on earth as a card dealer/player. Only his currency was whatever deal humans wanted for their souls (menacing isn’t it). Although he didn’t do just for a pass time, without souls to feed on his human form would die and he would be sent back to Hell. After Charlie met him, after some “persuasion” she convinced him to only feed on bad people, like murderer, rapists, and people who skip the line at movie theaters (ok, not people who skip lines). After some stuff happening he joins forces with Charlie.

Charlies family
Her father, an ex police detective whose career got greatly enhanced by the help of Charlie’s ability to see dead people (it helps when you can just ask the dead person who did it).
Her uncle, much like Charlie’s father her uncle is also a police detective and helps Charlie out with info that the police sources have. In turn Charlie solves mysteries for her uncle. Also, he is in love with Cookie and they eventually marry.  
Her Sister, a psychiatrist and the “good sister”, also she was the pet of the stepmother.
Her stepmother, she doesn’t really appear to much in this series, but her actions affected the books a lot. She treated Charlie very horribly as a child while treating her sister like gold.
So that’s about it for the super main characters, there are lots of other character that mean a lot to this series, but I thought these where the ones that affect the book the most. I also admitted some characters as to not spoil all of the story.

The main plot starts off with Charlie meeting Cookie and the solve a murder of three lawyers. All through her childhood Reus took a for of a billowing smoky cloud (kind of like a classic grim reaper), she doesn’t know he is Reus, and as a child he is one of the only things she’s scared of, she called him the “Big Bad” (constantly having dead people talk to you probably creates a hard shell against scary stuff). She learns later who the “Big Bad” is, after finding out who Reus is they quickly fall in love.
The first big thing in the plot is Charlie and Reus proving that Reus is in fact not guilty of murder.
Then a friend of Charlie finds some prophecies (what would a fantasy book be without prophecies) about Charlie killing Satan, as you can imagine this is pretty flooring for Charlie, although the prophecies turn out to be slightly wrong later.

Now I know this doesn’t seem very exiting but for one I didn’t want to spoil the story for you, also the way the plot works in each book is that Charlie trying to solve one or two mysteries (she often does multiple in one book), and then the last hour or two (each book last 8 to 10 hours) is devoted to the “Big” plot (the one that lasts through all the twelve books).

I hope this convinced you to listen to the series, but I don’t know if I can really describe the genius of this series.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Siege Of Leningrad

            Just so you know all this information comes from a talk of UTL on Belle Île I went to yesterday.

Siege of Leningrad
It lasted 872 days and didn’t end till the end of the war. Years 1941-1944

Germany had at its height of power 12 countries in its rule, in a month they took over a space 2 times the size of France. 

1941 Germany decided to attack Leningrad, for resources and the potential to access the northern countries, if Germany took Leningrad they would've been able to completely restock their resources and possibly even win the war.

Before Germany attacked, Leningrad had population of 4 million people in 1940 and was the strongest cite in the Europe or any where else, it was the powerhouse at the time leading the world in economics and industry. In fact the only reason Leningrad stopped Germany was because Leningrad was one of the biggest producers of firearms and other weapons. Because of this the soldiers were some of the best armed in the war.

They tried to evacuate the population before the sacking but they didn't have enough time to do it, if they did Germany would've been able to intercept the population and kill or enslave them, so instead they fortified Leningrad with barricades, trenches, and mines.

But from there on it was downhill for Leningrad even though they stopped Germany, they had some of the highest death rates and the population went down by more than half. They lost 700,000 to 1,500,000 civilians and that doesn't include the 1,000,000 soldiers who died. It got so bad that in the end the woman and children would make up the line against the Germans.

Most of those civilian deaths were from starvation and the rest died from the 100,000 bombs that were dropped on the city. The rationing got so bad that is you put your hands together, each civilian would receive a piece of bread the size of that for the entire day. Sometimes there would be days before people would even get that. It got so bad that people would eat bodies that would die from freezing in the street.
This is the same person before and after the war.

Suffice to say all the animals were killed, including the dogs and cats. Because all the cats were gone the rats came, but not alone, they came with diseases of all kinds, and it spread quickly for multiple reasons. 

With people eating them for the little food it would give them, the diseases would enter them internally, but also the people were already weak so the diseases would be able to infect them easier. 
But because Leningrad is at the same altitude of Alaska, the pipes froze leaving people to take dirty water from the street. 
People taking water out of trenches in the street.

Frozen pipes wasn't the only thing the cold affected, electricity would be turned off at 4pm and oil was heavily rationed, leaving households in extreme cold with the winter averaging minus 18 Celsius and the coldest being minus 36 and a high of 1. Winters would generally average 6 months. In these winters most public transport would be completely stopped. At this time people would often drag boards behind them, this would help carry produce and bags. 

