Archives: April 2005

Happy Anniversary!

It’s Stephanie’s and my first anniversary together. A year ago we went to Iaria’s Restaurant on our second date and stood on my patio and kissed at the end of the night. I love her so much and just wanted to say again how amazing she is. She has been so wonderful and supportive through

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Feeling slightly better

I didn’t sleep much last night either (dreams, and just inability to sleep) but I’m feeling alright today. Typing is not easy to do, however, so not much blogging. Mainly I’ve been watching TV/DVDs and reading magazines.

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worst nightmares I’ve ever had

I’m not sure whether it’s the heart surgery or the Vicodin I’m on, or some terrible combination of both, but I just had two of the most horrible nightmares I’ve ever had. Something is seriously wrong. There is no way I’m going to sleep again tonight.

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yep, I’m home

I’ve been home since this afternoon trying to take it easy. Just for the record, typing with a large chest incision is NOT FUN and I won’t be doing a whole lot of it for a while. Owwww! When Stephanie said earlier that my incision looks really good, she of course meant that in the

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Psych!

So I get a phone call at lunchtime (I went in to work for a few hours this morning): “Dr. Beckman just came in and he said I can go home!” “WHAT?! Oh, my God!” I hurried to Steph’s house to pick out clothes for her to come home in and rushed over to the

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Up and walking

The brochure they gave Steph before the surgery said that she’d walk 50 feet three times today. She actually walked 250 feet three times. She got more tubes out again, too. Her color is better again, and she’s talking a lot more. She’s still pretty tired, but I hope she’ll sleep better tonight. I asked

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Phone call

I talked to Steph just now. They put the phone closer to her bed so she could use it. She walked already this morning (!) and had some breakfast, and the doctor just came to see her and said she’s doing well. She sounds better again today, and she said she feels pretty good, although

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A new room

When I got to the hospital this morning, the nurse told me that Steph had already had some Jell-O and broth for breakfast and they were going to put her in the chair soon and take some tubes out. After she got up into the chair, they had me help give her a bath, which

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Morning update

I woke up early this morning because I had a dream that they wouldn’t tell me how Steph was doing, so I called to check on her (the nurse told me last night that I could). She’s doing really well, and they were already done with all her morning stuff. She had some clear liquids,

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Steph’s doing great!

Just a quick update before I run back to the hospital — Steph’s surgery went really well this morning. They were able to repair her mitral valve, which sounds (from the surgeon’s description) like it was even more damaged than they previously thought. There is no leak remaining at all, which is wonderful. We got

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Are you nervous?

Heck yes. It’s funny, that’s the question that nearly everyone has asked me. I am really nervous. So I’m just in denial about the whole thing, for now. I’m sure I’ll lose it once I get to the hospital. 🙂 Seriously, though, I think I’ll be just fine. I’m young and strong and pretty healthy,

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Movie Primers

This is a site I need to return to and read in the future; GreenCine’s Movie Primers, which are mini-guides to key movie genres. Excellent for figuring out what the heck is up with French New Wave films. Without, you know, actually having to see them.

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I’ll have what he’s having, please

JC: What I’ll say is that I think Eric Alterman and Ann Coulter engage in the same kind of debate. I’m not sure what crack John Cloud of Time Magazine is smoking, but whatever it is, I’d like some, please. Because it’s got to be really amazing stuff for him to compare these two people.

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Individual-i

The Individual-i website promotes personal freedom by making the Individual-i symbol, which represents protection of individual rights, freely available for anyone to use. They also link to sites where people are selling Individual-i products. Download a logo for your own use or buy a shirt or other items.

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Surgery details and information

I go in for surgery at 5:30 a.m. this Friday at Methodist Hospital in downtown Indianapolis. 1701 N. Senate Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46206. 1-800-248-1199 is the toll-free number to call for information. If you want to see me in the hospital before surgery, please come at 5:30. If you are visiting while I’m in surgery,

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Top Ten Conservative Idiots (#194)

This week’s list covers several issues of personal interest to me… the “Day of Truth” crap, Eric Rudolph’s nutjob anti-gay statements: “with force if necessary.” (Really, Eric? I can fight fire with fire), anti-gay nutjob Arthur Finkelstein’s gay marriage, and Jeff “Defense of Marriage” Miller’s adulterous behavior, which makes yet another addition to the right-wing

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Big Things Louisville Trip

Stephanie and I took a trip to Louisville this weekend to take some Big Things pictures. On Saturday, we visited the giant Colgate clock, the giant bat at Louisville Slugger Museum (another giant bat at the costume shop down the street) and a huge coffee pot at the Lynn’s Paradise Cafe. We also went to

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CPAP Breathing Machine

I’ve been using the breathing machine for my sleep apnea since Thursday evening, and I think it’s a success. I feel much better rested now and able to concentrate. The mask part of the machine is somewhat annoying; I can’t read before falling asleep because I can’t wear my glasses, and I have to take

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Guest Blogger

Just testing — I’ll be guest blogging and providing updates while Steph is in the hospital. Looks like my new laptop works just fine at Steph’s house. Woo hoo!

