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June 1, 2007

Bubba Hur

When nothing takes long, you can do a lot at lunch. Amongst other things, I went to Best Buy at lunch today. Was thinking I might buy "Bubba Ho-tep." Some of you may recall it as being among the best movies to appear this decade.

I did not see it on the aisles, so I asked the guy if they had it. He said 'yup' and immediately led me to where he thought it was. His hand reached for, and nearly picked up, Ben Hur before he realized the error.

There's a B. There's an H. Outside of that, you really can't draw any similarities between those two movies. Okay, I've give you the 'U', but that's about it. Not even close. As luck would have it, they aren't currently stocking Bubba Ho-tep in the stores because it is being re-released in August. So unless they have an old copy, they are waiting for the new edition. Maybe I'll wait for that as well. Not on purpose, mind you. Odds are, I will forget to buy it in the next week, and it will be August before I remember again.

On the blood clot front, I started my new self-prescribed therapy last night. It involved a splash of Martini&Rossi, and a little more Goose. I feel better already.

Unsure

The doctor's office called me today. They finally got in the results from all the blood they took last week. The results were 'indefinite.'

So, now Im going to be referred to a hemotologist.

June 5, 2007

Corded

Sometimes, we do dumb things.

As I mentioned last week, I had to send back my Philips Norelco beard trimmer because the dog ate it, and they said they would just replace the whole thing. I had to send in the trimmer, and the charger cord, and any other bits that went with it. So, I sent all that in last week, and am hoping to receive something from them about mid-month.

This morning, right before I got into the shower, I was debating whether or not to shave. I haven't shaved much the past three weeks. Im not trying to grow a beard, but wasn't wanting to be clean shaven either. But, lacking the trimmer, my options are beard, or clean shave every couple days. Anyway, this morning, as I was brushing my teeth, I looked at my shaver, which is also a Philips Norelco (the Spectra 8894) product, and noticed the cord was missing. Half a beat later, I realized what a dumbass Id been last week. I had sent in the charging cord for my shaver, instead of the trimmer.

I called them on my way into work this morning and explained my error. They couldn't simply send back my cord because that package goes to a different warehouse and will just be recycled. But the lady said she could just send me out a new charger! I'm really loving the customer service of Philips Norelco now. In two weeks, they've saved me from myself, and from my dog. In the meantime, my shaver is fully charged, and the charge usually will last me over a month of shaving, so I'll be fine until the cord arrives.

In other news: I have an appointment with a hemotologist/oncologist next Wednesday. He should be able to determine if anything is actually wrong with me, and if so, how bad it is.

June 6, 2007

Days

Some days are just really annoying. Because of just about everything.
This is one of those days. And it is only augmented by the fact that I get to work late, and may not get home til after 10 tonight.

On the plus side, since the drs office is just one bothersome things today, Ive decided to not even bother going in tomorrow, and will just put it off for about a week.

June 7, 2007

Worked out

Was in the office last night until just after 10 pm. Had to stay the extra five hours to implement some changes. They didnt all work. It was pretty much as expected. I also had a morning training class. Which wasn't completely worthless. It was just an overall very long day.

When I told the nurse yesterday about my plan to not come in and get blood drawn, she wasn't real receptive to the idea. I basically told her that the hours they kept did not work very well for me. Not opening until half an hour after I get to work, closing half an hour before I leave work, and then closing for the hour that Im at lunch. But she did find another place that I could go which was much closer to work, and open all day. So that is where I went for lunch. It was much easier. No muss, no fuss, no wait. I'll get the INR results tomorrow.

Probably go to the gym tonight. Time to get back into that rhythm.

June 8, 2007

She's trying to kill meh

Got my INR back today. Im at 1.3, so it has gone up, slightly. But not enough. Im starting to figure out why...

Ninsi wanted some blackberries when we were at the Farmer's Market last weekend. So we got some, and she gave some to me. She also cooked me dinner Monday night, and used a lot of soy sauce. And last night, she made me a salad with baby spinich.

