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Old 01-11-2019, 01:15 PM
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I'm a half an inch off from the universe.

Close your eyes and stick your arm out. Eyes still closed, swing your hand in and touch the tip of your nose with your forefinger. I used to be good at this but since my latest accident (wear your seat belts, kids) my fingertip is .50in/13mm to the right and down.

At a recent checkup my MD asked if I had any problems besides what I was seeing her for. I told her, "I feel dislodged from the universe." I assume she thought I was BSing her because she ignored it. Probably all for the best because being a half inch off isn't a tragedy, but pouring stuff takes more concentration and it would probably affect fielding a baseball.

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Old 01-11-2019, 08:57 PM
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Is it just me or, if you hold your arm straight out to the side and just bend your elbow with your fingers extended, you will usually hit your nose? It's when I drop the elbow or otherwise move my shoulder that I miss.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:37 PM
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well distance wise I'm still spot on but for some reason the universe dumped fifty pounds on me that it was tired of carrying around
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:47 PM
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Stupid universe.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:10 PM
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I'm glad that some of you are almost taking this as seriously as I am, which isn't much. Y'see, I've had a number of accidents where I banged my head and cracked my skull, plus I'm at an age where various mental problems start manifesting. I don't think it's MS or Alzheimer's but I'm keeping an eye on it.

Stupid Universe, indeed.

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Old 01-11-2019, 10:14 PM
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I have not personally tried it, but reliable sources have told me the solution is "getting one's groove back". As far as I can tell, this involves having sex in Jamaica.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:15 PM
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Maybe your nose moved over in the last accident. Practice in the mirror.
I'm klutzier than I was ten years ago. The ground seems to be coming up fast to my face more often. Aging is a bitch.

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Old 01-11-2019, 10:50 PM
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The brain adjusts it's spacial measurements in accordance with the visual input it receives. It figures out where things are by averaging the slight difference in the pictures your two eyes take. So if the accident had cause an astigmatism, or if one eye were slightly askew, then it would be necessary to constantly adjust to the right and down when averaging the two images to find an object in space.

It makes perfect sense to me that then without the visual input the brain might still make the adjustment even when no visual input was being used.

I think you should call an ophthalmologist and make an appointment. Tell them what you are experiencing and have a full exam.

IANAD, and I'm probably wrong, but you should check it out just in case.

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If you're interested you can lookup proprioception, which is the group of sensory junk that lets you know where your body bits are without looking.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:21 PM
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Thanks for the word! Have always had an astigmatism in my right eye. Seven years ago I cracked my left orbit right at the zygomaticofrontal suture so nobody made a deal of it. It probably blended right in and I had bigger breaks to worry about. but left eye used to be my strong eye and now it ain't.

No insurance yet and it won't kill me, so doctor visits are out until June, when I hit 65. Meanwhile I will monitor my descent into decrepitude.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:52 AM
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What's a little 'dislodgement from the universe' amongst friends?

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Is it just me or, if you hold your arm straight out to the side and just bend your elbow with your fingers extended, you will usually hit your nose? It's when I drop the elbow or otherwise move my shoulder that I miss.
If I do it without trying to touch any particular place, I usually touch somewhere around my mouth. But I have no problem touching my nose when I want to. It doesn't even take much thinking about how I'm moving my arm.
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:43 AM
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A neurologist once told me that I have excellent proprioception, and that it's probably down to the ballet classes I took when I was young.

So maybe, Dropzone, you should take up ballet?

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Is it just me or, if you hold your arm straight out to the side and just bend your elbow with your fingers extended, you will usually hit your nose? It's when I drop the elbow or otherwise move my shoulder that I miss.
Poked myself in the cheek. Wonder if my arms are shrinking.
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Old 01-12-2019, 02:06 PM
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So maybe, Dropzone, you should take up ballet?

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My doc suggested ballroom dancing, but that was so the widow ladies at Arthur Murray would be distracted from her husband.
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A neurologist once told me that I have excellent proprioception, and that it's probably down to the ballet classes I took when I was young.
Do you know if there's any evidence to support that notion? It's intuitive that exercising your faculties into old age would prevent deterioration, and neural circuits are certainly trained at some stage in development. But it's an interesting question when & what extent proprioception & coordination is trainable, and whether the effects are then persistent.
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According to Classic Doctor Who, you must be in ESpace as opposed to NSpace.

You should guard against giant vampires. But luckily Adric was killed off, so no useless annoying companions to worry about.
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Old 01-12-2019, 03:53 PM
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Good. I hated Adric. Tegan, OTOH...
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:14 PM
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I got plenty of problems, vision being one of them. I have amblyopia, and essentially only use one eye.

Remember those "Magic Eye" pictures? I wondered what everyone was ooo-ing and ahh-ing over.

Binoculars drive me nuts. Viewmasters didn't work either.

Needless to say, I have trouble parking. I once said, "I have trouble with depth perception."

My son, in his long-suffering voice replied, "We know, Mom."

Actually, I'm fine. The rest of the Universe is outta whack.


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Old 01-13-2019, 12:35 AM
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Do you have 3D hearing? Cuz that helps tell you which side of your car hit the other car.
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Old 01-13-2019, 11:39 AM
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Deaf in one ear. And the other ear doesn't work very well. Take away my glasses and my hearing aid, I become Helen Keller.

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Maybe it's not you. Maybe, as VOW suggested, the Universe is half an inch off.
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I had that while I was detoxing off of the benzos (which took ages). It seems that stuff that messes with GABA receptors can mess that part of you up. It's one of those things your mind self corrects, but it can get off.

Right now, though, I can do it just fine, though if I try both arms at the same time, one always automatically moves out of the way, which is interesting. And my right finger (I'm right handed.) is slightly more accurate on the exact part of the nose I hit.
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Old 01-18-2019, 11:17 AM
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We moved the universe .5 inch, just to mess with you.

Tehehe.
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We moved the universe .5 inch, just to mess with you.

Tehehe.

You RAT!


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Old 01-19-2019, 05:10 PM
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Probably all for the best because being a half inch off isn't a tragedy ...
YMMV but Id be bloody careful shaving with a razor at that margin for error!
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