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post Feb 25 2004, 07:15 PM
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Well, I got this really stupid idea yesterday. I stood at the green with a sign that said: "HIT ME- $5, BEAT ME- $20, I REALLY NEED MONEY TO SEE MY GIRLFRIEND IN NEW YORK." Things were going well until someone called the 5-0. I got questioned and apparently the cop didn't like the scars on my arm or the fact that I'm bipolar, so I was cuffed and taken to a mental health facility. I was admitted sometime around 10:00 PM (it takes forever) and was given a bed for the night.

I sat on my bed, cried and prayed hard. I was so unbelievably scared. I asked God to watch over me and help me through this. As I lay there, I first thought about my family, then I thought about the family here. So many people ran through my head. First I thought about Spiffy, then Mata, then Missy, then Jonman, then Syuu, then Candice, then Commie, then Freshmaker, then Silver Star, then Irish, then Jade, then Aries, then Werewolf, then SPS and everyone, friend or not-quite-my-friend. It was a comfort for me to think of my second family at my ninth hour. It was one of the scariest things that have ever happened to me...

On the bright side, I did make eighty bucks.


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post Feb 25 2004, 07:40 PM
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QUOTE (Righteous @ Feb 25 2004, 07:14 PM)
On the bright side, I did make eighty bucks.

awwww. Well I dont think getting yourselve beatin for money is a great plan. huh.gif

Well just be careful (and by careful I mean safe). And good luck raising the rest of your money.


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post Feb 25 2004, 07:41 PM
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QUOTE (Righteous @ Feb 25 2004, 07:14 PM)
Well, I got this really stupid idea yesterday. I stood at the green with a sign that said: "HIT ME- $5, BEAT ME- $20, I REALLY NEED MONEY TO SEE MY GIRLFRIEND IN NEW YORK."

That is indeed stupid. *_+
I hope you're ok and stuff. That must've sucked lama.
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post Feb 25 2004, 07:54 PM
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I'm sure if you asked your family or friends for some money, they would have given it to you if you told them what you were going to do. I'm happy you survived the beatings smile.gif you could have gotten a job or something.

Your girlfriend must be a lucky girl if she's worth all that you went through.


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post Feb 25 2004, 08:01 PM
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Yeah, I'm okay. The other inmates er, patients were really cool. Some were Baker Act-ed, some voluntarily admitted. I was sketchy on some of the orderlies, though.

Yes, Spiff is indeed lucky and definately worth it.


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post Feb 25 2004, 09:30 PM
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so they let you out again when they realised you aren't insane....just a bit thick?


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post Feb 25 2004, 09:45 PM
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I have to say maybe not the brightest of plans! But a least it was only one night. Take care of your self and maybe try some thing slightly less violent next time. like maybe busking or if you can't sing getting people to pay you to stop singing! biggrin.gif


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post Feb 25 2004, 10:28 PM
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Bloody 'ell, sounds scary. Not the best-thought-out of plans, I must admit, but at least you're okay now, eh? Chalk it up to experience smile.gif


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post Feb 25 2004, 11:32 PM
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Thats one strange idea..blink.gif
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post Feb 26 2004, 12:20 AM
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so were you charged with disturbing the peace or something? i thought that unless you were charged with a crime, you couldn't be commited without your consent in the states?


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post Feb 26 2004, 01:49 AM
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QUOTE (jicama @ Feb 25 2004, 07:19 PM)
so were you charged with disturbing the peace or something?  i thought that unless you were charged with a crime, you couldn't be commited without your consent in the states?

Technically, I was charged with assisting in a felony because battery, even if consentual, is considered a felony.

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so they let you out again when they realised you aren't insane....just a bit thick?

Correct SPS (and I'm not being sarcastic about it laugh.gif )! You get a cookie (and if I could, I would literally give you a cookie).


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post Feb 26 2004, 01:50 AM
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QUOTE (jicama @ Feb 26 2004, 12:19 AM)
so were you charged with disturbing the peace or something? i thought that unless you were charged with a crime, you couldn't be commited without your consent in the states?