Today, since my INR was not as high as hoped, I did some intergooglin' and found a site that listed Vitamin K amounts for various foods.

For a person taking Coumadin who is trying to increase his INR, you know what I can't eat?
Blackberries,
Soybeans,
Salads with Spinich.

Fortunately for me, I didnt eat the salad. I talked to the nurse for a bit and she was going back and forth to the doctor. Apparently they just assumed people dont eat as much fruit as I do. My diet is too healthy for this drug. It's a good thing I didnt get asparagus with my fish two days ago. That's even worse than blackberries.

The sum of my conversation with the nurse? Eat slightly less healthy - doctor's orders.
Now, who doesnt want to be me? ;)

June 11, 2007

Un-birthday

She planned it, in secret, for two months. My friends kept it a secret for nearly as long. And Saturday, I was thrown a secret Un-birthday party. When I walked into Reptile's house, and everyone shouted, I was mostly confused. They were shouting, and blowing things and all wearing funny hats. And Ninsi had put a funny hat on my head.

When I get confused, my reaction is to keep doing exactly what I was doing when the confusion started so as to give myself time to figure it out. In this case, I was walking, so I kept walking, into the kitchen to put my stuff down. That gave me enough time to realize what was going on. It probably also had the unintended effect of making me seem not surprised, because I didnt stop and say "Wha?"

It was very cleverly planned, and really, the biggest surprise is that no one let it slip for the two months they've all known. There were a couple close calls. With the biggest near miss being someone in email saying "Dont you have a birthday coming up?" There were other clues, but none significant enough in itself. Looking back, I can remember half a dozen things that I noticed as being a little off, but I never put it all together. I had no reason to suspect anything. I also have a penchant for not asking questions, which made it a lot easier for Ninsi.

But it was a good time. Which a very well done cake. Pity no one brought a camera. Thanks go out to all my friends that were able to make it happen. :)

Father's Day

When I was a kid, I spent every weekend and Summer at my grandfather's house in Eufaula. Every Summer. Every weekend. It was fun, and I did enjoy it immensly. Eventually, in my early teens, I started to spend less time there. I was busy with my friends and had other things to do on the weekends. Other things often being just 'hanging out.' I still went and spent weekends with my grandfather, just not every weekend. And as I got older, it became less often. I remember it very well.

I suspect that every father knows that one day, his daughter will no longer be a 'Daddy's Girl,' and she will stop thinking Dad hung the moon and is the coolest person ever. You hope the day never really comes, but it does. It came for me today, and it damn near broke my heart.

I was supposed to go up to Oklahoma this weekend and spend it with the Squid. The past couple weeks my mom had been trying to get her to come stay in McAlester for a couple weeks, but the Squid did not want to go. She told me that she would rather hang out with her friends for the Summer. With my mom going to Tulsa tomorrow for the day, it would have been an idea time for the Squid to come back with her to McAlester, and spend a short week with her grandmother, and the weekend with me. But she didnt even want to do that. So, for me to see her this weekend, I would have to drive all the way to Tulsa, if not Dewey, and would not even arrive until 10 pm at best. I called my daughter back and asked her what she would think if we just skipped this weekend.

She was very okay with that plan. I could tell by her voice that she was happier to stay in Dewey for the weekend than spend it with her old man. I knew the day would come. And I completely understand it. I remember what it was like.

That doesn't make it any easier.

June 13, 2007

1.9

Saw the specialist today. The good news is that I dont have cancer. And that's pretty much the only news I care about. He did say that they sometimes younger people (35 is younger in this case) are more resistant to the Coumadin. So, he was in the process of doubling my dosage when they tested my INR. Ninsi and I were in the exam room still but could here his slightly stunned expression of 'Oh!' when the nurse told him my INR was now 1.9. It has spiked quite a bit in the last week. So, we're not doubling. Just increasing slightly.

He was not real sure that diet actually had any effect on the INR. Im still unsure of that myself also. I'll be getting my blood tested weekly for at least the next month, but wont have to go see the doctor again for at least a month.

