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Solly Mack

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Current location: Back of Beyond
Member since: 2001
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Busy observing the group dynamics of dust bunnies.

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Fallapalooza 2014

In my community we celebrate both fall and Halloween. The Fall festival is really just another celebration of Halloween with hayrides through scary mazes and train rides through spooky woods. The kids get treat bags and most of them wear costumes. Volunteers work all day preparing 3 kinds of Chili (one was "Zombie Free"- Vegetarian) and 3 kinds of Hobo Stew. There was also Frito Pie and various sweets and drinks. (water and juice, to be exact)

We went for the "Zombie Free" chili - very spicy - and the noodle free Hobo Stew. Both tasty.


I don't like asking people to take their photo. I'm very uncomfortable with it. Last night I gave it a try.

Here are a few. I'll probably bore you with more later.


She's giving me the look.



This is Uggsy. She was more than ready to have her picture taken.






I don't know what the Fairy Princess is telling Dorothy but Dorothy doesn't seem too impressed.







There were games and rides and things to climb on for the children. There was also face painting.

She did her own face painting!




Not sure if this cutie is a Spider Queen or what. I felt old and out of touch for not recognizing more costumes.




This little beauty wouldn't stand still for Daddy to get a shot. I snapped away.



The closest she got to posing.






Of Toxic Bondage

On Tuesday morning I went in for my first dose of chemo and to have my mask fitted for radiation therapy.


First up was my weekly blood work at the lab, complete with visits from the dietitian and the hospital social worker. Both got a little squeamish during the blood draws. They both begged off and said they would see me later.

It was an active morning filled with nurses walking me back and forth between the two treatment clinics, deciding on who would get me first. Sort of a ghoulish popularity contest but you take what you can get.

Radiation won out but only after the Chemo nurses placed my IV. It took 4 sticks to get one going. The death grip I had on the deceptively comfortable lounge chair might have been part of the problem. I was already mad at the chair. When I first sat down the chair reclined back on its own and my feet came out from under me. I can't control a lot of what is happening to me now but I still wanted to control where my feet went - and on the floor was where I wanted them.

At the radiation clinic a very nice woman explained what she and a very nice man were going to do to me. It began by them asking me to remove my shirt and then laying me out on a table connected to the X-Ray. A pillow was placed under my knees and my bra straps and hospital gown were pushed down my shoulders. Once on the table they explained how they were going to place my hands in fluffy cuffs that would be attached to my feet. I had to bend my knees up on the table and they placed a foot hold around each foot. Each foot hold was attached to a cord that was attached to the fluffy cuffs that ended in a loop knot. Once I straightened my legs out the cord would pull against my hands forcing my shoulders down and tightening the fluffy cuffs around my wrists.

Once in position I had to remain as still as possible for the X-Rays.

So here I am not only agreeing to be placed in bondage - I'm the very instrument of my bondage. I don't think they make a safe word for that level of kink. And would I even listen to myself if I shouted out my safe word? Turns out, I wouldn't. They told me to stretch my legs out more to pull the cuffs tighter and I did - again and again. My fingers were numb by the time it was over.

Next up comes the mask. The mesh mask starts out flat and fairly solid. It is washed in a warm bath to soften it up and then this flat piece of mesh is pushed down over your face, stretching to form around your head. My mask includes the tops of my shoulders. Once they get the mesh pressed down to the table there are screws that lock the mesh into place and you can't move your head.

So now I'm hog tied and wearing a mask that brought to mind Hannibal Lecter. Every time one of them would ask me a question I wanted to answer "Yes, Clarice" or "No, Clarice" through the lip binding mesh.

I had to stifle my giggles. The mind goes where the mind goes.

The session ends and I thank them both for a good time. The woman walks me over to Chemo.


While the nurse is getting my various bags ready I tell her about the kinky time over in Radiation and she doesn't stifle her giggles. Which is good since I'm laughing about it with my husband. I've made my peace with the chair... thanks in no small part to the large dose of Benadryl.

I was getting a loading dose and would be there for two hours.

The dietitian shows back up while I'm drifting in and out of sleep. I had slept poorly the night before so a Benadryl induced nap was most welcomed. The dietitian had a lot of info and thankfully she had handouts.

A lot of Do's and Don't's about what I could eat and what things to avoid. I did my best to follow along.

When she got to the part about the bathroom activities that would now require a Hazmat team my eyes popped wide open.

I kid, of course. I won't need to call a Hazmat team - I have to be my own Hazmat team.

Lot of poo-jokes possible there and believe me when I say I thought of a bunch.

I'm still giggling over it.


So, a long day. A day of firsts. A stressful day. A scary day.

But, OH!...a day where I could still laugh.










!!!!!March Photo Contest Winner's Thread!!!!!

March Photo Contest Winner's Thread


Theme: Graffiti/Street Art








1st Place: alfredo

"Ladders with Shadows"




2nd Place: Mira

"Trompe L'Oeil...and find the painted sleeping Cat"




3rd Place: mth44sc

"Out of the Ashes"




Congratulations!!!! to alfredo !!!!



As the WINNER , alfredo will host next month's contest.


