gilder1985

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from Louisville, KY

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    • Time gone by.

      5 years ago

      gilder1985

      Since my last journal entry, I've moved from Texas to Kentucky. I've moved quite a bit in the past 5 years...this will be my 31st move in my life, and 12 of them were in the last 5 years. I've moved across the majority of the US! Kind of fun, but also a pain.
      I've discovered that the doctors of Kentucky (overall) are a lot better than those in California, Nevada, and ESPECIALLY Texas. My neurologist here has to be my favorite doctor so far. He's really smart, and attentive to details. My GP is pretty good, too. My next stop is a geneticist, and hopefully a better Endocrinologist. They still have no idea as to why my chemicals are so messed up. I'm hoping that when they figure that out, they'll be able to determine what is causing my black out spells. Maybe I'll be able to work again someday. I hate sitting at home all day, only getting the $985 a month on disability that I get. Barely enough to cover my insurance and medical bills - I'm lucky my folks let me move back in with them, or I'd be up the creek without a paddle. I guess the majority of my time has been spent with my nose in a book, my ear on a speaker, or eyes glued to the screen while I play a game. In the last 2 years I've read 275000+ pages. The majority of which are novels, not picture books - but i have read a coupe thousand pages of picture books - like James Gurney's Dinotopia books. Can't blame me for that, though. They are good. I have discovered a new favorite author, though. Brandon Sanderson. I LOVE all of his books. Has to be the absolute best author of all time. The "Mistborn Trilogy" ("Mistborn - The Final Empire", "The Well of Ascension" and "The Hero of Ages") - I've read it 18 times in 2 years. That's a good several hundred pages a book. I can't get enough - I was thrilled at the release of the arc story "Alloy of Law." It's awesome how he was able to progress an empire's technology over 300ish years. He did a great job with the changes in the world over time in the first three books, then having a jump in time between those and this arc story. That, and his books "Elantris" (Which I believe was the first), "Warbreaker," and "The Way of Kings - Book one of the Stormlight Archive" are outstanding! I love how they are all different worlds, but part of the same universe - or "Cosmere" as he refers to it. Each with "Shards" of a creator left to preside over them. Each representing an aspect of the creator "Adonalsium" (which you can read more about here: [link] if you chose to do so...I would recommend reading all of the aforementioned books first, though). He is a creative genius. I enjoyed the short story he wrote that takes place between two Iphone games. "Infinity Blade - Awakening." Really well written...I only wish I had an Iphone so I could play the games and see what they are about. There was another short story he wrote called "Firstborn" which is interesting, because it takes place in a futuristic empire, spaceships and stuff, which is really different from his usual writing style - and it is equally well written. He has an ability to write stories in any time period. Be it medieval with swords and spears and bows and arrows, with magics of sorts, or old west style, with pistols, rifles, and shotguns (and magic, as it's a Mistborn story), or the future with spaceships and energy weapons. I'm looking forward to a book in our current era. I'd like to see how he manages that.
      Anyway, I'm sure I've wasted enough of your time praising my favorite author - you'd think I were getting paid for advertising . Anyway, I'm probably going to play Skyrim for a bit. An excellent addition to the Elder Scrolls series. On the note of computer games, I'm really pleased with the new Star Wars: The Old Republic game that will be coming out. I got to participate in the Beta experience. Let me just say, it was awesome. there are so many amazing features, and skills, and crafting abilities, etc. The game is the best Star Wars game to date. And I've played them all. Makes Galaxies seem like a poorly developed kids game, designed by monkeys. Good job Bioware!
      On that note, take care all of you, and hope you get a chance to check out some of the above games/books - I'd go into some of the music I listen to, but we don't have the years required to go into detail on all of the bands I listen to.

      -J

    • Infected Mushroom.

