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Pasadena What?

by on Dec.26, 2011, under 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.



Love That Sunshine

by on Dec.20, 2011, under PPL PLCS THNGS

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.


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Visitors A Plenty

by on Dec.18, 2011, under PPL PLCS THNGS

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.



Money for Marrow

by on Dec.03, 2011, under PPL PLCS THNGS

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

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Tree of Life

by on Jul.11, 2011, under PPL PLCS THNGS

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.

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So Proud of the Ecology Kids

by on Dec.15, 2010, under PPL PLCS THNGS

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.

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The Sound of the The Times

by on Dec.06, 2010, under PPL PLCS THNGS

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.


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Musical Influences

by on Nov.29, 2010, under PPL PLCS THNGS

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.

A. Skillz

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
BIG PROPS to awesome friends: The Captain, Redstickman, and Skyebaby

Geoff Herbst, Stargaze Papa
We have taken turns making each other.

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by on Nov.24, 2010, under PPL PLCS THNGS

Nerdification of my biological obstacle course run.

Fall 2010 Medical – Newest Chemo

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Stanford, ain’t typical

by on Nov.17, 2010, under PPL PLCS THNGS

Rock Stars – of medicine and roll

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