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General Discussion / My oldest brother is 75 soon!
« on: February 16, 2015, 03:19:43 pm »
I thought he was gonna be 74 - same difference.  My older brother is one year younger.

My two younger brothers jokingly won't tell me their ages when I ask....I have to look it up.

I'm lucky I have good oldest had a mini stroke a while ago....hardly any other ailments.

Re good genes, both overweight, smoking German parents lived a long time - father 76, mother 88, but both died of did my aunt.

BTW, German=eat meat, sausages 20 times  :P a day, plus my father worked in a butcher shop.

Re ailments, depression, social anxiety in the family.

35 Shades of Peter (getting too old for 50, LOL)

General Discussion / Sorry about little feedback...
« on: February 15, 2015, 09:20:48 pm »
Sorry about not giving so much feedback.

I can get confused with long posts or other people giving feedback....complicated to me.

Maybe I have slight undiagnosed ADD?  Not worth seeing a Dr. about.

Giving feedback to people in my comedy person says person says that......I lose track.


General Discussion / A person can change/it's never too late.
« on: February 02, 2015, 06:46:26 pm »
A person can change/it's never too late.

A professor in the U.S. wrote a book on how to do math and science even though you flunked them in school, as she did.  (me too)  I can find the title later.

Anyway, she had a B.A. in Slavic Studies, decided at age 26 or so to learn math and science on her own, even though she flunked them in school.

She now has Ph.D. in engineering!


General Discussion / What's your definition of acceptance?
« on: January 19, 2015, 02:22:06 am »
This might help me.  Someone defined it today, but I forget what he/she said.

I always think acceptance=admit something, and never want to change it....which I'm wrong on. 


General Discussion / telling people re my/brothers' mood disorders....
« on: January 07, 2015, 01:38:49 am »
Emailed my cousin in Germany, as I usually do at Christmas, with a brief "how are you," and nothing else.

This time I explained my and brothers' mood disorders, my support groups, my standup comedy through MDAO, and sent a couple of jokes I translated.

I speak German, but it's rusty since I'm a 67 year old orphan....LOL....  Had to look up a lotta words, like
"support group" - never learned that at home.  I also had to look up "cockroach."

I told her one of my Laffing like Crazy jokes - I was really depressed last summer.  Audience:  "How depressed?"  I was sooo depressed, the cockroaches in my apt felt sorry for me, and bought me a ticket to Canada's Wonderland.   ::)

Also told a guy in the building re above.

I live in a seniors' building - lotsa people spend months (it seems) in their apartments.  Some of us were discussing this, but I didn't suggest that maybe a lot of those people are time I will.


General Discussion / bad feeling in stomach......
« on: December 03, 2014, 08:21:55 pm »
Not sure what emotion I'm feeling.

 My younger brother R has a photographic memory for family history.

My father worked at the same small meat market for ages......almost all the guys there German speaking.
My father received part of his salary in meat...a lotta much that my mother had to throw a lot of it out and not tell him - bad temper. He must've been dumb not to notice she did that. R said she buried the excess in the backyard - didn't know that.

 I knew the above except for burying the meat.......R said they started paying him partly in meat because they caught him stealing meat!!!! (not sure how they worked that out?) I only learned this yesterday.
 Ironically, the ONLY life advice my father ever gave me was "don't steal."

 My father could've gotten a higher paying union job (before the theft?) at Canada Packers, a giant company.....he didn't want to because then he'll have to improve his English. I guess he mainly spoke German at work.


General Discussion / dermatology/slap the Dr. and others around....LOL
« on: November 25, 2014, 11:02:21 pm »
Asked Dr. for referral to dermatologist - thought face mole was changing. Maybe skin cancer, which I've had before....not a huge deal.

 Made appt today for next week (!).

 This clinic has very mixed reviews on the net:
 -they push 40 dollars a bottle over the counter cream (this is mainly a cosmetic skin clinic) - my giant hospital has no dermatology department! (anymore)  St. Michaels in Toronto.
 -the dermatologist asks patients to feel his face because he uses that cream
 -etc...etc.....some good reviews, though

 I'm suspicious of the very short waiting time to get in.....maybe they'll shunt me to the walk in clinic? (they call it something else)

 You need a Dr's referral to see a medical specialist, hence, no walk in clinic, but I guess you don't for cosmetic procedures which aren't covered by OHIP. (not my case)

 Still don't know what "bitch slap" means, but am I gonna have to bitch slap the Dr. etc. next week?  8)

 P.S. I'm seeing a different Dr than the one mentioned online.