Well, committing someone without their consent is a tricky thing. The laws actually vary from state to state. I wasn't sure on this, so I dug up my Psych. book from last year. It says this: "In some states a court can commit patients to a mental hospital only if they are suffering from a mental disorder and are dangerous to themselves or others. Even where the law does require a ruling of dangerousness, however, courts sometimes declare an apparently incompetent person to be dangerous simply because of one or two ambiguous, possibly threatening statements. Involuntary commitment is generally applied only for people with long-term, severe problems."

My guess is they just thought he was a threat to himself, so they held him for the night. I don't think "committed" is the right word. That implies something more long term...at least to me, it does.


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post Feb 26 2004, 01:56 AM
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In the great state of Florida, the Baker Act states that anyone who is judged by the police to be a threat to himself and/or others can be admitted to a mental hospital for up to 72 hours, regardless of whether or not he/she has a mental illness (which I do dry.gif ). They did think I was a threat to myself out of some kind of masochistic, self-punishing feelings instead of despiration to get cashe.

Well, I'd better stick to singing, dancing, playing guitar and doing stupid things on the street corner.


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post Feb 26 2004, 02:02 AM
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QUOTE (Righteous @ Feb 26 2004, 01:48 AM)
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so they let you out again when they realised you aren't insane....just a bit thick?

Correct SPS (and I'm not being sarcastic about it laugh.gif )! You get a cookie (and if I could, I would literally give you a cookie).

thanks, but i'm all cookied out


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post Feb 26 2004, 03:30 AM
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QUOTE (Sir_Psycho_Sexy @ Feb 25 2004, 04:29 PM)
so they let you out again when they realised you aren't insane....just a bit thick?

Honestly now, was that comment needed? Really...

Anyway, hope you're okay man, and maaaaybe find a better way of getting money lol.


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post Feb 26 2004, 04:09 AM
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Indeed I am.

But god, so that's where you were when I called. Why would you do that hun? I'm not worth being beat up, and I told you I'm trying to get money for you. I'm glad you're okay though. I love you *hugs*


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post Feb 26 2004, 04:57 AM
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Why didn't you just go on a bottle drive? Busked? sold things on E-bay? Sold your blood? kidneys? lymph nodes?! Get a freaking job!

There must have been some reasoning in your head. Somewhere way in the back that told you that it wasn't a good idea. I know it's a small and inconsequential voice but sometimes heck, you've just got to take a leap of faith and listen to that little voice. You notice how you've never seen anyone else ever do the same thing? If no one else is doing it chances are it's not a very good idea. That's right, I said it. It's because it's stupid and dangerous and illegal. You were stupid.

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post Feb 26 2004, 06:38 AM
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My friend got committed a few days ago, he told his mother that he spoke to dead people... A bad joke gone wrong ohmy.gif

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post Feb 26 2004, 10:23 AM
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QUOTE (Jaq @ Feb 26 2004, 04:56 AM)
Why didn't you just go on a bottle drive? Busked? sold things on E-bay? Sold your blood? kidneys? lymph nodes?! Get a freaking job!

There must have been some reasoning in your head. Somewhere way in the back that told you that it wasn't a good idea. I know it's a small and inconsequential voice but sometimes heck, you've just got to take a leap of faith and listen to that little voice. You notice how you've never seen anyone else ever do the same thing? If no one else is doing it chances are it's not a very good idea. That's right, I said it. It's because it's stupid and dangerous and illegal. You were stupid.

And don't yell at me. I'm just saying what everyone else is thinking.

Sorry Righteous but I have to say that I was thinking this too mellow.gif

I know you appreciate honesty mate and everything that goes with it so I have to tell ya I think you were a little dumb to do what you did. Having said that you realised this, you did it for a sweet reason (your GF is lucky to have someone that devoted) and you made $80! biggrin.gif

Next time though perhaps you should speak to your family either IRL or here before doing something like that. It could have saved you that time in the mental hospital and we could have all sent you a tenner laugh.gif

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Tigerlily, I can see where SPS was coming from and perhaps he was being a little bit flipant about it but I know what sort of relationship those two have and Righteous doens't appear to be offended by the looks of it smile.gif


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post Feb 26 2004, 04:30 PM
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Well, I don't know what I'm more scared by, that you thought that was a good enough idea to go ahead with or that is actually raised you $80 before you got nicked.

