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    An Open Letter To Closed Minds

    by The Gimp

    Sat Mar 27, 2010 at 08:02:55 PM PDT

    This is taken from a poetry slam piece I used to perform, reworked and expanded for current times.


    The Gimp's diary :: ::
    This is me.



    I'm comfortable with me. Why aren't you?

    Is it because I remind you of everything you could be one day? Everything you could lose? What if your child was born like me? Parents often say that they don't care if the baby is a boy or girl, as long as it's healthy - ten fingers, ten toes, one head - but would you love your child any less if it were like me? When I was born in Lake Havasu City, Arizona in 1976, my mother was told to divorce my dad and move across the border to California, because she'd receive better benefits for me as a single mother there. My parents weren't on any government services at the time - dad worked in a diecast factory, mom was a bartender - but they were told that the only way I'd get healthcare and other services was if my mom was a single parent on welfare in California. They made too much to qualify for any services, but not enough to pay for them. Within two years after my birth, an explosion in the boiler room sent liquid metal everywhere, giving my dad third degree burns over seventy percent of his body. He nearly died, and spent almost a year in rehab, including practically living in a whirlpool for months. Through all of this, my parents never divorced, never took that advice they were given. We lived in poverty for years, denied the kinds of assistance families with disabled children need.

    This could be your story. I could be your child.

    I am the freak. I am the malformed fetus. I am the leper, the gimp and the outcast, and I'm exactly like you.

    I'm comfortable with me. Why aren't you? Is it because I eat directly from the plate without the use of hands or silverware? Does it offend your delicate sensibilities to watch me eat, even though I never get a spot anywhere one me? I've been using my mouth to do damn near everything for 34 years, now, and I've become pretty good at it. Just ask my wife. But I can see the way your child looks at me, the way you want to crawl back under the rock you came from because your child asks me questions like, "Why are your hands so little?" and, "How come your feet don't work?" But your child is only asking me because that's how children learn. And honestly? I'd rather they learn about me from me, not you. "That's just the way God made him," however well intended, is not the answer. The answer is simply that I was born this way. I had a birth defect, a one in a hundred thousand thing. In the pre-natal Powerball, I got 5 out of 6 numbers and this was my prize. God doesn't pick certain people to be certain ways - shit just happens. People aren't poor because they're lazy, sick because they're weak, or gay because they're sinners. They just are. That's life, and children need to understand that. We need Social Security because people get old, or become or are born disabled. We need Welfare because people can't get work, or are too sick, or too needed at home by their children. We need Medicare because medicine is expensive and doctors are, too. Anyone who says that people stay on Welfare or Disability because it's easy has never had to live on it. I'm 34 years old and live, with my disabled wife, on $900 a month and a whopping $42 in food stamps. I'll let you know when I buy that plasma screen you think I have and get spinning chrome rims for my wheelchair.

    I'm comfortable with me. Why aren't you? Or have I already hit it on the head? "What kind of God does this to His children?" Perhaps I make you uncomfortable because I make you question your beliefs, your faith. If the world worked the way you think it does, then why does a former nuclear engineer have Parkinson's and need the government to live? What about all the rest of us gimps? Are we supposed to stay home and out of sight because we're visual blights on your Galtian utopia? We're living, breathing cognitive dissonance in your world view, and I actually respect the ones that say we should just be euthanized, because at least they have the balls to tell us what they really think. But you? You are hypocrites. You want to scream about death panels while you fight the very things millions like me need to survive. You want to decry socialism while collecting Social Security. You complain about government running healthcare while you take advantage of government run healthcare. Do you ever actually listen to yourself?

    You're scared. You're scared because you're small, petty, insecure children who need to feel superior to others in order to feel good about yourself. Your self-worth relies directly upon being better than someone else. If they get something you don't, it's unfair. If they have different beliefs than you, they're wrong. If they live and love in different ways than you do, they're sick. You concern yourselves with others' lives because you can only feel good about yourself if you know that you're right and they're wrong and suffering for it. Their damnation is your salvation. Their 'sins' make you virtuous. It's not about right and wrong, it's about being on the winning team. Being superior. Everything in your life depends upon it.

    And you know what? Despite all of this, I'm comfortable with you.

    Why aren't you?

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    That guy has the craziest T-Rex arms I have ever seen!
    What Would Fetus Do?

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    Dude sounds bitter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fetusaurus Rex View Post
    That guy has the craziest T-Rex arms I have ever seen!
    He must not be a good tipper.
    Last edited by min0 lee; 03-28-2010 at 02:47 PM.

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    Somehow, that dude doesn't sound like he's too comfortable with himself or anyone else for that matter. Sounds like he's got a big ass chip on his shoulder. I guess I would also if I had a body like a tadpole.

    But, anyhoo. That's exactly why I'm against government run healthcare. I don't want a freak like that to receive the same healthcare I have. It angers me to think that he might be treated as my equal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    Must not be a good tipper.
    I beg to differ. I bet it's pretty easy to tip him over.

    I'm just sayin'.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DOMS View Post
    I beg to differ. I bet it's pretty easy to tip him over.

    I'm just sayin'.



    I'd love to watch him eat a big bowl of chocolate puddin'. He'd prolly look like he'd been tossing someone's salad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOMS View Post
    I beg to differ. I bet it's pretty easy to tip him over.

    I'm just sayin'.


    This thread somehow took a turn for the worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GearsMcGilf View Post
    Somehow, that dude doesn't sound like he's too comfortable with himself or anyone else for that matter. Sounds like he's got a big ass chip on his shoulder. I guess I would also if I had a body like a tadpole.

