What am I doing wrong??!!!???

09/15/2009 at 4:11 pm (Personal Opinion)

Yeh know, I’m nearly 50 (at least according to the date on me birth certificate), and if I’m lucky if the pittance given to me by the local government (I’m on disability, as I’m in a wheelchair) lasts me less than half the month (this month, not so much).  The funny (funny strange, not funny haha) thing about this, I use to be a system programmer, I programmed mainframes and minis.  Then, about 20 years ago I moved to Toronto, and I couldn’t buy a job in my field.  So, I took whatever would pay the rent.  Five years later I’m unemployed, can’t buy a job, no matter what I do.  Went to school a couple of times, 2 years ago most recently, to upgrade my skills.  And still I was unemployed for 16 years.  I wound up in the wheelchair a little over 4 years ago (before I went to school the last time).  After I went to school the last time, it took 2 1/2 months to find a job, with nothing to do with computers, except I used one.  I guess I wasn’t that good at it, ’cause after 6 months, I was ‘let go’.  I immediately got a job, in IT of all things.  That job lasted 6 weeks, I couldn’t hold my bladder any more.  The alleged accessible washrooms (those used by people like me, in wheelchairs) were, almost always in use by able-bodied staff and management.   I complained to management.  I was given a choice.  I could put up with the lack of washrooms, or I could leave.  I left.  Within days, the economy goes straight in the crapper, I can’t buy a job.  A year later, I still can’t buy a job, in computers or anything else.  I’ve been playing, working, with computers nearly all of my life, I’ve been writing (fiction and non-fiction) basically all my life (including 2 complete novels, movie scripts, etc.), then there’s the theater, film and television work.  The only work I can get is occasionally helping friends, friends-of-friends, and acquaintances with their computers, mostly for barter.  Obviously, I’m not without marketable skills.  So, what the *#$@ an I doing wrong??!!!???

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Roostertails and Flat Spins

09/07/2009 at 6:14 pm (Personal Opinion) (, )

Earlier today I went to the Canadian International Airshow here in Toronto and I saw some of the most impressive flying I’ve ever seen.  First there was C130T, nicknamed ‘Fat Albert, piloted by USMC Major Drew Hess.  Then there was the remaining members of the US Navy’s Blue Angels, 6 F/A 18s, commanded by Commander Greg McWherter.  US Navy and US Marine Corp aviators are basically the most incredible fliers on the planet.  Then there was an unmarked, mat-black F/A 22 Raptor, flown by an US Air Force pilot.  This guy performed flat spins, tail stands, and some other moves more consistent with small prop aerobatic stunt planes.

One curious thing, however, no female aviators.  There are 2 female members of the Blue Angels, one is the Events Coordinator and one is the Flight Surgeon, no actual flight performers (aviators), however.  I’m curious about this, how ’bout you?  Is there some reason women don’t perform with these teams or fly hot new planes like the Raptor?  Or is this just a fluke?  And women have flown with the Blue Angels in the past, and/or flown hot planes like the raptor, or the B1 Lancer, or the B2 Spirit? I don’t believe that women are physiologically or anatomically inferior to men, for the purposes of high-stress flying.  In fact, I believe that some US agency (maybe NASA or the US Air Force) did a study that showed that women can actually remain conscious at higher G-forces than men, and function better (physiologically and anatomically — like remaining ‘regular’, for instance) in zero-G environment.

There were other performers, including Canada’s Snowbirds but, I couldn’t take the sun any more.

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