PPL PLCS THNGS
You ask, what’s the deal with Pasadena?
Well, that’s just short hand for saying “The Next Step.” I hope to get a Cure, yes Cure from a blood cell transplant at the City of Hope in Duarte, CA. Since most folks haven’t heard of Duarte I usually just say Pasadena. My chemo now is the price I pay to shrink the tumor(s) down to the level that C.O.H. requires for me to enter their transplant program.
Dad and I went down there in September to check out the place (pictures).
When? I don’t know. After my next, as yet unscheduled, CT Scan.
How long? They say 90 to 100 days. Yes, a mighty bite out of 2012.
What are the odds? I’m way off charts now. Nobody knows. My best shot.
How? They have two baby stem cells packs waiting for me. They extract it from umbilical cords.
Why? Some people get cured! I want that.
While many people are admiring their Christmas cards, full of hostile weather and haunting snow golems, and going for a sweater… I admire mine and consider a tropical drink.
Some conspiratorial types sent me over two dozen postcards from Florida, somewhere hosting a half marathon. TNT (Team in Training) encompasses some crazy people who run and walk for fun all day after weeks of fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. And they sweat in the honor of loved ones. Take that, elves!
I’m very suspicious of one cult leader, Carol.
The atrocious stick figure art does put a tickle in my mind… maybe join TNT some day. Gonna need a full set of red cells for that.
Since I’ve been up, many visitors and three sets of caretakers. Here’s a sample of my guests.
I love how Lucas plays drums. He really bangs it out.
Shawn (dig the beard!), Quinn and Daniel graduated from Mission Prep a few years ago.
Claudia came down from Santa Cruz while Oliver hails from Oakland. Bill lives in San Francisco and the Melton’s are from Tacoma, WA.
Cancer Patients Win Bone Marrow Legal Fight Against U.S. Attorney General
Cancer Patients in California and Elsewhere May Now Offer Modest Compensation for Bone Marrow Donors
Nearly 3,000 Americans Die Each Year Waiting to Find a Bone Marrow Donor Match, Minorities Hit Hardest by Lack of Donors
I like art house films, generally.
I’m a patient film watcher. A slow film is fine. Even good.
But “Tree of Life” starring Brad Pitt and other very fine actors is a jumble and a downer. See something else.
Clearly the director is very talented but lost.
At our school, Mission Prep, we have a club called The Green Team who look for ways of making our school more ecologically aware and changing our practices to be more sustainable. Sylvan Levin is the primary faculty advisor and I’m there as much as I can for support. This is our best year with reusable bottles replacing plastic, plans for a sorting station in the cafe and now winning a pollution prevention contest.
Here’s the link to KCOY TV covering our win and you can see their brilliance in a one minute video.
I’ve updated my musical influences post and made is a page at the top of the blog. Please enrich yourself with these fine selections; many of them are gifts to me recently or at least tracks created by my talented friends over the years.
Dearest Lissa asks, “What are you listening to?”
This is actually a very important question because my future plans for 2011 involve music tremendously.
While great on headphones, now I’m in the cottage and I can BLAST it on my stereo.
Lords of the Rhymes
Totallly addicted to this. And, yes, it makes me half as nerdy as John Hodgman.
Especially INTHEMIX.COM.AU (DJ MIX)
Dear Friends of the Stargazer Tribe:
Radley, Jason, Colin and Geoff
These guys stoked me hard and they will explode when I pay them back (though not required.)
Again, dear friend Colin
Dig the sweet page he made for this track.
The rest of this list is courtesy of Zac Parsons
The Ambient Mafia
Dig their scene at http://www.ambientmafia.com/
BIG PROPS to awesome friends: The Captain, Redstickman, and Skyebaby
Geoff Herbst, Stargaze Papa
We have taken turns making each other.
Nerdification of my biological obstacle course run.
Fall 2010 Medical – Newest Chemo
Rock Stars – of medicine and roll