Jan 17th 2017 by drumdude92 • 15 Questions • 103 Points
My short bio: Hey everyone, My name is Infidelix.. I am the rapper from the subway video... I am setting up this AMA so I can talk about what happened with the video and the girl.. what I do as a street performer... and talk abit about my new album...
You say "in the next 6 months". I though you will have to permanently do that. Am I correct?
Also, how well can you cover that under clothes? I remember knowing someone for several years who had such a thing and I only got to know years later when my dad told me. I remember some funny smell on his car but not in him.
Does the bag preclude you from doing any stuff? Sports?
Does your dental plan reflect the dental care of the time period? A mixture of nothing and pure horror?
I'm from Ohio. How can we keep them from trying to pass bullshit legislation like they tried recently?
To be more specific, they wanted to select a fixed number of 'farmers' in the area and they would be the only sources allowed to supply the dispensaries. These farmers were pre-selected and were close to the group pushing the legislation. They would have been a legal, lawful monopoly and I can only imagine what the prices would have been.
Thank you for doing this. You say you were a medic, was it ever difficult for you coming to "work" and seeing the ravages of war up close?
What's your best tip for people so they avoid being in your previous situation entirely?
I emailed you about something specific, and you gave me personal advice based on my situation and even monitored the flights for a little while to make sure I got the right price. That experience really stood out because I didn't even expect a response. You're absolutely amazing.
My question is, how are you able to keep a personal touch while probably getting hundreds of requests (if not more)?
Edit: also, do you see Sydney/Auckland flights being cheap any time soon? (From the east coast)
Do you ever get used to breaking bones? Is it like "Agh that hurts" and can't move, or is it like "Aww shucks, broke another one"
Why did you pick Berlin?
It depends on the disease...to summarize my surgery, this video really helps. Mine is temporary because basically, they are making me a new rectum (the storage unit that holds poop). While this process is in the works, I poop in the bag.
And it can hide in my waistband pretty well. Bigger clothing also helps.
And the adhesives are pretty strong...I can basically do anything with it (I haven't really done much yet but if I wanted to, I can go scuba diving or play football or run around). There are accessories also that are designed for certain activities like that.
There is no dental plan for part time employees, so yes, yes it does reflect the dental care of the medieval ages XD
The answer to your question is to keep doing what you're doing. Ohio voters clearly thought that initiative was wrong for Ohio, so they voted it down, and in doing so, they sent a message that that type of a proposal isn't going to fly.
I can't imagine anyone would be foolish enough to propose the same thing again. MPP certainly took it into account when we worked with local activists to bring forward a medical marijuana initiative last year. We have never backed laws like the 2015 Ohio initiative, but we took extra precautions to ensure our medical initiative avoided that type of system. I imagine anyone who supports a broader adult-use initiative in the future would also take similar precautions. At least I would hope.
It bothered me sometimes because we had a lot of patients who were injured in WWII.
Great question! My best tip would be to not bury your head in the sand and hope that the situation will go away. My initial student loan balance of $74k ballooned to $107k simply because I ignored the problem, stopped making payments, and let some of my loans slip into default. So I always encourage student loan borrowers to take action rather than let what happened to me happen to them. Perhaps that means switching to an income-driven repayment plan or putting student loans in deferment. Either of these options is better than ignoring the bills and missing payments. Ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away. It only makes things worse.
That is so kind of you to mention, thank you!
Honestly, I just feel like if someone takes the time to write me, it'd be kind of a jerk move not to respond? Maybe I'm old-fashioned that way haha. But I feel like I owe it to people, especially all you early adopters who took a chance on this weird guy with some cheap flight list, you know?
In any case, so kind of you to mention and I really appreciate it :-)
It's true that there are now hundreds of emails a day, but in terms of how, lotsa caffeine, quick typing fingers, and a decent ability to multi-task.
Thank you again!
To be painfully honest, it's been five years since I last broke something and I don't have loads of memories of breaking things. Mostly because I was young but partly because I sort of deal with the memories by repressing them.
I've spent five minutes trying to write up whether breaking bones still hurts but I just don't know. Come back to me when I break something again!
Edit: I do have an example for when I broke three things at once, but with that it's kind of obvious that it'd hurt. That shit was like the worst pain in my life. I was lying on the pavement with two broken legs and a broken shoulder and the ambulence guys were around me and I was just yelling for them to give me a painkiller. Every once in a while I'd accidentally move a little bit and scream my heart out because of the pain, and then the ambulance guy said: 'I didn't do anything!' and I was like YES SURE BUT I'VE BROKEN THREE BONES OBVIOUSLY JUST LAYING HERE IS GOING TO HURT but I don't remember anything after that, I think they did put me down or at least give me enough pain killers for me to go out. Thanks ambulance guys.
i didnt really pick berlin..berlin picked me. i was backapacking europe for a few years and once I got tired of living on couches..I wantedto realy.. I happened to be in berlin when I made that desicion. This city has shown me more love then anywhere and I love the people and the place because of that
AZ voters quashed legalizing recreational use in November. I believe that part of the reason for its failure to pass was that even people who are pro-recreational did not like how the law was structured.
Is it better to pass an imperfect law and tweak later? or should the goal be to have a robust law pass which would require little to no changes after implementation from the get-go?
EDIT: grammar and adding a big Thank you! for taking the time to do this.
I know this is probably a silly question, but old age and history fascinates me. Do you have any stories passed down from relatives about the late 1800's?
I think the AZ initiative would have lost even if every "pro-legalization" voter voted for it. It might have received 49.9% instead of 49.7%, but I don't think it'd have won. The reason it lost is because (1) there was a massively well-funded opposition (spent ~$6 million, which is maybe the second or third most ever spent against a marijuana initiative); (2) a lot of the media outlets were quite slanted in their coverage, including the AZ Republic, which is the largest media outlet in a state with few large outlets; and most importantly, (3) this was the first time it had appeared on the ballot and the media and voters were new to it. There had been no local legalization/adult-use efforts like there had been in CO, WA, CA, MA, etc.
I don't think there is any way to pass a "perfect law" because there is no such thing as a perfect law. It's far too complex an issue and there are far too many viewpoints on it to appease every single person. You also have to factor in the potential for passage. Is a ballot initiative really perfect if it is all but certain to fail?
What we have seen time and time again is that reform is an ongoing process, not a finite solution. As we have seen in Colorado, the initiative laid the foundation and improvements will continue to be made.
Yeah, my great aunt told me when she was a little girl that she remembered many times that their was a family of indians that walked across their farm.
My grandfather told me that when he was a little kid that they lived in a log house, and their parents had a bed. Under it their was a drawer and they would put the kids into it at night to sleep. My grandpa said he remembered seeing the stars through the cracks.
I'm super overwhelmed with all the options to repay federal loans (~$67,500 direct un/subsidized). I'm working in public service and currently qualify for the forgiveness program. What disadvantages are there to paying back the loans based on an income-driven plan or the public service forgiveness program?
even took a train out to the Italy/Switzerland border to ski the alps right by the Matterhorn.
Cervinia-Breuil? How was it? Did you rent gear or bring your own? I'll be there in 2.5 weeks.
I get that, I've had Lyme disease like 3 times, but it's been 15 years since the last time so I mostly remember it as having to take pills and use spf-50 even though I know it was way worse than I remember. When people get lyme I tell them to stop whinging about it because in my mind it wasn't a big deal even though I went through some crazy side-effects like bells palsy (facial paralysis. When I got that my doctor asked if I could still close my eyes, to which I said "yes, why?". He then casually launched into an explanation that I might not be able to physically close my eyes and that my eyeball could dry out, so I would need to get some goop to put on my eyeball at night).
Your performance in both the subway and studio version of The Anthem of The Lost is incredible! It is so mesmerizing to see a person testing his own limits doing what he loves most. Great job.
