Sad Songs Are Nature's Onions

"For the sickness, that be spreadin with the quickness Remedies, cousin I be doin on my enemies Penalty, then I drink forties to they memories" - "Release Yo' Delf" by Method Man

Friday, October 28, 2005

Little Boys Love Candy...

Last year around this time I posted a list of 5 of the crappiest things to get while trick-or-treating, and I'm feeling a bit nostalgic today, so here goes another listy.

5 Of The Cruddiest Halloween Treats

  1. Candy Cigarettes: Let's be honest now: did anybody out there actually enjoy these things? You could probably just hand out pieces of chalk for the kiddies to gnaw on, and they probably couldn't tell the difference. And I never remember seeing Popeye smoking. How could a man who was basically a poster boy for green vegetables end up hawking those nasty little sticks of flavourless candy?

  2. Jelly Beans: Sorry people, jelly beans are Easter candy. Plain and simple. And they're not that good during Easter, either. Add to the fact that since Halloween jelly beans invariably come in 2 colours, orange and black, roughly half of your bean stash is going to be black licorice flavour. I realize that there are some weirdos out there who get all hot and bothered over black licorice, but I for one do not.

  3. Peppermints: Peppermints are a definite Halloween no-no. Peppermints are something you get when you go to Grandma's house, right next to the bowl of licorice all-sorts and chicken bones.

  4. Gum: Let's just set the record straight here once and for all: GUM IS NOT CANDY. Chiclets are crap. And that's all I have to say about that.

  5. Those Halloween Caramel Things: Yes, I know that I put these on the list last year, but I just hate them so much! And you always got so many, since they were always among the cheapest candy to buy. My loathing for those nasty caramels knows no bounds.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

ATTENTION: Peoples of Smellifax

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Go to this show. I am. You should too. Also, I've heard through the grapevine thatn this may be the last Windom Earle show for a while. Get your Windom Earle fix now, while you still can.

Friday, October 21, 2005

I Like Soup

I'd just like to take a quick second here to give a shout out to Maureen, the manager of the Second Cup at the Dalhousie Computer Science building. For those not in the know, my girlfriend works there as a coffee lady (or barrista, if you prefer), and Maureen is her immediate supervisor/boss lady (or uber-barrista, if you prefer). Maureen decided that she wanted to help me out in some way, and that way ended up being keeping me supplied with a free lunch whenever my little heart desired one.

Basically, I can get anything I want for free, including soups, sandwiches, cookies, and more, excluding any products that are inventoried (these include brand name products, like Doritos, V-8 juice, bottled water, etc.). This is quite awesome. The soup is my usual freebie. For dehydrated soups, they have a ton of great ones. Today was Spicy Louisiana Chicken Gumbo. Delish. Chili, Cream Of Broccoli, Chicken Noodle, Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper, all good.

So, thanks to Maureen and her generous nature (and to Kathryn, who kept me well supplied in Second Cup goodies over the summer, and usually ends up serving me here every day anyways). Soup is rad. The end.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

All Is Well

Chemo went well on Tuesday. I've felt okay since, with only a little bit of vomiting going on, mostly related to the taking of the my cyclophosphamide tablets. One dose of this drug consists of 15 50 mg tablets at a time, so for somebody like me who hates taking pills, it's a struggle to keep them all down. Everything I've read on the drug though says that it can be taken intravenously, so I think I might start begging my doctor to try that method. We shall see.

I'm also testing out some new facial hair this week: the goatee. I'm still not sure about it. I'll have to take it out in public and see how people react to it, I suppose.

The excitement never stops with me, I tells ya.

Friday, October 14, 2005

9:45 PM. The "Pharm Team" is winding down. I'm pooped.

I'm going to sleep like a drunk baby tonight.
Ted Leo & His Pharmacists are quite good. I'd better get back to the stage before I lose Dillman. He has my Sharp Like Knives CD, the little pisher. I'm out this bee-atch.