General Discussion / MDAO Comedy Show - my jokes!
« on: November 20, 2014, 04:29:01 pm »
My clean ones!   :-[   I love getting the audience to ask "how tough or how long" or whatever.

New Jokes for Christmas Show 2014  Peter Bessel
SET UP: My psychiatrist said I should be more spontaneous.
PUNCH: So I slapped him in the face and called him a salamander.

SET UP: I was asked to leave the MDAO support group.
PUNCH: I guess bitch slapping isn’t really providing support.

SET UP: My psychiatrist can be a little abrupt.
PUNCH: I asked him:  “Why I am worrying so much?”
He replies:  “Do I look like a f mindreader?”

SET UP: I hate jokes with no punch line.

SET UP: I got my testosterone blood test results. 
               “Well, how is it?”
               PUNCH:   Your testosterone is pretty low, Priscilla....I mean   Peter!

SET UP:  I went to Medic Alert...told them all my problems.....can you made a bracelet for me?
PUNCH: They said a bracelet isn’t big enough....they made me a breastplate I were on my chest.

SET UP: I was so depressed.....
PUNCH: I thought watching executions on the North Korean Channel would cheer me up!

SET UP: My father said I was lazy and no good.....and a cry baby!
PUNCH: This is when I was three weeks old!

SET UP:  I was a breech baby, but sideways...
PUNCH:  You know how men are about asking directions.

PUNCH: I like scaring my cat.....
SETUP: by doing a vacuum cleaner impression.

SET UP:  I’ve read a couple of times that your ears and nose continue to grow as you get older.

PUNCH:  I didn’t always look like a giant rat!  The other day I’m walking down the street and a gang of
tough cats walked in my direction.  They were really tough.  (audience:  how tough?) Some of them had

 tattoos, like “F your Litterbox!” “Dogs drool, cats rule.” They were really tough (audience:  how tough?)

 Some of them had metal studs in their tails.  They were really tough. (audience: how tough?)  They didn’t

 meow like this:  “meow....meow”  They meowed like this:  “f meow....f meow.” The leader had scars and a black patch over his eye.

The leader: (high pitched voice) – “Lookit the size of that rat.....let’s get him, boys!”
I was scared shitless, but quick thinking:  I yelled loudly “Here, rover!”....they took off, looking over their shoulders at me.....what a close call!

SET UP:  I was so mad when a fellow patient stole my lunch......
PUNCH:  It was (my usual?) 3 Prozac sliders.

SET UP:   Growing old is the pits……
PUNCH:  The only person I could possibly date is Betty White’s older sister.  Her name’s Wrinkleinna.  Near sighted people at the supermarket mistake her for a prune.

SET UP:  I’d make a good family therapist....
PUNCH:   Because of life experiences: I’ve been married 6 times...2 of those were to of those was to a burro in of those was to Anne Murray.

SET UP:   Growing older is the pits because.......
PUNCH:   ....................................

SETUP: I’m trying a new great!
 PUNCH: It’s called “Breaking Sad.” 

SETUP: When I was a kid, the other kids made fun of my braces.....
PUNCH: The braces on my head.....
 SETUP: When I was a kid, the other kids made fun of my Medic Alert bracelet....
PUNCH: The one stapled to my forehead.

SET UP:  When I was in school, my nickname was “cave boy.”
PUNCH:   That’s how long ago I was in school.  I couldn’t wait to turn 16 so I could get my dinosaur licence.

SET UP:   My family doesn’t understand mood disorders, and they’re very Old World, old school.
PUNCH:  “To get rid of your depression, eat a nice, heaping bowl of squirrel every time!”  (“put a handful of Caesar salad on top of your head for three hours”?)

SETUP:   I don’t say much, usually....
 PUNCH:  I can’t – I always have a about 10 meds in my mouth.
SET UP: Just out of curiousity, anyone here around my age, 67?

PUNCH:  If so, raise your white bony, bloodless arm with a claw on the end of it, please.  Or get your personal care worker to raise it for you.

SET UP: My psychiatrist said I should stand up for myself, not let people walk over me.

PUNCH:   Pretty hard to avoid having people walk all over me when I’m grovelling on the ground all day!

PUNCH:  I asked my psychiatrist:  “What can I do about my social phobia?”
“Beats me!”
“At psychiatry school, you have to pass 5 out of 6 courses.  I failed social phobia.  Got any questions about compulsive hand washing, on the other hand?”

