Remember I sad I was busy?
Here is the deal. Start off (every day) with getting up, taking a pill the size of grain of rice. Can't eat anything before, or after for an hour. Wrangle the girls up and get them ready for school.
JENNA NEEDS TO WEAR RED TODAY -- No red shirts fit her.
JENNA CAN'T TIE HER SHOES -- No time to make this a teachable moment.
Oh, Papa is here for the morning performance at school -- let him in (down dogs, quit jumping).
Last night, Kristin and Jenna went and got the last tree from Lowe's (a $7 deal ) and we decorated it with a lot of help from Harriet. Apparently, Doc and Neil are of the Grinch persuasion. I offered her egg nog and pine tree decorating, and she went for it.
I am beat. Goodnight.
The bone marrow biopsy came back as generally OK. He noted some elevated numbers in my IGD, but nothing else -- which seems like an anomaly and not much for concern. Yet.
He gave me the surgical pathology report, and while I am not a doctor (or even play on on TV) I can read this:
NO EVIDENCE OF MONOCLONALITY IN B-CELL POPULATION
Since the dogs arrived, I have done the following:
*cleaned up numerous poo piles in the yard
*cleaned up several poo piles in the house
*designed, built, installed, and ultimately abandoned a barrier system to keep the pups away from the rest of the house
*put better latches on the gates
*put better closers on the gates
*took the two of them to the vet (all OK)
*fumigated the house (You try to keep 2 pups occupied for 4 hours)
I have gone to the store (Home Depot, Lowe's, Petsmart, Petco, Target, Anaheim Pet supply) every day for the last two weeks.
One good thing is that I have to walk them once a day.
It is so different having the pups around. I must admit, that when Jenna went to school the house was very quiet. Without Gipper, I had nobody to entertain me (or keep me company). Now, even when they are napping, there is activity.
AAAAAHHHHH! Gotta go clean up a mess
These two little bundles of furry fun were adopted by us on Sunday. We finaly named the girls, Blue and Daisey.
Dear Mr. Crum:
Thank you for writing to me to express your opposition to healthcare reform. I appreciate the time you took to write to me, and I welcome this opportunity to convey my opinions on how we should reform our health care system.
I support reforming our healthcare system. The key is to find a healthcare plan that provides coverage, as well as limits cost. My colleagues in the Senate and I have been working on this, but it is a difficult issue and must be carefully thought out. I hope that when the Senate Committee on Finance considers a healthcare reform proposal, the Committee will pass a bill which can accomplish these goals and can be effectively merged with the bill passed by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Other health reforms are also necessary. I strongly believe that any healthcare reform legislation should prohibit coverage denial based on preexisting conditions. Reducing healthcare premium costs is absolutely essential. Between 2000 and 2007, combined profits for 10 of the country's largest publically traded insurance companies rose 428 percent. I am also concerned about the astronomical growth of entitlement spending, which makes up 56 percent of all federal dollars spent in 2009. Health reform must bend the healthcare cost curve, slowing the growth of entitlements in order to reduce our nation's debt and budget deficit.
Any Senate health reform bill must improve California's complex health care system, and please know that I am working hard with my colleagues to make health care affordable for all Americans, without adding to the federal deficit.
Again, thank you for contacting me. If you should have any further comments or questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Best regards.
Sincerely yours, Dianne Feinstein
- Divided the nation along racial, economic, class, political and just about any other line there is. Riots? Soon.
- Halted the growth of the economy (did I mention how many commercial properties are vacant locally?). Obamavilles? Soon.
- Increased the debt to levels that are absolutely mind boggling. Taxed up the wazoo? Soon (if not now).
- Started the long and painful retreat from our engagement from the middle east. We are still reaping the bitter cop of failure from our disengagement in South East Asia. Killing fields in Iraq and Afghanistan? Soon.
- Tanked, and utter gutting of the U.S. dollar. Hyper inflation? Soon.
- Trashed our standing in the eyes of our allies. Poland under the Russian boot? Soon.
- Nationalizing the health care system and working to change a center right nation to a left leaning nation that is permanently dependent on the state for bread and circuses. Currently in process -- Sooner than later.
- Drugstore.com is a bottomless, vacuous pit.
- I used them MANY years ago, until I noticed that they signed me up for some sort of service with recurring fees on my credit card.
- Their e-mail help feature is worthless.
- Their human help people, while very nice, are running about .333 on their effectiveness.
- I will never use them again. Ever.
