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Fri, May 05, 2006

And thank you very much for asking!

One reason that bad news gets reported more than good does is that bad news often comes in big discrete chunks, such as "I have cancer again." Good news tends to arrive in smaller, almost invisble increments, such as "my recovery has continued to be smooth and rapid today, just as it has for the last month." To pick two random examples.

So when I run into friends who keep up with the Silliness these days, if I haven't seen them for a couple weeks, they furrow their brows very seriously, they lean their heads forward, and they say, in this terribly intense voice. " are you doing.?" It actually takes me a moment to realize why they're reading their line so oddly.

I am great. I am biking, boozing, tossing frisbees around, having sex, paying bills late, and all that other stuff that I do. My blood counts are not quite at 100% of normal, but my blood is entirely adequate for the purposes to which I put it. The chemo appears to have been at least as successful as it was last time (I'll get further results from the lab on Monday), and my recovery has been substantially faster.

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Sat, Apr 22, 2006

Spring Cleaning Pasta Sauce

I looked in the fridge, and saw a few strips of bacon and a few chicken thighs. I cut the bacon into one-inch pieces, and put it in a saucepan on high heat. While that was going, I chopped up the chicken and threw it in.

What next? A couple onions. Chop them up and in they go.

Yaga has been teaching me to not stir so damn often. Browning reactions work much better if stuff sits still for a few minutes. This was sizzling away loudly enough that I had to exercise some self-discipline to take the lesson to heart.

I opened a can of whole tomatoes and went back to the fridge to see what I could find. The mixed olive-mushrom-and-artichoke-hearts antipasto got drained and thrown in. The other tin of artichoke hearts looked kind of dicy and got thrown away. I lifted the tomatoes out of the can with my spatula and added them; threw away most of the remaining liquid.

A tin of anchovies, some oregano and basil. Aw, heck. A teaspoon of Vietnamese sambal. Let that bubble away at a medium high heat, stirring every ten minutes or so while I boil some pasta.

Tasty, satisfying, and cleared a lot of space in the fridge.

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Fri, Apr 21, 2006

Duelling jargons

Checking in at the hospital front desk to get my white cell-stimulating shot, I reviewed my personal info with the clerk.

"Your emergency contact is [Yaga Griswold] at [Yaga's address]?


"And what's your relation to her--S.O.?"


"Okay. Who's your primary?"


"Dr. Fishman?"

"Oh! Yeah. Dr. Fishman."

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Mon, Apr 17, 2006

Monkey Flavor

Some years ago, a friend of mine got married in Connecticut, and a whole crowd of my crowd travelled down for the event. I stayed in E'beth and Hacksaw's hotel room, where I learned that their toothpaste of choice is Tom's of Maine Outrageous Orange Natural Anticavity Toothpaste For Children (who said Mainers were taciturn?). At the time, the product design featured pictures of an orange, a banana, a pineapple, and a monkey. Intrigued, I checked the ingredients list, which explained that the toothpaste features orange, banana, pineapple, and other natural flavors.

Since then, I've generally assumed that the mysterious 'other natural flavors' on ingredients lists refers to monkey extract. And you'll notice that Tom doesn't deny it.

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Sat, Apr 15, 2006

Life imitates satire once again

Is this some sort of bizarre deliberate homage?

2004: The SNL version of the presidential debate contains the following:

"So your plan is to crush terrorism by coming in on Saturdays?" asked the character playing moderator Jim Lehrer.

The Bush character replied, with reluctance: "If that's what it takes."

2006: The Pentagon holds a
press conference for the defense of the Secretary of Defense:

"As far as Pete Pace is concerned, this country is exceptionally well-served by the man standing on my left," General Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at the Pentagon. "Nobody, nobody works harder than he does to take care of the P.F.C.'s and lance corporals and lieutenants and the captains. He does his homework. He works weekends, he works nights.

"People can question my judgment or his judgment," he continued, "but they should never question the dedication, the patriotism and the work ethic of Secretary Rumsfeld."

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