WORTHY CAUSES: Suicide Prevention

Disclaimer: There are a lot of worthy causes out there that deserve our time and attention and if we can afford it our help. You don’t have to donate money, you can donate time. If you don’t have money or time there are many causes out there that will take old crap around the house that you don’t need anymore. As always if you don’t like the cause I’m boosting today then by all means do something for a cause that does mean something near and dear to you.

I want to try to give back to the world in at least some capacity.

These are meant to boost the signal. Not everything I put in here is going to be your kind of thing to support. I recognize that and ask that if you are against any of the causes that I put up for my Worthy Causes posts please do not comment publicly. You are more than welcome to message me privately and we can have a discussion or you can vent all you want. Don’t try to knock out the legs beneath the people that can benefit from a cause because you don’t agree with it.

I have one rule for the comments section of all my social media. Don’t be a dick.

Everyone has that dark turn. The moment when they feel the world would be better and brighter without them.

Depression is insidious it lies to us. It lies to us so subtly that we don’t realize we’re not in our right mental space and we think that the thoughts of self-harm or suicide are good ideas.

Let me tell you right now in this moment they are not.

Talk to somebody, get help if you can if not at least talk to SOMEBODY. ANYBODY. Your cat, your doctor, your weird aunt Sally that has a proclivity for dropping acid and dancing naked in the park until the cops come to arrest her… okay maybe not Sally she doesn’t always make the best life choices. The point is talk preferably to a professional, and definitely not an asshole. You don’t need the jerk that’s going to be like “Just do it who cares if you off yourself?” Because surprise surprise many somebodies are going to care a lot.

Depression is evil, it lies.

People do care.

If you are insistent that nobody will listen there are many prevention hotlines across the nation.

Here is a google search of places to contact if you refuse to believe me – https://www.google.com/search?q=suicide+prevention&rlz=1C1GCEA_enUS782US782&oq=suicide+prevention&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2735j1j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:1-800-273-8255

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

In 2016, there were 44,965 recorded suicides in the USA. That put suicide as the 10th leading cause of death.

You matter. You deserve to live, you deserve to be cared about.

If you still feel you have nobody to talk to about these feelings. Talk to me.

RandomPimpage@gmail.com.

Don’t be another notch on suicides belt. Please get help from somewhere.

I’ve almost lost my fight with depression more times than I can keep track of. Last figure I kept track of I was still in my teens and that was well over 100 times that I had started the process of suicide.

I don’t even want to know what the tally would be today.

Don’t be stupid like I was and try to handle it all on your own. I nearly lost that argument with myself. If you look up you will see a hand reaching out.

If you see somebody you know that you think might be having issues sit with them. Reach out be the light that helps someone step away from the edge.

Most of all don’t be an asshole. Don’t purposefully go out of your way to hurt someone. You might be that last thing they need to go over the edge.

We choose the men and women we choose to be. Be a source of love and light in this world. Be a guiding force, not a destructive one.

You can always send suggestions for Worthy Causes (or even general Pimpage) to randompimpage@gmail.com

 

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WORTHY CAUSES: Alzheimer’s

There are a lot of worthy causes out there that deserve our time and attention and if we can afford it our help. You don’t have to donate money, you can donate time. If you don’t have money or time there are many causes out there that will take old crap around the house that you don’t need anymore. As always if you don’t like the cause I’m boosting today then by all means do something for a cause that does mean something near and dear to you.

I want to try to give back to the world in at least some capacity.

These are meant to boost the signal. Not everything I put in here is going to be your kind of thing to support. I recognize that and ask that if you are against any of the causes that I put up for my Worthy Causes posts please do not comment publicly. You are more than welcome to message me privately and we can have a discussion or you can vent all you want. Don’t try to knock out the legs beneath the people that can benefit from a cause because you don’t agree with it.

I have one rule for the comments section of all my social media. Don’t be a dick.

I relaunch Worthy Causes by attempting to boost the signal on a cause that meant a lot to my late mother. Alzheimer’s.