The only downer was that my bloodwork does appear to show that I have a genetic predisposition to clotting. Once Im off this round of Coumadin (6 months) and my blood is normal, they will do a full round of blood tests again and we'll know for sure. If those tests still show the 'slight abnormality' then the doctor will recommend that I stay on blood thinners for the rest of my life. That is doable. It's just a pill once a day. However, I would be more inclined to say "Lets wait for the next clot to see if Im really that suceptible to clotting. Then I'll pop pills forever."

In short, Im fine. And a bleeder!

June 18, 2007

Double take

Spent the weekend with the Squid in OK. Except for Blockbuster pissing me off, we had a good time. Also saw Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, since it was the only thing we could almost agree on. Neither of us was really excited about seeing it. It wasn't great. I suppose it was alright for the $5.50 each it cost me, but it wouldn't be worth the $8.50 it would cost here in Dallas. I also almost got really annoyed with the theater when I learned they did not take debit cards. Fortunately, I had enough cash.

Headed back to Dallas on Sunday, and stopped off in Durant for about 2.5 hours to play some poker. I won a little more than I lost so that wasn't bad. After leaving the poker game, I was driving and talking to Reptile, and passed a Mustang. I looked over as I passed and then had to look back again because the girl driving it was surprisingly hot. I didnt even notice that there was another girl in the car until they passed me a little later. I forgot what I was talking about to Reptile and had to concentrate back on the road. The girl was just that hot.

Almost as hot as Ninsi...

June 19, 2007

Bo knows

Some of you know my friend Mo. She works here. This morning, when she came in, she saw this in her cube - Bo knows. I found it inordinately funny. Bo is pretty buff there. It is pretty old school to make the 'Bo Knows' reference. The real kicker is, she doesn't know who did it, but I do...

Went to the gym last night and ran a 5k in 26.5 minutes. I didnt mean to run at 7 mph the entire time, but I did. The last half mile almost put me down. I think I should start swimming some. Work new muscles.

June 20, 2007

Flutter

I've heard them nesting for a while now. Finally, this morning, when I walked outside, I heard them fluttering about, and looked up. Sitting on the edge of the roof, flitting about from the roof to the tree is half a dozen baby birds. Sparrows, or swallows of some type. Most of them are still puffy with baby feathers, and they couldn't fly very far at all, but they were trying. Best they stay on the front of the house, because if they accidently flew down in the backyard, Im not sure the dogs wouldnt eat them.

The biggest danger they have from being where they are is getting flushed down the drain pipe if it rains heavy. I've already found one dead bird this year that got washed out. I dont know if it got caught up in the rain and flushed down and drowned on the way, or if it tried to build a next in the pipes and got caught that way. It was quite dead though, at the foot of the drain pipe.

Gave more blood today. Results tomorrow.

June 21, 2007

Neutral

My car has a problem. Having over one hundred ten thousand miles is not the problem. The interior carpet being ripped from having lost a diamond in it, is not the problem. No, the problem is putting it into gear after I start it.

It is an old issue that went away for a while, and returned today with a vengence. When I went to lunch, I started the car, and tried to put it into drive, but I couldn't take it out of Park. The switch that disengages the transmission so I can shift into Drive wouldn't go. It is supposed to disengage when I push the break. I pumped the brake a couple dozen times. Restarted the car. Finally, after about fifty or sixty brake pumps, it clicked over and I was able to shift to Drive and go on to lunch.

It did it again when I left lunch, but I have figured out a workaround for it, I think. If I turn the key to 'run' but not actually start the car, it will disengage the transmission and I can put the car into neutral. Then I can actually start the car and bypass the whole brake aspect of it.

I should probably take it in to have someone look at it. My poor car. What's the Squid going to do if it should fail me? There was a very good chance she was going to get the Saturn in another three years...

June 25, 2007

Relax

A do nothing weekend. They are rare, but they do happen. This was one such. Ninsi and I had nothing pressing to do. Maybe some laundry, but nothing that was really going to take up much of our time.

