Review of LTUE panels…

Recap of the Grieving panel-

Members- Amanda Fuesting (Hospice nurse), Dr. Nik Rao (Consulting psychiatrist for a well-known Pediatric Hospital, and physically disabled), Brian D’Almeida (physically disabled/transplant survivor), Scott Bascom (physically disabled and caregiver), and myself.

These were the ‘questions’ that were the entering argument:

Question 1- Professionals working in fields that encounter death frequently tend to compartmentalize everything. How does this impact their reactions to death and grieving?

Question 2- What impact does military service have on reactions to death and injury, and how would that differ from civilians who encounter death frequently?

Question 3- Writers often approach the character who knows that they have a limited lifespan with fatalism or over-caution. Those are reactions that people have, but they’re hardly the only ones. And people don’t usually stay in either one as they actually get a chance to grieve the perceived loss and accept a new reality. What does this actually look like?

Question 4- Burnout is a real problem for police, military, and medical professionals alike. How much of that is related to being unable to grieve deaths that have happened in a professional setting and what does that look like for a character?

Question 5- How does someone with a chronic illness relate with people who are able-bodied and healthy? And how does working closely people who are living with chronic illnesses change your perception of it?

I started with a trigger warning and told people up front this panel was going to be dark…

Amanda started off with the reality of death. The smells, textures, and reactions of those dying. Next Nik talked about the issues with children and their reactions to dying, along with the parent’s reactions. I talked about the military response to death and the compartmentalization of feelings not just in the military structure but anyone who deals with death professionally (Fire, Police, EMS, Hospice, Hospital). Brian talked about surviving a transplant, and other coping mechanisms he adopted, including FIDO (F**k It Drive On). Scott gave a very touching story of caring for a disabled parent, while disabled himself.

We discussed each question and how the writers might use it to give their characters more depth, and the fact that there is no RIGHT response to death. Everyone reacts differently, depending on their particular ‘role’, if you will. We also talked about survivor guilt (primarily military, but also parents), and how burnout affects various professionals.

I used the example of the Indians at the funeral from Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff to talk about the military mentality (self confidence, it won’t happen to me, even while burying a shipmate).

We also talked about rehabilitation, and the fact that so many movies/books get it wrong. You’re NOT going to be up/fighting ready in 2 days after being shot, nor are you going to jump out of that ‘medbox’ and go back into combat after regrowing a limb. That limb doesn’t know how to work!!! It has to be retrained… The example I used was veterans getting prosthetics at Walter Reed/Bethesda, and the ramp up of ability from barely being able to stand, to running within months.

The questions were great, and I think we answered ‘most’ of them, with all the panelists chiming in. There were a number of sidebars after the panel and during the following days, so I think it was a success.


Grumpy, fat old man on a panel…

Trying to explain the differences in self defense in the US vs. other parts of the world… Sigh

Also on History of MilSF panel; Grieving Chronic Illness and Death panel; and Drones and Robots panel.

We only ran one person out of the Grieving panel, but I DID give them a trigger warning that it was going to be a very dark panel.

A number of positive comments after the various panels, and more than a few stops in the hallways with “Can you explain?”

And apparently a small world hit- Friend of mine’s FIL was apparently in the audience on the drone panel, and said, “That panel as the second most memorable part of LTUE for him.”

The LibertyCon contingent was out in force, I think we were on something over 20 panels total. It was great to see friends, and MANY thanks to Jonathan LaForce and the others who did the fantastic dinner and not a birthday (not for me) last night!

This year seemed to have more ‘energized’ audiences, with many good questions, and a lot of sidebars afterward with other presenters.

And I have to call out a class act at SLC yesterday. Ice T was on the same flight to DFW, and he was recognized by a young fan (part of a group of probably 20). He was very gracious, spent about fifteen minutes taking pictures with them individually and then got them in for a group picture. He never acted put out, and smiled the whole time, and was also gracious to people getting on the airplane who recognized him. Kudos and no wonder he has the fan base he does! Well done, sir!

LTUE Day 3…

Stick a fork in me, I’m done… Last panel was with Larry Correia, I’m peopled out, and my butt is draggin…

The panels were a pleasure for the most part, except once again some were overcrowded, and I ended up not going, or I was on a panel when I wanted to SEE a panel.

The LC crowd was loud and proud, having fun and watching the ‘reactions’ for some of the other folks…

Full write up when I get back. Flying out Today.

LTUE Day 2…

More panels, more ‘fun’ times… We are the few LibertyCon regulars, but By Gnu we’re having fun! 🙂

I’m tired, dogs are barking, and my butt hurts from the ‘conference’ seats…

Go read the folks on the sidebar, they’re good!

