We just need to scan her brain, pre robotisation

OK, if you want the entirely serious, and more informative details of how today went at the hospital, you’ll need to go find the other blog. You’ll get most of the critical details here, with a little bit of tongue in cheek, but other than that… oh, and this has the more amusing video.

Firstly, before we get to the ‘me’ news, I have to post pictures of a couple of outfits related to my dear friend, Angie. The first was one she was wearing at Manchester Airport for a job, the second is from a previous role, which she currently has for sale, and I love

I think I’d rather do the rabbit, but both would be fun.

Right, to the more serious stuff, hospital visit. My epilepsy medications have been doubled, in an attempt to stop the seizures. I was on the lowest level, so probably not a bad move. One week of transition at an intermediate level, then double level from there on. I’ve also been put on appointment lists for both EEG, and MRI scans in near future, so my brain will be ‘tampered with’ a bit at least. Hopefully just to see if my brain is suitable for full robot upgrade, but I suspect that is just wishful thinking? So it will be about 4 weeks or so before I know exactly what it is, and whether I can get approval to fly to US, and stuff. But if its ‘just’ epilepsy, that would be fine.

As for fitting for the fully interfacing, tight fitting robot bodysuit, I guess I might have to wait a while, but a woman can only hope! Mind, if anyone has one, for which they need wearer research? 😉 But fine, I cant wait too have my brain scanned, even if it isnt for anything robotic. But yes, its something pretty serious, so…

OK, the video. All this talk of robots screams Kraftwerk, right? Well, its sort of… No, seriously, its a British comic genius named Bill Bailey, along with a few friends, and an amusing tribute to said band

How deep is the first cut?

Given the lack of replies I get when I normally ask questions in my blogs (post here, Facebook, Twitter, or email to robotunit8@hotmail.com as preferred), I’m probably wasting my time asking another question here, but someone might surprise me, so…?

As most regular readers should know by now, my back/spine is now very painful, and earned me official disabled status. People will also know that I’m crazy enough to try just about anything that might ease some of the pain, beyond short term aid, and I’ve had another new, slightly different idea suggested to me by one of the guys at work.

Forgive the spelling if I get it wrong, as I can only take guidance from Google, and however good it is, I know its not perfect, but its been suggested that I try Cupping (Hijama Cupping) to see if it will ease the issues in my back at all. I have no idea if it will help or not, but I must admit the images of it do intrigue me, but at the same time, make me a little nervous. So yes, what I’m asking is, has anyone had this done to them, is it painful to any great degree, and did it do them any good? Oh fine, I’m assuming from the fact that it was suggested to me, by a Muslim man, that Muslims have no objection to doing this treatment to white, Christian women, lol?

If you’re curious, and want to know what it looks like, then I suggest going to Google, and searching for details. But basically, from what I can see, a series of cups are suctioned on to your back, and the skin is raised by vacuum inside it. Looks weird, but fascinating to me, and if its not too painful, maybe I should give it a go…?

Thing is, there are 2 things, one is called dry cupping, as above, and thats all they do. The actual Hijama one, which I must admit, I would love to do, but at the same time I’m nervous about, has a tiny cut made in the skin, within the vacuum cup, to let the ‘bad blood’ out. Still, at the same time as being nervous about it, there is also a part of me that would love to experience that! Crazy I know, but thats me summed up, crazy!

In truth, knowing me, I suspect I’m going to give it a try at some point, just because I’ll try anything that might ease the pain I suffer with my back, at least once. No, I still havent got to acupuncture at this time, but equally, at some point…Though I have read that would be better for muscular issues, rather than actual spine damage, but I have no idea.

And are there rules, that a non Muslim woman wouldnt know about visiting a Hijama Cupping Centre? Would I be expected to have my hair covered on arrival at least, as a sign of respect? There is a place in Huddersfield I can get this done, and I’m sure there must be places in Bradford too, but I have no idea how good any of them are? I’m suspecting Huddersfield would be wisest the first time, anyway, the nearer to home the better?

