Saturday, December 31, 2016

Don't Tell My Rabbi, A Broken Disappointment, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): the following blog post contains mentions of potential self-harming. Reader discretion is advised.

Friday, December 30, 2016

On Edge, On the Edge, and Vera

January is supposed to be a month of renewal and awesomeness, at least for me anyways.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The L, the E, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): the following blog post contains mentions of the Holocaust.  Reader discretion is advised.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A Scholarship for a Shidoobee, the Cost is Correct, and Vera

There are a couple of goals, besides losing weight, that I truly want to legit go after to keep my mental focus in tact.  I don't expect to achieve both of them in 2017, but I truly want to accomplish.  And of course, I need to save up a few dollars to help achieve these goals.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Richland Avenue, Notable Deaths, and Vera

Somewhere, out there in this universe, Creepy McFuckistan is laughing their ass off.  Only they could have predicted that 2014 and 2016 would be some serious fucked up years.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Dreidels, Gelt, and Vera

I hope those who celebrated Gregorian Christmas today had a fantastic day.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Oxymorons, A Perfect Record Tarnished, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of child abuse and domestic violence.  Reader discretion is advised.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Chanukah, Being Lit Without Being on Fire, and Vera

tl;dr - this next Jewish holiday is NOT the most important holiday of the year.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

A Milestone, a Choke Hold, and Vera

I meant to do a blog post on Wednesday, but I have been severely fatigued as of late.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Isaac, Caught in the Middle, and Vera

Hey, Dear Reader; wanna see how many people I can piss off with one sentence?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Goy Bubble, Boy Trouble, and Vera

I have no idea how neurotypicals deal with more than one prospect of a lover, but I can probably assure you it is nothing like how autistics deal with it.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Hashtags, Doing it Yourself, and Vera

In the end, history will recognize 2016 CE for two nouns having the best year ever: the City of Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and the industry of professional wrestling.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Talk of Fame, Walk of Shame, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of sexism, ableism, and misogyny. Reader discretion is advised.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Black, White, and Vera

My head has been wreaking havoc for the past 36 hours. I had sponged up so much water that I pissed out comparable to a race horse overnight. The eyes have a hard time staying open. Caffeine withdrawal is a bitch.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The 2016 General Election, The Flint to My Fire, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of terror attacks and words describing racism, sexism, xenophobism, and ableism.  Reader discretion is advised.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Dating, Relating, and Vera

Never do I have a boring day. The day that I do might as well be my dying day.

I wrapped up my Sheloshim, or the final acute stage of mourning in the Jewish tradition, last night. I feel much different now than when I first entered this period of grief. I legit feel like I got inoculated with some regenerative life purpose or some shit. It feels good, actually.

And to top it all off, I'm dating someone.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

INFJs, Old Souls, and Vera

Note: this blog entry is also a participating entry in the 2016 Autistics Speaking Day series.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Sarah & Josh Show, Mid-Life Crisis, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of abortion, child abuse, domestic violence, and assault.  Reader discretion is advised.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Kol Nidre, Yom Kippur, and Vera

This is the last of a series of blog posts discussing the Jewish High Holy Days.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Desperate Times, Desperate Measures, and Vera

Desperate.  That's pretty much the word I'm looking for to describe my current state of being.

And just how long did that take you to figure that out?  Oh, nice new deco, by the way.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Never Picked, Always Tricked, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of child abuse, domestic violence, rape, assault, abortion, ableist terminology, attempted self-abortion, and harassment.  Reader discretion is advised.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Pink Ladies, Orange Blossoms, and Vera

A shofar sits behind a green apple and a jar of honey,
with a honey wand next to the jar.  Stock photo.
This is the third part in a series of blog posts discussing the Jewish High Holy Days.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Selichot, A Minyan of Questions, and Vera

This is the second part of a series of blog posts discussing the Jewish High Holy Days.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Stasis, Payees, and Vera

Well, well, well.

My new case manager has a slightly more tailored game plan for your Number One Brat(tm).  And let's just say, there's an incentive involved.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Please Remember the 11th of September, Inappropriate Sales, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of acts of terrorism, mass homicide, and mass suicide.  Reader discretion is advised.

Guy Fawkes (say: fox) said it best about remembering a certain date and how it should never be forgotten.  He's the guy whose image is best seen on masks adorn by members of Anonymous.

"Remember, remember, the fifth of November...."

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Menopause Mayhem, Unlucky Contestants, and Vera

If there is such a thing as a double whammy, let me tell you that I'm feeling it.  Between the PTSD and surgically induced menopause has my memory all flavors of incorrect.  And I'm not too happy about it.  I can remember events that happened over 3 years ago, but I can't even recall whether or not I let somebody read a blog post based on a suggestion.  Tag team that with massive fatigue, night sweats, insomnia, and (even more) moments of hypersexuality, I am one exhausted pup.  Hell, even my nice long excursions from Shaker Square (sometimes I will type it out as (Shaker)^2 or Shaker to the Second Power) to the West Side suburb of North Olmsted and back has become one agonizing drag.

Monday, September 5, 2016

A Distinctive Voice, a Snowball's Destination, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of pornography, rape, and masturbation.  Reader discretion is advised.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Elul, the Apocalypse, and Vera

This is the first in a series of blog posts discussing the Jewish High Holy Days.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Orthodox Christians, Orthodox Jews, and Vera

I have been waiting for the right moment to make a blog post comparing the Orthodoxy among Christians and Jews.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Wanted, Wasted, and Vera

Trigger/Content (TW/CW) Warning: this blog post contains mentions of abuse, sex work, and masturbation. Reader discretion is advised.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Investments, Returns, and Vera

Well, this is it.