      5 years ago

      gilder1985

      I've been finding that if you have enough music to choose from, enough genres, you'll never be depressed. Currently, I have 1908 artists, 3117 albums, 123162 songs, which is 258 days, 12 hours, 20 minutes, and 31 seconds of continuous play - no repeats, for a grand total of 204.26 gigabytes of music.
      239 of these songs are Infected Mushroom (60 albums/singles/compilation disks)
      I absolutely love this band. Songs like "Heavyweight," "Sulliman," "Artillery," "Becoming Insane," "Herbert the Pervert," "Project 100," and "Smashing the Opponent - ft. Jon Davis" (just to name a few) are some favorites. They can lift my spirits in even the most dire of times.
      I had an emergency surgery done for a 6.7mm kidney stone on May 30th, and I now owe $10k that I don't have. I only make $985 a month on my disability income, and naturally, disability gets medicare 2 YEARS after you qualify...I have one more to go (June 2012) so everything until then is out of pocket. Sadly, it's starting to look I have had a form of kidney disease - and am likely at stage 2 (stage 5 being lethal) - for the last 10 years or so, on TOP of my as yet unknown disability...if I'm lucky, they are related. I guess one year won't hurt anything if I have to wait to get treatment (wait for insurance...most of the medical care providers in my area don't help you if you don't have insurance unless you go to ER, in which case you get minimal care)...but I'm still working to get some alternate coverage. I'm hoping my native american heritage might come into play at some point...it's a lot of paperwork, but worth the trouble. In any case, Infected Mushroom has been carrying me through - and keeping my spirits lifted. I owe those guys a lot.

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4YvkZeLrjs

    • 6 Flags, San Antonio Texas

      5 years ago

      gilder1985

      So, This past weekend, I decided I wanted to do something nice for my parents. I've been living with them for a few years now, since I became disabled. They have taken care of me in more ways than I could ever repay, and I wanted to give a little back. Since I am not allowed to drive, I decided "Hey, let's go to six flags. I'll pay for the gas, hotels, food, tickets, all of that. What do you think?" They went along with it. We all went, stayed in an AWESOME hotel room at the La Quinta. This room (2 rooms, plus a massive bathroom) was a handicap first floor room, and had 20 foot ceilings. No joke. Alas, the futon I slept in was only 6 feet long, and 4 feet wide, and very uncomfortable. I got about 2 hours of sleep over the 3 days we were in San Antonio. Anyhow, at 6 Flags, the first ride we go on, my dad decided he can't do any more, as he has had major back surgeries in the past, and the rides hurt him too much. I was distraught over this news, as it kind of killed the point of going. He was a real sport, though, and followed us around the park all day (us being my mom and I). Being in a wheel chair made that park the best workout I've had in years. Rolling up those hills took every ounce of strength in my arms. I will say one thing that struck me as amusing - I got a LOT of smiles from women, which is pretty great. And at the park, you see every shape, size, and color of woman imaginable. I've always felt that being handicapped kind of killed any possibility of me ever getting married or having a girl friend. Maybe I under estimated the pity effect...not that I would want to rely on something like that to find a girlfriend, but maybe there is still hope for me. Maybe I should have asked for some phone numbers from those friendly smiles. There is always next time...and I really plan on going again. Six Flags is a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed the Poltergeist, and Superman rides. The Rattler was pretty cool, too. That one, I actually convinced my dad to come along on (Give another ride a shot, it can't be that bad)...naturally, it was the most jerky, spine jarring ride in the park. Seriously. I felt so horrible for convincing him to come, his face as a masque of pain the whole ride. I hope some day we have the technology to correct some of the damage those vertebra fusing surgeries caused him. Only time will tell.
      Thanks for reading!

      -J

  • Comments (7)

    • OboeCrazy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Freelancer

      4 years ago

      You have awesome hair.

    • lakeyes

      5 years ago

      Nah, I was dehydrated and that causes contractions. All good now after resting. Thanks!

    • bentheechidna FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold AWOL for Student Loans

      5 years ago

      I noticed you play Portal 2

      roosterteeth.com/groups/profile.php?id=11958 - I made a group for playing Portal 2 co-op, for finding co-op partners

    • gilder1985

      5 years ago

      Awesome, thanks :D

    • lakeyes

      5 years ago

      In reply to gilder1985, #1:

      do you happen to have a DeviantArt page that you post pictures on? It'd be cool to see more of your pictures than the little sample I got in your photo gallery. I love looking at photography!


      www.flickr.com/photos/sveltkamp/
      veltkampphotography.com

    • griffon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      6 years ago

      sorry to hear about your condition. take care.

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