Mar 10th 2011 6:02AM It's 5:02 AM here in the 'Zarks, and my French press is busted. You heard me. Stone busted, as in cracked and leaking. Why? Because I live in a rural area of the country, where a decent French press is rare as hen's teeth and a decent dark roast is much farther away than the corner grocery. My corner grocery is a gas station that doesn't open until six - and the corner? It's almost two miles away. Oh, the humanity.
This morning's options to quell my caffeine addiction: Cut-rate grocery roast in the coffeepot my mother-in-law gave me (she does not understand the beauty of actual coffee), or four headache tablets. Sad, right? I KNOW. When I was fourteen, my dad got me espresso at Windows on the World, and I've never looked back. I don't just want good coffee - I require it to live.
It's true. I'm a coffee snob. I have taste buds and know how to use them. I also have a wicked caffeine addiction. This comment would be so much better if I had a cup of Superba. Or three cups, because let's be real - I can go through a press an hour. All day long. And once I love your coffee, I'll buy nothing else. Once hooked, I'm loyal to the point of evangelism. Hallelujah!
So please, for the love of a decent cup, do it for your fellow world citizen. Do it for justice. Do it for freedom, and the right of every American to indulge the coffee snob that lives in each of us, buried under the weight of mass advertising for inferior blends. Or just do it for me, because I'd sell my car for a great roast right now.
With love and a major coffee jones,
Jan 20th 2008 10:23AM Do we know that Walker's diagnosed DID was late-onset? Late-onset DID (after age seven) is rare - usually the type of abuse that would cause a split begins much earlier. When it doesn't, the child's psyche is pretty well fixed by seven, so if the "splitting" behavior isn't learned by then, you end up with more borderline personality disorder-like features or a dissociative ability to "check out" without an alternate consciousness to take its place.
Being dissociative, even to having DID/MPD, does not make a person nonfunctional. If anything, it helps overall function by isolating trauma and keeping it compartmentalized so that the whole person is safer, saner, and more able to function - in many cases, quite highly. While I cannot speak to Walker's DID or lack thereof, I can speak to my own. As it happens, I also have a background in TBI - I have never seen a brain-injured patient exhibit the switches and coherent coconsciousness that high-functioning multiples live with every day.
Just because diagnoses "skyrocketed" in the 80s and 90s does not mean that the trauma or the disorder is rare. Colin Ross has done excellent work in the psychological trauma field - perhaps his work ought to be given a look.
Yes, people fake DID, abuse, and other things. They do it for personal gain and also for other psychological reasons - factitious disorders are also more prevalent now than thirty or fifty years ago. As our population rises and child abuse cases become ever more heinous thanks to methamphetamine and other causative factors, so will diagnoses of trauma-related disorders rise.
Fifty years ago, women with lupus were told they were crazy. Now we know it's a verifiable disease with a fairly standard treatment protocol. Just because you have been told something is 'rare' or doesn't exist does not mean that your information is correct or that you should stoop to insulting posters to make your point.
Jan 13th 2008 6:55AM Rita... It's called sarcasm. Get you some.
www.Dreamindemon.com covered this story days ago, and there were two other teachers arrested in the same district this year. Crazy.
Feb 7th 2006 6:08PM I think a full-on world premiere at the Secret Stash could only heighten the international cachet that has already made Kevin Smith a worldwide sex symbol for cerebral girls. I mean, c'mon. If you have the debut in a small retail space in Jersey and don't let anybody come because there's a sign in the window that says "I'm not supposed to be here today," isn't that just way cooler than Cannes? Would they even let Mewes in at Cannes?
Yeah. Have it in Red Bank. Let the critics view it only via webcam. No limos. Gift bags of old Dogma swag - Buddy Christs for everyone! That'll work.