Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Medical Update

I made my first trip to the CLSC (centre local de services communautaires) yesterday since my last visit 11 months ago. Dr. Atkins at the Multiple Myeloma Clinic has put me back on a monthly IV drip of pamidronate. The drug is used by myeloma patients to strengthen their bones. So I've now begun monthly applications. While there Helene, my cancer nurse, drew blood and will pass along the results to both Dr. Atkins and my GP, Dr. Granger.

I'm still waiting to hear from the province on the reinstatement of my driver's license. Dr. Granger filled in the appropriate form and sent it off 3 weeks ago. I called the SAAQ (Quebec's license bureau) yesterday and they told me they were still considering my application for reinstatement. Funny, they were awfully quick to act when they took my license away last August.

We were in Toronto last weekend for a quick visit with Jim and Lucille. We had a wonderful dinner Saturday night at a place called Miller's Tavern, preceeded by a little shopping when I bought some books and CDs. Should be set for a little while now.
Book: Late Nights On Air by Elizabeth Hay
Music: Greatest Hits by David Gray

Friday, 25 January 2008

NFL - Nazi Fuehrer Loses

Update (3/2/08): Found another version at "Cracked.com":





Update (30/1/08): Too bad You Tube took this down for copyright reasons. It was funny as hell.


Bye, Bye Mon Cowboy



Book: My Years as Prime Minister by Jean Chretien

Music: The Nightfly by Donald Fagen

Thursday, 24 January 2008

There's Funny and Then There's Funny, and Then?


The latest internet "item" is a clip of Tom Cruise promoting Scientology. It has become so controversial that the Church of Scientology successfully forced You Tube to take it down from their site. And yet it lives! As does it's parody...

This is so scary it's hilarious!

http://gawker.com/5002269/the-cruise-indoctrination-video-scientology-tried-to-suppress

And this is just hilarious



And this...?

Book: My Years as Prime Minister by Jean Chretien

Music: Untitled/Unissued by The Byrds

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Gimme a Sign...







Book: My Years as Prime Minister by Jean Chretien
Music: The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan and the Band

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Medical Update

Well, finally had my General Hospital clinic appointment this afternoon, subsequent to December 7. I'm now officially an out-patient of the Multiple Myeloma Clinic, transferred from the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic. This is definately a positive development.

And I'm doing so well, I don't go back to the clinic for 6 weeks. The doctor is very pleased with my progress: my colour, test results and weight - re: the latter saying I must have had a good Christmas (now at 190 lbs, a full 20 additional lbs since the bone marrow transplant).

Indeed, after 3 months, I'm at a stage of my recovery - practically complete - that on average usually takes 4-6 months. Next up, the General will arrange with the Aylmer CLSC for monthly blood work and an IV of pamidronate so as to help protect my bones.

So I'm happy. I better start my walking program soon and keep the weight off!
Book: Exit Music by Ian Rankin
Music: Send in the Clowns - The Very Best of Sarah Vaughan by Sarah Vaughan

Monday, 14 January 2008

Some Jokes

A businessman arriving in Boston for a convention found that his first evening was free, and he decided to go find a good seafood restaurant that served Scrod, a Massachusetts specialty. Getting into a taxi, he asked the cab driver, "Do you know where I can get Scrod around here?" "Sure," said the cabdriver. "I know a few places... but I can tell you it's not often I hear someone use the third-person pluperfect indicative anymore"
...

I called my boss to tell him I'll be out sick. The boss pressed for specifics, so I said, "Sir, I have rectal glaucoma." "And what does that mean?" asked the boss. "I just can't see my ass coming in to work today." I replied
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A man suspected of SARS is lying in bed with a mask over his mouth. A young auxiliary nurse appears to sponge his face and hands."Nurse," he mumbles from behind the mask, "Are my testicles black?"Embarrassed the young nurse replies: "I don't know Mr. *****, I'm only here to wash yourface and hands."He struggles again to ask: "Are my testicles black?"Again the nurse replies: "I can't tell. I'm only here to wash your face and hands."The Head Nurse was passing and saw the man getting a little distraught so she marched over to inquire what was wrong."Nurse," he mumbled, "Are my testicles black?"Being a nurse of long-standing, the Head Nurse was undaunted. She whipped back the bedclothes, pulled down his pajama trousers, moved his penis out of the way, had a right good look, pulled up the pajamas, replaced the bedclothes and announced: "Nothing wrong with your testicles."At this the man pulled off his mask and asked again: "I said...Are my test results back!?"
...