So without further ado – In loving memory and honor of my late grandmothers Edna Elliot, and Loretta Fugate, and my late mother Shirley Asplund. I miss you and I love you.

My late grandmother was afflicted with Alzheimer’s and my mom was terrified that he would end up with it. My mother passed on without ever having signs that it had onset.

It broke our hearts seeing my once vibrant and whip smart grandmother trundle slowly down the road to dementia. My sister Sheila and her family moved in with Gramma and took care of her in her decline. Every once in a while Mom would have Sheila bring Gramma to our place to stay for a few days so Sheila and her family could have a few days off. I was working midnights at the time, it was a day off so I was up at God Awful thirty in the morning as that was what my body was used to. Gramma came rushing out of the room we had her set up in yelling “Where am I? I’ve got to get home to my husband!” I intercepted her, she did not recognize me at all. I explained she was at her daughter Shirley’s house I was her grandson Richie. None of that registered. I asked her who she was trying to get home to. She replied Ezra.

My grandfather Ezra passed on long before my birth. I was in my twenties. I had to explain to her that he had passed on. Then she shook her head and said that she had meant Harold. Grampa Harold passed when I was twelve. The look of heartbreak that came across her face when I had to tell her that both of the husbands that she had loved with all her heart were gone was terrible. I don’t wish that kind of anguish on anyone. Seeing her confusion and her loss like it was fresh was something I never want to go through again. And I fear that I may not have to but someone may have to do that with me.

Alzheimer’s has family history and I have that in my grandmother. Alzheimer’s from some research I’ve heard has a tendency to run a higher risk in those with Diabetes. I am a diabetic.

So for me this is a little selfish. I want the beast that fell one of the greatest women I ever knew and loved to have its ass royally kicked, and I don’t want my family to go through with me what we had to watching my gramma decline and not be able to stop or slow the progression.

For more information please look at the links listed below.

Taken from www.ALZ.ORG

What is ALZHIMER’S

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

If you would like to help out/donate you can check out any of the links in this post.

Right Focus Foundation – https://support.brightfocus.org

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America – https://alzfdn.org

Charity Navigator – Site that rates various Charities the link below has the search set for Alzheimer’s https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?keyword_list=Alzheimer%27s&bay=search.results

Coming soon:

I plan on boosting the signal of many different charities and causes all around the world. If you have a signal that needs boosting please let me know. If you are asking me to boost a signal I ask that you Give me the name of the cause (if it is an acronym please also give me the full name). I also require a URL where I can look up more information and forward others to so they can look up more information and do what they can to help out your cause.

You can always send suggestions for Worthy Causes (or even general Pimpage) to randompimpage@gmail.com

Relaunch of Worthy Causes

Worthy Causes.

As I relaunch Random Pimpage I want to start with worthy causes.

There are a lot of worthy causes out there that deserve our time and attention and if we can afford it our help. You don’t have to donate money, you can donate time. If you don’t have money or time there are many causes out there that will take old crap around the house that you don’t need anymore. As always if you don’t like the cause I’m boosting today then by all means do something for a cause that does mean something near and dear to you.

I want to try to give back to the world in at least some capacity.

These are meant to boost the signal. Not everything I put in here is going to be your kind of thing to support. I recognize that and ask that if you are against any of the causes that I put up for my Worthy Causes posts please do not comment publicly. You are more than welcome to message me privately and we can have a discussion or you can vent all you want. Don’t try to knock out the legs beneath the people that can benefit from a cause because you don’t agree with it.

I have one rule for the comments section of all my social media. Don’t be a dick.

Coming soon:

I plan on boosting the signal of many different charities and causes all around the world. If you have a signal that needs boosting please let me know. If you are asking me to boost a signal I ask that you Give me the name of the cause (if it is an acronym please also give me the full name). I also require a URL where I can look up more information and forward others to so they can look up more information and do what they can to help out your cause.

You can always send suggestions for Worthy Causes (or even general Pimpage) to randompimpage@gmail.com

Who am I and Why should you listen to what I have to say?

Who am I?

Why should you listen to me?