With that, I've only recently caught on to your music and was wondering:What shaped your taste/who were your favorite influences throughout the times? Also, could we expect more songs like The Anthem of The lost in the upcoming album?
Thanks for doing this, you're awesome. : )
Yeah, there’s no doubt that the number of federal options is overwhelming and there’s not a ton of help on choosing the best one for you. But it’s great to hear you’re familiar with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF)! This program is one of the best deals out there. In order to receive full forgiveness on your eligible federal loans (and your Direct unsubsidized loans are eligible), you must complete 120 monthly payments (10 years) on an income-driven repayment plan and/or the Standard, 10 Year Repayment Plan.
So if you’re not already enrolled, getting onto an income-driven plan should be your first move. Counter-intuitively, you want to minimize the amount you pay when you’re pursuing PSLF because anything you don’t pay is ultimately going to be forgiven anyway. one of these plans is the first step. In addition, you must: Work in qualifying public service employment for at least 30 hours/week while making those 120 payments (sounds like you’ve got this covered). Completed the PSLF employer certification form for each employer during that 10 year period. You can find that here. Then, after you’ve completed 120 monthly payments, you can complete the forgiveness application!
Public Service Loan Forgiveness be a great option for public teachers, government workers, or non-profit employees who are struggling to repay their federal student loans. Doctors working in public hospitals can often take advantage of this program as well. You can learn more here.
that's the one! it's glorrrrious. i rented at a place in town. wasn't very pricey if i recall. doesn't seem worth the hassle to me to bring your own.
have a great trip!! if you are inclined hashtag any instagram photos #scottscheapflights so we can follow along and repost!
Wow that's crazy, sorry you had to go through that! I hope your eyeball is doing good & moist right now!
I do recognize that thing that doctors do where they tell you about potential side effects like it's nothing, because they're so used to it. I was once literally lying on an operation table about to be put down for a shoulder surgery when the doctor casually told me that I might not be able to lift my arm above my head anymore. I was like wAIT WHA-
yes! people tho are expecting my whole album to be like this.. and the truth is.. its not. I am not always a sad person.. and I am not always a deep person. This new album Busk Life.. is a combination of both.
I am big into the universe and what I project to the universe. If all I talk is sad stuff..my life is gonna be sad. So this album.. I have some more happy stuff on thier
Do you believe in legalizing other drugs or plants, such as psilocybin mushrooms or mescaline containing cacti?
How many chickens did you sell a month on average? Was it a good business or was it hardly livable?
To me the situation speaks to how relationships in life can be. You met a stranger to collab and you made beautiful music together, but for some reason things just don't work out.
It's nice to think that music surpasses the bullshit that life can bring, but sometimes it's not enough.
MPP works exclusively on marijuana policy, so professionally I don't get into addressing those substances.
Personally, I believe the use of any substance should be treated as a health issue and not a criminal justice issue. I think all substances should be treated based on their relative effects and potent for harm. In other words, I don't think it's a legal-vs-illegal situation — it's a lot more complex with different approaches to different substances.
We would dress out 500-600 a month. And yes, it was hardly livable.
Yes! Swimming is actually great because it gives so much freedom. I can actually 'walk' underwater which feels amazing.
beware of snakes. they are all around us.
Thank you for doing this AMA.
My question involves workplace drug testing. As you know, many companies continue to do pre-employment drug testing as well as others who will also conduct random testing. In states where marijuana is legalized, we are still seeing that companies are not shifting their drug testing policies; they are still testing for and refusing to hire a person who has ingested a legal substance.
In my opinion, marijuana legalization will not be completely successful unless these policies are changed, and while Congress may be convinced to full legalization, I'm worried about the private companies who will continue to punish their employees for consuming marijuana, even if they do it off company time and do not show up to work high.
So my question is, what are MPP's ideas for changing the workplace drug testing policy?
Did you make any friends during the war?
I currently have 55,000 dollars of student loans. My interest is 6.75% and I feel like I just cannot make a dent. With a mortgage and car payments I just feel like this is impossible. Any advice?
Patiently waiting for domestic US deals. Do you have a timeframe?
Our position is that employers should treat marijuana similarly to alcohol. Employees should not be punished for responsible off-the-job consumption that does not affect their work. Obviously there are some occupations out there that are more sensitive than others (pilots, electrical workers, etc.), but we already have public policies that address safety-sensitive occupations.
The question is how to bring about such policies. And it's worth noting that different states handle this subject in different ways. For example, some states have laws that prohibit employers from firing employees solely for engaging in a legal activity. Other states do not have such laws and allow employers to fire employees without cause. So it could be the case that this will not be handled as a marijuana-specific issue and just falls under other employment laws. But that's not to say it will result in the fairest outcome. Even in Colorado, which does have such a law that protects employees who engage in legal activities, the courts determined marijuana use is not covered because it is still an illegal activity under federal law.
This subject (employment) is NOT unique to marijuana. Dictating employment policies via public policy is always a politically sensitive subject. Lawmakers know it is touchy and so do advocates and political professionals who work on ballot measures.
That is why, ultimately, I think this is going to be an issue that gets sorted out culturally. It might get addressed legally at times, and we have seen employment protections included in some marijuana policy reforms. But overall, it is just going to be a matter of time before more laws change and the public's attitude changes. For the same reason that most employers would not want to fire good workers (and then recruit and train replacements who may not be as good/experienced) simply for legally using alcohol while they're off the job, most employers are not going to want to go through all of that for employees who legally use marijuana off the job. It simply is not good for business.
The problem is that we still have a lot of people out there who still believe a lot of the old reefer madness and actually think a marijuana user is unfit for employment. But people's attitudes are changing and as the old guard is replaced by people who have more modern views on marijuana, businesses will voluntarily change their policies. Changes in marijuana's legal status will help too — there are surely employers out there who don't care so much about marijuana as they do about having a "lawbreaker" on the payroll. And keep in mind that larger companies with offices/locations in multiple states might want/need to treat all of its employees equally, so they might not make these changes until marijuana laws change in all of those states. Or possibly not until there are federal changes.
When it comes to our work, we want to promote the fairest policies possible. But sometimes it is clear that putting something in a bill or initiative re: employment policies will all but guarantee it's failure. If we believe that will be the case, we oftentimes keep measures silent on the subject because we know it will be something that gets addressed quicker if we make progress. If our goals are to end prohibition and protect employees' rights, but it's clear that including the latter will doom both goals, then it makes sense to address the former. It will then be much easier to address the latter.
Yeah, but they strayed away shorty after. We were all miles apart.
Hi, and thanks for your question! If those $55,000 are federal student loans, you’ve got plenty of options for reducing your payments while you focus on other debt like that mortgage. One of the best choices may be to look into income-driven repayment plans. These are a set of plans available for federal loans that will set your payments to be in line with your income, rather than using your loan balance as a basis.
I actually was enrolled in one of these plans while I was struggling to juggle all of my debt. You can read more about them here and calculate your potential payments using these calculators. I hope this helps!
Ahhh hopefully this year, but lemme explain a bit more about why I haven't started doing domestic US deals yet.
Flights to Europe typically cost $900. Many of the flights I'm able to find and send out cost $400. Savings: $500.
Domestic flights vary significantly by routing, but typically are $350 or less. Let's say you're flying JFK-LAX. Typically $350. A really good price for that route would be like $225. Savings: $125.
Obviously nice to have those savings, of course, just not nearly as much on an absolute level, you know?
How does one get into these kinds of jobs?
What can I do to legalize marijuana? How can I help? Who can I contact, and what should I ask them? I live in NC.
Edit: added details.
Ever pen a letter or meet for a followup?
Can you not walk on ground? Your description seemed like you were in a wheelchair as a precaution, can you walk normally in certain situations?
That's really interesting
Sadly no reply to my questions above :(
I was pooping between 10 and 20 times a day. Since diagnosis, I've had about 15 accidents since I can't really control when I go....this lead me to fear leaving my apartment since I couldn't stop going...which lead to depression and anxiety.
