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My posting below is number 200 for this blog! While only 94 of them have been directly related to Bipolar Disorder, I have seen a decent amount of growth and I have been distributed through a number of websites. I feel accomplished. I never expected to have consistent readers. My own goal was to express myself and hopefully entertain you. I hope this website continues to grow and that I continue to produce content worth reading.

Thank you so much for your support!

Bipolar Thoughts

The last time I cried was earlier this summer. I was on the phone with my best friend since childhood talking about his suddenly deceased father. Both the impact of the loss of a monumental figure in my life and the devastation it was wrecking on someone as close to me as my own family was overwhelming.

I have never really been someone who cried a lot, at least from what I remember.

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Bipolar Thoughts

I think it is inevitable that when we break up with someone, we compare ourselves to whomever they date next. Most of the time we cannot figure out why they would make such a terrible choice, or why would they go backwards so much. Sometimes they go for a big upgrade, but we are the only ones who cannot see it clearly. Sometimes we only see the faults in the upgrade, ‘oh he is really good shape. She likes to spend a lot of time with her man, and he is going to always be at the gym. That will never work’.

The phenomenon makes sense; we are too close to the situation to think rationally about it. The situation is complicated by a sex life as well. Jealousy over those who we have had sex with can be strong, especially in the aftermath of ego-shattering events like a break up.

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Pretending to Amuse

Steve recalls his trip to see Bill Burr. We discuss his humor and his style of jokes and how he deals with hecklers. We get sidetracked talking about Christmas shopping. We return to the now very credited theory of Luke Skywalker being a Sith Lord. And finally we check in on the fattest cyclist to drive across the country.

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I like to act like I am a macho guy.

In a lot of ways I play the part, facial hair, very often a full beard, I weigh 250 pounds, I drank craft beer long before it was a thing, back when I was called a beer snob by everyone I know that now loves to hang out at Hopcat and drink North Peak, I drink good whiskeys with a splash of water and bad ones on the rocks, I’ve been in rock bands, I’ve tagged half dozen broken down structures in Detroit, I know how to fire a gun and a bow and arrow and I’m good at it, I have a high tolerance for pain, I don’t tend to complain, blah blah who cares.

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Detroit Tigers

It is the first week of the offseason, which is the third greatest season in sports. What are the other two? 1. Baseball post-season

  1. Baseball regular season
  2. Baseball offseason
  3. I guess Hockey season

I have talked about the Tiger’s holes in the past so I will just do a quick run-down of explicit needs and then areas to upgrade.

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Bipolar Thoughts

So there is a new study published out of the Salk Institute* that is continuing and deepening other research that came out this year that is proving that bipolar affects the brain at the cellular level.

*The Salk Institute in La Jolla, California is my favorite piece of institutional/ academic architecture. It was designed by one of my favorite architects, Louis Kahn. It is very much a Kahn building in that it makes great use of unfinished building material, here being travertine, concrete, and teak. He actually developed a type of concrete called “pozzuolanic”, which had not been used since the Romans built the Coliseum. The courtyard view of the ocean is unparalleled in modern architecture. You can and absolutely should view it here: http://www.archdaily.com/61288/ad-classics-salk-institute-louis-kahn

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Pretending to Amuse

We dive deep into the latest Star Wars trailer with a special guest! Is this the most hyped movie of all time? We talk about a ton of fan theories including Luke Skywalker’s fate, possible themes, the rise of the three factions, the legacy of the Stormtroopers, where has the Millenium Falcon been, and what will the final showdown be in episode IX. We get into Finn and Rey and the new robot. We pine over the loss of Darth Maul, and wonder what will happen if Episode VII isn’t any good, especially in 3D.

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Bipolar Thoughts

It is amazing how many stories out there, books, movies, plays, whatever, where the protagonist/antagonist has at least one major obstacle to overcome. The vast majority of these obstacles are seen as internal, like a disease, a disability, a character flaw, etc. Oscar winning movies almost always have an internally flawed character overcome an obstacle put up them. It’s pure gold.

Likewise, there are (I’m gonna go out on a limb here) zero movies about kids born into extraordinary wealth who easily sail into Yale and begin a multi-billion dollar company by the time they are 27 and cruise to an easy retirement at age 45. Hell, you could throw in early parent’s death, divorce, and no one will feel compassion for that character. Not unless he comes down with cancer while some crooked uncle steals all his money and he has to make the winning touchdown in the big game.

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Detroit Tigers

The World Series ended earlier in the week and we have a World Series winner in the Kansas City Royals that really defies a lot of ‘new age’ wisdom in the game. And it is no fluke run where they got hot at the right time. They dominated the American League Central Division all year, they crushed every opponent they had in the post-season, and, oh yeah, they took an extremely similar team to game seven of the World Series last year.

So what do we normally think is necessary for a deep playoff run? Not only great starting pitching, but great power starting pitching.

Don’t tell that to the Royals who had the highest regular season ERA of the ten teams who made the playoffs, and also the highest FIP, and the lowest K/BB ratio. Don’t tell that to the Royals who found an ace in the often bounced around, puts too many guys on base Edinson Volquez. Oh and don’t forget the triumphant return of once considered done Chris Young who only threw 123 innings this year, but made them count in the post-season.

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