The after damages was massive, 82% of schools where destroyed, but most of the monuments where saved by the city where they were hidden for safe keeping, now they're dotted around the city in pristine condition. The city is now back to its population it had before the war, But they still remember it vividly, they've banned words like "famine" and others.

In the end a great city of 4 million went down to 800,000 soldiers and civilians. The city is now only at 5 million.
At the end of the war they brought in 1 to 5 million cats to get rid of the rats and disease.

Cool note, Leningrad is the home of Google.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Roman occupation in Germany

The start of the Roman occupation of Germany started in 15 BC.
A gigantic flank attack was planned in which the original plans of Caesar Augustus intended bringing the land as far as north as the Elbe river under Roman rule.
In AD 9, a germanic tribe attacked the Roman army. In the Battle of the Teutoburger Forest the large Roman army suffered a devastating defeat.
After wards several emperors went through trying to push up but never really made a great deal of difference.
They then made a wall that is the largest man made structure after the wall of China.
Even though they were able to make some progress into Germany they never really conquered them.

The short answer is that it wasn't worth it. People make a lot out of their defeat at the hands of the Germanic tribes in the Battle of the Teutoberg Forest, but the effect is exaggerated.

 Yes, it was a spectacular defeat which stunned their ego. 
But the Romans throughout their history demonstrated showed that they would keep on fighting even after major losses.

Germany simply wasn't worth the effort. The Germanic tribes were even less developed than the Celtic tribes. Even the Celts had large, organized tribes with kings who often minted coinage, and urban centers, especially in Gaul. 
Germany had none of these. It was largely forest all, meaning there wasn't much agriculture. There was nothing even resembling towns and cities. Same with roads. And the tribal structures were much more primitive. Whereas Celtic tribes had organized into kingdoms, German tribes were still more like clans. 
So when one general messed up and got a legion killed, Rome sent more soldiers just to make them selves look good again. Then left the Germain alone.

Roman's point of view on Roman occupation of Germany

These are not point of view but from a general who lived almost 1 000 years ago.

They looked so white and they were so similar he believed that they were all from the same origin.

"The Germans, I am apt to believe, derive their original from no other people; and are nowise mixed with different nations arriving amongst them:"

They came from the calm ocean and then suddenly were introduced to a ocean that they were extremely scared of it.

"and into that mighty ocean so boundless, and, as I may call it, so repugnant and forbidding, ships from our world rarely enter. Moreover, besides the dangers from a sea tempestuous, horrid and unknown,"

He noticed how similar there songs and heroes were to the greek mythology.

"In their old ballads (which amongst them are the only sort of registers and history) they celebrate Tuisto, a God sprung from the earth, and Mannus his son, as the fathers and founders of the nation. To Mannus they assign three sons, after whose names so many people are called; the Ingaevones, dwelling next the ocean; the Herminones, in the middle country; and all the rest, Instaevones. Some, borrowing a warrant from the darkness of antiquity, maintain that the God had more sons, that thence came more denominations of people, the Marsians, Gambrians, Suevians, and Vandalians, and that these are the names truly genuine and original. For the rest, they affirm Germany to be a recent word, lately bestowed: for that those who first passed the Rhine and expulsed the Gauls, and are now named Tungrians, were then called Germans: and thus by degrees the name of a tribe prevailed, not that of the nation; so that by an appellation at first occasioned by terror and conquest, they afterwards chose to be distinguished, and assuming a name lately invented were universally called Germans."

"I concur in opinion with such as suppose the people of Germany never to have mingled by inter-marriages with other nations, but to have remained a people pure, and independent, and resembling none but themselves. Hence amongst such a mighty multitude of men, the same make and form is found in all, eyes stern and blue, yellow hair, huge bodies, but vigorous only in the first onset. Of pains and labour they are not equally patient, nor can they at all endure thrift and heat. To bear hunger and cold they are hardened by their climate and soil."

He looks at how the different land grew from compared to Rome.

"lower and moister towards Noricum and Pannonia; very apt to bear grain, but altogether unkindly to fruit trees; abounding in flocks and herds, but generally small of growth. Nor even in their oxen is found the usual stateliness, no more than the natural ornaments and grandeur of head. In the number of their herds they rejoice; and these are their only, these their most desirable riches."

He didn't understand why they didn't love gold like the romans.

"Silver and gold the Gods have denied them, whether in mercy or in wrath,"

In fact they perfered silver coins, because the gold ones were too much of a hassle to buy stuff with (like walking into the dollar store with a $100 bill. To hard to get the change of your reamaning money).

