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win8, pt 1

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first tab.  very good WP.

i’m using this document to update my thoughts on windows 8.  and for the record:

build:  8250
on

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Written by quasara

03/14/2012 at 2055

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after effect

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well, my 7 days in jail were done at 7am this morning. it wasn’t as bad as i thought it would be, thanks to some kind jailers & cellmates. see, i developed urinary problems, and requested a catheter from the nurse. she ignored my request, and treated me with disdain everytime she came into contact with me. the last 3 days were something of a horror show. i lost control of my legs, and collapsed several times, and had to use a wheelchair to get around. my cellmates, jeff pilz, and nick miner helped out when they didn’t have to. but anyway, the nurse out there should be fired for being totally incompetent. she screwed up my meds, and somehow i lost pills that were in her possession. anyway, i’ve got a couple of new problems that have to be attended to, and quickly. i’ve also got 2 years probation, which will be a breeze.

Written by quasara

12/12/2011 at 1711

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decision day today

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my lawyer called this morning and suggested i make some edits to my statement.  the following represents the latest copy, one that’ll get read before the judge today.  i can only hope the judge will be carroolyn grupp, who’s been gone due to a broken ankle.  plus, she’s reiting, but i hope she’s sitting on the bench today.  i’m told that if we end up getting mcGee, again, it’s been my lawyer’s experience that he generally sides with the prosecution.  which makes me more nervous than i was when i woke up this morning.  but my heart is definitely pounding.  anyway, the latest copy of my statement:

 

May it please the court…

Your Honor:

I stand before you taking responsibility for driving with alcohol in my system. It’s a fact that I can not dispute. I’m only trying to mitigate my sentence by explaining the circumstances surrounding my arrest and events that have happened since.

That said, as I told you earlier, I was sleepwalking and made no conscious decision to drive with alcohol in my system. This isn’t the first time I’ve driven while sleepwalking, as it has happened several times in the past. I know this because gas would be missing from my car, or it would be completely cleared of a foot of snow.  once I woke up with a dented front fender that i believe was caused by hitting my house when I pulled into my back yard. There was an occasion last year where I was sleepwalking and went into the basement, resulting in multiple injuries from head to toe (see pics). This event required a week’s worth of wound care from Cerro Gordo Public Health.  So you see, sleepwalking is not a made up excuse to get out of the OWI.

These events are all documented in my medical files @ mercy & public health.  But after the OWI, i told my physician, Dr. Mark Johnson, about it and asked for his help in determining the reason why I was sleepwalking because I needed to arrest whatever was the cause. He referred me to Dr. Yarimadi, a mercy neurologist, who conducted a sleep study. Twice.

It was eventually determined that I suffer from sleep apnea, which is a serious condition. He prescribed CPAP therapy. Unfortunately, I would unknowingly remove the mask during the night, making it unfavorable for medicare to pay for it. So it was discontinued.  though, I continue to have innocent sleepwalking incidents still.

Since my OWI arrest, I had another occasion of sleepwalking and driving, only this time I woke up the next day in a room @ the hotel fort des moines. I couldn’t believe what happened, but concluded that because i was trying to sell my car to someone I knew on the internet, who lived in des moines, i had somehow gone down there to do just that, because I do not know anybody in des moines, and there would have been no reason for me to be there.  during that trip, I met someone else who agreed to buy my car for the price I was asking.

after coming home from des moines with this new buyer & his girlfriend, I was robbed @ gunpoint & pistolwhipped, once we got into my house. they ended up taking every electronic device in the house, then proceeded to completely trash the place, and steal my car, which the police never posted as being hot after they took the report the next morning.

I lost pertenear everything i had: 3 computers, 2 tv’s, audio equipment, digital cameras and peripherals. They also emptied my bank account with the credit cards, along with about $500 that was in my wallet. it has taken me months to recover from this.  and, i’m still behind in some of my bills, due to these perps filing a change of address on me with the post office.  needless to say, i’ve only been able to recover very little of what i had, with a cheap computer, and a small television.

Then about 10 days later, I woke up with acute renal failure, and the police took me to mercy who flew me to mayo.  I remained in st. mary’s hospital for 12 days, with a number of diagnoses, including stroke & seizures that were complicating the renal failure. the cause of the renal failure was at first blamed on the very high dose of methadone i was prescribed.  after a spinal tap & several MRIs, I was told that I have moyamoya disease, which puts me at high risk for strokes.