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Additional Living Will Pointers

The Onion provides a few Living Will pointers I hadn’t thought of, but will now factor into my surgery preparation plans. Among them: Leave at least one reasonably flattering photo for the press. This point cannot be emphasized enough. Explain in no uncertain terms that, should you die and return as a zombie, loved ones

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Bash a Fag For Jesus

Shoot, yesterday was the National Day of Silence, and I missed blogging about it. This is a project where high school students, to protest the harrassment and bullying that gay and lesbian teenagers experience at school every day, choose to go through their day without speaking. Started in 1998, it’s swelled into a nationally recognized

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Dining out For Life – Today!!

Dining Out for Life is an annual fundraising event held in 33 cities across America with all the proceeds benefiting respective HIV/AIDS organizations in their communities. On Thursday, April 14th, these fine restaurants will be contributing 25% of their food sales to The Damien Center. (The Damien Center provides and coordinates comprehensive services and education

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More about our shallow culture

Wow. A researcher at the University of Alberta has shown that parents are more likely to give better care and pay closer attention to good-looking children compared to unattractive ones. Dr. Andrew Harrell presented his findings recently at the Warren E. Kalbach Population Conference in Edmonton, Alberta. Harrell’s findings are based on an observational study

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Sleep Study Results

Sleep apnea is defined as the absence of airflow at the nose and mouth for longer than 10 seconds during sleep. Sleep apnea syndrome (SAS) is described as the occurrence of more than 30 apnea episodes over a seven-hour period of nocturnal sleep. My doctor says I had 150 – 160 episodes during my study

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Truck Cover Stolen

Last night someone stole the vinyl truck bed cover from my truck where it was parked behind my house. It will be $250 to replace the cover, and I don’t know if I want to do that, considering it might just get stolen again. It’s not like when my rainbow flag was stolen over and

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Freecycling – Giving away your stuff

Freecycling networks harness the power of the Internet to connect people who have stuff to throw away with others in their area who would like that stuff, so it doesn’t wind up in a landfill. We ALL have things in our garages, closets, attics, offices, etc., that we don’t need. Freecycle lets you find someone

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Our Shallow Culture

A study on how appearance affects pays scale: A study by economists Daniel Hamermesh and Jeff Biddle uses survey data to examine the impact that appearance has on a person’s earnings. In each survey, the interviewer who asked the questions also rated the respondents’ physical appearance. Respondents were classified into one of the following groups:

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Poor Henry

A young gibbon monkey named Henry in a zoo in Minnesota is going to a new home because his parents have rejected him. The zoo has found him a surrogate mom in a zoo in Nashville, who will hopefully teach him socialization skills. Currently Henry’s only friend is a pillow named Fuzzy, that he holds

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Fable Walkthrough Tips

The Bella Online walkthrough was most helpful in figuring out what I was doing wrong in the archery test. Also, see the comments for another walkthrough that I used to figure out stuff. Also, I used the walkthrough here: http://faqs.ign.com/articles/553/553965p1.html I’m currently stuck in Hobbe Cave, so I don’t know some of the rest of

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Sleep Test

I went to the hospital yesterday evening to participate in a sleep test to figure out why I stop breathing at night. I ended up getting not a lot of sleep at all, and I was so exhausted yesterday I went home from work and crashed. I’m still worn out today, and scrambling to keep

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Pick Two

Interesting post and subsequent design discussion at kottke.org on the old design adage of “good, fast, or cheap: pick two.”

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Cognitive Decline?

In writing about my upcoming heart surgery for IndyScribe, I stumbled across some information during research that is really disturbing, and may change my mind about having open-heart surgery. According to research, being on a heart and lungs machine during the operation can cause “cognitive decline” in 42% of patients — in other words, brain

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How to Have Open Heart Surgery in Indianapolis

I’m kidding, of course; I’m not suggesting you should deliberately go out and have open-heart surgery. Unless, of course, your doctor says you need to. But since I’ll be doing it soon, I’m certain it will be all the rage and everyone will want a fashionable chest scar like I’ll have. Since that’s the case,

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Monkey Cuckoo

I’ve been looking around for an inexpensive Cuckoo clock for a while — and Rich just sent me a link to this one that has a monkey that peeks out of the door. Hee hee. Sadly, I don’t really have an extra $50.00 to spend on him.

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Upper Ranks? Who defines these things anyway?

Two articles on the subject of blogging showed up in today’s Arts and Letters Daily about how the “Upper ranks” of bloggers are dominated by white males. One article says that it’s so and calls for greater diversity. The other article says it’s so also, but claims that it’s the case because women and minorities

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Strategic Non-violence Video Game

This is NOT an April fools joke: Sponsored by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, the game, called “A Force More Powerful,” resembles a cross between a political science model and one of the popular city-builder games. The player represents the chief of staff of a non-violent resistance movement. He gives orders to various characters

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check the calendar

Google announces new drink product: Google Gulp Think Geek announces new products; among them: USB Fondue set The iCopulate ipod-to-ipod transfer thingy If you buy anything over $10 on thinkgeek, you get the fake April 1st t-shirt. For real. The Boing Boing Parody — Boring Boring Also, Motorola’s new iTunes enabled phone.

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The Pope

I pray that God bless and care for the Pope and ease his suffering, and forgive him for persecuting gay people. Pope John Paul II in Failing Health

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