cassette decks that had auto-reverse
dual cassette decks with auto-reverse
portable cassette players
^ with auto-reverse
PORTABLE DUAL CASSETTE PLAYERS WITH DUAL AUTO-REVERSE
and ^ that was the way I carried my music.
I am ollllllddddd
Taping songs off the radio.
Frantically trying to put records on tape before you had to replace the needle.
That little BEE BEE BEE BEE BEEP? at the beginning and end of prerecorded cassettes
Putting scotch tape over the notches so you could tape over a prerecorded cassette
Having to sit and rewind the tape with a pencil in the spool whenever it snarled in the deck
Putting a penny on top of the needle arm of the record player to weigh it down and avoid skipping.
Scrambling to find your current blank tape when a song started on the radio, so your taped-from-radio cassettes had most songs with the first five or ten seconds missing.
ALL OF THEM! And when you’d get frantic and be like, FUCKIT, I’ll just tape over the last half of this song, I don’t have time to fast forward any more, so it cuts off all of a sudden into some other shit entirely
Man, even when I sat there with my tape at the ready, most of the songs had the first few seconds cut off, because most songs didn’t get announced before they were played, so it took a bit to realise it was something I liked.
And speaking of not announcing the songs, there were songs that were favorites of mine, that I’d get super excited about whenever they came on, and yet I never knew the artist or title until years and years later.
So a couple months ago I noticed my testosterone was getting low, but it’s really hard to tell how much is left in those bottles, and I can’t calculate by how many doses they told me it would be, because it doesn’t last that long, even though I don’t use more than the dose it’s supposed to be. Anyway, I thought it was more left than it was, and one day I noticed it really looked like only a couple doses left. D:
So I contacted the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, where I have gotten it from before, and asked if I could get a refill quickly or if I had to see the doctor. Unfortunately I did have to see the doctor, and she would want blood tests first. The first blood test date was this week, which was about three weeks from when I called. Then I would have to set up an appointment with the doctor at least a week after that, but while I didn’t bother asking, knowing her schedule and how booked she is, that might not have been possible until next month or even March.
But a friend of mine has been really talking up this other doctor, a general practitioner who runs a trans-related clinic every other Tuesday in Hollywood. My wife went to him for an estrogen prescription in December after calling it quits at the LAGLC because the doctor there basically threatened to stop prescribing her estrogen if she didn’t do something about her (elevated, but not zomg dangerous) cholesterol. This new doctor prescribed her estrogen no problem, with quite a few refills.
So I was hopeful that it would be that easy for me. Unfortunately the day I called was right after the Tuesday he’d been in the office there, and wasn’t taking appointments for another two weeks, and then that got bumped back so my appointment actually ended up being the same date that they had given me at the LAGLC for blood tests. >_< But this was an actual doctor’s visit, not just tests, so I was still feeling good about it being sooner than the Center (especially since I used my last injection the week after I called to make the appointment).
I was a bit worried when, after I arrived and filled out the paperwork, the nurse told me the doctor might need me to get blood tests before prescribing me anything, but when I got in to see him, he already had his prescription pad out and was ready to write it right then. All in all, I think I talked to him for about fifteen minutes and he wrote me a prescription for one 10ml bottle of T + one refill, so I won’t have to worry about another doctor’s appointment for over a year, regardless of whether I go back to him or the Center.
He seemed like a really nice guy, definitely easier-going than Dr. Maddie at the LAGLC. The downside of going to him is that it’s a little pricier.
With the LAGLC, they have discounts if you are poor, and for the past couple years my wife and I have been going there, we have been poor enough to qualify for the lowest prices, which is $30 per doctor visit, and super reduced prescriptions and tests. Dr. Flores’ office charges $65 if you don’t have insurance. However, I figure since he gave me a refill, that is the same as if I went to see Dr. Maddie twice, so it evens out. What will really hurt is the prescription itself. I think I paid about $18 for one bottle of T from the LAGLC pharmacy and I know it will be much more at a regular pharmacy (I haven’t gotten it filled yet; I went to Rite Aid this afternoon and they said they don’t actually carry it there and have to order it, so I will pick it up Monday evening; at this point, I’ve already missed two doses, so another few days isn’t going to make a difference).
Anyway, if you’re looking for a doctor in LA for trans-related stuff, I definitely recommend him. His name is Dr. Jacob Flores and his trans clinic is at the St Nicholas Medical Clinic, which is a little hole-in-the-wall place on Santa Monica near Western in Hollywood. More info here.
Can you “k” your way to the top?
I can’t do keyboard navigation commands like that because I really like the “search for text when I start typing” feature in Firefox. So if I have that turned on, typing whatever letter supposedly scrolls up or down just makes it start searching for the next thing beginning with a k. :p
I mean, I could page up a few times and get there, too, but it’s still more effort than I want to put in for something unless I really, really love it and then I am willing to go back up and hit “like”. I just wish that there was something at the bottom of the post. Even a link to the post would be good, then I could open it in a new tab and hit like! But there’s nothing at the bottom but the source. ;_;
I really wish tumblr had the like/reblog/etc. buttons at the bottom of the post (either instead of or in addition to the top), because a lot of times I don’t know how I feel about something until I read it, and sometimes due to the narrowness of the dash, that can be three or four screens down, and thus there are times when I really like a post but don’t click the like button out of sheer laziness because I don’t want to have to scroll all the way back up to the top to like it. :p
Out-of-touch Republican presidential front-runner MITT ROMNEY, who earned $374,327.62 in speaker’s fees from February, 2010 to February, 2011 — an average of more than $41,000 per speech.
Only a dumbass One Percenter with six houses would call $374K “not very much.”
That appears to be approximately 27.5 times what I made last year. For him that’s “not very much”, but I’m sure he thinks minimum wage jobs are more than enough for others and we’re just slackers and whiners if we dare to suggest otherwise.
Taco Bell is advertising their taco 12-pack as ideal for someone “who has at least 11 friends.”
Dudes, if I got a taco 12-pack, it would be ideal if you leave my tacos alone.
Who the fuck is sharing 12 tacos between 12 people? Who are these anomalies of humanity only eating one taco?
That…is bizarre, considering all of their meal deals (aside from the $2 ones, which only come with one item and chips) come with like two tacos plus the main item. Now, those meal deals are usually more than I can comfortably eat at once, but still. They’re selling those as meals for one person, yet a 12 pack of tacos is supposed to be for 12 people? O_o