Monday, August 31, 2009

Under Surveillance

Last week. I got a letter in the mail from USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Apparently, when you get cancer here in L.A., you are put in something called "The Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program."

So, wanting to do my part in cancer research, I agreed to have someone come over tonight for an interview.

Anything for science.

I signed a form allowing them to have access to my "tumor tissues".
The paperwork states that there is a small risk that a tumor specimen can be lost when being shipped from one location to another.
They assure me the risk is "less than one in a hundred."
That's good to know.

I would hate to think of my ovarian tumor tissue out there lost somewhere. All alone.

This was basically a survey of my gynecological history. Pretty generic stuff.
After about 20 minutes of questions the interviewer asked me to give a saliva sample.
So, I spit 5 times into a little container.
Just like I was asked to.

Anything for science.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Rotten Apple Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree

"Waterboarding is not torture."
-Liz Cheney, on This week With George Stephanopoulos

Good Lord, I hate it when they have her on the show.

It's not that I don't like to hear views that are opposite mine.
I think George Will makes very good points and I enjoy listening to him.
Today he remarked that it would be a good idea to establish a commission to find out if these kinds of techniques yield good intelligence.
I think that's a great idea as I believe they will find out that torture gets people to confess to anything.

But, not Liz Cheney.
We don't need to find out if torture is effective, because it's not torture.
So leave her Daddy alone.

Saturday, August 29, 2009


No homes lost as far as I know. Still a massive fire and lots of evacuations. My friend Amy and her family may have to leave their home. Susan went up to help her pack some of their things. Keep them in your prayers.

Thursday, August 27, 2009


Dylan moved up to orange belt in TKD.
Black he comes!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Oh, Domino

Friday, August 14, 2009

Overheard in the Therapy Room

96 year old gentleman: "Where are you from anyway? New York or New Jersey?"

Therapist: "I'm from Bakersfield, California."

96 year old gentleman: "Not with THAT accent, you're not!"

Sunday, August 02, 2009



"What's going on here?"

"Oh geez. You and that camera again?"

"Give it to me."

"Sigh. Lucky for you I don't have opposable thumbs."

"Now, scram. I'm trying to nap here."