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January 30, 2006

Mikey's Day

Since it was Mrs. Mikey's first day back at work, I went to the hospital to visit with Mikey today and got there at the end of dialysis. His ICP was good, pulse was good, his BP was a little elevated but that's to be expected with the dialysis. His temperature was up and they had ice packs under both arms and an ice blanket covering him from neck to toe.

He opened his eyes a couple times while I was there and squeezed my hand a tiny bit while I talked with him. He also had a couple of weak coughs. All really good signs.

They've taken him completely off the Versed and they're now using only morphine to keep him sedated.

The doctors have given orders to slowly reduce the respiratory rate via the ventilator and he seems to have tolerated that well.

Mrs. Mikey arrived and we spent some time with him together, talking and teasing him, hoping he'd open his eyes more, but he was tired and continued to sleep. The nurse came in to turn him and noticed he'd pooped. Yay! You really have to know how hard that is for a patient to do when they've not eaten for two weeks and everything has been at a standstill.

So, we stepped out of the room to give the nurses a chance to clean him up and get him settled. We went outside for a breath of fresh air. When we came back in we saw Mrs. Smash standing outside the doors to the ICU.

"Where's Smash?" we asked.

"He's inside. The doors opened and he just walked in. I thought I'd wait and go in after it was cleared by the nurses."

We laughed. Smash is so by-the-book most of the time. He must have been really anxious to see Mikey if he chucked the rules.

The double doors opened again and we saw him standing there, waving Mrs. Smash in. As soon as he saw us, he came out and said hello. We talked for a while and then the Smashes went in to see Mikey while Mrs. Mikey and I went to sit down and chat.

The Smashes came out.

"He was sleeping the whole time. He seemed really tired. He's not as yellow, either," they said.

Smash added, "well, his eyes popped open at the end when Mrs. Smash said she'd cooked dinner..."

Trust me when I say that this surprised us all and fully explained Mikey's response. It's not that Mrs. Smash can't cook, it's just that she doesn't do it often unless it's absolutely necessary. I admire that. A lot.

"I'm so blogging that!" I said. And we laughed again.

One can never underestimate the power of laughter when your life has been full of so much tension and concern. It felt good. More than anything, it was wonderful to see Mrs. Mikey laughing and smiling -- and seeing that in her eyes. If we've accomplished nothing else, we've helped to raise her spirits and that means the world to me. She's a wonderful lady and it's totally apparent why Mikey loves her so much.

After all that talking, the Smashes excused themselves and headed home for dinner. Mrs. Mikey and I went back in to see our patient. We each took a side of the bed and held his hands.

At one point, Mikey heard his beloved's voice, opened his eyes, turned his head, and looked at her. Absolute connection there! His brow wrinkled a bit, as if to say "what the hell is going on?" and his mouth started to move. I couldn't tell if he was trying to talk or if he was hoping to kiss her, but he was trying something!

It was beautiful.

The nurses came back in to perform their hourly checks. Respiratory was in to check his cough response and check the vent settings.

The more Respiratory fiddled, the more Mikey raised his hand like he wanted to bat her away.

Then the nurse started with, "Mikey, open your eyes for me." The eyes opened.

"Mikey, blink for me." He blinked.

"Mikey, squeeze my hand." There was a squeeze, a weak squeeze. "Squeeze again, Mikey." Weaker attempt. And again. Still weaker.

"Mikey, squeeze my other hand." A twitch.

"Wiggle your toes for me, Mikey." Nothing.

Even unconscious, Mikey's stubborn. He can do all of it, but he seems to wear out quickly after just a few commands. I could almost imagine him saying "shut the hell up! I'm trying to sleep!"

Mrs. Mikey and I stood at the foot of the bed, hugging each other, smiling, and cheering him on.

That was the first time I'd witnessed with my own two eyes what he was capable of doing. It was overwhelming and wonderful.

Mikey also achieved his goals on the ventilator today! They've reduced the number of respirations via machine and he's maintained adequate perfusion without stressing his system on his own. Each day will be another step toward weaning him off completely.

His jaundice continues to resolve. The swelling has gone down, but isn't gone yet -- they only took off 1.6 kg with the dialysis today. Awareness continues to improve and it will only be a matter of time before he's back among us.

I'm ecstatic about what I saw today and am more hopeful than ever before.

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January 29, 2006

Hanging With Mikey

Little Dude and I went down to the hospital yesterday to see Mikey. This is the first time in a week that I'd been able to go and I was anxious to see him since it had been so long.

Mrs. Mikey was running back and forth between hospitals (one of her dearest friends has been hospitalized - at a different facility - with a serious illness) and during a phone call, I let her know we were on our way.

At the hospital, Mikey was undergoing a "procedure". That's code for deep suctioning for secretions by the respiratory therapist/doc to keep the fluid from overwhelming our favorite guy. Since he was otherwise occupied, Little Dude and I headed down to the waiting room. Eventually, the Smashes and Gracie arrived. We sat and talked and began a round of 20 Questions. It's amazing what you'll find to keep busy when you have to be patient. No pun intended.

Finally, Mrs. Mikey and their daughter arrived. She led Gracie and me down the hall and into ICU to see Mikey while the kids occupied themselves under the watchful eye of the Smashes.

Bedside, I held his hand and started talking to him, his heart rate went up, and the monitors started to go off. I had to tease him! I told him I knew he was happy to see me but that he needed to contain his excitement since he's a married man and his wife was standing right there. Everyone laughed and his heart rate went back to normal. He's in there. Definitely. Mikey's fighting hard and I have no doubt that he's going to pull through this.

