Eisley in Dallas

Eisley

Eisley

I’ve been following Eisley since 2004. I finally got the chance to see them live in Dallas this past weekend. In short, they were amazing. For a band that has been churning out music for over a decade, they are extremely humble. There’s even YouTube videos of them saying they never tried something acoustic so no promises, yet they were amazing.

It’s rather hard to describe their music, but I just absolutely love them. Every EP and full release is definitely a keeper in my book.

Here’s a video I took of their encore. I captured it toward the end of one of their songs, but I got a full recording of “If You’re Wondering” from their Combinations album.

OH

OH on Twitter and Facebook doesn’t necessarily mean Ohio. It can also be short for “overheard.” It’s a nice prefix to put before something that you overhear on occasion. Some are funny. Some are offensive. Some don’t make sense. Some we’re better off not overhearing.

I’ve rounded up most of the OH’s I’ve made on Twitter for your reading pleasure (or pain, whichever you prefer). Some of these are rather absurd, so read with caution.

OH: I don’t know how to get her there except give her an M&M.

OH: Children are forever. Cats you can eat.

OH: I have a three day weekend. On Monday it’s murder indigenous people day!

OH: Actually, all morning people should be sedated until 9 a.m.

OH: I’m out of fat jokes. Oh wait, there’s room for one more.

OH: don’t take responsibility for someone else’s failure.

OH: Man talking to a Woman – if you ever want to be a lesbian, let me know. I have inside information (no pun intended).

OH: If there’s a spork in the road, use it to “get’ a pic’a’nic ba s’ket”. “Yogi Bear, 1905″.

OH: I’m a Texas fan and even I can appreciate the ass kicking we recieved. Texas fans will be walking bowlegged for at least a year.

OH: Now where to buy a freaking stretcher?

OH: The fate of the world depends on the consumption of one nugget.

OH: or we can call it ^/wPress$

OH: So what if we fork WordPress and call it PalabraPress?

OH: I see you’re creating a database. Be careful not to drop it.

OH: I want Starbucks branded underwear. I want a skinny latte in my pants.

OH: I don’t want you anywhere near my wood

OH: don’t bring a spork to a knife fight

OH: it’s a good thing I’m not a girl because I’d be the biggest slut ever

OH: “You need a laxative for your brain.” “Wouldn’t that cause diarrhea of the mouth?”

OH: I’m an equal-age-opportunist.

OH: I think your addiction of eating nuts has gone too far.

OH: Person A – “I’d have to drink to Gamble.” Person B – “No, you’d have to gamble to drink.” Person C – “I just have to drink.”

OH: your mind is not only in the gutter, you own the gutter. In fact, you own the sewer under the gutter too.

OH: I’m about to be on the corner right about now.

OH: I pulled it out, can’t get it back in, so now I have to put it up.

OH: When you combine Slim Chickens and a fat asshole, someone’s losing an arm.

OH: It’s not laziness if you never intended to do it.

OH: Don’t touch my windy crack, and definitely don’t put your finger in it.

OH: Who’s the guy behind Craig’s list? – “Craig.” – Well I hate him!

OH: You have a lamp! I don’t have a lamp that can make dark!

OH: I didn’t give you the finger. I gave you half a peace sign and save the other half for later.

OH: The pilot is about to turn on “The plane is about to split sign.”

OH: I wish I were faking this.

OH: Religion is for nuts. Nuts are for squirrels. Therefore only squirrels should be religious.

Psychiatric Care in the United States

Photo by Ryan Hellyer

Photo by Ryan Hellyer

My friend Pauli weighs in on what psychiatric care ends up costing in the United States. God forbid if you need hospitalization.

Medical Insurance Coverage

Mental health insurance coverage is much more limited than standard medical, which generally involves an out of pocket co-pay for “in network providers” of $15 to $25 for an office visit. Most annual lab tests are covered in full, while certain procedures may require a 20% co-insurance payment or go towards an annual deductible which can run anywhere from $500 to $5,000. Unless you are with an HMO, you are free to go to a specialist without prior approval by the insurer.

Seeing a Psychiatrist

Your PPO insurance may allow you to self-refer to a psychiatrist, however, the earliest I could see a shrink calling 6 different offices to get much needed antidepressants, I found the minimum wait was 6-8 weeks for 5 of them and one with a 3-month-long waiting list. I wasn’t suicidal, but with that kind of wait, either I would have been, or I would be over it. I didn’t want to risk it, so I saw my family practice doctor, and we went through various antidepressants until I came out on the other side of the issues that were bothering me by talking with a competent counselor.

Counselors

Getting in to talk to a counselor to work through problems is considerably easier than seeing someone who can actually prescribe medication. However, it is more costly and generally requires pre-certification. You are generally approved for no more than 13 sessions per calendar year and you will pay 50% of the fee allowed by your insurance. You’ll want to look for an “in network” provider, and you better make rapid progress or you will be paying the full allowed fee in short order.  That or make sure you have your mental breakdown no earlier than October so you can start over in January.

Your Experience

What is your experience, if any, with psychiatric care in the United States? I’d especially like to hear from you if you’ve been hospitalized. Anonymous commenters are welcome. You can read about my own experience as well.

Schizophrenia or Public Intoxication?

A schizophrenic man had somehow wandered onto a locked campus. Once on the campus, it was impossible to get out unless by escort.

Confused and delusional, the man grabbed the arm of a passerby wanting help. The person clamored for the building seeking refuge from the man.

The cops were called. An expert in mental health informed the cops that the person was delusional and was a sufferer of schizophrenia.

The cops disregarded this expert diagnosis and decided to charge the man with public intoxication.

This is just another example of someone with a mental illness being hauled to jail instead of receiving adequate treatment.

What would you have done if you were in the same situation?

A Mental Health Awareness Tattoo

From October 6th through the 12th, it is Mental Health Awareness Week.

Most of you are aware I despise tattoos, but here is one I would probably get. It was designed by April Martin of Alabama.

Mental Health Awareness Tattoo

Mental Health Awareness Tattoo

The grey is for mental illness. The green stands for bipolar, depression, and schizophrenia. The chemical symbol is for serotonin.

Kudos to April for a great design and tattoo.