My name is Rich Asplund. I’m an amateur writer/media critic, professional smartass, and all around weirdo. (But it’s okay for me to be weird because I know I’m weird. Thank you Mr. Bowman!)

If you are seeing this because you were reading my blog at rasplundjr.wordpress.com then you should be listening to me because my insights or lack thereof in my attempts to be less of a wannabe and more of a have done might be valuable or at the least entertaining in the way of “Sheesh I’m glad I’m not that poor bastard!”

If you are seeing this because you were pointed to randompimpage.wordpress.com then you should be listening to me because I try to find awesome creators that aren’t getting the signal boost I feel they deserve and try to up it a little in my own way. I’ll also feature worthy causes that are near and dear to me, my family, and friends, as well as any others that pass my way and I can’t find a reason to oppose them. I’m also open to being introduced to new creators and featuring them.

If you are seeing this because you found my remaking of a man blog at remakingofaman.wordpress.com, then you should be listening to me because you might be doing the same thing as me and realizing you are not who or what YOU want yourself to be (to hell with what others want you to be) and my musings successes and setbacks might help illuminate the questions and answers in your own journey to be the man/woman/other that you yourself want to be.

I’m not an expert on anything, I am not a guru I’m just a guy trying to navigate this wierdass world.

Like a Good Man or a Bad Burrito.

Can’t keep Random Pimpage down.

Coming back to the fold and try to get my ass writing again.

There will be three kinds of posts here eventually one of each every week.

For now until I can get back into the swing there will be between one and three posts a week building back up to three posts weekly.

There will be a post pimping out someone that I feel need the spotlight, a post shining the light on a worthy cause that I believe in, and lastly I’m going to attempt to do some kind of media review.

IT LIVES!!!

Like a zombie, RP is rising from the dead… Hopefully like a zombie and not a Final Destination or Saw Sequel.

 

Things are getting tweaked poked and prodded into shape.

My reviews will stand as I personally see things now and if it’s something I’ve reviewed in the past I’ll repost it from the vaults to show how time might have changed my views.

I’ve missed doing Random Pimpage.  I’ve missed having time to enjoy fiction in both dead tree, electronic and audio format.

 

So where the hell have I been.  Working – A lot, when I have my OT days I still have a 3 hour commute one way, when I get out on time my commute is shortened by an hour and as my health has been less then great recently I’ve been sleeping on the commute (train and bus not driving) and therefore have not been consuming creative content as I once was.  I’m not as bad off as I was so I’m starting to consume podcasts and print books again.  Which means my opinionated ass has something to say once again.  Some of the content I may be reviewing for a second time as I give a listen again to some old favorites and I’ll provide my view as I consume it now with a view of how I felt when I first partook of it’s splendor.

 

I’ll be resurrecting 8 questions if I have any creators out there that are willing to put up with them.  You should be seeing more of me in the coming week.

take it light and see you on the other side.

Suckage and It’s Inevitability

or the alternative title –  Quit bitching and just write already!

Cross posted over at Welcome to my Madness my writing / accountability blog that I have also been slacking ass on – Harrass my ass

Oddly enough this was originally going to be a Google+ Post but it got lengthy so I thought I’d do something with one of my blogs that I’m too damned lazy to work on.

Trying to take a piece of advice from a Scott Sigler interview.  Basically advice was  – Write a crappy novel put it away for 6 months then come back to it.  See how bad it is and where you need to improve. – That is not to say write on purposefully to be crappy but face it we’re not freaking Mozart and things aren’t going to spring fully formed and perfect to our fingertips and into the computer – (or pen for those of us who still use them) – Similar advice is also given by the Mighty Mur LAfferty in that it’s okay to suck.  And also it’s echoed in  “There is no such thing as good writing, it’s good rewriting” and I have no Idea who originated that quote but I believe I read it in Joel Saltzman’s book on writing  – If You Can Talk You Can Write.

