THE CRANKY OLD MAN
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Friday, November 16, 2018
A cranky opinion for
Cranky Opinion Saturday
The following is the opinion of a
cranky old man with little expertise on the topic opined. Opposing opinions are welcome, but they are
wrong. As always, please, no name
calling, and that means you, you big stupid-head!
there are genuine excuses for any sub-par behavior or performance.This is very helpful to many children.Early diagnosis of a condition such as autism
helps explain behavior and helps parents and teachers to provide programs that
address the child’s different needs.
This is a
good thing, especially for more extreme cases, however sometimes the diagnosis though accurate may provide an excuse to not
achieve at the persons best.
way back at my life in which I have achieved a high level of mediocrity, I
believe I could have been diagnosed with several disorders.
left handed for many things such as eating, writing, and probably thinking
(yes, lefties think different) while right handed for most physical functions.If people tried to change and have me do
everything right-handed as was common a generation before me, I think it would
have negatively affected my future mediocrity.
At the age
of around four or five I started having difficulty controlling tics.I was a neck tightener, an eye blinker and
throat grunter.I am pretty sure it was
and is a mild form of Tourette’s syndrome.At the time instead of giving it a name and accepting the condition my
family and friends would tell me to stop, tease me a bit, and never allow me to
Although it would
have been comforting at the time to know that others had similar and far worse
tics and that I was different, but not weird, not having a name for the tics
forced and taught me to cover my behavior in a socially acceptable way.In the long run, I think I was better off
thinking I could stop and therefore worked to at least lessen the condition and
react to the tics in a way that is less noticeable to others.
I am pretty
sure that growing up and probably still today, I was a bit ADD.Virtually any subject that was mildly
dis-interesting failed to hold my attention for very long.In college I would often go to the library
with all the other hard studying students, intent to grind out a chapter or two
of a subject and within five or ten minutes I could literally not keep my eyes
If I had
been diagnosed as ADD, it might have helped me understand things, but would it
also have given me an excuse to just not try harder to find a way to learn?
I did get by
with speed reading, jumping around in a book trying to sort out anything that
might be important.I didn’t study long,
I really just could not, so I learned to study smart.Not as effective as the students that could
study long and hard, but if I had an ADD diagnoses, I may have just given up,
why not, I would have had an excuse.
was a Major League pitcher that only had one arm and a stump.If he had allowed this condition to dictate
what he could and could not do, he would have never been a professional
If he just
accepted his disability and assumed it meant he could not do things that others
could then his disability would have defined him.
Abbot lust learned how to throw a ball, and in one smooth motion shift his
glove from his stump to his good arm, field a ball and flip the glove back and
make a throw.
Abbot play, you sensed something was different, but he was so smooth it took a
while to realize he only used one good arm.I suspect that if people made it clear to Jim at a young age that he
could not do things because of his one arm, if people made excuses and did
things for him, then he would have never pitched a nine inning no-hit game in the
It is helpful
to understand if you have a condition, it is not always productive to use the
condition as an excuse.
The preceding was the opinion of a
cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.