    But, anyhoo. That's exactly why I'm against government run healthcare. I don't want a freak like that to receive the same healthcare I have. It angers me to think that he might be treated as my equal!
    they would even let him be born i would guess
    If you strike me down(ban me)I'll become more powerful than ever.. Don't say i don't warn you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GearsMcGilf View Post


    I'd love to watch him eat a big bowl of chocolate puddin'. He'd prolly look like he'd been tossing someone's salad.
    NEGGED.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post


    This thread somehow took a turn for the worse.
    Wait...your goal wasn't for us to shit all over him because he is trying to hide his bitterness, and disdain for everyone else, behind a holier-than-thou letter?

    My mistake...


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    wait, is that the dude from the Burger King commercials?


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    oh fuck, looks like you guys pissed him off....



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    I am just impressed that this guy managed to type all that.
    little.girl.little.girl.you.should.close.your.eyes .that.view.is.gettin'.me.high

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fetusaurus Rex View Post
    That guy has the craziest T-Rex arms I have ever seen!
    I thought that was you....
    Coarse edged youth, the irish pendants string from their smiles
    not yet plucked as to slacken the seams
    and drag down the features of age,
    no folds or creases from unkempt wear
    eyes of tranquilty, crystalline-beads
    no sign of despair in their hair, nor their hearts
    but oh they have yet to be experienced and that makes aging so very worth it...ML circa2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYN View Post
    I am just impressed that this guy managed to type all that.
    With a pencil in his mouth and he draws the same way....
    Coarse edged youth, the irish pendants string from their smiles
    not yet plucked as to slacken the seams
    and drag down the features of age,
    no folds or creases from unkempt wear
    eyes of tranquilty, crystalline-beads
    no sign of despair in their hair, nor their hearts
    but oh they have yet to be experienced and that makes aging so very worth it...ML circa2012

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    Quote Originally Posted by maniclion View Post
    I thought that was you....


    (hand actual size)
    What Would Fetus Do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DOMS View Post
    Dude sounds bitter.
    Lol wouldn't you be? He looks retarded.

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    M.Y G.E.R.M.S!!!

    (it wouldn't let me type in caps lock)
    little.girl.little.girl.you.should.close.your.eyes .that.view.is.gettin'.me.high

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    wtf is MY GERMS?

    you don't get what you wish for ~ you get what you work for

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    You're scared because you're small, petty, insecure children who need to feel superior to others in order to feel good about yourself. Your self-worth relies directly upon being better than someone else.
    Just a beautiful piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Wing View Post
    wtf is MY GERMS?
    little.girl.little.girl.you.should.close.your.eyes .that.view.is.gettin'.me.high

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    I'd hate to say it but why doesn't this dude get a job, he draws pretty well and on another article claims he can type 80 words a minute with his pen in mouth style...instead of depending on his meager allowance from the government which he probably thinks is all he deserves because he's a bit different, the gimp who doesn't fit in with us "normal people"...cause I mean loss of being able bodied stopped Steven Hawkings from doing anything ever again...

    He could do a work from home transcription service where people upload vice memos to a messaging service and then get it transcribed to text...hell he could take it a step further and do a sketching service where someone might call or email and describe a diagram they want sketched up and emailed back... I mean it's something that good either pay better than or at least supplement his barely livable allowance....
    Coarse edged youth, the irish pendants string from their smiles
    not yet plucked as to slacken the seams
    and drag down the features of age,
    no folds or creases from unkempt wear
    eyes of tranquilty, crystalline-beads
    no sign of despair in their hair, nor their hearts
    but oh they have yet to be experienced and that makes aging so very worth it...ML circa2012

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    Short people got no reason
    Short people got no reason
    Short people got no reason
    To live

    They got little hands
    Little eyes
    They walk around
    Tellin' great big lies
    They got little noses
    And tiny little teeth
    They wear platform shoes
    On their nasty little feet

    Well, I don't want no short people
    Don't want no short people
    Don't want no short people
    `Round here

    Short people are just the same
    As you and I
    (A fool such as I)
    All men are brothers
    Until the day they die
    (It's a wonderful world)

    Short people got nobody
    Short people got nobody
    Short people got nobody
    To love

    They got little baby legs
    That stand so low
    You got to pick em up
    Just to say hello
    They got little cars
    That go beep, beep, beep
    They got little voices
    Goin' peep, peep, peep
    They got grubby little fingers
    And dirty little minds
    They're gonna get you every time
    Well, I don't want no short people
    Don't want no short people
    Don't want no short people
    'Round here


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    Quote Originally Posted by DOMS View Post
    Dude sounds bitter.
    Can't blame him....he can't even reach to masturbate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maniclion View Post
    I'd hate to say it but why doesn't this dude get a job, he draws pretty well and on another article claims he can type 80 words a minute with his pen in mouth style...instead of depending on his meager allowance from the government which he probably thinks is all he deserves because he's a bit different, the gimp who doesn't fit in with us "normal people"...cause I mean loss of being able bodied stopped Steven Hawkings from doing anything ever again...

    He could do a work from home transcription service where people upload vice memos to a messaging service and then get it transcribed to text...hell he could take it a step further and do a sketching service where someone might call or email and describe a diagram they want sketched up and emailed back... I mean it's something that good either pay better than or at least supplement his barely livable allowance....

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
    Can't blame him....he can't even reach to masturbate.
    If he can type 80wpm with his mouth, he should be able to learn how to autofellate himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GearsMcGilf View Post
    If he can type 80wpm with his mouth, he should be able to learn how to autofellate himself.
    Rep points if anyone can find a video of a midget blowing himself.

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    Did he write or type that with his mouth too?

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