So any comments welcome, even if its ‘No, it wouldnt work for you’, or alternatively, ‘Just get it done as soon as possible, woman, and stop fussing’, or anywhere in between!

Video time. A man I knew when a child as Cat Stevens, who is now known as Yusuf Islam. Whichever name you use, the man is one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time, in my opinion. Oh, and given the subject (and yes, my fancying to try wet cupping), a rather apt song title.

She is the torch, was I the flame?

Just a thought I had, but only after the event about Tuesday, which I suspect that only an expert in hypnosis can answer, but if one reads this, and is prepared to answer, I’d love to know.

On Tuesday, I thought I’d try a little self hypnosis while in the flotation tank, try and clear my mind, just blank things out, and enjoy the sensation, which I did. Initially I thought I’d see if I could create a robot frame of mind while in self trance, but failed completely. No idea if it was me, the surroundings, or just that the concept wouldnt take?

So, Plan B, I tried to do a self regression, and see if I could call up Clara Johnson, my past life self. Much to my surprise, and delight, that worked! As also reported, she wasnt very keen, to put it mildly, on this weird modern, new age stuff, and panicked accordingly! Again, as mentioned before, by the time I just calmed her down a bit, I got the musical signal that the session was coming to an end, so I cut her off, and brought myself back in control.

But in hindsight, if I hadnt been able to calm her down, would I have been able to take back control so easily? I’m assuming, my mind, I must have ultimate control, but if I’ve passed the mental baton to her, is that really the case? And if ‘I’d’ come out of the pod, and she was still in charge, what could have happened? Could it even happen?

I must admit, in truth, I’d rather a hypnotist was in control of that scene, not only because things would definitely get done properly, but it might be a more successful way of getting answers out of Clara than me, trying to ask ‘her’ myself! Which, lets face it, is the main thing I want to do anyway, learn more about her.

Is it even a smart move me trying to regress myself like this, when I have no great hypnotic skills? Could a hypnotist get me to think I was really a robot, or brainwashed in one of those pods?

All intriguing thoughts, that I really have no answers to, but would love to get some. Anyone want to help me with a tape/download or something? Well, if you’re in West Yorkshire, could do more, but otherwise…? Yes, going back in the ‘brainwashing pod’, fine, flotation tank twice next month, so…

Right, video time. A bit of Soft Cell, featuring Cindy Ecstasy, who was actually providing the guys with Ecstasy at the time, hence the surname. The mystery is, a few years after this, she vanished without trace. Might be related to the drug dealing, might be related to fame, who knows? Is she still alive, or not, no one seems to know? But yes, here she was the Torch. Question is, am I Clara’s torch, or is she mine?

In a silent world

Oh fine, I hope I know what everyone wants to hear about, so lets have a duplicate blog tonight, so I can cover all events.

OK, the flotation tank experience. I did check, and double check directions on Google Maps before leaving, but still managed to turn the wrong way when I got off the bus, but realised that in seconds, so no great issue.

The owner of the business quickly made me feel at home, and after the necessary form filling, I was soon in the room with the flotation tank. A shower, then in I went, and ‘laid’ down. If the roof was meant to come down to seal you in the pod, I never worked out how to do it. I’ve certainly seen enclosed pods, but whether this isnt set up for that, or was just me being blonde, no idea? Would have loved that, but in truth, once I turned out the lights, it was very dark, and apart from the whole enclosed sensation, would have been hard to tell the difference.

Yes, I relaxed easily, and just lay there enjoying the whole sensation, and loving the lack of any pressure on my fragile back. Anyway, once comfortable, settled, and everything else good, I decided to do a little experiment with self hypnosis, try to empty my mind a little (or ideally a lot) and see what developed from there.

It took me a while to get there (about 5-10 minutes too long, as I was to discover), but when I did, I tried to get a little bit of robot into my mind and body, but couldnt really get it to work, probably because robots dont generally float in water, lol.