A duck walks into a bar and orders a beer and a sandwich. The bartender looks at him and says, "But you're a duck." "I see your eyes are working," replies the duck. "And you talk!" exclaims the bartender. "I see your ears are working," says the duck, "Now can I have my beer and my sandwich, please?" "Certainly," says the bartender, "sorry about that, it's just we don't get many ducks in this pub. What are you doing round this way?" "I'm working on the building site across the road," explains the duck. So the duck drinks his beer, eats his sandwich, pays and leaves. This continues for 2 weeks. Then one day the circus comes to town. The ringleader of the circus comes into the pub and the bartender tells him about the incredible talking duck. "Marvelous!" says the ringleader, "get him to come see me." So the next day, the duck comes into the pub. The bartender says, "Hey, Mr Duck, I lined you up with a top job paying really good money!" "Yeah?" says the duck, "Sounds great, where is it?" "At the circus" says the bartender. "The circus?" the duck enquires. "That's right," replies the bartender. "The circus? That place with the big tent? With all the animals? With the big canvas roof with the hole in the middle?" asks the duck. "That's right!" says the bartender. The duck looks confused and asks: "What the heck do they want with a dry waller?"
...

Top Ten Reasons to Procrastinate:
10.


Book: Exit Music by Ian Rankin

Music: Kill to Get Crimson by Mark Knopfler

Saturday, 12 January 2008

Wassup?

Things have quieted down since the holidays. And, I feel myself getting stronger. I no longer sit around all day in my pajamas (new year's resolution).

Went out for lunch this week (first luncheon trip to a restaurant since the transplant in October) with my friend Alec. We had dim sum on Somerset Street. It was great.

Haven't been back to the clinic at the General since early December - they keep postponing my appointment. But I feel great, other than getting the chills now and then and a case of dry skin. I've gained some weight - 12 pounds (up to 182) since the transplant. My GP filled in a form and sent it to the province this week, requesting that my driver's license be re-instated. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Maryse's mom is still with us. Jean-Marc and Pierce are back from Panama Monday night and then they all take off home for Kelowna Tuesday.

Philippe and Laurel are up from Montreal to see Therese over the weekend before she takes off next week. First meeting between Therese and Laurel! We're all going out for Italian on Preston Street tonight.

That's about it. Been on the computer to check what's going on in the world and watched a lot of HGTV. I've gotten addicted to "Location, Location, Location" and "Relocation, Relocation" - 2 British shows about 2 folks that help home buyers find their ideal property. (Beats Ellen and Oprah!)

Book: Exit Music by Ian Rankin

Music: Small Miracles by Blue Rodeo

Saturday, 5 January 2008

First Musical Pick of 2008

Though released in October 2007, I've only just purchased 100 Days, 100 Nights. What a great CD! This is my first excellent find of the new year. If you like Amy Winehouse, you'll love Sharon Jones. The Dap Kings are the same backing band. Sharon is a female James Brown and Otis Redding rolled into one. Below is:
1) a review from Amazon.com
2) the video for the title song
3) the Dap Kings' My Space web address

From Amazon.com
In the new millennium, soul has become big business again. But despite succulent re-issues from labels like Astralwerks and Light in the Attic, the resurgence of seasoned soul sisters like Bettye LaVette, and the volcanic popularity of new-soul crooners like Amy Winehouse, the champions of the new generation's purist strain are Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. After the often upbeat, always exciting sounds of 2005's Naturally, the band's next outing comes off as a slightly more tempered affair. The title track opens with an indefatigable statement of purpose, dropping into a late-stage, sub-halftime groove so Jones can fully "take [her] time" lamenting her missing man. Elsewhere, her voice effortless treads the heights and depths of its range with timeless aplomb ("Be Easy," "When the Other Foot Drops, Uncle," "Answer Me"). The Dap Kings themselves have reached a pocket-digging near-perfection, recent collaborations with Kanye West, Lily Allen, and the aforementioned Winehouse, yielding the sounds of a band at the top of its game. At times, these tracks court the uninspired flavor of the wholly derivative, but in all, 100 Days, 100 Nights makes for a very welcome addition to any avid listener's contemporary soul music library. --Jason Kirk