SETUP:   My psychiatrist says the best way to minimize my depression….
 PUNCH:  Is to maximize my anxiety.
SETUP:  I hate movies – I prefer real life.
PUNCH: You’ll see me walking down the street, eating popcorn, applauding, crying sometimes.

SET UP: I was barred from this bar once.

PUNCH:   After I had 14 Budweisers, I tried to pick a fight with my reflection in the bathroom mirror.

SETUP:   I told my psychiatrist I’m talking to myself more lately.
 PUNCH:  He says:  “Tell yourself to shut up.”
SETUP:  I dropped another psychiatrist after one session.
PUNCH: She asked me too many personal questions.

SET UP: I’m recruiting for my new cult.

PUNCH:   You worship me, and give me money.
                I give you insight into worship and money!

SETUP:   Since my lobotomy………
 PUNCH:  …..

SET UP: In high school my nickname was “Worthless Piece of Pond Scum,

PUNCH:   What’s worse, my principal gave me that nickname….no wonder I’ve been seeing a psychiatrist for 23 years!

General Discussion / Another MDAO comedy show.....
« on: November 18, 2014, 08:46:19 pm »
On Dec 11, at the Imperial Pub and Library, just east of Yonge and Dundas.  I'm in it.

They're not advertising, as it's a tiny place, and a lot of seats will be taken up by friends and family.....
but I'm sure they would have some empty seats others could take.

There's probably an admission charge.  I guess phone MDAO for details?......probably pay at the door.


General Discussion / Anxious......then.....
« on: November 18, 2014, 08:42:58 pm »
Very anxious for some reason after I woke up today at 5:00 p.m.  :-[

Decided to meditate, which I may do even if I wasn't anxious.


-60 % less anxious
-doing things I've been putting off, like semi-complicated things:  paying for online memberships using Visa.

Of course, I don't always get results like this....but!

Peter  :)   Where's my cat emoticon?  Oh well......

General Discussion / Started taking Lipitor, cholesterol medication...
« on: October 18, 2014, 01:54:48 pm »
10mg - a small dose.

I never pictured myself taking a cholesterol med, as I've been 80% vegetarian for centuries.
As you may know, a lot of cholesterol is produced by the body on its own, no relation to diet or whatever.

If I can exercise more/lose weight, I'll go off it temporarily to see if that makes a difference.

Getting older!  67.....but healthy, generally.


General Discussion / Brain transplant or adjustment?
« on: October 10, 2014, 11:58:38 pm »
Went to nurse pracititioner's today, but my appointment is next week. >:(

On Wednesday went to comedy class thinking it was Thursday!

Not worried that much about it.  I'm 67.

BTW, I lose things, but in my tiny apt - pens and small notebooks.....I don't generally lose things on the bus or whatever.


General Discussion / ....was worried about endoscopy.....
« on: September 30, 2014, 10:18:20 pm »
An endoscopy is a procedure whereby they put a long tube down your mouth that goes into your stomach.
They spray the back of your throat with something to prevent the gag reflex.  The end of the tube has a tiny camera and tiny tweezers for taking samples of bad stuff.

Anyway, I've had 4 of them years ago with no (!) anesthetic.  :o (no, I'm not Chuck Norris.....LOL)

I was planning to get one with an anesthetic today, and I was worried I'd be staggering around like a drunk afterwards.  The handout they give you says "don't take a bus by yourself."  I took a cab, and the hospital is close.

Maybe the gastroenterologist adjusted the sedative dose because I told him I took a Clonazepam yesterday?  I didn't find the sedative (Valium via drip?) that strong, but I still feel something 12 hours later.

Anyway, all went well. 

Should anyone be getting the procedure or a similar one in the future, if I can handle can you.
I know it sounds creepy, but I find giving blood samples more creepy, actually.


General Discussion / Laughing like Crazy Comedy Show on the 24th.....
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:34:32 pm »
See first page of this site.  I only learned about this show recently, as I was depressed.  I'm usually one of the 8 or so "graduates" that does 2-3 warmup jokes, but not this time - I think they have 8 people already.


General Discussion / Social Phobia Group Closed.....
« on: August 23, 2014, 03:34:23 am »
  The social phobia support group started by Earla Dunbar (look her up - she's famous in the mental health community).  I forget the exact name, but maybe their site even closed.

However, the other social phobia support group (lotsa members) is still around.  I forget the name, but they often use one of the MDAO rooms, but they aren't part of MDAO.  The head of that group is "Rama."

Earla is a nice lady, and a pioneer.  There are awards named after her.

Peter  :'(

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