I lost about 30 pounds since August due to lack of nutrient absorption and no appetite.
Bleeding while pooping, abdominal pain, lack of sleep due to waking up for bathroom use....this lead to constant fatigue.
Due to immunosuppressant medicines, more likely to get sick.
And just crying a lot. I rarely cried in the past but I soon became vulnerable to even the stupidest thing and tearing up over it haha
You have to apply in person. They don't list their jobs on the website, but almost all departments in the castle (at least the Schaumburg castle) have openings for part-time (they always need people!). Most of the time the Administration office entrance is separate from the main entrance (in Schamburg, the main entrance is to the right of the parking, while the offices are to the left). Once you enter ask the receptionist for a job application, and they'll be happy to explain to you the different departments available.
Most importantly and at the most basic level, you can talk about the issue, starting with the people closest to you and working your way out to the people furthest from you. Talk to your family members and friends. Make sure they know this issue is important to you and let them know why. I also strongly encourage you to begin by making sure they understand marijuana is a less harmful substance than alcohol — this is a critical fact that many people still don't know. In the case of opponents, people are more likely to reconsider their long-held beliefs if they are approached by somoene close to them, as opposed to being handed a flyer or seeing an ad.
As for taking things to the next level, find out what's happenign your state. You can do this on our website at https://www.mpp.org/states Find out if there is good or bad marijuana legislation on the agenda this year and then be sure to contact your state legislators about it.
You can also take action at the federal level by contacting your U.S. rep and senator — https://www.mpp.org/federal
Look around online to see if there are any local organizations that have already been formed to work on this issue in your state or city. If there are, try reaching out to them to see how you can get involved.
Yes, several for a short time. Me and another communicated for a long time, but he stopped answering, so i assumed he died.
Not really. I mentioned somewhere else that I'm in a wheelchair both as a precaution and because my muscles are just too weak, but this AMA is huge so I get that you didn't see that. I can walk with crutches and I can walk if I hold something like a table or a person, but without any help I would probably make it a meter before just having to sit down on the ground. I can only shuffle my legs without help, not completely lift them.
sorry, i had to go to the grocery store.. nothign is opened on sundays here lol
I support legalization, but I don't want to do it on the grounds that it is more or less harmful than a legal substance, because that would set the wrong precedent for ending all drug prohibition. It's a matter of personal freedom to commit a victimless crime, not an issue of what is better of worse for your body.
I've heard that American support for US involvement in WWII was more controversial than many think today; what were some of the attitudes on the war in the years leading up to it?
My guess would be that the serpentine belt needs to be tightened or replaced. Don't worry, that's usually a pretty cheap fix. Those belts are $20-$40 + labor.
Hey Scott, love the free emails! I signed up last time I saw you in here and I've already booked two flights to Europe for this year! I was wondering if there'd be a way to filter the emails so that I only receive them if they contain an airport around me? It's really disappointing to see an awesome deal on a flight I'd love to book, only to see that the closest airports are 10 hours away.
Thanks for doing this!
Fair enough. Please note I said you should talk about why it's important to you. That could be any number of reasons.
But if your goal is to increase support for legalization, I encourage you to consider why it is that people are opposed it, which 99 times out of 100 is because they believe it poses too much harm to be made legal (be it harm to consumers' health or spirit, harm to non-consumers' around them, or harm to society overall). If you want to convince that person that they should make marijuana legal, you need to address that concern. You don't necessarily need to compare it to alcohol, but that is simply a good basis for comparison given our nation's history with prohibition/repeal and the similarities in the products (i.e. they should be used by adults and not kids, they are part of our culture, they should be used responsibly, etc.). If a person is willing to accept that alcohol should be legal, they will have a heard time coming up with reasons why marijuana — a substance that is objectively less harmful to the consumer and to society — must remain illegal. But as I said, you should make the case you are comfortable making. I'm simply providing my advice for what appears to be the most effective when it comes to shifting people's attitudes.
Well Great Britain was always after us to join and help them out. My family was for helping Great Britain.
Well, my expertise is in student loans and finance, not car repairs, but I think that means you need a mechanic :)
Amazing!! Where are you going??
Great question! So we just implemented that functionality (seriously last week) to filter alerts so it's only for airports you're interested in, but alas it's one of the perks for premium subscribers. Really sorry about that!
yes, but the ones here are weak. in the states you can make them dope... and quiznos is better
What is the primary difference between your group, MPP, and NORML? Do your organizations collaborate?
When it comes to Hollywood and their interpretations of World War II on the big screen, what would you say are the most accurate and/or close to home?
Can you explain in layman's terms what you do to reduce the student debt of individuals?
Have you heard about that dude with glass bones and paper skin? Every morning he breaks his legs, every afternoon he breaks his arms. He lies awake in agony until his heart attacks put him to sleep.
Why did u choose U-Bahn Warschauer Straße? What took you to Germany? Are you going to try to rap in German at some point to?
Huge respect to you my man, rarely seen someone with so much passion
NORML has a smaller staff and a large network of state, local, and campus chapters all over the country, which are largely organized by volunteers.
MPP has a larger staff but does not have chapters. At the state/local level, we work with a variety of volunteer activists and organizations, which includes NORML chapters/members/leaders. NORML has also rallied its network to support a lot of the initiative campaigns MPP has organized, and at times contributes to the drafting process for initiatives and bills MPP is supporting.
On a personal level, former MPP staffer Steve Fox and I co-authored a book with NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano. And since Paul is the most knowledgable person I know when it comes to cannabis facts/research, I often turn to him as resource or forward reporters his way when they're seeking experts.
I think "Hacksaw Ridge" had one of the best interpretations of the War.
Absolutely. Let me put on my ELI5 cap for a second. At a high-level, we do 3 major things:
First, we write (A LOT) of blog posts about how to pay off student loans quicker and easier. For example, here’s our Ultimate Guide to Paying Off Student Loans Faster. This is one of our more popular guides.
Second, we have a free web app which helps borrowers manage, track, and pay off their loans faster. Specifically, it helps borrowers keep all their loans in one place and get specific recommendations on how to pay off their student loans quicker. (We use a pretty neat algorithm to help with the latter.)
Third, we talk quite a bit about refinancing student loans to lower interest rate and get out of debt quicker. It’s not right for everyone, but for some people it can make a massive difference. For example, we have a team member here who refinanced his federal student loans with Earnest a couple months ago and dropped his interest rate from 6.05% to 3.43%. Massive win for him, and for the thousands of other borrowers who do the same.
There’s a lot more we do, but in general terms those are the 3 bigger things we’re doing right now. We’re also moving into other areas to help people improve their finances in general. For example, how to lower credit card debt, whether you should rent or buy a home, and more things along those lines. What else do you think we should do?
berlin is so multi culti. if i perform at warshauer... i can target people from all over the world. when people stop to listen...they are from italy, spain, etc..
How often do you need to change the bag? Can you change it when you're not at home (like in a public bathroom)?
I'm really happy for you, and wish you all the best in the future.
What's your first crush up to these days?
What's the best way to lobby for decriminalization while maintaining your privacy?
Do people actually scream Medic! Medic!?
Hi Andy. I have just over $31,000 in student loans. I'm severely underpaid making around $30,000 annually. I've been making $500 payments monthly for a while, and my debt is slowly going down, but I'd like to see it go down quicker.
Other than finding a job that pays more, what strategies can you recommend I use to reduce my debt? The interest is the same on each of my loans. Does it make sense to pay off the smaller of the loans first?
You seem like such a nice person and I just want to give you a hug.
The disease osteogenesis imperfecta sounds like a Harry Potter curse. So who is your favorite wizard?