Quick hit- LTUE

Day one- Good panels, at least the ones I could get in. My one panel for the day was Self-defense, and we think it came off fairly well. Interesting questions, and lively chats after the panel, which seems to be a default. Most of the between panel time was catching up with friends, and trying to figure out when/where to eat. Lots of kids, the vast majority very well behaved, or asleep…LOL

The con volunteers are doing and excellent job of steering people in the right direction, and getting panels started/ended on time.

Seems like ‘certain’ panels are drawing MUCH better than expected, which happens, sadly usually when it’s a small room to start with.


Ι don’t know why this didn’t go, but trying again…

An interesting video compilation of musical and other oldies…

The car cruise videos are from the Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit. The Woodward Dream Cruise actually started as a small fundraiser to raise money for a soccer field in Ferndale, Michigan. In August 1995, a group of volunteers looked to relive and recreate the nostalgic heydays of the 50s and 60s, when youth, music and Motor City steel roamed Woodward Avenue, America’s first highway. That year, 250,000 people participated—nearly ten times the number expected. The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, the Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year from around the globe—from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the former Soviet Union. North American cruisers from California, Georgia, Canada and all points in between caravan to Metro Detroit to participate in what has become, for many, an annual rite of summer.

And since it’s Valentine’s Day…

The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards known as “Valentines”.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Road Trip…

Off to a writer’s conference to see if I can beat some knowledge into my head on writing…

Life, the Universe and Everything is three days in Provo, UT with over 200 panels on various parts of the craft. Well worth it, and a good chance to catch up with friends and other writers.

Blogging and commenting will be light for the next few days. Your regularly scheduled brain drippings will return next Monday.

Tribute to the P-3…

As the US Navy winds down to its last P-3 squadron, many of us look back on our time in the Orion and remember the good times, shipmates, and the many places we operated from… And we remember too, the shipmates we lost. May they rest in peace.

And a ‘slightly’ different perspective… This is the one the submariners didn’t like very much. And yes, the bombay doors are open…

She wasn’t real comfortable, or quiet, and beat the hell out of your spine, but she brought us home time after time. Thanks to Lockheed for one helluva airplane, and the crews that flew them for 57 years!!!

Net humor…

Tired of the Debbie Downer posts… So you get humor. 🙂

~ What if my dog only brings back my ball because he thinks I like throwing it?

~ If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?

~ Which letter is silent in the word “Scent,” the S or the C?

~ Why is the letter W, in English, called double U? Shouldn’t it be called double V?

~ Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you and it just takes 75-100 years to fully work.

~ Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty

~ The word “swims” upside-down is still “swims”.

~ Intentionally losing a game of rock, paper and scissors is just as hard as trying to win.

~ 100 years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars. Today everyone has cars and only the rich own horses.

~ Your future self is watching you right now through memories.

~ The doctors that told Stephen Hawking he had two years to live in 1953 are probably dead.

~ If you replace “W” with “T” in “What, Where and When”, you get the answer to each of them.

~ Many animals probably need glasses, but nobody knows it.

~ If you rip a hole in a net, there are actually fewer holes in it than there were before.

~ If 2/2/22 falls on a Tuesday, we’ll just call it “2’s Day”. (It does fall on a Tuesday)

~ 100 years ago a twenty dollar bill and a twenty dollar gold piece were interchangeable.  Either one would buy a new suit, new shoes and a night on the town.  The twenty dollar gold piece will still do that.

I’m sure y’all can add a few to these… LOL

Follow-up Green New Deal…

The more I read, the more unbelievable it is that ANYONE would propose something like this!

It is not hyperbole to contend that GND is likely the most ridiculous and un-American plan that’s ever been presented by an elected official to voters. Not merely because it would necessitate a communist strongman to institute, but also because the societal costs are unfathomable.

The full article is HERE, from The Federalist.

And HERE is the saved page from Occasional Cortex’s web site (hint- The internet is forever, even when you take the page down…

Here are her (and the GND) first five priorities-

  • Ban affordable energy.
  • Eliminate nuclear energy.
  • Eliminate 99 percent of cars.
  • Gut and rebuild every building in America.
  • Eliminate air travel.

Read it and weep… And they want to do this in 10 years??? Technology doesn’t exist, the money to do this doesn’t exist, the infrastructure to do this doesn’t exist, and how do you get to Hawaii, etc.?

What is even scarier, is this is NOT a hoax proposal, most of the Dems presidential candidates are standing behind this!!! They seriously want to take the USA back to a pre-industrial age…

Ramirez says it MUCH better than I can, and doesn’t even cuss once!

Michael Ramirez – Saturday, February 9, 2019

I need some range Zen to get my BP back down… sigh…