8:50 PM. somewhere North of America...

That's more like it.

I respect a band that gives shout outs to their parents in the audience. And kudos to the parentals for braving the throngs of "dang juvenile delinquents" to support their kids. Feel the love.

Ted Leo better start soon, cuz I'm warm and me legs are sore. As Danny Glover said in Lethal Weapon, "I'm getting too old for this shit."

Liveage. Part Deux. 7:50 PM.

Femme Generation = Lame Generation.

Sorry fellas. Enjoy your stay in Nova Scotia though. Try one of our delicious McLobster's. There the best.

In other news, I think I'm about 10 years older than just about everybody in here. I wonder if anybody here needs a tutor in social studies?

Live Report: 7:30 PM. The Pavillion. Poop Explosion.

I am currently posting this from inside The Pavillion, in picturesque Halifax, NS. Sharp Like Knives just finished. They brought the dance rock party fo' sheezy. It's hot as a crotch in here. I'll check in later. Word.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Me Wantee

I just saw a link to this bad boy on Boost

The Big Lebowksi: Collector's Edition

I need this in my DVD collection. I think that it will really tie the room together...

"Is he strong? Listen, bud... he's got radioactive blood."

One last blast of the ol' brain rads tomorrow and I'm done with that portion of my treatment. Nice. I'm going to the Sharp Like Knives / Femme Generation / North Of America / Ted Leo show at the Pavillion tomorrow, and the parentals are coming up for the weekend, so things are looking up. I'm going to have to go out of my way to entertain myself this weekend, seeing as how my better half is off to Toronto for a weekend of shopping and sushi with her mom and sis. Perhaps the "gift fairy" will sneak a little piece of T.O. back for me? Only time will tell...

Now let's all hope that my headaches don't come back after I stop taking my Decadron tomorrow. That would be quite the bummer.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Another fantastic end of harvest season celebration...

A huge thank you to the English family for a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. And a big thank you to the manufacturers of Decadron for keeping me feeling good enough to polish off two helpings of said dinner. I am a little disappointed at my Trival Pursuit loss last night, but much fun and mirth was had regardless.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Cheeese, Gromit!

Go out and see Wallace And Gromit: Curse Of The Were-Rabbit. Right now. This movie is good. Yes.

In other news, my radiologist has put me on a new drug to counteract the vicious headaches and nausea I was feeling all week: Decadron. This is another corticosteroid, like the Prednisone I was on during the beginning of my treatment. It seems to be working, as I can now sit up for more than five minutes without feeling crippling head pains, so that's a plus. Hopefully it will continue to work until my radiation treatment is over (this Friday is my last day). After my radiation, I then start another round of heavy chemo on the 18th. Woopdie doo.

Oh, and here's a little blurb for any drug retailers out there: ENOUGH WITH THE FRIGGING MARK-UPS! On Friday, when I was picking up my Decadron perscription, I also had to pick up some Zantac to counteract any stomach upset or indigestion that the Decadron may have caused. If I was to buy the Zantac at the regular pharmacy, it would cost roughly $40 or so. Luckily for me, a friendly social worker from the hospital gave me a referral to the Metro Drug Dispensery at the IWK, so that I can purchase some of my drugs there at cost. The final cost for my Zantac? $9. That's it. I would have ended up paying more than four times that price at the pharmacy. It kind of makes me feel like I entered the wrong field in life. How do you drug company executives sleep at night? Oh wait, let me guess... "On top of a pile of money, with many beuatiful ladies." Bah.

Oh, and Kathryn just told me to write something nice about her, so here goes: Kathryn keeps me well stocked in the lime popsicle department. That is very nice of her.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

This whole cancer thing is going straight to my head...

My radiation therapy is going okay, except for the fact that my lumbar puncture headaches have been replaced with radiation related brain swelling headaches. I do get to keep my mask though, so silver linings and all that...