I'm one of the randoms that stumbled upon your subway song, and was drawn to the depth and sincerity of it. You definitely have an incredible talent, but then I saw some of your other stuff about how weed is your first bitch, how big your dick is and how you're a real G. Can you comment on the disparity between Anthem of the Lost and some of your other material?
Thanks so much!!
I need to change it every 3-4 days...emptying is a few times a day and depends on what I eat. I can empty out in public (it's as simple as undoing a ziploc bag) but changing is a little more complicated and I need to do that at home.
Knowing very well that my previous co-workers may be on this subreddit, I'm going to say pass on that question XD
This is a great question. I spent countless hours collecting signatures for ballot initiatives in Colorado and frequently came across people who were supportive but feared signing because they feared their employer would find out or that it would somehow become public. I even remember a few saying their husband/wife would kill [them] if they found out!"
Sometimes it was obvious that the person was misguided or just didn't want to stop (e.g. the person who said "I'm a lawyer and I'll be disbarred if I sign," which any lawyer would know is bullshit). But sometimes it was obvious that they were truly worried. People who were on probation or parole or who know their employer is incredibly strict about marijuana, who fear they will be suspected of using marijuana and subjected to a drug test if someone saw them signing or saw their name on the sheet while signing.
Ultimately, I would just encourage you to do whatever you are comfortable doing. Maybe you aren't comfortable being at a public event handing out literature, but maybe you would be okay with dropping it on doorsteps or placng it on car windshields in the evenings. If you aren't comfortable talking to the people you know, maybe stick to strangers by participating in a phone bank where you're calling random people. If it's a campaign, perhaps they need assistance with data entry, licking envelopes, or coordinating other volunteers?
Yes, I've had them holler at me in the hospital ward.
Hey, thanks for the question. First, let me give you kudos for making such large payments on your loans, I’m a big proponent of paying down your debt ASAP. So let’s talk strategy. The fastest and most efficient way to pay down your loans is to target paying off the loan with the highest interest rate first (after making the minimum payment on all other loans, of course) and then going from there. You can use our Prepayment Calculator to estimate how much time and money you’ll save by efficiently allocating additional payments. Secondly, you may want to look into refinancing. Based on your current debt-to-income of at least 1, your odds may not be great for being approved. However, you’re paying your loans down fast enough that you may soon be in a position to seriously consider it. Refinancing can lower your interest rate, helping you reduce the total amount you’ll pay. Student Loan Hero also provides a free dashboard where you can sync your student loans and manage your repayment; you might find that helpful.
Aww I love random Reddit hugs! * hug *
Ohhh I love that, it does! I've been to the Harry Potter experience thing in London and that was absolutely amazing! I think one of my favourites has to be Sirius Black. I even have his replica wand.
my music is about half and half. have real and important issues, half nonsense and bullshit..
i just like to write songs and make music.. i dont really follow any particular style or way of doing things
What's the best/funniest thing that happened while you were there?
Hello, I currently have about $35,000 in student loans and just recently bumped my payments to the maximum amount of around $500 per month. I was wondering if it's possible to pay off my higher interest loans (6.5%) first and then move to the lower interest loans (3%) through fed loan servicing? Or should I try to consolidate my loans and get a lower fixed APR if that's even possible?
Any good honeymoon success stories? Weddings are so expensive, I'm losing hope of being able to travel with my husband for the next few years :(
Do you use a wheelchair because you're healing? Or has it gotten to a point where you can't walk without a high chance of fracturing something?
Outdated perceptions of marijuana held by the public and/or their legislators are the biggest obstacles both to medical and adult use laws. There are still too many people who think marijuana is more harmful than it actually is. As for the order in which laws tend to get passed, here's what I mentioned earlier about why medical laws and decriminalization measures passing prior to broader legalization:
This is not because they are a "Trojan Horse" for broader legalization, as some of our opponents often claim. Rather, it is because they are the most egregious elements of marijuana prohibition with the most obvious answers. If the majority of a legislature has yet to agree that seriously ill people should be allowed to access medical marijuana without fear of being punished, or that someone possessing a couple grams of marijuana should not face time in jail and all the collateral consequences associated with a conviction, they probably aren't going to be ready to agree to broader reform.
I was working on a ward with only one nurse. We called and ordered a pizza, and a man kept driving back and forth from street to street, and once he actually found us the nurse said "here's your money; now go."
Glad to hear you’ve bumped your payments up! By maximum, do you mean the most you can afford? I’m asking because there shouldn’t be any limit on your monthly payments. And yes, all lenders will allow you to choose which loan you want to apply extra payments to. This as long as your loans have not been consolidated. You can learn how to do that here. It’s likely going to be hard to find a lower interest rate than 3%, so you may be better off using the Debt Avalanche to pay off the higher interest rate loan first, or you could consider refinancing only that loan and leaving the 3% loan as it is.
Ahh well first off congratulations to you and yours!
Longer answer: you're absolutely right that honeymoons can be suuuuper expensive, especially with summer flights and whatnot. But one of the most gratifying success stories I see each day are couples who didn't think they'd be able to afford a honeymoon but ended up getting one because of the list!
Some of the more popular honeymoon destinations for US travelers of late (along with price):
- Paris for $351 roundtrip
- Mallorca for $469 roundtrip
- Croatia for $541 roundtrip
- Rome for $498 roundtrip
- Hawaii for $475 roundtrip
Not nothing, obviously, but hopefully much more affordable than the $1000-to-Europe many people are used to paying!
A mixture of both. The last time I broke something was five years ago but it was three things at once so it definitely was a longer recovery process than usual. My muscles are both too weak to support my body weight and it's also definitely safer to be in a wheelchair as the chances of falling are way lower.
ur gonna haveto bring ur ass to berlin. good reason for a vacation haha
I just wanted to say sir that you look outstanding for your age. How do keep fit?
$475 round trip on Hawaii!?!? assuming that this is per person which is STILL ridiculous. Food included? Cause god knows those flights LOVE to be technical with it being a "domestic" flight despite the 12 hours it takes.
I've got no proof, but i've taken a tablespoon of honey and vinegar almost every day.
Yeah! $475/person. Wish that were for 2! But when prices from Atlanta are typically $700 to Hawaii, $475 ain't bad!
I haven't. It's one of the main questions people ask when learning about my disease though, and I'd love to watch it because I think the guy with OI is like a supervillain right?
Kinda offtopic: I was once in camden market in London where a guy in a leopard onesie tried give me the dvd version of Unbreakable after I'd told him like five times that I don't have a dvd player. He insisted!
well thats tricky.. cause musically I listened to things like.. tool.. and smashing pumpkins and right now i really like chet faker for some reason haha. my influences in general are people who change the world like.. astronauts.. leaders of countries, crazy entrapenurs... etc...
with music .... i guess tho I could say the standard old school stuff.. I grew up on Jay Z as well..and one of my very first albums was Rage Against the machine..
What is some of the best life advice you've been given throughout your life OR what is some general good life advice you would give young people today?
Hey Scott, I've been a premium member for a couple months now and as a Cincinnatian I'm still waiting for that "Holy Crap!" deal that everyone else seems seems to get. My question though, have you ever been burned by third party travel dealers like Travel Merry and Explore Trip? I helped a buddy out by finding him cheap tickets to the Phillipines. It was through Explore Trip and after booking I decided to check their reviews. They were awful so I got nervous and cancelled right away. Has that ever been an issue with you?
Resident doctor here.
I just found it super fascinating to actually see the blue sclera of your eyes. We often read about it in textbooks, but rarely get to see what it actually looks like. Thanks for the pic! :)
(In accordance with the rule about asking a question) Do people comment on the sclera? When you meet new physicians, can they point it out right away, or do you usually tell them about your OI first?
Hey! I enjoy some of the stuff you're putting out there. Are you guys selling merch online?
That if you are going to do a job, do it to your very best ability, or don't do it at all. Also if you're working at something you don't like. Quit and find something you like.