She spent most of her time reading. Friday we went out to dinner since we really hadn't in a while. Saturday, she read, while I went over and engaged Reptile in a game of Warhammer 40k. I beat him soundly by the end of the second round. We were drinking while we played, and kept that up after the match. Eventually Ninsi came to get us we went with Dre to see Daywatch. Part two of a Russian movie trilogy. It is a little more comprehensible that the first, though not as much action. I liked it well enough.

Sunday, Ninsi and I went to Zero's house to swim for a while and just sat around by the poolside. It was nice.

June 26, 2007

Delivered

The mailbox was full when I got home yesterday. Full of things both expected and dreaded.

I had three new bills from the hospital and blood clinic. I'd been expecting a bill from the hospital, but was afraid of how much it was going to be. I was not expecting the bills from the clinic. Insurance didnt fully cover all the bloodwork, but it isnt too bad. I owe the clinic about $50 for three tests.

I was really concerned with the hospital bill. They charged the insurance about $6000. I knew BC/BS woudn't pay it all, so it was always a question of 'how much?' They actuall paid just under $4k. Then the hospital made an adjustment of almost $2k, so my final bill from them is only $125. I can live with that.

A few weeks back, I posted about having to send in my old trimmer to Philips Norelco because the dog ate it. Well, yesterday I received a brand new one in the mail. I also got the new earbuds for my phone so I can listen to MP3s again at work. Im debating whether or not to invest in some stereo bluetooth headsets. Then I would be able to listen without the damn cord.

Someone finally called to schedule a time to pick up the conference table. Should be taking care of that tomorro evening. And possibly getting rid of the bigass tent on Friday. I'll finally be able to completely reclaim the garage. Maybe use the funds from the table or tent to get some more shelves for it. I think one more set of shlelves is in order.

I also think Im going to have to send my wedding ring back to the guy that made it. I seem to have bent it somehow. I think it might have a lifetime warranty. I'm not sure on that though.

June 27, 2007

Drenched

Oklahoma City has already received 10 inches more rain this year than normal. Flooding abounds. It's just weird. El Nino? No. Global Warming? Possibly, but not likely yet. The actual storms would be worse.

Was forwarded this link this morning about a giant microwave that turns plastics back into oil and gas. It's a great idea, and I can see how it should work. There's still a tingle in the back of my head though that says something about it isnt quite right. Maybe it is too easy?

Soundly asleep last night were Ninsi and I. Maybe an hour. Suddenly, both dogs just went nuts barking, and running out of the room downstairs. It's a horribly unpleasant way to be awoken. I dont know what set them off. I went downstairs and looked around outside, but couldnt see or hear anything. Im thinking maybe some other animal, like a cat or opossum stuck its head in the dog door and they heard it. Barley went ahead and woke up every two hours after that, assuring that neither Ninsi or I could get a good sleep in.

Stupid dogs.

June 28, 2007

From teh past...

When I was a freshman in college, I was enrolled in the Engineering college. Anyone so enrolled was automatically granted access to the main computer lab. I spent many hours there tieing up line printers and playing MuDs. Occassionally I would talk to Reptile, who was going to college in Tulsa.

Back then, you could "finger" someone at a remote location to see if they were online. And if they were, you could initiate a "talk" session. This would spilit your screen across the middle and you could see what they type and it was very much like instant messaging is today. With the difference being that you saw each letter as it was typed. And if they backspaced, you saw that. So you could laugh at someone's horrible typing skills. Whereas today, you can type a message, and nothing shows until you send it. And you can spellcheck it first if you need to. Not so with the old method.

Anyway, I haven't used Talk in over Fifteen years (yes, children, we haven't *always* had talk, but it's been around a long time), until today. One of the guys is out sick at home. And rather than message or call me, he opened up a talk session.

Ah, gentle nostalgia.

June 29, 2007

Salami Fever

You know you want some of this...

salami fever

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