Album Description
Although singer Sharon Jones first began attracting attention during the late '90s, her smoky, soulful voice and blistering grooves harked back three decades earlier to the heyday of funk, evoking the music of James Brown protégés like Marva Whitney and Lynn Collins with uncanny precision; not surprising, given that the veteran Jones was well into her 40s by the time she began earning wide recognition. On their own independent Daptone label, the band has sold over 50,000 copies of their first two records (not to mention over 20K vinyl 7’s) without any major label support or promotion. The Dap-Kings have been highly sought after, working with artist such as Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Mark Ronson, Hank Schocklee, Kenny Dope, Lilly Allen, and Rhymefest.






http://www.myspace.com/sharonjonesandthedapkings

Thursday, 3 January 2008

The Oreo Eater

Psychologists have discovered that the manner in which people eat Oreo cookies provides great insight into their personalities. Choose which method best describes your favorite method of eating Oreos:

1. The whole thing all at once.
2. One bite at a time
3. Slow and methodical nibbles examining the results of each bite afterwards.
4. In little feverous nibbles.
5. Dunked in some liquid (milk, coffee...).
6. Twisted apart, the inside, then the cookie.
7. Twisted apart, the inside, and toss the cookie.
8. Just the cookie, not the inside.
9. I just like to lick them, not eat them.
10.I don't have a favorite way because I don't like Oreos.

Your Personality:

1. The whole thing:
This means you consume life with abandon, you are fun to be with, exciting, carefree with some hint of recklessness. You are totally irresponsible. No one should trust you with his or her children.

2. One bite at a time:
You are lucky to be one of the 5.4 billion other people who eat their Oreos this very same way. Just like them, you lack imagination, but that's okay, not to worry, you're normal.

3. Slow and Methodical:
You follow the rules. You're very tidy and orderly. You're very meticulous in every detail with every thing you do to the point of being anal retentive and irritating to others. Stay out of the fast lane if you're only going to go the speed limit.

4. Feverous Nibbles:
Your boss likes you because you get your work done quickly. You always have a million things to do and never enough time to do them. Mental breakdowns and suicides run in your family. Valium and Ritalin would do you good.

5. Dunked:
Every one likes you because you are always up beat. You like to sugar coat unpleasant experiences and rationalize bad situations into good ones. You are in total denial about the shambles you call a life. You have a propensity towards narcotic addiction.

6. Twisted apart, the inside, and then the cookie:
You have a highly curious nature. You take pleasure in breaking things apart to find out how they work, though not always able to put them back together, so you destroy all the evidence of your activities. You deny your involvement when things go wrong. You are a compulsive liar and exhibit deviant, if not criminal, behavior.

7. Twisted apart, the inside, and then toss the cookie:
You are good at business and take risk that pay off. You take what you want and throw the rest away. You are greedy, selfish, mean, and lack feelings for others. You should be ashamed of yourself. But that's ok, you don't care, you got yours.

8. Just the cookie, not the inside:
You enjoy pain.

9. I just like to lick them, not eat them:
Stay away from small furry animals and seek professional medical help - immediately.

10. I don't have a favorite way, I don't like Oreos:
You probably come from a rich family, and like to wear nice things, and go to upscale restaurants. You are particular and fussy about the things you buy, own, and wear. Things have to be just right. You like to be pampered. You are a prissy.

Wednesday, 2 January 2008

More Holiday Snaps

The holiday season continued last night as Miko dropped by... oh yeah, with his parents. Miko entertained one and all with a little concert as the turkey was carved...

Someone helped Grampa unwrap his presents. Can you spot him?
Miko has this unwrapping thing down pat!
Mom and Dad helped Miko open the box...
And then Miko had some fun with a present...

Book: This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin
Music: Long Road Out of Eden by The Eagles

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Holiday Snaps

Happy 2008 everyone. Got some time on my hands before Matt, Meg, Selo and Miko arrive for Christmas/New Year's gifts and dinner. Thought I'd download some pics from the holidays thus far.


Here's Philippe, Maryse and John at Louise's in Montreal December 25th.

Maryse and Pierce worked hard constructing the traditional gingerbread house.



Jean-Marc and Pierce had a (snow)ball building their snow fort in the back yard.


Pierce celebrates his 8th birthday at East Side Mario's. Happy Birthday BooBoo!

Brother and sister look like they're ready to drop. They're actually watching a video camera playback.





Music: Sheep May Safely Graze by Bach


Book: This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin

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