Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Tagged--I figure it out

Livewire has just tagged me. As I told her, I am so cyber naive I wasn't certain what a tag was, but then I figured it out, checking her blog...(whether I will be able to post links to the lucky folks I choose to tag myself is another question indeed).
The task posed is to reveal 5 weird things about myself (not including the fact I always have had much difficulty spelling the word weird).

1. In this cyber world I would much rather be writing with my fountain pen. But I do much enjoy the wild connections.
2. I learned to walk by instruction or assistance of my grandmother's dog, Butch. This explains, perhaps, why I did not put my heels down on the earth until I was something like 3 or 4, preferring to walk tiptoe everywhere. Butch had patiently let me cling to his fur and stagger about, gaining balance, but I was a very small person and he was a big dog. You would think with early experience walking tiptoe I'd be able to wear high heels well, but I can't.
3. Growing up I heard voices. I assumed everyone did. The voices did not say anything memorable or directive, like "St. Joan, go save France", but were like listening in on a party line (for those not old enough to know what a party line was, it was many households sharing the same telephone line). Boring, common sentences "did you buy the cabbage" "and then I told her", rushing one over the other. And now and then my name, when I was out playing in the woods. I learned, however, not to mention the voices to my schoolmates, after some interesting reactions. I do still now and then experience this, as well as what others would term visual hallucinations
4. For instance, people where people are not. And sometimes animals. Upon talking with my mother after some particularly strong sightings, when I was a teenager, she said "oh, I wondered if that would happen to you". She, and her mom before her, had sightings of a darkhaired guy in oldfashioned clothes, blue tunic, sweet face. My daughter, upon reaching her teen years, also experienced this (I had not mentioned this to her previously, but told her when she came to me with "the strangest thing happend the other day..." No, I haven't the faintest idea what this means.
5. I talk to everything. Outloud. Dogs, cats, birds, stones, trees. Drove my brothers crazy, amuses and annoys my daughter ("You don't HAVE to say hello to the sparrow, you know" Much less the telephone pole...)
And I shall send this tag along to Dr. O2
because he has a very interesting mind
and to Marly, who is one of the most intriguing writers around
and to David
and to Chittychittybangbang
and to MellowOrange, because she is new to the book business and I want to nudge her into posting more:

Goodness. I hope I figured out those links.


Blogger marlyat2 said...

We are somewhat alike in certain weirdnesses, although there are other ones that seem especially funny or strong. But you'll just have to wait to see...

Bit horrifying how easy it is to reach 5.

5:40 PM, February 01, 2006  
Blogger LiVEwiRe said...

Thank you so much for playing along! It's interesting what you said about #3 - I go through periods of that especially when all is quiet and I'm ready for sleep. I've given up on figuring it out; and it's just bits and pieces. And I'm glad to know someone else talks to 'everything'. The correct answer is "Yes, I must talk to the sparrow!" =)

11:39 PM, February 02, 2006  
Blogger Terri said...

Hi! I found you through LiVEwIRe.
I'm especially fond of moo-ing to cows as I drive past.

5:06 AM, February 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

number 2 is so cuuuuuuuuutte.but number 5...hmmmmmmm

6:16 AM, February 03, 2006  
Blogger Rhonda said...

I have just discovered your blog and consider it to be a rare find! Your writing offers pictures that are rich with life... thank you for sharing them and enriching the lives of others through your musings.

3:17 PM, February 03, 2006  
Blogger Dr O2 said...

hey Jarvenpa. The dog-help was a good one! My cousin also had the same method by her side ;-)

I am flattered to be tagged yet as before I find it difficult to respond :-) tags are not easy posts and yet sometimes too informative ;-)

After I was first tagged I vowed never to respond agn but yr call I can't resist :-D. anyways it might take a long time for me to figure things out & reply but tnx agn :-)

12:55 AM, February 04, 2006  
Blogger Shirin said...

Very interesting Jarvenpa, although I must admit the part about the hallucinations did scare me a little.

