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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

NFL - Nazi Fuehrer Loses

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

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! And this is just hilarious the parody video Tom Cruise WANTS you to see! on And this...? And it goes on and on... Tom Cruise Scientology Interview (UNCUT!) on Book: My Years as Prime Minister by Jean Chretien Music: Untitled/Unissued by The Byrds

Gimme a Sign...

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

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See you in Pheonix!

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 Vaugh

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 ... 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: "
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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. Fir

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 2) the video for the title song 3) the Dap Kings' My Space web address From 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 indefatigab

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 sam

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

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