'Glad you're okay, just don't do that again.

As suggested eariler, try finding an instrument that you really can't play (brass ones are good, and can look really knackered) and busking with a sign saying that you will stop playing if people give you money. Make a big show of watching people who donate walk off down the road, make sure they're out of easy ear-shot then start up again. It'll be somewhere between music and performance and might even give a few people a laugh.

It might be a daft idea but it doesn't invovle being attacked or commited, so I think it's a step up from the last one.


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I think my thoughts on this disagree with what everyone else has posted so far.

I don't believe in violence but I woulda given you money just coz of your determination and unique idea.

It sucks that you had to resort to being physcially hurt as a means of getting funding. I hope no-one beat you too badly!

But then there are Masochists, although that's a little bit different to what you were doing. Masochists can pull out of the situation at any time and its usually based on sexual fantasies. So where are cops and Mental Institutions when it comes to Masochism?


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post Feb 26 2004, 07:18 PM
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Shame you didnt make 80$ and 20 cents .... Cos then we could have asked who the swine was who gave you 20 cents, and then you could have said "Everybody!"

Admittedly, and on principle, the very idea makes me want to get a plane to Florida, give you a full clown make-over and stick you in the middle of a large shopping mall and scream "LOOK WHAT THIS BOZO DID ... WHAT A BOZO" until I myself had made enough money for the trip back. I fear, however, that you might miss the point ...

Consider not completely telling the gf ... its great dedication, but it will look bad on your CV. She might mention the word 'bozo' too...


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post Feb 26 2004, 07:28 PM
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QUOTE (Pab @ Feb 26 2004, 03:17 PM)
Consider not completely telling the gf ... its great dedication, but it will look bad on your CV. She might mention the word 'bozo' too...

Actuall, he already has, *points up ^*
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post Feb 26 2004, 07:39 PM
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Consider not completely telling the gf ... its great dedication, but it will look bad on your CV. She might mention the word 'bozo' too...

Actuall, he already has, *points up ^*


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post Feb 26 2004, 07:49 PM
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QUOTE (Jaq @ Feb 25 2004, 11:56 PM)
Why didn't you just go on a bottle drive?  Busked?  sold things on E-bay?  Sold your blood? kidneys?  lymph nodes?! Get a freaking job!

What's a bottle drive? What does "busked" mean?

I don't have an E-bay accound and if you saw my apartment you'd realize I have nothing to sell.

I can't sell blood or organs because I take perscription drugs.

I have a job, but it barely covers rent and expenses. There is another job (I work construction) coming up that should be more lucrative for me.

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It sucks that you had to resort to being physcially hurt as a means of getting funding. I hope no-one beat you too badly!

This one guy speant like sixty bucks on me. My gut and jaw still hurt.

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There must have been some reasoning in your head. Somewhere way in the back that told you that it wasn't a good idea. I know it's a small and inconsequential voice but sometimes heck, you've just got to take a leap of faith and listen to that little voice. You notice how you've never seen anyone else ever do the same thing? If no one else is doing it chances are it's not a very good idea.

Actually, I have seen people do that.

Of course part of me thought it was a bad idea, but then again another part of me said, "You have very little money and you're in love with this woman. Mayhap this is a time to be 100% desperate."

Sometimes, too, you need to take a leap of faith do do something crazy. If no one did, how boring life would be.

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Well, you're weird and loose on the streets again, how's it feel?

Great.

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That's right, I said it. It's because it's stupid and dangerous and illegal. You were stupid.

Thanks, Captain Obvious. tongue.gif Haven't I already said that?

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So where are cops and Mental Institutions when it comes to Masochism?

Apparently consenting violence is only okay when behind closed doors.

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'Glad you're okay, just don't do that again.

Don't plan on it, mate.

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Righteous doens't appear to be offended by the looks of it

Nope, simply because it's true.I told the shrink there that I just did it out of desperation and it sounded like a good idea at the time.

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I'm not worth being beat up, and I told you I'm trying to get money for you. I'm glad you're okay though. I love you *hugs*


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