Hey there, thanks for checking in! Ahh the Delta monopoly puts a damper on cheap flights out of CVG, but it was one of my home airports growing up and I search for it with every possible deal.
Were you on the list in November when the flights from Cincinnati to mainland Europe ($400 roundtrip) or Greek Islands ($500 roundtrip) popped up? Those were the bees knees.
I haven't been burned personally by any OTAs like those you'd mentioned, but I've read the same reviews you have. I'm torn about how much weight to give them -- after all, how many people take a flight that went as scheduled and feel motivated to write a review of the company they bought it from online? So I think there's a bit of a response bias at play, you know?
That having been said, there are real differences between buying from OTAs and buying directly from airlines. Without typing a total wall of text I'll just link to the FAQ I wrote up about OTAs, but if anything there you're unclear about happy to go into it more!
Cool! And yeah for me it's the most normal thing in the world, being constantly surrounded by family members that also have it.
People do comment on it, and the funny thing is they mostly can't immediately pinpoint what's weird about my eyes, as it's so uncommon. I think it's only happened once that someone could tell what was different about them without me telling!
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I have Crohn's disease so I know the struggle. My cousin has ulcerative colitis. It kinda sounds shitty to say but sometimes I wish I had ulcerative colitis instead so as a last resort I could be "healed" with surgery. I dealt with depression at the start because I couldn't deal with the fact that I have an incurable disease and I would have to live with it my whole life and you can't do anything about it. Don't get me wrong tho - both diseases are fucked up. Good luck for your future surgeries :) my questions :
Have you ever dealt with depression because of your disease?
When did you get diagnosed? And how long did you try treatments til you decided to do the surgery?
While some states have taken steps to fully decriminalize personal possession of marijuana, I'm under the impression at least some municipalities (Houston, for example) are doing something similar in conflict with the laws of the state where the city resides. How many other cities are doing this? Is there significantly more decriminalization in the US right now even past the handful of states that have already legalized it?
Thanks for your work -- ending the Drug War is the single most important societal change we can make.
Yeah it killed me when I saw the $400 flights. But it was Christmas time and with two kids I didn't have the extra cash to throw around. I got lucky on the Phillipines flight though and booked directly through EVA airlines for pretty much the same price.
How do you have/plan to have sex? Are there any precautions and/or positions you have to take or avoid to minimize risk?
Hello, Who is your favourite wizard? Cheers!
Yeah, I feel you. My mom has Crohn's and surgery isn't really an option for her (luckily, medicines work for her).
I wasn't diagnosed with any sort of depression but I felt depressed. I got out of a long term relationship while adjusting to staying in graduate school in the boring city I live in...couldn't really leave my apartment due to the disease so I rarely hung out with friends or tried to meet new girls. I got really lonely really fast. I definitely cried a lot. I hated the fact that I lost a ton of weight in such a short period, made me pretty self conscious. It was all so frustrating because it felt like there was nothing I can do. Luckily, I feel much happier now and am looking towards a brighter future.
I was diagnosed about 2 years ago. I did all sorts of pills, switched to Humira injections, then Entyvio infusions...nothing really worked. I got Cdiff when I was hospitalized and that undid any medical progress I made with those treatments. That's when we decided on surgery.
You are correct that there are a lot of efforts taking place at the local level to roll back prohibition. The extent to which this can be done often depends on the states' laws. Here's a recent article about this that touches on several cities that have taken action — http://www.thecannabist.co/2016/11/04/marijuana-decriminalization-cities-vs-states/66414/
Oftentimes states do not allow for significant changes to take place at the local level. For example, in some states, such as TX, they are basically giving law enforcement the ability to opt out of enforcing harsh possession penalties. The localities still have the ability to enforce the harsh penalties, but they no longer are required to enforce the harsh penalties.
This can be effective if you have good local officials who recognize the foolishness of such harsh penalties. But in some cases you do not. Take Denver, for example. Back in 2005 we passed an initiative that gave the city the ability to stop arresting adults for simple possession, but they CHOSE to continue enforcing the state possession law.
But we are seeing an increase in good local officials taking action. Philadelphia is a good example.
Another important aspect of these local reforms is the impact they have on public attitudes. We ran the local ballot initiatives in Denver in 2005 and 2007 with the primary goal of forcing a public dialogue about the issue. When these measures are on local ballots, they generate media coverage that fosters important conversations. They are also good organizing tools. And if you look at the states where a lot of these local measures were first passed, you can see how they contributed to bigger-picture changes over time. For example, Seattle passed a lowest law enforcement priority measure in 2003, and several cities around California adopted them around 2004-2006. Denver, Breckenridge, and Nederland passed local measures in Colorado leading up to legalization. Several localities in Mass. passed non-binding referenda questions over several years prior to legalization. Several Michigan cities have passed local measures, and it's quite possible that state will be up next to pass a legalization initiative (2018).
A man who was sun burnt and blistered on all sides of his body including his armpits.
Ahh well congrats on that! I've never been to the Philippines but the snorkeling there looks unreal
Like any other person. For me in my current state to break something it would take quite a weird fall. I've broken things when just walking or standing before, but then there was already something wrong in the bone that could've been found out before. My legs are fine at the moment!
i dont have one. haha. i like astronauts tho
Was there a moment before Pearl Harbor happened when people you were around knew the US would be involved some way?
The hookers are awesome, too!
this is one of the few AMAs where I'm actually interested in the obligatory "well what about sex?" question since it actually seems like an easy way to break ribs/pelvis/etc
What were the toughest things you had to face when leaving your home country of Texas to go overseas with just a small wad of cash and your dreams? Both leaving and surviving while you were there?
We didn't know it, but we sure guessed it, but never the way it did.
Haha yeah it's a question that pops up in a lot of people's minds when they hear about it but I'm afraid you're at the wrong address - there's not much risk involved for me. There's other people that have way worse versions of my disease, that have broken more than 200 bones and can break something just when bumping into a table!
leaving my dog, and also the fear of failure.
What is the best curse word used to describe the enemy that you've come across?
Also, what do you think about when you fly?
I've booked a flight from Frankfurt to Cincinnati with a layover in Detroit and back I have a layover in Washington DC. Do you know if it is possible to skip the flight from Cincinnati to DC if I want to visit the city a day or two before the departure?
I booked the flight for 500€ 3 month ago. I think it is way cheaper in winter. The last time I was in Cinci it was summer and I payed around 1200€. Someone told me that CVG is one of the more expensive airports in the US.
And if you have time: I am in Cincinnati the whole February. Any suggestions which US city I could fly to on a low budget for a short trip?
Where did you go and what did you do when life was hard for you personally?
First off, happy Pie Day!!
Ahh alas if you skip any leg of an itinerary the rest of the itinerary gets automatically cancelled. So you can only skip a leg if it were the last leg of a trip you didn't want, but what you're talking about would cancel your return flight to Frankfurt.
Chicago's not far and a great city! And be sure to go on the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky, it's fantastic.
All most of my fractures happened when I was in primary/secondary school, I would usually just get the entire class to sign them so I looked popular. I was a regular in the 'cast room' in the hospital though, so they allowed me to choose exclusive colours or do combinations of two colours which was pretty cool.
i ran to the ubahn station in berlin haha. thats where all problems get sorted. lol
Although I have UC, I'm pretty glad that I have it instead of Crohn's. It seems like with Crohn's, there isn't really a sure-fire way of getting "last resort treament".
Best to you and treatment.
What is MPP doing to add retroactive ameliorative relief into bills in states that want to legalize? In my opinion, legalization means nothing if we can't make up for past wrongs done to people who shouldn't have been in prison in the first place.
What was one of your most interesting stories from the war? Any interesting wound a soldier received?
I have seen some real bargains but the stopovers can be long. How long would a stopover have to be before you decide it isn't worth the saving? Back in 2012 I got cheap return tix to Amsterdam with Garuda, stopovers in Jakarta and Dubai before Amsterdam. The stopovers really added to the exhaustion.