Well, we went to the game. Had fun, ran into several great folks that I enjoyed talking to.
Jenna went out and danced between innings!
A foul ball came close, guy threw it up in the stands and I caught it for the girls... FIRST FOUL BALL EVER FOR ME! Guess I can check that off my list.
Gotta get the $2 beer taste out of my mouth...
Yes, it is facisim.As always, someone else has put it better than I can. The site Sweetness and Light notes that the modern democrat party is very much like the National Socialist Party of old.
The Nazis being: against big banks and capitalism in general, against big department stores, against pollution, for two years mandatory voluntary service to the country, for make-work projects (such as the autobahn), against vivisection and cruelty and to animals, against smoking and all tobacco products, for abortion and euthanasia of the infirm and undesirable – and, of course, for cradle-to-grave nationalized healthcare. In fact, if you look really hard, you can sometimes even find a hint of anti-Semitism in the Democrat Party.
- Doc -- You get one (new) knee per leg. Don't screw it up. You must quit all lifestyle elements that may endanger the procedure. Can't operate until you get within the chart weight of 190 pounds.
- Harriet -- Hips are not optional. Take a pain pill. Remember, wheelchairs get you where you want to go and are cheaper. Motorized wheelchairs can be provided -- contact your Member of Congress.
- Bern -- Time to move on. If the standard treatments don't work, take a clue. We offer end of life counseling and Physician assisted departure.
- Kristin -- No surgery for you. No new medications for you, it is too expensive and not proven yet. Take the cheap pill.
- Mom -- Cancer again? 'Comon now, you have used up all your good cancer points on the last two.
I just replaced my router... third one this year! Are they some kind of canary in the coal mine thing? Do they barf on you when you most need the computer? Are they just pissy?
I have killed off at least 7 or 8 routers. I have only killed one modem, and that one was old.
Luckily, I had a backup one from Woot! on hand, hooked it up and >BAM< everything is good with the world again.
This article really helped, made me less mad at my ISP.
Well, back to the surf grind...
- Old people, new tattoos: It has been my opinion that tattoos are for combat proven Marines and drunk sailors on leave. Pirates too. Not for 60 year old grannies who think it's cool. If you are over 25, forget it. When you turn 30, get them removed.
- Tattoos of things you have no clue about: Asian characters? No, they really mean "I have stinky bummy!". Bentley Car emblems? No, you don't even qualify to clean the upholstery in one. Sports team? Hope they don't change their mascot, logo, or location.
- Old guys and rat tails: Dude, you are old. Act respectable and people will respect you. Rat tails belong in the hills of West Virginia... waaaaayyyy back in a 'holler!
- College team wear: Did you go there? Being a fan is one thing, but to have your whole family with Texas Longhorn clothing, bags, and shoes is just a bit much. If you realy went there, you may not be so proud...
- Raiders fans: What can I say? Bud Lite is their koolaid, and boy, do they drink koolaid!
- Fat people on ECVs (Electric Convenience Vehicles): Get off your ass and walk. I used an ECV twice last year. Hated every second of it. Be healed! Walk your ass off! That's what Disneyland is for!
- Kids with games: If my kids bring a game to Disneyland, it would go under a train... PAY ATTENTION TO THE WORLD AROUND YOU! You may learn something.
- Adults with iPhones or Crackberrys: See above.
That should keep me calm for a day or so.
Gotta go, a Woot off is going!
It is like she is treating him as "one of them" and he needs to get back on the reservation. Kudos to the guy for slamming this disgrace of a Senator.
I know a few folks that wouldn't qualify for any new medical treatments under the new plan.
Obama -- and the rest of the socialist congress -- are so far out of the main stream it is not funny. This cram down of the health bill is very scary for the republican form of government that we once had.
Don't even get me started on the other things they are doing NOW, with such feirce urgency, that can and will permanently change the USA.
I am quite unhappy, time for a nap...
Eeesh, it was in dreadful condition. Covered in silver finger print powder, rust oozing out of the cracks and crevasse, even the Pachmayr grip was messed up (BTW, Kudos to them , they are sending out a replacement part for the bronze medallion that is missing).
A note on how I surf: I go to a site like Instapundit or Ernie's, and read and open up a bunch of links all at once. I often do this while streaming radio broadcasts at the same time. Now, while I launch the web sites, the buffered streaming media keeps going... but the browser comes up "connection interupted" or "problem loading page" or "The connection was reset". The stream keeps rolling (it's buffered), but the sites come up missing.