The national institute of neurological disorders states this about moyamoya disease: “(that it) is a rare, progressive cerebrovascular disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain in an area called the basal ganglia. … Adults most often experience a hemorrhagic stroke due to recurring blood clots in the affected brain vessels.   Individuals with this disorder may have disturbed consciousness, speech deficits (usually aphasia), sensory and cognitive impairments, involuntary movements, and vision problems.”  they told me i was near death when i was first admitted to hospital, that I was a very sick individual, with multiple complications.

during a subsequent trip to rochester for a followup visit a couple of weeks later, I fell off an embankment and broke my hip.  that put  me back into st. mary’s  for 10 days to get a new hip. Because I left the hospital before being fully recovered,  upon returning home, I was told by my public health nurse, who visits once a week, that either i go into the skilled nursing unit @ mercy’s west campus until i could get along by myself, or they would stop services.  so i complied with their demand.

i spent 7 days in the unit, and was able to heal enough to get around with a walker. so i returned home only to find someone broke into my house and stole several items that weren’t taken during the earlier robbery. all in all i lost over $3,000 worth of property and cash… almost everything i had accumulated over the past 12 years.

I’m on a myriad of medications for AIDS, SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) and a variety of other afflictions. I talked to Dr. Johnson about this, and he agreed to write an affidavit to the court, stating he believed it would be detrimental to my health for me to go to jail, and that house arrest would be best suited to allow me to stay on my regimen and keep my medical appointments both here in mason city & in rochester.  also, my CD4 count is extremely low, complicating my immune system radically.

prior to my appearance in court, again, my public defender tried to negotiate an appropriate sentence of house arrest, which the CA was unwilling to agree to, insisting that i spend 7 days in jail. after a couple of weeks of negotiations, i then made the decision to change my plea.

i realize your honor is not bound by such an agreement, again, i can only hope that you’ll take notice of these circumstances, and make the appropriate sentence in light of these facts.

and finally, i’d also like to reiterate the fact that my last OWI was 11 years and 10 months ago. and knocking it down to a 2nd wasn’t much of a gift.

i have taken steps this time to ensure that there would be no chance of getting another OWI. i will not get another license, or another car.  I am enrolled in DHS’s CDAC program, as I need help with my daily routine.  my car was legally transferred to my former driver upon recovery in des moines 3 weeks after the robbery.

i’m still working on curbing the sleepwalking with proper exercise and plenty of rest and the right meds, but at least it’ll never involve driving again.

so, your honor, I’m pleading for leniency. please allow me to serve the minimum sentence with house arrest, as I live alone and have 4 cats, one which is pregnant and about to give birth.

I’d like to remind the court that there was no harm to person or property, and that i was stopped for a faulty 3rd brake light, and I was completely cooperative with the police to the extent I was physically capable of doing.  I’d also like to remind the court that my driving record is pristine, save for the OWIs.

I’d also like to inform the court that during my substance abuse evaluation at prairie ridge last thursday, the counselor was recommending treatment, for the sole reason that (in her words) “it’s automatic that treatment is recommended to all 2nd and 3rd offenders”, even tho I stopped drugs & alcohol 7 years ago on January 12th, 2005 – the date of my father’s funeral, save for that one time on march 27th of this year.  she knows this fact, yet she insisted it was out of her hands.  my problem is not alcohol or drugs, it’s medical.  substance abuse treatment will have no effect on my medical issues.  the only thing I’m addicted to is cigarettes, which I’ve been trying, with Dr. Johnson’s help, for a long time to quit, without success.  but I continue to try, using different methods.

your honor, I’m not a bad guy in any way.  I certainly do not deserve a prison sentence.  I’ve made good decisions since 2005, and haven’t had any scrapes with the law.  I have the highest respect for the law and law enforcement.  the chances of getting another OWI do not exist.

 

Written by quasara

12/05/2011 at 0910

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update on my case

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this is the statement i’m reading before the judge on 12/5 for sentencing. i accepted the plea bargain to plead guilty to 2nd, and serve 7 days in jail. well… seems i signed it before they changed their minds. now they want to send me away for the full 2 years (the maximum for 2nd) and 3 years probation. friggin bastards. anyway, my statement:

May it please the court…

Your Honor:

I stand before you taking responsibility for driving with alcohol in my system. It’s a fact that I can not dispute. I’m only trying to mitigate my sentence by explaining the circumstances surrounding my arrest and events that have happened since.

