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

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Live From 8A

Short post. Here's the skinny:

- Still in the hospital. Getting chemo. Feeling okay, for the most part. The ham was good tonight. Tomorrow night is turkey and mashed. Right on.

- I may be out on a brief escape for a few days before they haul my ass back in here, but we'll see.

- I miss digital cable. And my Gamecube. Zelda is calling me.

- Thanks for all the well wishes. They will not be forgetten.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Lions, and tigers, and CAT scans, oh my!

Yesterday I had my CAT scan, as well as a few other surprises. Some notes:

- Gastrografin should be renamed "ASStrografin", because that is exactly what it tastes like.
- When the CAT scan machine says to you (yes, the machine talks) "DO NOT SWALLOW", you should listen. Seriously.
- Hospital gowns are quite possibly the most unflattering garments in the world.
- They surprised me yesterday by taking a bone marrow sample from my hip. And yes, that is every bit as enjoyable as it sounds.

I'm feeling okay, and I'm meeting again with my doctor on Tuesday to go over some of the preliminary results. Things seem to be moving fast, so that is good.

On the non-cancer front, today is mine and Kathryn's one-year anniversary. We're going out for Thai food and then going to see The Da Vinci Code. This movie is going to be HUGE. I talked to 3 different people in the hospital yesterday who had just started reading the book, in preparation for going to see the movie.

Also, tomorrow's plans include going to this place. I'm going to try to sneak home a lemur as a pet.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Lymphoma Report

So it looks like to road to my recovery just got a little bit bumpier...

Last week, my hematologist sent me in for a chest x-ray. My bloodcounts were not coming up as fast as he thought they should have been, so he wanted to take an x-ray to see if anything was going on in there. Basically, the mass that I had in my chest when I was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic lymphoma has returned, or at least he thinks so. X-rays are not very conclusive, so I am going in for a CAT scan tomorrow, and if the scan does indeed confirm that the mass is coming from the same systems as before, and this is indeed a relapse, then I will be referred to the Bone Marrow Transfer clinic.

To be quite honest, the possiblity of facing more intense chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant is pretty scary, but this is not entirely a surprise. I knew that my particular form of lymphoma is very aggressive, so the possiblity of relapse was very real. I will do my best to keep everybody updated on my status as it changes. If I do get referred to the transplant department, I'm sure that it will not be long before I'm going in for consultations with them.

Despite the fact that this is really shitty news and kind of a setback, I am still optimistic. If my aggressive cancer needs an aggressive treatment like a bone marrow transplant, so be it. I'd go in for 100 bone marrow transplants if I had to. This is merely a minor setback. I'm feeling fine, and I know that if I was strong enough to get this far in my treatment, I can get through this next phase. CANCER AIN'T SHIT. This here bout is going into the 15th round, and I'm just getting my second wind. I'm going knock out this disease like Rocky knocked out Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. Believe it.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Anniversary Week

This Thursday is the 2-year annivesary of this here blog. Woopie-di-doo da day.

This Friday is Kathryn and I's (Kathryn and mine?) 1-year anniversary. Huzzah!

And today is the anniversary of the founding of Las Vegas, Nevada. Wayne Newton must be STOKED today.

Friday, May 12, 2006

I could go for a Wii right about now...

The Nintendo Wii

This thing is now at the top of my Me Wantee list.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Up yours, Logitech

Check out the fun email I sent to Logitech today:

To whom it may concern:

I work as a PC support technician here in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Recently, in the course of my daily work activities, I have had to setup and install several Logitech optical mice, as well as a wireless mouse-keyboard combination. My concern does not lie with how these products function, as they seem to work as good as any other peripheral input devices. My concern also does not lie with the installation of said products (although, I have always wondered why modern mice and keyboards come with installation software that is upwards of 40 MB – has so much functionality been added to these devices that such bloated software is actually needed). My concern here lies with the PACKAGING of said products.
One would think that the process of opening up the packaging on a mouse should be one of the simpler tasks in one’s day. After experiencing Logitech’s packaging solutions, I beg to differ. Trying to get at the hardware and software inside of these plastic and cardboard cocoons can best be described by the following words: “frustrating”, “difficult”, “dangerous”.
In one case, I initially tried to cut into the package with scissors. The handle of this pair of scissors broke with the amount of force I was using. I tried again with some sturdier scissors, and made a little bit of headway into the package. With the assistance of some needle-nose pliers and some good old fashioned sweat and elbow-grease, I was able to finally wrest the mouse free from its plastic prison (after slicing my knuckle on the jagged edge of the ripped plastic). All of this was taking place at the user’s desk, and after watching my debacle, she relayed a story to me about how her son was trying to open the package for the exact same mouse at home, and he too struggled for about 15 minutes and ended up slicing his hand as well. After learning that I am not the only person to experience such difficulty, I decided to write this letter.
I have never written a letter such as this before, but my experiences over the past few days have forced me to voice my opinion. I am an able bodied 26 year old man, and I can barely open these packages without causing myself bodily harm (or at least some minor mental stress). Imagine what would happen if an 80 year old grandmother received a new wireless mouse for her computer and had to attempt to open one of your packages. Without getting into wild hypotheticals, I think that the situation could get fairly ugly in a hurry.
I realize that your sturdy packaging is probably a great deterrent to thieves who might try to open the packing right there in the store, but it is also extremely frustrating to the user who has legally purchased your product and expects to be able to remove the item from its box with a minimum of effort.