6:52 AM, February 04, 2006  
Blogger jarvenpa said...

thanks to all who have commented--yes, livewire, the correct answer is probably "yes, I must..."--but my daughter is stretching her young tolerance already.
Dro2, don't worry about responding--I wasn't sure if you would, but you do have such an interesting mind (marly has responded, and confined her oddities to ones in childhood, which is clever of her)
terri and rhonda, hi and welcome..
shirin, don't be scared! but yes, there was a time when that sort of thing had me scared too (madness?!! oh dear!). Doesn't happen often, and the sense around it all is very not threatening (except when you think you are going crazy, which was a fear of my teen years; it was reassuring to have my mother's matter of fact response, and very interesting that my daughter has the same experience; even that same guy-in-blue. I just figure the universe is a lot more complicated than we realize.)

11:33 AM, February 04, 2006  
Blogger MellowOranges said...

Alas I will be soon leaving the book business. It hasn't done anything to harm me in any way so I hope to return to it later in life! But for now I feel like a change is in order and that means leaving home for a second time, so it's an office job for me to pay the bills.

I've also stated my weirdness. Though I'm not sure it competes, hehe.

5:14 AM, February 05, 2006  
Blogger David said...

I am surprised that you can remember learning to walk! I have no such memories, although I am pretty sure that I had no canine assistance. :) As to hearing voices and visual hallucinations, I am sure that you already know what mental health care professionals might think of those experiences. However, to the extent that I know you, you seem to be well adjusted in your life, so these experiences don't seem to have done you any harm. I am rather astonished, though, that four generations of women have had sightings of the same same man wearing the same clothes!

Perhaps I will reveal some of my eccentricities in a future post. :)

12:04 AM, February 06, 2006  
Blogger MellowOranges said...

Thanks for the luck! But, not a new country - a new county. From Kent to Nottinghamshire. A new country would be even more daunting, something that maybe I'll work towards. Hehe. I'll try to post more though; I can be a bit slack at times it has to be said.

1:00 PM, February 06, 2006  
Blogger Kimia said...

:D I always thought that the word Weirdness has a negative load. I didn't know that some weirdness can be this much interesting :D I talk to everything as well and I found it even better than people. They never forget anything or if they do you never notice. They are patient and fair. especially objects :D

11:03 AM, February 09, 2006  
Anonymous m. said...

All right, how are we to get our Jarvenpa fix?

7:56 AM, February 11, 2006  
Blogger a dracul said...

i think wyrdness would have been more juste, but what you call audio and visual hallucinations, i don't agree with the mental health professional line, now on the other hand with the whole Jehanne Jehanne go save France or even San Damiano Go rebuild my church, definitely lock those guys up, hey they did try at the time.

You are talking about the Sight, wonder why they never talk about the Hearing, bit like suggesting someone needs to see a mental health professional because they notice squirrels. People don't listen or look because they don't have the time.

it's not madness, madness is not much fun at all, but the fear is that someone could fall into madness and no one likes to be reminded how close we might be to the abyss. so I can see the fear you might generate, but yours is a bit like how some people can see blue and green where others only see well one colour god knows what they actually see, did you know the Cambridge light blue team looks green to anyone outwith blue green colour blindness, and don't get me started on Homer calling the sea wine dark, so what if he was blind, what were they doing in the mediterranean to turn the sea wine dark. sometimes red doesn't mean a colour more a feeling hmm.

there is also that case of hallucination peculiar to the elderly who had optic nerve damage from which they recovered in their youth. It was named after a physician double barrelled name. The consistent 'hallucination' is men in uniforms (clowns, police, military) performing dances/ acrobatics in circles around them, apart from that no other odd reasoning or behaviour. After a while they tend to ignore them.

Experts had thought it was a very rare condition until a scandinavian survey where they started listening to a group of elderly, it's now believed to occur in 1 in ten thousand people after a certain age, always associated with some optical nerve damage in youth (sometimes blunt trauma).

The reason experts didn't know about it is that the elderly were afraid they would be locked up if they mentioned it or be put on psychotropic drugs.

But fair dinkum best not to share too widely with humans, they aren't as nice a lot as you seem to think, and when they get scared they are less nice. There are criteria for defining treatable hallucinations DSM IV for example, on it's own just seeing things or hearing things as you have described don't count.

Only non-mental health professionals would think that they would count. Music and dance are things people learn to see and hear differently over time. Doesn't make em mad if they were born with the skill. now wyrd is a word, not entirely sure what it means, but if i knew then i'd surely be mistaken.

I am followed by an inaudible invisible giant purple rabbit. hmm.

10:27 AM, April 15, 2006  

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