Sunday, March 19, 2017

April Holidays #AtoZchallenge 2017 Theme



The holidays of April is my #AtoZchallenge Theme.



There's a holiday everyday. The obsecure, the forgotten, and the completly ridiculous are all out there, waiting to be celebrated. Join me in April as I look at one each A to Z day and work out how to relate these to the alphabet.

The Uniquely Maladjusted But Fun blog is in the #AtoZchallenge 2017 with an April Holiday theme

Friday, March 17, 2017

An American Health Care Decision Tree

I had chest pain at 1am.
It took until 2:45 am for me to decide to go to the ER.

I Googled my symptoms.
I tried over-the-counter methods.

I checked my bank account. A $350 fee to start,  then follow up appointments, lab costs, medicines... it's  going to cost at least a week's pay, probably far more. I weighed my life against bills, groceries, a roof over head.

My county should do better. Citizens should be entitled to not be MORE afraid of the cost of a heart attack than of an actual heart attack.

We need a leader. Maybe we need another country to show us the way. I'd like my country to be the best, but it isn't. There are places in this world where if you had good reason to think you were having a heart attack, where you had 80% of the possible symptoms, you'd just go to a doc. Not stop to check your bank first.

I can't go again. I used my emergency fund. I don't have another $350. Until I do,  I have to not need an ER. As if that's something that can be controlled.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Teela Captain of the Damsel in Distress

Thanks to Netflix, my husband and I recently rewatched all 65 episodes of season one of
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
http://imdb.com/rg/an_share/title/title/tt0126158/

I know I watched this show in my youth. Interestingly, there are strong female characters... sort of.

For the biggest example of all: Teela.
She's the Captain of the Guard. Not only should she be able to defend herself,  it's her job to defend other people. When Prince Adam is around, she gives him crap about not being a skilled enough fighter.

But then,  when He-Man is around, she gets all gooey drooling over him,  and then ends up in need of rescue. Seriously, it's like every episode she's in includes the phrase, "Help me,  He-Man." Instead of fighting beside him as an equal, showing him a challenge, and making herself worthy, instead she just falls apart and waits to be rescued. No wonder they never hook up!

*spoiler from the 1980's*

Both of her parents know that Adam and He-Man are the same guy, but neither of them call her out on this behavior. Do you not want your daughter to have a shot with a guy who is both a prince and the most powerful man in the universe? I don't think she's gonna do better.

Man at Arms could be like,  "Teela, we're both in the guard, but He-Man shows up and you forget all your skills. Knock that off. It's boring and a bad example." The Sorceress could be all, "You don't know I'm your mom, but since I am, listen when I tell you that the dude knows the real you and sees you being all helpless when he holds aloft his mighty sword and says the magic words. And that's why you're a joke. He can't tell you the truth because then you'd realize you two can never hook up because he is aware of your helpless damsel routine and has been secretly eye-rolling at you all this time. Fortify, Teela! Prove your equality. Quit being two-faced. We already have a character for that."

Maybe it's just me. Maybe it's because I figured out that this was not a great example for my childhood self. (Be able to fight for yourself, unless there's a guy to do it for you, in which case act helpless.)

Thoughts?