A troubled technician.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Adventures In The $3.99 Bin

Check out the awesome VHS movies I picked up over the weekend:

A Fistful Of Dollars: Clint Eastwood, Sergio Leone, westerns, gunfights... What more do you want?

Psycho: Psycho is essentially an uplifting tale of a boy who loves his mother. It's the feel-good hit of the summer.

And finally, the pièce de résistance,

Death Race 2000: What can you say about a movie that has this as its tagline: "In The Year 2000 Hit And Run Driving Is No Longer A Felony. It's The National Sport!"? This is a classic, and is a must have for anybody who is into David Carradine, Roger Corman, or death racing. Although, if you are into death racing, may I suggest that you enter into some kind of counselling first before seeing this movie.

Friday, May 05, 2006

When I Say "Windom", You Say...

Thursday, May 04, 2006

You'll get my home ultrasound machine all right - once you pry it from my cold, dead hands...

A bill has been introduced into the California legislature that would ban the sale of ultrasound machines to anyone other than licensed medical professionals, based on the news that Tom Cruise had purchased one to monitor Katie Holmes' pregnancy.

This is somewhat interesting news, I suppose. What intrigues me most is the fact that Tom Cruise actually bought himself an ultrasound machine. Has it come to the point that celebrities have to buy their own medical equipment, rather than going into the hospital like the rest of us? Why doesn't Tom just go ahead and buy himself an entire medical clinic? Well, this may be a reason why he wouldn't do such a thing. Oh, that Tom, he puts the "crazy" back in "crazy rich".

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Maybe tomorrow, I'll want to settle down. Until tomorrow, I'll just keep movin' on.

The Great Apartment Hunt of 2006 is over. Are we fast, or what? As of July 1, Kathryn and I will officially be residents of 1271 Church Street. I've made a little map that has tracked my movements since I've moved to Halifax. The red dots represent the various places I've lived, and the red star represents where I will be moving to. As you can see, I am moving ever closer to my goal: the island circled in red. This is the future site of my castle/fallout shelter/party grotto/hotel/casino/dude ranch. Stayed tuned for that one.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Yes, There Are Comics Out There That Have Yet To Be Turned Into Films

Jon Favreau is going to develop and direct the film adaption of "Iron Man".

Iron Man was one of my favorite comic characters, so this is pretty exciting for me. Now I'm not usually a betting man, but I'd consider wagering a few sheckles that Favreau puts Vince Vaughn in the movie.

Who's the big winner here tonight at Avengers HQ? Who? Iron Man's the big winner, that's who.

Movin' On Up, To The Eastside...

The Great Apartment Hunt of 2006 has now begun in earnest. By the end of the summer, I should be out of my little Hobbit hole and in a new place with Kathryn. I'd say that I'd miss my current abode, but how much can you miss a cramped basement apartment with low ceilings, that houses a veritable army of giant mutant spiders and silverfish? Actually it's not all that bad, and my landlady is by far the best person I've ever rented from, but by August or September, I'm sure I'll be glad to be getting into a new place. Better start looking at that IKEA catalogue right away, I suppose.

Monday, May 01, 2006

The Weekend Warrior

I love it when you get a full weekend full of fun. Here's to hoping we have some more nice weather on upcoming weekends.

I had some people over at my little hovel for some pre-birthday celebrations for Kathryn. We had party hats, party favours, and balloons. Then we went out to Stage Nine and saw Juan Love, The Sleepless Nights, and Windom Earle. Not a shabby way to start off the weekend, I do say.

Kathryn and I decided to spend a day out at the Bayer's Lake Business Park, and it was quite the day. We went to the pet store (parrots are LOUD and ANNOYING), stopped in a few shops, and some Chinese buffet at The Dragon King Buffet, then went to The Putting Edge for some glow-in-the-dark mini-golf. I was +3 over par, and Kathryn was +5 over par. Nuff said.

Sunday started with a nice lunch at The Italian Market in the North End, then a stroll down to Quinpool. After some McDonald's fries (I was pretty hungry today, as you will see), we arrived back home, only to leave home a few hours later to go to a BBQ. After a couple of sausages and a burger, Kathryn, Mike, Matt, and I rented a fantastic film called The Dukes Of Hazard. This film will change your life. You will learn, laugh, love, and grow watching this film. Kurosawa was a hack. And so on. Also, I stopped in a local convenience store and found an interesting little item in the frozen food section: McCain's Frozen Poutine. That's right folks: instant, microwavable poutine, fries, gravy, cheese curds and all. I haven't tried it yet, but it intrigued me so much that I had to buy. Expect a review on this exciting new product any day now.