That said for a first attempt (okay so I’ve attempted MANY times and never finished but that’s a horse of another color) I don’t want to use any of my “Darling” Ideas – Because I don’t want them to suck.  But TFB I need to get over myself and realize that EVERYTHING is gonna suck in rough draft if it didn’t suck in rough draft then there would be no need for rewrites, and editors would be out of jobs.  So as far as editors are concerned I guess it makes them happy when we suck as long as we don’t suck to horribly and can improve.

Long story short quit bitching get writing – Lesson Attended – now lets see if I can learn this bitch.

Slacking Ass

Sorry life keeps getting in the way of me doing what I said I’m gonna do…

More info soon as I get time to put it up.

Worthy Cause – Media Creators

We receive a ton of free content these days – Free Pdocasted fiction free PDF’s for supporting our writer friends but sometimes we forget a very important part of supporting them – BUYING content.

 

Remember to support our creative friends with buying their commercial works.  This enables them to spend more time creating so we end up getting more content.

It’s tax time many of us will get a little something back… pick one of your favorite creators and purchase something if you already have a copy then gift it to a friend, family member or better yet a library so you can get more people hooked on truly fantastic content.

Getting PWNED by Owner’s Share

Today’s review / Pimpage is on Owner’s Share From Nathan Lowell first off lets get the links out of the way

@Nlowell – Nathan Lowell on Twitter

http://solarclipper.com – Trader’s Diary – The Website for the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper

http://www.podiobooks.com/title/owners-share -Owner’s Share on Podiobooks

And while we’re at it  let’s give a big fucking shout out and thank you to Evo Terra and Podiobooks.com for providing a metric shit tonne of awesome content to listen to – Lots of great Podiobooks in many genres by many talented writers – You can find them at http://www.podiobooks.com @podiobooks @evo_terra

Now on to the meat and potatoes – First off Nathan asks that we not spoil the ending by invoking Article 37… Screw Article 37 I’ll tell you how it ends… Like always – Nathan being a hell of a guy and thank you for listening… If you want how the story ends get off your ass and listen to it yourself… my words can’t do it justice.

Do you want 30 foot T-Rex’s jumping out of scrubbers and devouring half the crew, and exciting flitter chase where Ish dives out of the craft shooting the pirates through the armor glass port and Pip coming out of nowhere and saving him with a rocket pack?  Me too but that’s not the kind of stuff Nathan writes in the Share series, his ideas are a hell of a lot cooler if a lot more sedate.

Again Nathan delivers a great story, with a fantastic read.  You feel the highs and lows of the crew.  You get it through the way the words flow, and you hear it in his voice.  You’ll feel the shock and betrayal when the crew realizes that ARTICLE 37 is the one behind ARTICLE 37.  Oh and when ARTICLE 37 does ARTICLE 37 with ARTICLE 37 it’s just mind blowing.  I mean when ARTICLE 37 let ARTICLE 37 in the back ARTICLE 37 it was like whoa … I mean really how the hell does one get  a ARTICLE 37 into a 3×3 cubicle with ARTICLE 37 ,ARTICLE 37 ,ARTICLE 37  and 4 ARTICLE 37s… okay I went a little heavy on the ARTICLE 37.  Back to seriousness though – Again Nathan provides a great story, with a couple of twists that left an entire busload of people (literally I was on the bus listening to it) giving me dirty looks when I audibly expressed my incredulity at the twists.

As always it’s a well written story performed by a great voice talent.

Didn’t want to jump on the bad wagon yesterday though I kinda did through facebook but I’ll do it here and now and maybe another post on it tomorrow if I have the time… presence of mid to actually remember damned squirrels stealing my thoughts…

Thank you Nathan for not only providing free content but kick ass free content, it’s all too easy to just provide crap for free and make people pay for the good stuff.  Through the years I have sat impatiently waiting the next step in Ish’s Journey.  I still impatiently wait the next step.  Thank you for not wrapping everything up in a pretty red bow and doing the they sailed off into the deep dark happily ever after thing.  The books end how the entire series appealed to me – Feeling real.

Now stop reading and get back to work I can feel the withdrawal kicking in already!!!! More content!!!  errr…ummm I mean more content please Sahr.