It happens with just me surfing, with the wife surfing alone (who doesn't surf like me at all), and the kids trying to play on sprouts.com.
No rhyme or reason.
I did try the online help, playing e-mail tag with a guy... somewhere... and that was a waste. Since it has been happening for months, and intermittently, I suspect that it will be difficult to diagnose. You know how it goes, "Hey it's down now... oh, up... wait ... wait... wait... ITS - oh, it's still up... loading... loading... loading... DOWN!... Up? UP! Oh, loading... loading..."
Esh, it's enough to frustrate a guy.
Not only that, but I am getting bids for the sandblasting/re-stucco of the house.
And stone facing on the front.
And insulation in the walls.
And boxing in the eaves.
And painting the trim.
And, and , and...
Boy, while-you-are-at-it-itis realy can bite you in the butt!
Good thing I got the A/C fixed ($300+), I think I will take a nap.
What a world we live in.
If it were up to him, no one would be eligible to even talk about owning a firearm.
Now I get to go up to LA tomorrow and search for my long stolen (19 years?) .45 ACP.
Woo - Hoo !
Went to Disneyland with the family.
We got there at dinner time, and since nothing is easy, we went to get a box dinner for the girls at the Village Haus, and then ate at the Zocolo. Since we went there for the night shows, we tooled over to the Haunted Mansion to stake out a place for Fantasmic!, but only got a D+ spot.
After that show, the fireworks started -- then stopped. The old "winds at high altitudes" problem. So we went on the Haunted Mansion, then got a better seat for the 10:30 showing of Fantasmic!
We stopped by Pixie Hollow for some pictures. Disneyland is great at night for pictures, and I am still working on the details as to how it's done. You need a steady hand, and that is tough for me.
As we left the park, Sean Austin was also leaving. This is the second time I have seen him there. The only way I notice him is that he is with a tour guide. Only celebs use tour guides. I have seen Gary Shandling, Duane "DOG" Chapman and his short wife, and some others that I can't recall at the moment.
That's about as close to celebrity as I want to get.
BHO will control the money, and the policy, while claiming that it is "for the good".
Man, this guy is un-fricken-believable!
Gotta hide now...
Great, now all I have to do is get my routine down.
I used to take my fist full of pills in the morning with my shredded wheat, but with the thyroid stuff, my stomach needs to be empty. In the morning, it really is empty. And it has to stay empty for an hour. So I am wobbly and woozy for an hour while the pill (the size of a grain of rice) taunts my hungry system as a meal.
Sometimes I can shit, shower, and shave, but mostly I need to keep sedate. My gyros are very slow in the morning, and if I learch too quickly I just keep going in that random direction. I look very... amusing.
And, no, I don't drink beer in the morning. What do you think this is, Baja?
Next project: Loose some of the 50 pounds I gained over the last year.
Gotta go to bed...
Leftism as an ideology exists to provide a mechanism for advancing the economic interest and social status of articulate intellectuals. As an ideology leftism seeks to restrict the freedoms, especially the economic freedoms, of everyone who doesn’t work as an articulate intellectual, while at the same time maximizing the freedom of articulate intellectuals.There is another bit, something that I have noticed...
Most people forget that fascists, communists and the lesser tyrannies of the 20th Century did not initially rise to power as violent, mass-murdering police states. Instead, they began with economic control. They first controlled people’s access to material necessities: to jobs, to housing, to medical care, to education, etc. Only when they could control people’s material environment did they obtain the power to unleash the police state.It concludes with this:
As you go through your day-to-day life, watch all the decisions that you make that influence your total quality of life. Each time you make such a decision, ask yourself if a leftist would let you make that decision if they had the power to stop you. Would they let you have your house, your job, your car, your food, your random stuff? Would they let you run your own business? Would they protect your right to free speech if they disagreed with you? Would they let you educate your children as you see fit? Would they let you have input on your minor children’s reproductive choices?
If I want to plant petunias in the yard, is it OK, or do I have to go with drought tolerant plantings? If I want a black car, will it be allowed in California? I want my wife to make her famous chocolate chip cookies, will we be taxed extra for making "fat food"? Never mind that I already have to separate my garbage, select from a paltry selection of tiny unsafe vehicles, buy paint that is safe for the environment (but fails after 3-4 years), select only "energy star" products that simply don't do the job for a family of 4.
