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  1. I decided to take the challenge and give something away. I tried to give away my pool table. It's an 8 foot Minnesota Fats slate table in great condition. I've had it for so many years in the garage, waiting to have a place to set it up. We tried selling it earlier and that never worked although a neighbor said he would buy it for his daughter, then he never followed up. We told the neighbor he could just have it for free, but I think they had to clean a basement first in order to set it up, so again he never followed through. I told my neice and nephew they could have it, because they have a shit pool table at their mom's house, but they did not want to go to all the bother of setting it up. I tried to give away an antique bedside stand. It was kind of a fixer-upper. I did not know who to give it to so I stuck it in the backseat of my wife's car for her to give away. She decided to try to sell it on Craigslist for 20 bucks. Anyway this old hippie type lady shows up at our house and she just loves it and she acted so grateful to be getting this stand for 20 bucks. She likes to fix up antiques for a hobby. She even sent us a picture of it all fixed up and polished (I think she was going to re-sell it for much more money but that's fine). I felt satisfied that she was happy and we got rid of something, and got 20 bucks to boot. I was going to give away this old Irish harp I had made from a kit, but I did not know who to give that to either. I decided since selling that stand worked out so well, I would sell the harp for 50 bucks on Craigslist. A middle aged couple came over to buy it and they were both delighted with it. The woman was a musician who for years wanted a harp to play, and the guy was a woodworker who could fix up the minor flaws (one of the "feet" was cracked). Anyway they were both beaming and grateful when they left and we got 50 bucks so it was a win-win. A little later, coincidentally, our nephew decided he now wanted the pool table so he came by and hauled it off in his mom's pickup truck. He was grateful and all, but not as much as the other people that we sold stuff to. You know, kids these days, blah blah. Anyway, by the time my nephew decided to get the table I had decided to keep the pool balls and use them to practice contact juggling. I don't know why I did not think of this before because I always wanted to do the type of contact juggling "Mr. Statue" does in Portland, but I did not want to spend money on the expensive balls. Anyway I have been practicing it for a couple months now and I'm having a great time. I guess I totally fucked up on this challenge. I have to say though, over all, I would rather sell stuff cheap than give it away. And and also see if I can find a another use for things before selling them. That's what I learned. Hold on tight to your stuff, my advice.
  2. Another great Duncan/Emil convo. For a while they went down a rabbit hole and completely lost me, just after Emil talked about this Tibetan monk reaching into a box and pulling out artifacts from the void. What? That book was written by Amy Wallace, a prominent author at the time, and from my understanding, Castenada's main "girlfriend". Castaneda was a baller. I don't remember that lizard story Duncan told at all, and I read all of Castenada's books, (the first 4, I read twice). Well, it did not take much internet searching to find this quote So he sewed the lizards eyelids shut. At least he was nice about it. Pretty tricky to do though, with live lizards and clumsy tools. Could be Castenada made it up.
  3. This is hilarious @TeenKonceptz® but not everyone benefits from SSRI's. Dr.'s use basic trial and error to find the right anti-depressant and they should do genetic testing first. I've heard that 40% of white males have a genetic make up such that Citalopram for example will have no good effects, and probably cause bad effects such as more fatigue. This is a real thing although I haven't been able to verify the 40% statistic after several minutes of internet research so fuck it don't judge me.
  4. Moved this from the Adam Strauss podcast thread. No @Rainman Thundercunt I never heard anyone talk about the depressed/deep rest idea before, so I was happy to see that video. I don't know if it would have helped me to see that when I was severely depressed, but the more I came out of depression, the more I found the idea helpful that I could just rest and "ride it out" each time I felt depressed. Part of my understanding came from learning how chaos states work in biology and learning. I got this understanding from participating in taketina circles and from other sources I don't remember. Anyway the idea is that prior to jumping into greater level of organization, a biological organism, and even individual cells, sometimes go through states of complete chaos and disorder. So in the Taketina rhythm process, Reinhart Flatishlier taught that people will go though states of complete chaos, called "falling out" of rhythm. Contrary to linear, additive thinking, "falling out" is a very good thing. The more completely you can fall out of rhythm in this process, the more completely you will fall back in, because the learning comes though both active participation and surrender. Then in this context, we can look at depression as a falling out of the rhythm of life. In that state of depression we can surrender and also look with open curiosity, for a chance to fall back in. I don't know if this will make sense or be useful to anyone who has not experienced taketina. Nor can I tell if the above video would be useful for someone severely, clinically depressed. That's why I can't think of much advice to give other people. I can only say what worked for me, to "get over" depression in the sense that I can go for months without feeling depressed, and when I do get "depressed" it is for hours at a time, not days, weeks, and years. Thanks for all the responses here, I'll have more to say later.
  5. Thanks @Rainman Thundercunt, I agree he would make a cool guest. I base that on watching this one video. I never heard of this guy before. I love his way of framing depression though. I think I will reply more to this on my depression thread in the Family Talk session so I can include the video there.
  6. Depression for me was a state of "failing at everything". It was important for me to find some things to do that I would not fail at doing. It was important to move my body. It was important to get outside. It was important to find some way to have fun.
  7. Wow a lot of new people posting here. Welcome aboard new people! What a coinkidink! This was a great podcast. Adam Strauss is fun to listen to. Funny it started out with a depression rant but it's the first DTFH podcast I've listened to all the way through in a while. For me depression is a state of total chaos. Sometimes biologically we go through a states of chaos and come out of them in a higher level of organization. I don't remember where that idea came from.
  8. It's not what you look like, when you're doin' what you're doin' It's what you're doin' when you're doin' what you look like you're doin'!
  9. Some people have everything and other people don't but everything don't mean a thing if it ain't the thing you want!
  10. I started listening to Drifter's Sympathy lately and I'm enjoying the hell out of it. The autobiographical episodes are great and some of the stories Emil tells are equally horrifying and hilarious. His music podcasts are fun too with mostly music/bands I have never heard before. What happened to music podcasts? Does anyone know of a good music podcast? I used to listen to a few. Now I mostly listen to radio music archives because I can't find any good music podcasts.
  11. It's a lousy club anyway. No one ever shows up for meetings.
  12. Spicer would have to be a brilliant actor to pull off that flub on purpose, and follow it with the fumbled explanation. I don't see it. I feel angry and distracted but things like bombings and the potential for war seem worth my attention, even though, yes we do have a corporatocracy on steroids. Everything is fucked up. Fuck this shit. I'm going to listen to this.
  13. Oh and thank you Spicer for clearing things up. "Ashaad" is worse than Hitler. Hitler didn't sink to the level of dropping gas bombs on towns, "he brought them into the Holocaust centers". You're the BEST, Spicer
  14. Do you feel lucky Asaad? Do you? Go ahead, punk, make my day!
  15. Nobody mentions WAG THE DOG? I think it's Trump's WAG THE DOG moment. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/07/observers-warn-syria-attack-trumps-wag-dog-moment l Just look at his tweets! It's all there in the tweets! He tweeted 18 tweets that we should not bomb Syria. http://time.com/4730219/syria-missile-attack-donald-trump-tweets/ Trump is an asshole.