So I went to Plan B, this time with startling success. Having emptied my mind of myself, I tried to self regress myself back to Clara Johnson. Incredibly, it worked. Snag was, Clara wasnt quite certain where she was, as these new age things werent around in the 1930’s, and panicked a bit finding herself seemingly floating in a dark room. I did set to trying to calm her down, and had just succeeded, and was just beginning to let her take control when I heard something I didnt want to hear, the music starting up again, which meant I had only 5 minutes left. So unfortunately, I had to say ‘goodbye’ to her, start to switch back to me, so I was back in control at the end of the session.

In truth, I have no idea if I was just going to let Clara experience the float, or whether I was going to ask her questions, as I never really reached that point. Not quite sure if I could ask her questions anyway, or whether someone else would have to ask ‘me’ them, in truth? I suspect would have to be the latter, as my mind was in Clara mode? So asking questions of herself, without a script?

So yes, I’m going to have to go back again, for sure, and this time get her involved far more quickly. If nothing else, seeing life through her eyes, and feeling her thoughts, for more than a few seconds will be amazing.

Another shower, a glass of water, then back to real life. Yes, cold, wet, and lousy services by First Buses!

Oh, and by the way, yes, the back feels a whole lot better too! So 2 pieces of good news, for the price of 1!

I can hear you asking, is she still going to try acupuncture now? The answer is yes, got to give both a chance, lets face it. And besides, they might use the needles loaded with robotising nanites! Yeah, I wish! 😛

But yes, the whole flotation tank experience, truly amazing for me, and maybe Clara needs to try it again, just to see how she really feels, lol?

Right, video time. Well, I was floating, not running, but otherwise it was certainly silent when the music stopped.

 

Which outfit for Halloween?

Actually, thats a play on words, but it would have given the game away completely if I hadnt done that! Mind, within a few minutes, you’ll know anyway, but for now…

I must say that one thing I’m loving at work at present, though I’m not sure how many others do, is that we are making an effort to ‘dress up’ for certain events. And yes, even though Halloween is nothing like as big here, as it is in the US (or so I’m told, closest I got was flying home on 30th, but shops were full of stuff), it seems we can get to dress up in ‘scary’ outfits to celebrate the day this year.

Fortunately for me, its a working day, falling on a Wednesday this year. Even more fortunately for me, I’m not actually doing calls on a Wednesday at present, as its my day of the week for doing the studying to finish my apprenticeship course. Yes, I know, such a course at 60! I know how silly I think that is, but if it has to be done…I suppose its a break from the phones, at least? Actually got the first, of 5 exams to finish that off, so I might feel differently about matters tomorrow night, after that, but besides that…

Thing was for me, what to dress up as, for Halloween. Yes, the chances of me not getting involved were miniscule, lol, given I love this sort of thing, and if people dont support it, it wont continue. And no, however scary some of the movie robots might have been, they dont really count as Halloween, lets face it.

I did consider vampire, because fine, I find the idea of being bitten like that rather exciting. But given I cant do make up, it would only really leave the teeth, so… I’ll be honest, I’d been thinking witch, simply because its the easiest option for a woman. And lets face it, with my looks, I have less need to be made up to look hideous than most. 😛

Anyway, my friend Angie, that I know from Blackpool has been advertising lots of great outfits for sale. One of which was a gorgeous black hat, mask, and dress, for a witch. Thing is, the dress is a ‘few’ sizes smaller than ‘Miss Pear’ could wear. Yeah, about an 8/10 UK, whereas I need about a 16/18, ideally the latter especially if its a zip up dress! Not that I’m sure how I could study, wearing the mask, but anyway…

Well, besides that, a little later, a great looking red hat, this one in fact

witches hat

appeared, and yes, purchase has been arranged. There shortly will be two of us looking for a suitable dress, in my size to match. Oh, and if anyone knows of a broomstick, that actually flies, I’d love one, especially as First Buses went absent without leave again on Monday night! Perfect for Halloween, but I might be tempted to use more often, if one truly existed, lol!