Hi, I dont mean to be a weirdo but you have pretty eyes. So, have you been told what minimum amount of force is necessary to break your bones? Do you have any protective measures? And has anyone ever compared you to Joker from Mass Effect? He's a pretty integral character who also has brittle bones but he's apparently the best pilot ever.
Yeah, same here...at least we have some options. Thanks so much.
This is a complex legal issue and it's my understanding that there aren't a lot of clear-cut solutions that can be applied across the board in every state. There are also political questions associated with it.
Generally, our mission is to end these prohibition laws ASAP so that we can stop the bleeding and prevent this type of retroactive relief from ever being necessary. While it would be great to include such relief would be great, it is often a lot more difficult than it seems and raises significant legal and political issues that can prevent the law from passing (meaning people not only get retroactive relief, but people will continue getting busted and need relief later).
In these cases, it often makes more sense to pass the law and address the retroactive relief situation after. It is not as if these legalization initiatives are the one and only chance or even the most effective way to provide such relief. But once marijuana is a legal product, that is an issue that can be addressed and it also seems like one that will be easier to address. For example, in Colorado, there were no retroactive elements included in the initiative, but the legislature began looking at the subject immediately after the initiative passed.
Our director spent some time behind bars for cultivation and based on my experience, all of our staff members primarily motivated by the human rights, social justice, and criminal justice reform aspects of this issue. So it is very frustrating when we get accused of being insensitive on this subject because a particular initiative does not include a retroactive component. We all care just as much as anybody, and we are simply taking what we believe is quickest and most effective approach to ending the harms of prohibition, both past and future.
There was a guy who had both of legs cut off, and he came out one day and one day he came out with two legs. Over time I saw him walking on his own with his new legs. He was in the other ward so I don't know how he got it.
Grandson: Gotta remember this was in the late 40s not 2017, so yeah must have been crazy for him to see.
Great question. The answer is partly to-each-his-own, but also partly depends on the city you're laying over in.
If it's in a city like Frankfurt with a quick-and-easy train from the airport to the city, I actually like half-day layovers because it gives me a chance to sample a new city that I might not have seen otherwise and then decide if it's worth coming back to. I've gotten to do that in places like Frankfurt, Seoul, Hong Kong, etc.
But you're definitely right that multi-leg trips are usually much more exhausting than direct flights. Nice if you can get em cheap!
Thanks! I like them too, some people say they look hazy, cloudy or dark (usually when talking to someone they don't immediately realize what's 'wrong' with my eyes, they just think they look weird) so compliments are always welcome.
I have no idea about the force thing and I suppose my entire life is one protective measure, I have to be extremely cautious at all times. For example, if there's people near me and one of them pushes another, even if it's just a joke, I will immediately back up to lessen the chances of someone falling on me, it has become a reflex. Being in a wheelchair also causes me to have to put less pressure on my bones, thus causing there to be less moments when they could break.
No one ever has! I just did some googling and it seems really cool that he is in such a massive franchise. I'm also very interested in those medicines from the future that he's taking!
How grateful are you to have such a nice great- grandson? ;)
Yeah I agree. 5 years on I mainly remember the nice cheap price of the Sydney to Amsterdam flight and not the stopovers. A cheap flight allows you to stay longer in destinations so that's always worth it.
"Minimum amount of force to break your bones"... this sounds extremely sinister. Jk I'd be interested to know this too, since I think you need about 20-24 thousand N to break a human bone.
Good luck to your friend! It's definitely scary but worth it to get your life back.
And that is more or less what happens. They repurpose a piece of my small intestine as a "j-pouch" which will ultimately act as a rectum/large intestine. Once that is done, I'll be going to the bathroom normally again.
Our goal is to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated similarly to alcohol for adult use and available for medical use to those who could benefit from it. We support reasonable, evidence-based policies that treat marijuana use as a public health/safety issue rather than as a law enforcement issue. We support comprehensive reforms, such as initiatives/bills to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult and/or medical use. We also support incremental reforms that reduce the harm caused by prohibition, such as legislation that reduces penalties for (but does not go as far as legalizing) possession.
I couldn't be happier or more pleased.
See my earlier reply about Sessions/Trump.
While we're cautiously optimistic, we certainly aren't taking anything for granted. Our efforts are currently focused on preventing the "worst-case scenario," but we will be ready to shift gears should shit go down.
There are a wide variety of different scenarios that could play out, both in terms of what the administration does and how others react to it (i.e. members of congress, state/local officials, the media, etc.). So we aren't able to prepare detailed plans. But we have been working for decades to build support among citizens, members of Congress, state and local officials, and others, and we'd certainly put as much of that political capital to use as we can to fight back.
Well I'm his great-grandson so he wasn't talking about me! 😂😂
Hah! Aww that's Chela. She's a rescue so not 100% sure what kind of dog, but we think a dachshund mixed with a pit bull. Definitely a Grade-A pup :-)
Sort of. You know how in gym class your teacher always tells you to 'focus on the ball!' ? Back in primary school when I was able to walk for a while, we were doing a ball sport and because we were both focusing on the ball, I collided with someone else. We both fell, I broke my arm, he was fine.
Another time I was in a chair and someone pushed it forward a little bit, and sort of pushed my legs into a cabinet that caused one of them to break. I don't really remember it too well. I think that's all times it had to do with someone else, but I remember less than half of my fractures.
Hey Scott! What do you think about solo travel? Is it a good experience or better to go with a friend?
Yes, but it is certainly a bigger challenge than in a state with a more Dem-leaning legislature. Many of the GOP-run legislatures still have not passed comprehensive medical marijuana legislation or decriminalized simple possession (removed threat of jail time), so those are probably better places to start. This is not because they are a "Trojan Horse" for broader legalization, as some of our opponents often claim. Rather, it is because they are the most egregious elements of marijuana prohibition with the most obvious answers. If the majority of a legislature has yet to agree that seriously ill people should be allowed to access medical marijuana without fear of being punished, or that someone possessing a couple grams of marijuana should not face time in jail and all the collateral consequences associated with a conviction, they probably aren't going to be ready to agree to broader reform.
The discussion about medical is a good opportunity to talk about the benefits of marijuana and to dispel a lot of the myths. The discussion about decrim is a good opportunity to talk about the harm caused by prohibition, the relative safety of marijuana compared to legal products like alcohol, and the fact that marijuana prohibition is more harmful than marijuana itself. These conversations will help break down opposition, and while they might not convert every legislator to a supporter of broader legalization, they could reduce their degree of opposition.
When it comes to a legislature that is actually willing to consider the issue of broader legalization, it should be made clear that this is just as "conservative" of a proposal as it is a "liberal" one. We're talking about ending a failed government program. It is inefficient and wasteful. It harms public safety by using law enforcement resources to enforce failed prohibition laws, which could otherwise be used to prevent and respond to serious crimes. At the federal level, it's a national security issue. Prohibition is contributing to border violence and propping up cartels. These are all arguments that Republicans should appreciate. And of course there's the civil liberties aspect — the government should not be punishing adults who use marijuana responsibly and cause no harm to others.
I was delivering mail, and saw a car in the ditch on it's side, and their was a lady in the back seat. A man from the rescue squad crawled in their and got her out.
Oh man. I highly recommend everyone travel solo at least one, purely as a learning and get-to-know-you experience.
But personally once I've gotten that growth out of the way I'm a big fan of shared experiences. Misery loves company :-P
Good question! I don't really know, like I mentioned somewhere else, a doctor once told me that my hearing loss could get worse if I were to get pregnant. Lots of people with OI also have to have c-sections to minimize risk of fractures.
You didn't specifically ask but there's also the moral dilemma of having children when you have a genetic disease, as I think there's a 50/50 chance of my kids having it. If you want to know my thoughts on that, let me know!