Starting on Wednesday, I will be, for the first time in a long time, if ever, I get my first real chance on living within my financial means.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The State of the School Supplies Shopping Season, Quality Down the Drain, and Vera

My fellow Americans:

It wasn't long ago, about two score, that this nation was introduced to a remarkable concept where papers and portfolios were made secure - kept, if you will - from forces both natural and unnatural.  Yes, friends; I am referring to the holy grail of school supply super social status: the Mead Trapper Keeper.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A New Era of Branding, a Down Raw Live Smack, and Vera

Okay, I thought I would pounce on this while this is hot.

Obviously, there is a red side and a blue side to just about any pairing.  Crips and Bloods.  Red pill and blue pill.  Republican and Democrat.  And so on.  However, I am going to share my thoughts on this pairing:

Raw and SmackDown Live.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Case Management, the Hardest Road, and Vera

Cleveland Cavaliers Power Forward LeBron James made a mention about why he believes "the Man" makes him "take the hardest road" right after the Cavaliers won the 2016 National Basketball Association (NBA) Championship.  It resonates with me in a way that it probably does with most Cleveland sports fans, or even Clevelanders at heart like myself.

The Republican National Convention, English as an Optional Language, and Vera

Coming to you from a grocery store in Downtown Cleveland, it's "This, That, and Vera", with your hostex, Mx. Vera Didenko!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

A Mea Culpa, Graham Crackers, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of abuse, neglect, masturbation, dying, suicide, and homicide.  Reader discretion is advised.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Burning All the Bridges, Forever Alone, and Vera

I should probably start looking for apartments in either Toledo or Cincinnati instead of typing out this blog post.  The only place, it seems, where I can be treated with some sort of human dignity and respect is not here in my beloved Cleveland.

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Secret Rage, the 98 Northeast Connection, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of dysphoria and sex work, as well as mentions of harm to self and possible harm to others. Reader discretion is advised.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Festival on Porches, Demons That Will Never Die, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of abuse, self-mutilation, masturbation, and homicidal thoughts.  Reader discretion is advised.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The End of the 52-Year Curse, Dean's Ambrosia, and Vera

Please allow me to introduce this clip. This comes from my Periscope last night where I broadcasted from my phone the moment when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Finals.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Cat Food, Drill Sargeants, and Vera

Vera? Where in the hell have you been? Haven't you seen what's happening in the news?

Hi, Dear Reader. Yeah, I have been up to date on such sad and tragic events. This year sucks.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Major Cleveland Sports Teams, the Game, and Vera

Have you ever wonder why Cleveland has some of the best hospitals in the country?

Because Clevelanders are fat?

Thursday, June 2, 2016

When Nobody Listens, L'dor V'dor, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, and self harm. Reader discretion is advised.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mall Rats, Bar Flies, and Vera

It's finally over and done with. At least for right now.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Movies, Television Shows, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of threatening to abuse a child, homophobia, transphobia, and eating disorders.  Reader discretion is advised.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Health, Insurance, and Vera

What better way to start of this blog than to be recovering from a PTSD-related anxiety and panic episode?  Thank goodness I have health insurance. Right?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Cool Cats, Jazz, and Vera

This is the third post of a series covering my epic adventure in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, from April 5 to April 12, 2016.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Faces of the North, Cleveland of the South, and Vera

This is the second post of a series covering my epic adventure in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, from April 5 to April 12, 2016.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Gastrointestinal Tour, Peaches, and Vera

This is the first post of a series covering my epic adventure in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, from April 5 to April 12, 2016.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Achievements, Absence, and Vera

These past several days have been a bit of a roller coaster for me emotionally.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Social Panhandling, One Final Trip, and Vera

Okay, it's not exactly "social panhandling" and it's not my "one final trip" (I ain't dying any time soon, folks).

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Primary Elections, Changes Since 2002, and Vera

Every four years, a global phenomena occurs: a February 29, the Summer Olympics, and to find out who will be the next "leader of the free world."

Monday, March 7, 2016

Delaware, De Niro, and Vera

Happy 1-Year Anniversary to the "This, That, and Vera" blog!

Told ya my life is one big azz adventure.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Point, Everybody Has An Opinion, and Vera

So, what was so special about your previous blog post?


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Doctor's Notes, Permission Slips, and Vera

In the latest of my medical drama over this evil bastard twin, better known as my 3rd dermoid cyst, this one is a doozy.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Serenity, Serendipity, and Vera

Since I have been on this wacky adventure of discovering what makes this brat a brat, I have been fortunate to share some of those experiences with folks near and far. The feelings that I had experienced long before my reroute to freedom are not as intense anymore. Situations that I had issues grappling with are now moments of "stop, drop, and punt". My senses, once held in check like an overloaded suitcase on that random vacation to the Bahamas, are now being checked by my permission, and not by anyone else.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

AJ's Style, Roman's Reign, and Vera

You can probably tell from the title of this post that this has nothing to do with my adventure directly.  However, it does indirectly affect my adventure.  Especially, when I am yelling at the laptop or smartphone.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Courtroom Follies, Dropping More Than Balls, and Vera

Hey! Now where in the hell have you been hiding this time around?

Hi, Dear Reader! I'm glad you asked. But, how did you know I was in hiding?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Shiva, Sheloshim, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of death and funerals. Reader discretion is advised.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Birthdays, Metamorphosis, and Vera

Birthdays? Is today your birthday?

Why, yes! Yes it is my birthday.

Happy birthday to you, Vera!

Thank you, Dear Reader!

How old are you now?

Five.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Rebellion, Authority, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of abuse and dog fighting.  Reader discretion is advised.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Cranberry Orange Chicken, Breakthroughs, and Vera

Trigger/Content Warning (TW/CW): this blog post contains mentions of rape. Reader discretion is advised.