As stated, the need for make up, to make me into a hideous witch, might not be critical! Ability to cast magic spells, purely optional, though might be fun!

So yes, if you see a witch flying through the sky on Halloween, between Bradford, and Huddersfield, I might have struck lucky! 😉

Right, video time, something very silly, from the Muppets!

Dont stop! Go, go, go!

Any UK people reading this will know what has inspired the blog title, its the Sky Sports promotional video for the start of the Premier League season tomorrow evening. Yes, having barely seemed to have been away, probably even more so because of the World Cup, football (or for US readers, soccer) is back! In truth, strictly for the lower leagues it started last week, but who worries about minor facts like that? 😛

So yes, as from Saturday (Yes, Huddersfield have a home, 3.00 kick off this Saturday), I will again be trying to beat the rush from the ground after work. Unfortunately, because I finish at 4.00, which gets me back into Huddersfield just about the same time as the football fans are hitting town, post game, and traffic chaos in town, especially as the ‘wonderful’ First Buses seem to vanish off the road at the same time…rolls eyes…!

Yes, my sole interest in football, apart from trying to win a fortune in Sky Sports silly games (free, or I wouldnt bother), is finding out when Huddersfield are at home, to try and avoid the idiots! Mind, if you’d told me a year ago that they would still be in Premier League, me, and most other people would have laughed at you. But a 16th place finish (out of 20, 17 stay up) and here we go again! No, these football contests, just lots of wild guesses, but quarter of a million (or more), for fluking 6 correct scores, who knows? Never going to happen, but guessing is no worse than knowledge, lets face it. Would solve numerous issues for me, for sure!

Oh, and for my US readers, their football (NFL) season (albeit the warm up games) start tonight. Well, there was 1 game last weekend, but for 30 teams… I now gather all teams have gone over to mobile ticketing only, so thats my chance of going to a game over, lol. Not that I was likely to, at those prices, but anyway… Just thought I’d better acknowledge it, thats all.

Right, video time. For my younger readers, who have no idea what this is, its a 78 rpm record. They disappeared when I was a youngster, but I do remember them. Unlike vinyl records, they broke easily! Ah, the memories…and for those in UK, this is the full version of the Sky Sports ad song

 

The wicked things we do

Tomorrow, instead of heading to Bradford, to do a normal, full day at work, I’m heading to Leeds instead. No, I’m not throwing a sickie, or anything, its work related.

In an ideal world, my back would allow me to work for nearly another 6 years, and retire at what is now the normal retirement age for British women, at 66. In truth, I would say, that even doing a 4 day week, as at present, my chances of doing so, rank probably as fair, but no more. So yes, on a pre retirement course tomorrow, to learn what I can do to make my future as easy as possible.

The thing is, it means I need to be in an office, just outside the center of Leeds, for 9.30 tomorrow morning. Yes, thats right, I need to get there right in the middle of the rush hour, and thats why I’ve done a wicked thing.

Its fair to assume that the 8.15 train tomorrow, from Huddersfield, to Leeds will be busy, and its quite likely some people will need to stand. Yes, the chances of me being able to stand, even with my brace on, for about 25 minutes, in one place, not good, or less! So yes, depending on your view of matters, I’ve either been practical, or wicked, and reserved a seat on the train, no pot luck for me! I cant do the same coming home, unfortunately, because I dont know exactly what time the course will end, and whether I will get out in time for the 5.00 shuttle, especially given my mobility limitations (its meant to end at 5.00), or need to be on 5.30 one, and that will affect the time I get back to Leeds station, and what train I’m able to get, so yes, wish me luck on that trip, especially as my disability is an invisible one! Hopefully my old commuting skills will return, and I can find a seat!

But yes, I know, I’m partially disabled (suspect I count as disabled, but prefer not to see myself as that, just yet), so I shouldnt be bothered by covering myself this way, but I do! But yes, it will be nice in the morning, knowing I dont have to scramble to get a seat on a rush hour train.

The video, talking of things wicked…