That said, as I told you earlier, I was sleepwalking and made no conscious decision to drive with alcohol in my system. This isn’t the first time I’ve driven while sleepwalking, as it has happened several times in the past. I know this because gas would be missing from my car, or it would be completely cleared of a foot of snow.  once I woke up with a dented front fender that i believe was caused by hitting my house when I pulled into my back yard. There was an occasion last year where I was sleepwalking and went into the basement, resulting in multiple injuries from head to toe (see pics). This event required a week’s worth of wound care from Cerro Gordo Public Health.

These events are all documented in my medical files @ mercy & public health.  But after the OWI, i told my physician, Dr. Mark Johnson, about it and asked for his help in determining the reason why I was sleepwalking because I needed to arrest whatever was the cause. He referred me to Dr. Yarimadi, a mercy neurologist, who conducted a sleep study. Twice.

It was eventually determined that I suffer from sleep apnea, which is a serious condition. He prescribed CPAP therapy. Unfortunately, I would unknowingly remove the mask during the night, making it unfavorable for medicare to pay for it. So it was discontinued.  though, I continue to have innocent sleepwalking incidents still.

Since my OWI arrest, I had another occasion of sleepwalking and driving, only this time I woke up the next day in a room @ the hotel fort des moines. I couldn’t believe what happened, but concluded that because i was trying to sell my car to someone I knew on the internet, who lived in des moines, i had somehow gone down there to do just that, because I do not know anybody in des moines, and there would have been no reason for me to be there.  during that trip, I met someone else who agreed to buy my car for the price I was asking.

after coming home from des moines with this new buyer & his girlfriend, I was robbed @ gunpoint & pistolwhipped, once we got into my house. they ended up taking every electronic device in the house, then proceeded to completely trash the place, and steal my car, which the police never posted as being hot after they took the report the next morning.

I lost pertenear everything i had: 3 computers, 2 tv’s, audio equipment, digital cameras and peripherals. They also emptied my bank account with the credit cards, along with about $500 that was in my wallet. it has taken me months to recover from this.  and, i’m still behind in some of my bills, due to these perps filing a change of address on me with the post office.  needless to say, i’ve only been able to recover very little of what i had, with a cheap computer, and a small television.

Then about 10 days later, I woke up with acute renal failure, and the police took me to mercy who flew me to mayo.  I remained in st. mary’s hospital for 12 days, with a number of diagnoses, including stroke & seizures that were complicating the renal failure. the cause of the renal failure was at first blamed on the very high dose of methadone i was prescribed.  after a spinal tap & several MRIs, I was told that I have moyamoya disease, which puts me at high risk for strokes.

The national institute of neurological disorders states this about moyamoya disease: “(that it) is a rare, progressive cerebrovascular disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain in an area called the basal ganglia. … Adults most often experience a hemorrhagic stroke due to recurring blood clots in the affected brain vessels.   Individuals with this disorder may have disturbed consciousness, speech deficits (usually aphasia), sensory and cognitive impairments, involuntary movements, and vision problems.”  they told me i was near death when i was first admitted to hospital, that I was a very sick individual, with multiple complications.

during a subsequent trip to rochester for a followup visit a couple of weeks later, I fell off an embankment and broke my hip.  that put  me back into st. mary’s  for 10 days to get a new hip. Because I left the hospital before being fully recovered,  upon returning home, I was told by my public health nurse, who visits once a week, that either i go into the skilled nursing unit @ mercy’s west campus until i could get along by myself, or they would stop services.  so i complied with their demand.

i spent 7 days in the unit, and was able to heal enough to get around with a walker. so i returned home only to find someone broke into my house and stole several items that weren’t taken during the earlier robbery. all in all i lost over $3,000 worth of property and cash… almost everything i had accumulated over the past 12 years.

so you see, your honor, I’ve suffered a great deal since the OWI, through no fault of my own. I say this because when it came time for my public defender to negotiate with the county attorney, i asked for house arrest, as it was ordered for the previous OWI.