The intelectualoids are located in dense, large cities. Typically they are childless, or at most, one child family s. To them, a large vehicle (mini van or SUV) is impractical. They take the train or bus to work. They have appartments that need little maintenence. The closest they get to a Home Depot is to get mercury infused twisty lightbubs. Meanwhile, in "flyover country", a family of four or five squeeze into a small, unsafe vehicle, try to maintain a house with inferior products, and suffer at the hands of the "save the earth" idiots that have (and will never) get out and actually do something.
All the actors have bad skin, and IMAX puts their face in yours. I love my wife, but I know more about the new Kirk's facial quirks than hers.
It does take away some of the movie magic when the story line gets overtaken by the visuals (the whole pourpose of the IMAX experience). If they could have done something with the interiour shots and extreme closeups in non-IMAX, then the other, outside scenes in IMAX, that would have been great.
I do remember that actors (and especially the actresses) are wary of hi-def TV for the same reason: Stagecraft and makeup are not up to the standards of the new hi-def cameras yet.
It is like the "talkies" and "color" all over again. At some point it will find a happy medium.
Gotta go, feeling hormonal (heh, I like that)
They are testing TSH (THYROID STIMULATING HORMONE), and the range is from 0.4-4.00 uIU/mL.
I scored a 5.72!
Finally, something I am good at! The previous one was 6.53.
Now I am just waiting for the Doc to call and tell me what pills to take. Great, more pills.
I feel manic, gotta go --
Russia? Latvia? Australia? UK? WOW!
The one that realy gets me thinking is my fan in Alabama.
Do I know you? While it is possible that I do, search chemo brain and you will understand the question...
Please, drop me a note, I am curious as to who you are.
Just got back from the COH BMT reunion. Great event. Got my 1 year BMT badge (as big as a plate) and a blue hat with LA on it. Must be some baseball team or something. All my ball caps are red.
Took Jenna with me, and she had a blast, cupcakes and ice cream galore for her.
I need a nap.
This article demonstrates that what the big O is doing is indeed fascism.
Did we see it coming?
Did anyone listen?
I am reminded of an article I read years ago (since lost to the haze of time), that Europe in the 30's it was "hip and cool" to be a Fascist. Or a Communist. Famous people like Henry Ford thought that it was a great idea. All that anti Jew ( Slavic, Protestant, catholic, gypsy...) stuff was just talk. Labor, capital, and government could work as one for better results.
Now, the Big O is hip and cool. People like George Sorros think that this is a great path that we have emparqued on. The hedge funds, bankers, Wall Street speculators, and tea party folks are the true problem. After all, are they not racist?
What is truly telling is that today the big O announced that Chrysler is going bankrupt. Not the CEO of Chrysler ( unless you consider the big O as the defacto CEO ). The big O and his cronies (unions) run things now.
All within 100 days.
BTW, I didn't go to any tea parties on the 15th. Too many things to do. Plus, it was in Santa Ana. Why there? Parking is crappy, NOTHING to do there, only lawyers (and the swine they represent) and bureaucrats have a reason to be there.
I gotta go plant some pumpkin seeds...
Still have another bajillion things to finish, but you gotta start somewhere...
What we did yesterday was go to the Angel's game. Ditch the kids with the Grands, get there a bit early, and enjoyed the game... up to the 7th inning stretch. Adenhart shut the A's out of the first 6 innings, then the bull pen blew it -- especially with 3 runs in the top of the ninth.
In the middle of the 4th, Kristin had put up on the score board "Happy Anniversary Jim & Kristin". The picture may be coming, but the lens was smeared with Ruby's french fry grease (How she does it, I'll never know).
We got home a bit late, and slept in. Not a bad date!
I gotta get something for breakfast --
Jenna seems to be the head germ, she actually has had a fever a few times.
Kristin and Caitlyn stayed home one day last week, both just sick enough.
Everyone is coughing, hacking and miserable... but not enough to do anything about it.
Well, I got tired of it and set an appointment for tomorrow morning. Of course they won't see the whole family ( just all of us -- one at a time). I had a low fever last night, so I thought it was time to nuke this thing.
Caitlyn has a new thing...
Skateboarding! She has not figured out how to make it go straight yet (it keeps going off into the grass). Hopefully she will not do what her Papa did, and break a bone.
We have four family birthdays spaced evenly throughout the month, so every week we are getting together. Plus Caitlyn had three friends with birthdays in March.
Blogging has been light because I am working on the yard, which has been neglected for a year, and un-crashing my computer.