And what happened to your work?, meanwhile you have a special payment, permission or you quit?
Can you tell me when this happened? I've got family in Livingston and I'd like to see if they remember this.
I've been waiting for a usable USA > Hong Kong flight. Hoping I can finally get some family members to visit me for the first time. Been here since 2012! You have or think any will pop up for summer?
What was your most unpleasant break to date?
I'm a PhD student and my adviser is SUPER understanding with all of this. I'm taking a medical withdrawal from school but due to funding that I received, I am still getting paid and maintained my health insurance. Once I feel a little bit better (recently did the surgery), I plan to do research from home...but overall, I am REALLY lucky that all of this stuff is happening now while I have the ability to take some time off.
Probably around 1937
Ohhh awesome! Where in the US are most of your family members?
Yes, I think there's a strong chance cheap-ish flights to Hong Kong will pop up for this summer. Plenty of time for it to happen.
P.S. Where's the best dim sum in HK?
I once did a thing that caused me to lose one and a half tooth, break and dislocate my right shoulder, break my left upper leg and shatter my right knee all at the same time. That was pretty bad. It's five years ago and I still have fake front teeth and discomfort in those places often.
Hey Scott, my gf and I are hoping to head to Colombia for 7-10 days in June or July this summer from Washington, D.C. Any advice on finding a good deal?
Are your teeth also affected by the disorder?
Ahh fantastic! Cheap flights to Colombia pop up fairly regularly, so don't book too early. (Don't wait too long either since it's peak summer.) I'd recommend monitoring prices and booking if they get below $350 roundtrip, and setting late March or so as the deadline to book if nothing great has popped up before then.
If you're feeling saucy monitor prices out of NYC too bc it can be a lot cheaper and can be worth a Megabus ride up to take advantage :-)
I think my dentist does need to know about the disease because it affects them in some way, but I'm not entirely sure how. Google will probably know.
Hi Scott, love your service! I am curious if you would ever consider adding 'business class' section to your premium service? Do you see these type of mistake fares or big discounts on business class flights?
I did once know someone with brittle bones, but I never knew about the blue sclera thing. Do you know what it is that causes that? Also, are there any treatments / therapies you do to help it, or is it just a matter of coping?
I am considering it! Hoping to do it a bit later this year :-) It'd probably have to be a slightly different list since what's "cheap" for business class would shock people used to econ prices, you know?
But yes, I do every once in a while see big discounts for business fares! Found some $377 roundtrip US to Peru business class seats last year and just this week sent out €500 roundtrip Oslo to Zanzibar/Seychelles/South Africa in business.
The sclera thing has to do with low collagen. Wikipedia knows it better than I do. There is no cure but I take a weekly pill to help with bone density, I also have metal rods in a lot of the bones in my legs which causes me to not be ably to pass a metal detector test!
There's loads of options for therapy, I personally have had physical therapy all my life and when I was younger I had creative therapy to help me overcome my fear of casts being cut off when a fracture is healed. (it's a scary process okay, a guy in a mask takes a miniature buzzing saw and uses it less than an inch away from your leg)
Scott! Love your site! Have you ever thought about leveraging your service for larger group travel? You have fans. Many of us are like minded. Why not help put a group of us together and have us invade a small tropical island for a week? It could be good PR too.
Ahh I will look that up, I'm finding the blue eyes strangely fascinating! Regarding the metal rods, were they a result of breaking your legs or a kind of preventative measure?
Hmm good question! I haven't yet, though it does sound like a perfect stepping stone on my path to world domination...
And your talk of a small tropical island just sweetens the deal. I'm in! Where do I sign up for your tropical excursion list, u/happytrailz1938?
Yeah I love them, they're so unique! It's really strange for me to talk to someone else with blue scleras because it occurs almost never in everyday life. The metal rods are a result of breaking something, it takes quite a surgery to insert them so I don't think it'd be done as a precautionary measure.
Have you personally gotten on a cheap flight to a certain destination that turned out to be an instant regret?
Hmm. Considering that in long space flight, the inability to prevent bone and calcium loss can be a major problem,often resulting in pathological fractures upon return to earth.
Wouldn't a good series of treatments for Osteogenesis imperfecta have a major bearing on handling bone loss in space?
Might be worth looking into for NASA funding, too.
Ooo great question! Like I regretted going there or regretted buying the ticket?
Nice thought! I don't think there's too much research on OI and I'm actually kind of fine with that. There's other things out there that affect people's quality of life way more that I think should be prioritized.
Hey Scott thank you for what you do! I took a premium subscription in the Thanksgiving sale and even though I'm not travelling right now, love getting the deals.
However I thought I'd let you know... in the summer I went to lunch with a friend who had never left the U.S., and since I travel fairly regularly he was asking me about going to Europe. I suggested he subscribe to your website and some other things.
I get a message from him a couple of weeks later telling me he wants to buy me lunch! We meet for lunch and he tells me that thanks to SCF he had found great flights to Italy for him, his wife and two kids so he was leaving the U.S. in two months for the first time ever, he was so excited and thanked me for the recommendation (so I got free lunch out of it- SCORE!).
About 3 weeks before his Italy vacation I met with him again. As we're eating he casually mentions he was in MEXICO CITY last weekend! He'd got a cheap flight (again through SCF) on Thursday, booked it that day, left Friday and got back the previous Monday!
So his first time out of the US was to Mexico City on a flight he booked 24 hours before departure... talk about a trial by fire!
He went to Italy over thanksgiving and has already booked travel to the UK and France for this year....
So thank you, you made a REAL difference for at least one person!
So to my question. Are you about the flights only, or would you consider branching out into other areas of travel like Hotels and so on?
What potential side affect (such as hearing/vision loss) do you worry about the most?
Oh man. This story is seriously bringing tears to me eyes. Aside from the fame of glory of the cheap flights world, hearing success stories like this is truly what makes me irrepressibly happy. Seriously.
Next time you meet your friend for lunch tell him Scott loves his story and feels so grateful he could play a small part in helping him see the world. Makes me feel like I've made a small mark for good in this world.
To answer your question, for now flights only, though I suppose it's possible I'd branch out into hotels down the line :-)
For me personally it's hearing loss. If I'm correct, the side effects show themselves pretty early in life, so chances of me also developing vision loss are pretty low. I think I remember a doctor saying at some point that the hearing loss can get worse after a pregnancy 'but that the miracle of life compensates for it'. It was weird.
The effects are completely different depending on the person; almost everyone in one side of my family also has type I OI, and we all have a mixture of the symptoms. I'm the only person in a wheelchair, but I have perfect vision and slight hearing loss. Another family member has had 3 fractures when they were a toddler, but they need to wear hearing aids and glasses.
With your help, I booked roundtrip tickets to Paris for an insane price (thank you!!). I just read that you've never been to Paris (what?!) but we are also using our time there to spend 4 days in London. Do you have any tips or "must see" places???
Just have safe sex and you won't get hearing aids.
Amazeballs! Ahhh I so love to hear that :-)
I know right? It's my personal shame.
Ooo must see in London:
- Take a free guided walking tour the first day to get oriented and learn City of London
- Get high tea at the Saatchi Gallery
- Go to the British Museum, of course
- Get lunch at the Borough Market
- It's a great city for wandering, so don't be afraid to throw away the plans and just explore :-)
I had to google what you meant with this. I feel bad.
Can your condition be passed on to your children if you were to have any?
Prior to surgery, I was always tired and didn't do anything (plus, going to the gym resulted in me doing a set, running to the bathroom, repeat).
This surgery is pretty recent so I haven't gotten back to exercise yet but it shouldn't limit things too much. Some bags are designed for sports and other activities so if I decide to do something sporty, I'll manage.
Helping patients get comfortable and relieved from pain and suffering. If you enjoy seeing people become relieved from pain, I would certainly advice going into the profession.