Congratulations to Mira and mth44sc!!!!







Rounding out the Top 10

4. bluedigger - "Grabbing a Little Air"
5. Earth First - "Light the Night"
6. MichaelSoE - "Lights are on but Nobody's Home" (Tie)
6. Callalily - "Dragon in the Alley" (Tie)
7. Blue_In_AK - "Men at Work"
8. MattSh - "Victor's Vendetta"
9. Agschmid - "#subwayrainbow"







Honorable Mention


"Junk" by ljm2002




"You looking' at me?" by NV Whino





Host's Picks

"Any Revolutionary Change" by justiceischeap



"#subwayrainbow" by Agschmid








Now about that cat...







Thank you, Mira! - for adding an extra fun element to this month's contest!










Blind Submissions: Full reveal


1. Blue_In_AK - "Men at Work"

2. Agschmid - "#subwayrainbow"

3. mnhtnbb - "Red, White, and Blue Danube"

4. Callalily - "Dragon in the Alley"

5. justiceischeap - "Any Revolutionary Change"

6. Earth First - "Light the Night"

7. alfredo - "Ladders with Shadows"

8. bluedigger - "Grabbing a Little Air"

9. MattSh - "Victor's Vendetta"

10. NV Whino - "You looking' at me?"

11. Celebration - "Doodlemania on My Bathroom Wall"

12. MichaelSoE - "Lights are on but Nobody's Home"

13. Kali - "Coche de Cranios"

14. handmade34 - "End"

15. ljm2002 - "Junk"

16. Mira - "Trompe L'Oeil...and find the painted sleeping Cat"

17. JohnnyRingo - "Sound City"

18. ohheckyeah - "Journey Through Time and Space"

19. Dyedinthewoolliberal - "Urban Art, Everett, WA"

20. mth44sc - "Out of the Ashes"

21. Mz Pip - "Abstract"





Thank you all very much!

Solly Mack

!!!!March Photo Contest FINAL!!!!




March Photo Contest Final


Theme: Graffiti/Street Art



***Theme encompasses all aspects of Graffiti/Street Art - to include tools of the trade, paint covered hands, bathroom graffiti, sidewalk art, simple tagging, children at play with sidewalk chalk, original window art and street signage, along with street signs that have been altered. As well as all the usual forms. ***




Final will run for 72 hours. Winner's Thread to follow immediately after.


Please help keep kicked. Please share your comments! Don't forget to K&R! Please Vote!


Your patience has been appreciated! It's been a wild contest.


Thank you!

Solly Mack

!!!Congratulations to all the finalists!!!



1. "Men at Work"






2. "Ladders with Shadows"






3. "#subwayrainbow"






4. "Dragon in the Alley"







5. "Light the Night"







6. "Lights are on but Nobody's Home"







7. "Trompe L'Oeil...and find the painted sleeping Cat"






8. "Out of the Ashes"






9. "Victor's Vendetta"






10. "Grabbing a Little Air"



!!!March Photo Contest Run Off!!!

March Photo Contest Run Off


Due to a 4 way tie I am having a run-off. This is for the 10th slot in the Final.

This will run for 24 hours.

In the event of another tie I will vote to break the tie.

Thank you!

Solly Mack

Final will run immediately following the results of the run off.

Please vote! Please K&R!




1. "Any Revolutionary Change"





2. "Junk"





3. "Grabbing a Little Air"





4. "You looking' at me?"

***March Photo Contest Thread 3***




March Photo Contest



Theme:Graffiti/Street Art




***Theme encompasses all aspects of Graffiti/Street Art - to include tools of the trade, paint covered hands, bathroom graffiti, sidewalk art, simple tagging, children at play with sidewalk chalk, original window art and street signage, along with street signs that have been altered. As well as all the usual forms. ***



Prelims will run for 72 hours, followed by the Final which will also run for 72 hours.


Thread 1

Thread 2


Please help keep kicked. Please share your comments! Don't forget to K&R!


Thank you!

Solly Mack







1. "Abstract"




2. "Junk"




3. "Sound City"




4. "Urban Art, Everett, WA"




5. "Trompe L'Oeil...and find the painted sleeping Cat"




6. "Journey Through Time and Space"




7. "Out of the Ashes"







***March Photo Contest Thread 2***




March Photo Contest



Theme:Graffiti/Street Art




***Theme encompasses all aspects of Graffiti/Street Art - to include tools of the trade, paint covered hands, bathroom graffiti, sidewalk art, simple tagging, children at play with sidewalk chalk, original window art and street signage, along with street signs that have been altered. ***



Prelims will run for 72 hours, followed by the Final which will also run for 72 hours.


Thread 1

Thread 3


Please help keep kicked. Please share your comments! Don't forget to K&R!


Thank you!

Solly Mack



1. "#subwayrainbow"




2. "Dragon in the Alley"




3. "Light the Night"




4."Grabbing a Little Air"




5. "You looking' at me?"