I somehow managed to trash both hard drives at once. Not a problem, I have Carbonite... right? Well, I restored some files (thankfully my Turbo Tax file restored), but I have 204,000+ files NOT restored, waiting in the pipe for replacement. It's just stuck. Won't transfer.
I guess I will have to interface with someone on the subcontinent to fix this, but I just haven't had the time.
Well, what can I say?
We went to see three games of Cactus League action. The Angels won two out of the three. Not bad. We met some players, and saw all the coaches and staff.
Arte Moreno ( about 20 rows in front of me )
Tim Meade (was the MC of the BBQ we went to)
Two pitchers (to be named later)
Rex (the Hud Dog) Huddler
William E. Dannemeyer
Oh, and we also saw the games.
It was definitely a different vibe at these games.
The Angels had a huge turn out at the Cubs park. Cub fans are a strange lot, I tell ya! And they don't believe in good beer... Bud and Bud Lite. That's it. We didn't spend ANY money there!
But, we are back home and gearing up for Ms. Caitlyn's big 6th party. Clean, clean, clean, garden, garden, garden.
Gotta Go Hoe!
All anyone knew is that I couldn't walk, and had "something strange" on my MRI of my back.
It would take several more days before I was diagnosed with Multiple Myloma (IGD).
During that time, I had to have help doing even the most basic of all functions. Modesty and pride go out with the hospital gown.
I was fitted with a back brace, that kept me together for about six months. I was so glad to progress away from that.
Since then I have had three rounds of radiation, several different chemo therapies, and the big whopper, the massive chemo with stem cell regeneration of my bone marrow that happened at the City of Hope.
Lasting effects? Yea, a few.
- After a year of various forms of sitting on my ass, I have little momentum.
- I am up to 271 pounds, the heaviest I have ever been ( in April I was below 220, and had to use a belt to keep my pants up).
- I have some memory lapses -- also known as chemo brain.
- My fine motor skills are very shaky.
- My legs swell up in the evening, so when I take off my socks for the night it looks rather shocking.
- I have tattoos, but they are the remains of the radiation treatment.
- I seem to have difficulty hearing things.
- I smell smoke, a nice BBQ kind of smoke (the doctors are puzzled by this one).
- My back is stiff (see the second item), and twitches when I stand still or lay down for the night.
- I have a scar on my chest where the Hickman catheter was inserted in my chest and neck for 6 or so weeks.
- I take chemo pills every night, and will have to for the rest of my life. A 28 day supply costs Kaiser $5200.
- Family and friends. Without them I would be long gone. Each well wish and prayer counted.
- I can park in the blue spots (at least until June).
- New perspectives, new attitudes.
- I can pick up the girls again.
- My wife.
Looking forward to another few thousand days ahead.
It is on tape, but they will not be prosecuted. That would be racist.
Tell me, why the hell does my tax money go to these fascist anyway?
This comes as a disappointment to me, as I can remember that I sided with Ford when I was in the 5th grade, dogged my history teacher in the 7th (he was a draft dodger), and created a name for myself throughout college as a conservative Republican.
But when the media voted for McCain, and worshiped "The One" into office, and the respectful Republicans rolled over (as they were told to do by everyone in the beltway), they betrayed my trust.
My concern is that we have entered a brave new world of "the third way". This is the way of the fascist of Europe, Mussolini, Franco, and yes, that other guy. The world of government owning or "partnering" with publicly held companies to work together for the good of all. Decisions are not made in the board room, but out in public. Labor unions are encouraged, so that the workers have a voice in the means of production. The public health is taken care of by the state in an efficient manner.
All things are political because the state is all things.
What does this mean for me? Move out of state? Move out of the country? Nah, just hunker down, buy ammo, and prepare for the inevitable stagflation, increase in crime, and social unrest. Thanks for uniting us, our saviour Obama.
- Etta James sings wonderfully.
- She doesn't like Obama.
- She sings wonderfully.
Etta James is not happy with President Barrack Obama or Beyonce. Apparently, at a recent show, the singer showed her anger while introducing her hit, At Last, the song that Obama asked Beyonce to sing during his first dance as President. Etta made a point to let the audience know that Obama was “not her President.” Burn…
Etta told the audience, “You know, YOUR President, the one with the big ears-he ain’t my President?”had that woman singing for him at his Inauguration. She’s going to get her ass whooped. How dare Beyonce sing MY song that I been singing forever. Now I’m going to sing it for y’all….??
Did I mention that she sings wonderfully?