"Silver too is what they seek more than gold, from no fondness or preference, but because small pieces are more ready in purchasing things cheap and common"

They would mainly fight with a short spear that was good for everything: throwing, close up, and on horse back. They would also have a shield.

"They carry javelins or, in their own language, framms, pointed with a piece of iron short and narrow, but so sharp and manageable, that with the same weapon they can fight at a distance or hand to hand, just as need requires."

They could also apparently throw them with there feet. I don't know how they could do it but apparently they did.

"the horsemen also are content with a shield and a javelin. The foot throw likewise weapons missive, each particular is armed with many, and hurls them a mighty space,"

He was a little confused how no man seemed to bow down to the other.

"Neither is the power of their kings unbounded or arbitrary: and their generals procure obedience not so much by the force of their authority as by that of their example, when they appear enterprising and brave, when they signalise themselves by courage and prowess; and if they surpass all in admiration and pre-eminence, if they surpass all at the head of an army. But to none else but the Priests is it allowed to exercise correction, or to inflict bonds or stripes. "

They had a very brutal but strict rules and penalties.

"the assembly it is allowed to present accusations, and to prosecute capital offences. Punishments vary according to the quality of the crime. Traitors and deserters they hang upon trees. Cowards, and sluggards, and unnatural prostitutes they smother in mud and bogs under an heap of hurdles. Such diversity in their executions has this view, that in punishing of glaring iniquities, it behooves likewise to display them to sight; but effeminacy and pollution must be buried and concealed. In lighter transgressions too the penalty is measured by the fault, and the delinquents upon conviction are condemned to pay a certain number of horses or cattle. Part of this mulct accrues to the King or to the community, part to him whose wrongs are vindicated, or to his next kindred. In the same assemblies are also chosen their chiefs or rulers, such as administer justice in their villages and boroughs. To each of these are assigned an hundred persons chosen from amongst the populace, to accompany and assist him, men who help him at once with their authority and their counsel."

He was horrified by the buildings they lived in and how they didn't have any style.

"With them in truth, is unknown even the use of mortar and of tiles. In all their structures they employ materials quite gross and unhewn, void of fashion and comeliness. Some parts they besmear with an earth so pure and resplendent, that it resembles painting and colours. They are likewise wont to scoop caves deep in the ground, and over them to lay great heaps of dung. Thither they retire for shelter in the winter, and thither convey their grain: for by such close places they mollify the rigorous and excessive cold. Besides when at any time their enemy invades them, he can only ravage the open country, but either knows not such recesses as are invisible and subterraneous; or must suffer them to escape him, on this very account that he is uncertain where to find them."

He also didn't understand there lack of fashion in cloths. 

"They likewise wear the skins of savage beasts, a dress which those bordering upon the Rhine use without any fondness or delicacy, but about which such who live further in the country are more curious, as void of all apparel introduced by commerce. They choose certain wild beasts, and, having flayed them, diversify their hides with many spots, as also with the skins of monsters from the deep, such as are engendered in the distant ocean and in seas unknown. Neither does the dress of the women differ from that of the men, save that the women are orderly attired in linen embroidered with purple, and use no sleeves, so that all their arms are bare."

They did the opposite of what the romans did with the dowery. I think its better to do what the Germans did than the romans.

"To the husband, the wife tenders no dowry; but the husband, to the wife."


Thursday, 11 January 2018

My experience with laughing gas

I recently had a minor toe surgery because I had an ingrown toenail, and for most people who haven't gotten this, its when you cut your toe nail incorrectly and it grows back wrong ad digs into your skin, making your toes very sensitive and painful (if you touch it it hurts). So after trying antibiotics and other things the doctor got me to go down into a room that was a proper surgery room, and they gave me what they call "hilarant", that translates to "hilarious", it was given with one of those masks you always see in movies. This was not meant to nock me out, only to calm me and make me feel less pain.

How it really went was that I would go in and out of consciousness, and I felt the pain just as much, but I was not really able to move my body to react to it. All I could think was.
"Ow, this hurts, this still hurts, will it stop... ow it still hurts, oh hey I can open my eyes, ow. "
The only time I laughed was about 5 mins into the surgery and the doctor told my mom to distract me and she started telling me time tables. Which are not normally funny but the idea that she used multiplication to distract me made me laugh.

I also now have an extremely runny nose for the last several days, but I had a cold before that so it might be the cold, or it might be the combo of both. Its definitely worth it though, now that my toes don't hurt.

So that is my experience with the laughing gas.