6. "Lights are on but Nobody's Home"




7. "End"




***March Photo Contest Thread 1***




March Photo Contest



Theme:Graffiti/Street Art




***Theme encompasses all aspects of Graffiti/Street Art - to include tools of the trade, paint covered hands, bathroom graffiti, sidewalk art, simple tagging, children at play with sidewalk chalk, original window art and street signage, along with street signs that have been altered. As well as all the usual forms. ***



Prelims will run for 72 hours, followed by the Final which will also run for 72 hours.

Thread 2

Thread 3


Please help keep kicked. Please share your comments! Don't forget to K&R!


Thank you!

Solly Mack


1. "Men at Work"




2. "Red, White, and Blue Danube"




3. "Any Revolutionary Change"




4. "Ladders with Shadows"




5. "Victor's Vendetta"




6. "Doodlemania on My Bathroom Wall"




7. "Coche de Cranios"



Bobby

When Bobby entered school he became an instant favorite with his teachers. He was well dressed and polite to adults. Quick with the answers, Bobby was bright and engaging. He seemed to get along with everyone.

Always smiling and offering to help his teachers and classmates, Bobby was the shining example of what a student should be.



During recess one day a student was seen in a heap on the ground. Scuffed up and disheveled, the child was crying. When the teacher asked what was wrong, the crying child said that 'Bobby pushed me down'.

When confronted with the accusation, Bobby didn't deny his actions but said he was not trying to hurt the other boy. That he was trying to keep the other child from hurting himself on the playground.

Bobby said the crying child was trying to climb up the big-boy slide and that it was much too dangerous for him.Bobby said he just wanted to stop the other boy from being injured.



The teacher, being impressed with Bobby's concern for others, still cautioned him that pushing people down isn't the way to help them. Bobby said he felt bad about his actions and promised not do it again.

The crying child was told to dry his eyes because Bobby now knew it was wrong to knock people down and it wouldn't happen again.

Bobby apologized for any misunderstanding, saying he would do better in the future. The recipient of Bobby's help was told to dry his eyes and stay away from the big-boy slide.



As he got older there would be more and more incidents of students being the beneficiaries of Bobby's help. And Bobby being Bobby, polite, so well dressed, coming from such a good

family, and still quick with the answers, he always explained his good intentions and then promised to do better next time. Teachers would praise Bobby's ability to admit when he was wrong and how he was

always striving to do better.

How lucky his fellow students were to have someone like Bobby looking after them! Isn't it any wonder his name was Bobby Beacon! So kind, so caring, so magnanimous!




One day a student was found naked and unconscious in the bathroom. His face a bloody mess; his body drenched in water. At the hospital, the student said that Bobby beat him

and repeatedly shoved his head in the toilet.


'Shocked! Shocked! I tell you! No one could have anticipated this!' was the immediate reaction from his parents and teachers. Bobby knows better! Bobby was a shining example of benevolence!

The hospitalized student must be lying! There had to be a good reason for Bobby's actions!


Bobby, as always, had an explanation.



The beaten and bloody student was up to no good. He had bad-mouthed the principal! He smoked pot! He cut class!He associated with drop-outs! He was a bully! Bobby said he had to

do what he did to protect others. That was he just trying to help.


But, of course! His teachers knew there had to be a good reason. The injured student was a trouble-maker and Bobby was just trying to make the school safer for everyone. Bobby wasn't hurting the other

student. He was engaged in tough love!




Not everyone agreed. Many students came forward to tell how Bobby had helped them as well. Stories of being tripped up on stairs and shoved against lockers began to emerge.

Many were accused of hating the school and of trying to make Bobby look bad.



Still, fearing how it could look to outsiders, the school threatened to harshly repuke Bobby unless he promised to change his ways.


Bobby, being Bobby, spoke before the whole school. Saying how he was only trying to help. How he had the best of intentions and acted in good faith. How mistakes were made and that everyone

could learn from what has happened and they could all strive to do better in the future. Now that they all knew that tough love wasn't the way to act.

'What a great speech!' exclaimed his parents and teachers. Many of whom spoke of how this was the best outcome for everyone involved. How those helped by Bobby should now follow his example

and put all this unpleasantness behind them. That Bobby was moving on with his life and they should too.







Until the next time...

US psychology body declines to rebuke member in Guantánamo torture case

America’s professional association of psychologists has quietly declined to rebuke one of its members, a retired US army reserve officer, for his role in one of the most brutal interrogations known to have to taken place at Guantánamo Bay, the Guardian has learned.

The decision not to pursue any disciplinary measure against John Leso, a former army reserve major, is the latest case in which someone involved in the post-9/11 torture of detainees has faced no legal or even professional consequences.

Documents that emerged from a Senate armed services committee torture inquiry detailed Leso’s involvement in an early “Behavioral Science Consultation Team” at Guantánamo, which was instrumental in crafting torture techniques out of measures taught to US troops to withstand brutal treatment.

Leso is the latest case in which US officials involved with torture have escaped legal or professional consequences. A justice department investigation into CIA torture resulted in no indictments, and it never considered examining the architects of torture policy. Nor has torture caused its architects to suffer professionally: some have returned to tenured academic positions, awarded federal judgeships and sit on the boards of major corporations.


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