I’m on a myriad of medications for AIDS, SMA (spinal muscular atrophy) and a variety of other afflictions. I talked to Dr. Johnson about this, and he agreed to write an affidavit to the court, stating he believed it would be detrimental to my health for me to go to jail, and that house arrest would be best suited to allow me to stay on my regimen and keep my medical appointments both here in mason city & in rochester.  also, my CD4 count is extremely low, complicating my immune system radically.

prior to my appearance in court, again, my public defender tried to negotiate an appropriate sentence of house arrest, which the CA was unwilling to agree to, insisting that i spend 7 days in jail. after a couple of weeks of negotiations, it became apparent that mr. tynan was unwilling to be compassionate about this.  i then made the decision to accept the plea as offered.

i realize your honor is not bound by such an agreement, again, i can only hope that you’ll take notice of these circumstances, and make the appropriate sentence in light of these facts.

and finally, i’d also like to reiterate the fact that my last OWI was 11 years and 10 months ago. and knocking it down to a 2nd wasn’t much of a gift.

i have taken steps this time to ensure that there would be no chance of getting another OWI. i will not get another license, or another car.  I am enrolled in DHS’s CDAC program, as I need help with my daily routine.  my car was legally transferred to my former driver upon recovery in des moines 3 weeks after the robbery.

i’m still working on curbing the sleepwalking with proper exercise and plenty of rest and the right meds, but at least it’ll never involve driving again.

so, your honor, I’m pleading for leniency. please allow me to serve the minimum sentence with house arrest, as I live alone and have 4 cats, one which is pregnant and about to give birth.

I’d like to remind the court that there was no harm to person or property, and that i was stopped for a faulty 3rd brake light, and I was completely cooperative with the police to the extent I was physically capable of doing.  I’d also like to remind the court that my driving record is pristine, save for the OWIs.

I’d also like to inform the court that during my substance abuse evaluation at prairie ridge last thursday, the counselor was recommending treatment, for the sole reason that (in her words) “it’s automatic that treatment is recommended to all 2nd and 3rd offenders”, even tho I stopped drugs & alcohol 7 years ago on January 12th, 2005 – the date of my father’s funeral.  she knows this fact, yet she insisted it was out of her hands.  I’m inclined to file a formal complaint with the iowa department of health.  how can treatment be prescribed when the person being treated has been clean for 7 years?  my problem is not alcohol or drugs, it’s medical.  substance abuse treatment will have no effect on my medical issues.  the only thing I’m addicted to is cigarettes, which I’ve been trying, with Dr. Johnson’s help, for a long time to quit, without success.  but I continue to try, using different methods.

your honor, I’m not a bad guy in any way.  I certainly do not deserve a prison sentence.

 

Written by quasara

11/04/2011 at 1800

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chg of plea hearing on halloween

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i guess it’s almost written in stone – 7 days in jail, bumpd it down to 2nd.  so at least i’m not a felon yet.  i’m praying that grupp will have some compassion in her decision.  i’m crossin my fingers, hoping that she’ll give me house arrest.  that would be only WAY too kool.  but i’m facing the very real possibility of having to go in.  i still have yet to get a reply from theresa, except for her request to move my appt tomorrow to 9am.  ouch.  i’m trying to get a hold of pete now.  but this is the beginning of my worse week, if they take me away right away from court.  i’m trying to pin my lawyer down to answer my concerns about my meds.  how is that going to be handled.  that type of shit.  oh well, i guess i’ll find out tomorrow @ 9am.

Written by quasara

10/19/2011 at 1155

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UPDATE ON THE TRIAL INFORMATION:

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this is what happens when i try and blog while drinking vodka & cokes.  oye.  i can’t delete it because it’s as integral as anything else.

i may havr a m,ic and a camera./ ot

s tok, o gpt tp bed at a decent of 15 degrees with no parachute or anyhthing to sloe us the fuck down. but lukily, i jhad my tristed jhans solo/ empigj tp ,ale ,e wamt tp get om tp tjat jail. in cerro gordo acpimtu/ evm of o jad je laptointe, same outcome. it jus wuld cpost me fmpore.

fFUCL THIS LIFE. THERE’S BETTER ON TE OTHER SIDE.

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09/29/2011 at 2259

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finally, the date has been set

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it’s 9/29 @ 9. gonna ask for a continuance due to the hip surgery. whether or not it’ll be granted is another story. but i’m hearing that the judge i’ll have is actually one of the fairest justices in the state. i don’t know about the whole state, but i’m sure in north iowa, she’s probably in the top 5. i’m trying to get rid of the walker and rely solely on a cane. the exercises are promising. and i got the staples removed today. all 38 of ’em. the scar will be about 10″ long. good i’ll have a ruler for my next trick. haha

but yeah, the 29th, which is next thursday. i’m not ready for this. as much as i’d like to be, i’ll never be ready for what could happen. i need to know what WILL happen. i’ll have to light a special candle.

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09/23/2011 at 1805

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