Archive for July, 2010

>Dressgasm of the Day: 1880s velvet evening gown

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I haven’t done a dressgasm in quite a while but I personally found this dress so stunning that I had to show all of you. I typically don’t gravitate toward this style of dress but I find it unique because it almost has a modern haute couture feeling to it. I imagine the lady who owned this dress was very modern for her time and I imagine her to have an artistic temperament.

I believe this dress was from the 1880s because of the bustle in the back that you can see in another picture and the double layered skirt with the gathering in the front. However, the shape of the bodice strikes me as being more modern like the 1890s, so either this lady was rather very fashion forward or the dress was altered later to keep wearing it. I would wear it as long as I could!

This dress appears to be constructed of deep purple velvet on the bodice and the rear overlay of the skirt, while the floral patterned underskirt appears to be white or off-white brocade. It might be a different type of embroidered silk as well. What makes this dress so interesting to me is the striking color combination with the gathered floral embroidery thrown over the right shoulder. I haven’t seen that as a design element on a dress before in that way. Typically floral accents around the bodice were real flowers that the lady wore for that night. If floral accents were silk, they were typically detachable so a lady could change them to give the dress different looks for different events.

Here are more pictures of the dress:

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>Shepherd Center woes – beware!

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>Back in April, I posted this blog about my day at the Shepherd Center where I was fitted for a new wheelchair. At the time, there was a major scheduling error in which another person’s appointment was sent to me for a completely different doctor in the complex and my appointment was missed. I let it go because they allowed me to be fitted for my wheelchair that day despite the fact that their schedulers messed up my appointment. My wheelchair was ordered, built and shipped here to Atlanta at the end of June. Everything was good, right?


The wheelchair vendor instructed me to call my doctor and have him send orders to the Shepherd Center to have the final fitting at the seating clinic and, finally, take my wheelchair home. I did as instructed. My doctor’s office is wonderful about accommodating my needs and they agreed to fax the orders right away. I cannot pick up my wheelchair without another round of approval from Medicaid even though they approved the initial fitting and purchased the entire wheelchair already. It sat at the vendor’s office here in Atlanta, probably not far from where I live right now.

Three weeks went by with no word from anyone.

Yesterday my doctor gave me a call and asked how things were going here and he asked if I had my wheelchair yet. A moment of silence passed in confusion before I responded that nobody has called me about the wheelchair or sent an appointment notification or anything. He was just as confused as me and he was looking at my file while we were talking, saying that he faxed the orders on July 6. I should have had an appointment by now. He said he was going to have his nurse practitioner come to my house today and she was to help me figure out what was going on and why I don’t have my wheelchair yet.

So today the nurse practitioner was here for my every-two-months checkup and she called the Shepherd Center for me. They didn’t have a clue what she was talking about and she got transferred to different places, none of which were the actual seating clinic until she got pushy. I got on the phone with them at that point and I said I wanted to know if Medicaid approved my wheelchair pick-up appointment yet. She searched and searched my file for about ten minutes on her computer and said there were no new orders received from my doctor since March. My first reaction was anger but I swallowed it because my mother always taught me that losing my temper was never going to accomplish anything in these situations. I asked for the correct fax number again and I asked what the orders need to say. I thanked her and hung up.

The nurse practitioner said that if my doctor made a point to call me the way he did, then the orders really were sent on July 6. She called the doctor’s office here in front of me and spoke to the receptionist on speakerphone so I could hear it. The receptionist said my records show that the orders were sent to the Shepherd Center not once but twice – once on July 6 and again on July 20. She was asked what fax number the orders were sent and the fax number was indeed correct, as was the content of my doctor’s orders. She read the orders to us.

So that basically means my doctor’s office and I did everything correctly. We followed protocol. The Shepherd Center has repeatedly dropped the ball and now my entire summer has been flushed down the toilet. It will take a minimum of two weeks to get Medicaid approval, supposing the Shepherd Center gets my orders on the third try, and another two weeks minimum to get the actual appointment. I’m basically looking at another month or more before I’m allowed to pick up my wheelchair that has actually been in Atlanta collecting dust since the end of June. I would chalk it up to an innocent mistake but this is the third attempt at getting this taken care of and the Shepherd Center gave me someone else’s appointment the last time I was there. This is not a random mistake. These are all symptoms of a deeply flawed scheduling department at an otherwise fantastic and advanced hospital. The specialists are wonderful but I truly feel that the clerks, secretaries and schedulers need serious evaluation.

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>Colonies Become an Independent Nation

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The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

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