There's a 50/50 chance I think.
Prior to surgery did any foods provide some relief for your symptoms? I have UC and rice is my go to. Anything fibrous can seriously fuck me up. Did you have any gas or bloating with your symptoms?
Are you going to watch the Packer game tomorrow? If so, what's your favorite game day snack? Go Pack Go!
Yes, I don't usually snack much, but popcorn would be the most common.
I'm gonna copypaste something I just wrote on another comment:
For me, personally, it would feel a little selfish to put a child on the earth with a disease just because I want it to be my child when there's so many kids out there that already are here and have lost their parents.
It's not like I would've never wanted myself to be born, it's just that if I could've been born without the disease, that would've made my life better.
Must be quite a big decision if you suffer terribly from something and know that to have a kid would mean you could well be passing the suffering on to another generation.
Considering one whole side of your family has your condition, has the subject ever cropped up between you and your parents?
My long term girlfriend and I broke up right around the time this entire ordeal started, so I haven't met anyone new to continuously have sex with it. I did ask the doctor about it though and she said that it isn't an issue at all. There are opaque bags that cover up everything which is probably desired unless the girl is into that.
There is one girl I'm talking to at the moment who is aware of my surgery and everything happening, so I will update you how it goes if we hit it off lol
13 months after VJ Day. Back then they didn't have things we had today.
Not everyone has it, it occurs mostly in females, even though some females also don't have it. It's a lottery! I have talked about it with my mum, and she finds it kind of difficult. She's only broken about five things in her life and it has never majorly impacted her, so she didn't really think twice before having kids - she'd never imagined it being so bad with me. I've never blamed her for it even though I personally don't think I'd ever put children on earth with my condition. There's already an overpopulation problem, there's loads of kids out there that need parents, how selfish would I be to be like 'well, I want it to be MY kid'? It's different for everyone of course and I'm completely fine with people in my family having kids, it's just that, with my current mindset, I would never.
Sir, thank you so much for your service. I, myself, am retired from the USAF. Which theater did you serve in and where was the toughest action that you saw?
What exactly am I looking at re your eyes?
Edit: That sounds cheeky, I'm not trying to be I just don't see anything wrong with your eyes at all!
I was drafted after the shootings stopped, but was still in the medical wing at Walter Reid Hospital in Washington, D.C.
'The white of the eye' or sclera in my eye is not clear white, it's sort of a blue-greyish colour.
Don't really know how to properly phrase my question...What kind of pressure does it take for you to break a bone? Like, what kind of contact is required. What's the gentlest contact you've had that caused a bone break? Sorry if those sound weird.
It doesn't necessarily have to be contact. Most of my fractures have been me falling. The 'gentlest contact' I've had that caused a bone break was just standing. I was standing and then just broke my left leg, which caused me to put too much pressure on my right leg and have a small tear in that as well. I had one and a half cast on for a few weeks, that was pretty bad.
Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?
Why are blue slceras common with your disease?
It has to do, like everything in the disease, with inefficient collagen. Wikipedia tells me this: The blue-gray color of the sclera is due to the underlying choroidal veins which show through. This is due to the sclera being thinner than normal because the defective Type I collagen is not forming correctly.
Are you able to forget some of the horrific memories you obtained during war, or are they still vivid in your mind?
Do you still feel bad about your condition or do you just not care? What about your family, what do they think of your condition?
I didn't have the experiences that some of the guys had in the first line, so I don't really know. Edit: Some of the horrendous stories my friends have told me about their experiences on the front lines. The situations they encountered, and then i think about how they do this for the government officials sours me very much.
Difficult question. I mostly tend to not care. In my daily life, I hugely just forget about my wheelchair entirely. It's such an essential part of my life that it'd be weird to not have it.
I would obviously prefer just to be able to walk up steps, get into a bus or train, get through a small door, be able to cycle, but I'm also very happy with the fact that I can get assistance to use public transport on my own for example.
It's a genetic disease so almost everyone in my family also has it, although in a much milder form. No one else is in a wheelchair. They obviously feel bad for me, but again, it's such an integral part of my life that we don't really ever talk about it.
First, thanks so much for your service.
My question: what's your best advice for young men looking to join the military?
Do you do any special therapy or physical training?
It's a wonderful chance for a person to prove their ability in the service. If they want, they can work their way up.
I've had physical therapy all my life. All my fractures have occured from age 1 to age 16, so I used to break something once or twice a year. I would break a leg, get surgery, have the cast on, get it removed, have physical therapy, sort of recover and then I would break something again.
For the last couple of years I've mainly just gone to the gym and worked out to try and keep my muscle strength up. It's way easier to be lazy and accept the situation as it is than to go to therapy again and try to walk - I have an appointment set up with some specialist doctors though that are going to do a full checkup and see whether it would be a good idea for me to try and walk again or whether there's too much risk. Sorry for rambling!
Thank you for doing this, and thank you for your service. I have tremendous respect for anyone that fought in WWII, I can't even begin to imagine what that would be like. My question is a general one, what is it like serving in such a great conflict? Is it possible to ever relax and have fun or are you on edge and terrified the entire time? What goes through your head at a time like that?
What do you do at the gym? Any special exercises/executions to reduce the risk of injury?
Good luck with the checkup and walking again, sounds like a pain having to sit all the time while trying not to lose functionality (not trying to be a downer, sorry if it sounds like it).
On a completely unrelated sidenote, do you watch The Middle (yeah, I'm asking because of Atticus Shaffer. Is there any interest in specifically seeing things about OI if you have it?)?
You've got to relax and have fun or you would be put through a psych ward. I thank god that I didn't have to see it and only saw the aftermath.
No it's mainly just trying to keep my muscle strength up, so just using the machines (leg press, etc) and cycling (both the one for your legs and for your arms).
Thanks! Honestly I have absolutely no idea what it is like to stand up all the time. Sounds like a pain!
I had no idea he had OI! I don't watch the show and I'm not really interested in specifically seeing OI related things. Everyone handles having a chronic disease differently, like I went to a 'normal' school and don't actively seek out other people with OI. It's cool to talk to some every once in a while but I generally find it tiring to spend a lot of time focusing on it. There's an OI union in my country but my family only used to go to the gatherings if it included like a free day at the zoo hahah!
Have you ever eaten rhubarb cake? If not, try it. it is good.
I've only ever seen rhubarb in canned form and it looks like puke. Thanks for the recommendation though.
if u had a character in a down and dirty mortal kombat-style fighting game, what fighting moves would you have?
I would probably love everything to be catrelated, so like my ultimate would be me unleashing a see of cats and drowning my enemy in it.
If you could land a punch on anyone, who would it be and why?
Cliché as it is, Donald Trump. I just absolutely despise that man, everything he does and stands for and I think it'd be the most satisfying feeling in the world. Then again, I can't hit very hard.
With your disease do you have to follow a particular diet since I assume you process calcium differently?
I don't think so. I presume if a different diet would alleviate my symptoms, my doctors would tell me! It mostly has to do with collagen I think, not calcium.
How is your pain from breaking the bones you have? I broke my back, tailbone and pelvis 6 1/2 years ago and I am just constantly in pain! I was in a wheelchair for a short time until I relearned how to walk. So I can walk still, but I'm always hurting. Do you suffer from a lot of pain from the hardware you have and the bones you have broken? What do you do to reduce the pain?
I'm so sorry for what happened to you! I'm not in constant pain, but the fractures do sort of come back to haunt me. I have loads of complications of them and every once in a while one of them will start hurting again, but it's nothing that can't be fixed, it's mostly discomfort.
Years of practice!
Do you or have you considered a service animal to help you with your day to day life?
I absolutely love animals but I don't think that'd be of much use to me. I can basically do everything myself, except for reaching high cabinets and stuff. Usually when I drop something on the ground, someone will reach for it and then I'll get it before them and say something like 'Well I'm closer to the ground!!'