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Needle in a New Groove: Painting by Wassily Kandinsky (1939) Red, Yellow and Blue

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"If you don't like what you're doing, you can always pick up your needle and move to another groove." Timothy Leary

NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT: Kandinsky's Reproduction The painting was created in 1939 in France, and is therefore immune to the German copyright, which lasts until 2014 for paintings created in Germany.Consider the heartlessness of the German copyright. While there's a museum dedicated to W.K.'s work in Munich, Kandinsky, who was Russian, painted this AFTER he escaped Germany.

    Thursday, November 17, 2011

    Chillcrust Valley: Home of Short-Term Thinkers

    At Chillcrust Valley, we are allowed to smoke. Supervised smokers can only go out at specified times, and even though they should get 30 minutes, they barely get time to smoke two cigarettes. Independents like me can smoke officially between 9am and 2 pm.
    The keys to get out to the Gazebo and smoking area are placed on a thick, long stick. There is also one that's shorter. Both have a lighter on one end, and the key on another.
    The problem with the key is that someone  is always taking it. Because management doesn't know how to deal with the problem, stealing the key compounds the problem, and lends a filthy smell of bad faith (which is fairly frequent around here.)
    Maintenance staff usually have the key. It was after hours, but we found out that the Artist Known As Leimeister, a very talented painter, was still here. He was paged, and while my friend went to meet him at the access door, I finished talking to a staff member about what possibilities we could set up for the rest of the night, because the next day is The Great American Smoke Out, and I wanted to get my last cigarettes in. That particular staff person had no idea, except to page him, something the nurses wouldn't do.
    So I joined my friend, who was already outside.
     I said, "What did Leimeister say?"
    "Nothing. He let me out."
    "And what about tonight?"
    "What about it?"
    "Did you make arrangements for tonight," meaning, did he explain to Lee that he had the only key.
    He looked puzzled.
    I said, "You are a Republican, aren't you?
    After a pause, I made clear that I wasn't talking about politics. I wanted to know if he had a party affiliation, that he was Republican.
    "Why? How did you know?"
    Now this is something I've learned from reading conservatives, and writing in Neo-Cons when only one person identified himself that way.
    How did I know he was Republican?
    Short-term thinking.
    My friend the Republican should have made some kind of arrangement with the Last Key-Holder. Instead, he though about that cigarette and his need for it, and forgot others would need the key, or that he would need the key.
    Even worse, the entire administration here are all short term thinkers. This once was a hospice, and a home for people with dementia. That population could complain and demand justice in one minute, and completely forget. This top-heavy institution isn't used to younger  people coming in for rehab, b/c we remember what was said and promised, and what wasn't done.
    The younger ones can't be fixed with momentary bubble gum, a rubber band, and paper clips. So the managers here deal  with short term solutions, and when it turns back on them, they don't understand why.
    Even in the People's Republic of Massachusetts, conservative short term thinking is a problem.
    Part I of a continuing series....

    1 comment:

    scribadiva said...

    For some reason, the final paragraph isn't showing up. This weekend, I'll figure out what's going on. I had a very serious issue with an emotionally disturbed person that has tried to attack me (violently) repeatedly, and it's taken so much time to get to the right people in the administration to get this resolved. It infuriates her that I'm not afraid of her, and while I tried just to walk away, she would bring it on, and I stood up to her. I'll fill in on another post, b/.c it took strategy to climb this mountain. The last paragraph is only a transition to the next post. Short-term thinking on the part of direct contacts with the patients looked for peace for a moment and made short-term decisions to deal with a long-term mentally ill person. So do a happy dance for me, and I will try to make it a brief post this weekend, depending on my physical condition (I'm pushing almost too hard in PT.) btw, URBANGAL61 and others, no phone calls about posts. WRITE IT DOWN HERE!!! I need practice responding to comments!

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