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Apr. 7th, 2016

09:29 am - Grounded

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I have damaged my AC joint (the one in your shoulder where the collarbone attaches to the shoulder blade). I had a separation injury there years ago and it's come back to haunt me now I'm doing a lot more upper body based activity.  The upshot is I'm grounded for two weeks and I have to apply voltaren topically 8 times a day, and ice it for 5 minutes twice per hour.

5 minutes twice per hour is a lot of icing when you're at work.  I have a cold pack rotation going and it's definitely helping, but I'm sure I'll  be over it by next week. Hopefully after that I'll be able to start doing things again.

Meanwhile, I had an interview yesterday for a job I actually want.  I think it went ok, there was laughing and I felt like I established rapport, but you never know with these things because everyone plays their cards close to their chest and I guess I'll know by the end of next week.

I'm having an interaction with one of the Wellington city councillors who wants to ban begging.  Being fairly well versed in the issues surrounding prohibitions, I asked her what support she had for the notion that banning begging will actually stop begging.  She answered something along the lines of 'strong leadership and extra resources'  - which implies she didn't understand the question. So I asked again:

"Yes but how will banning it actually stop it from happening? Do you have evidence that shows this will work? How will you evaluate success?"

So far she hasn't answered. I don't think she's put any thought into it to be honest. Prohibiting things *seems* like common sense, but it doesn't take much examination to expose the flaws in this line of thinking. Like how people for whom the social contract has already failed are unlikely to suddenly decide they need to stay entirely within the law.  Like how when you criminalise people they avoid authority, and in this case the agents of authority are the ones through whom they can access the services they need.  Like how the reason the number of beggars has grown is because inequality has grown.

Sweeping people under the rug leads to dead bodies in alleyways, and I don't think that's a step forward frankly.

But maybe she'll answer, with a comprehensive, well-thought-out plan for how this will work and how they will know it's worked.  And maybe I'll get offered a six-figure salary to do harm reduction work.

pig-flying

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From:fbhjr
Date:April 6th, 2016 09:59 pm (UTC)
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Best wishes on healing quickly!
And, on the job front!
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From:tatjna
Date:April 6th, 2016 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I am quite excited about this prospect, but I'm trying not to get my hopes up.

I am firmly convinced that if I really do what I've been told to do wrt rest, ice, etc, I will be back doing handsprings next week. Yep.
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From:richaarde
Date:April 7th, 2016 01:23 am (UTC)
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Begging is illegal in New York City, and yet people still ask me for loose change almost every time I'm there.

What are they expecting, for a destitute person to sit there and starve to death? (I probably don't want to hear the answer to that.)

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Good luck snagging the new job!
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From:tatjna
Date:April 7th, 2016 01:25 am (UTC)
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I think they want people to starve in the poor suburbs where they can't see them.

I just had a call telling me I'm the preferred candidate, and negotiation on rate is now happening. I should know early next week.

*squee*
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From:meathiel
Date:April 7th, 2016 07:06 am (UTC)
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Fingers crossed for the job!

And hopefully your shoulder will be better soon.
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From:tatjna
Date:April 7th, 2016 08:06 am (UTC)
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Thank you! Job front is looking very optimistic and the shoulder made it through a dance class tonight. :)
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From:kotturinn
Date:April 7th, 2016 09:02 am (UTC)
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Fingers crossed on tne job front - sounds v. positive! Also for the shoulder healing.

Sometimes I think dead bodies in alleyways is exactly what governments are after. Gets rid of a few of the "not us" and opens the door to further
prohibitions and other repressive policies aimed at further squashing/removal of the "not us". Ho Hum...
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From:clevermanka
Date:April 7th, 2016 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Best wishes on a quick and thorough shoulder healing and the job opportunity!

And prohibition is the worst. Ugh. WHY DO PEOPLE REFUSE TO LEARN THAT LESSON?
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