I also mentioned that I had considered kidnapping Debra Messing (Will and Grace) and bringing her in to see him, to talk him into recovering. However, I had nixed that plan since I didn't think her family nor the police would be real thrilled with the idea. I have no idea what Mikey thinks of her, but she was at the zoo today while Little Dude and I were there. We were all hanging with the pandas.

Mikey's still in a coma, but he has moments of great responsiveness. The medical team was finally able to perform the angiogram. There is no evidence of an aneurysm nor of any abnormal blood vessel anatomy.

He's receiving feedings through a nasojejunal tube, which is placed down the nose, passes through the stomach, and sits in the upper part of the intestines - the jejunum. This prevents the stomach from filling with contents that could potentially be aspirated into the lungs. Naturally, no one wants that to happen. The fact that the doctors have chosen a minimally invasive method for feeds is good. No surgery is required for the tube placement. And better still, the fact that Mikey's being given any sort of feedings at all is FANTASTIC!

The CT and other tests show that the damage from the stroke was confined to a section of the right frontal lobe. Personality should not be drastically altered. He may experience some decreased ability to mentally focus, but that's a better outcome than what might have been. Ultimately, the only real way to determine the extent of the damage will come once Mikey has regained consciousness.

In addition to the feedings, Mikey is moderately jaundiced. Shock, medications, feeds, and many other factors play a role in how the body functions, especially the liver. Apparently, the bilirubin levels have been steadily decreasing, which is more good news. Bilirubin is a product of hemoglobin breakdown. Normally, our liver will help with processing the old blood cells and they will passed from our system via urine and stool. When the amount of heme and globin becomes greater than the amount the liver and gall bladder can process, bilirubin begins to accumulate in the blood stream and thus, the yellowing of skin and sclera (the whites of the eyes). Mikey was yellow, but not a horrible yellow. I've worked with so many icteric patients that I can pretty much gauge what the lab results will be just by looking at them. Mikey has a fight on his hands, but he's on his way.

He's also very edematous (swollen). The nurse said they took off quite a bit of fluid during dialysis yesterday and that's to be expected. 4 kg is significant. It's important to remove the excess fluid to improve blood pressure as well as to keep the lungs from becoming congested.

The ICP remained under 10 the whole time I was there. Yay! The blood pressure was good. Yay! And, Mikey was in a deep "sleep". Friday had been a particularly arduous day for him - the angiogram was done, a PICC line (peripherally inserted central catheter as opposed to a standard IV) was placed, and he has those extra special suctionings throughout the day. That's a lot stress on the body. He deserved to sleep.

Next week I'll be spending a little more time down at the hospital since his wife has to go back to work (short days for now) and nobody wants him to be alone all the time.

I'll be taking in comments to read to him. I'm taking a new biography that I can read to him as I keep him company. And, we've all teased him that we're going to bring in music that will force him awake, if only to complain.

There's still a long, hard road ahead of Mikey and his family, but we're all confident that current test results are indicating that things are going to be okay.

Don't forget to donate, even if it's only a dollar or two. Every bit helps.

And, keep praying.

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January 27, 2006

Apologies for the Delay

Sorry for the lack of updates. I was without a voice for several days and couldn't even call to ask what was going on with Mikey.

However, since I hadn't heard anything from Mrs. M, I assumed that no news was good news.

The last call from Mrs. Mikey confirmed that our friend was holding steady and had managed to come through the septic shock, although he still has far to go with the damage from the stroke and surgery.

Now that I'm well again (another damn sinus infection), I can actually go to the hospital to check on Mikey and his family. I'll report back then.

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January 22, 2006

Better News

From Smash:

I CHECKED IN AGAIN with Mrs. Mikey this morning. She tells me that Mikey is "over the hump" but "not out of the woods" on the infections. His temperature is back in the normal range, and his blood pressure is a bit low -- they might decrease some of his meds. They've brought some strange massage-type machine into his room to help break up the congestion in his lungs. They'll have to keep up his sedation for a few more days, but today looks much better than yesterday.
Where there's life, there's hope, and Mikey's a fighter.

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January 21, 2006

Septic Shock

With all the excitement over Mikey's thumbs up yesterday, it was especially difficult to hear that he took a turn for the worse today.

Septic shock is the current problem. His poor body just can't fight the infection -- even with the help of antibiotics -- right now.

The "virus" that was reported yesterday wasn't a virus after all. It was MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). You add that to everything else, and our Mikey has a pretty tough battle on his hands.

Despite the septic shock, he was still responding to Mrs. Mikey's touch and voice. He's in there. He's there. Keep praying, keep believing, keep hoping.

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January 20, 2006

Thumbs Up!

The nurse asked Mikey, who is still sedated, to give her a thumbs up and he did!

This is the best news yet.

He's being moved to a private room due to "something viral", according to Smash.

That's the latest. I'll update when there's more.

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EEGs, CTs, and the Eyes

The CT was done and showed no new bleeds. A clot was identified but the doctors don't seem worried about it.

The EEG showed that Mikey's not "brain dead", which we all knew. It's just good to hear it officially. Nothing was said about other damage, but that's okay. There's plenty of time for that.

The eyes...Mikey opened his eyes spontaneously. Several times. And he was able to open them in response to Mrs. Mikey. He even opened them for Smash last night!

I have been stuck at home with a child with a belly ache for a couple of days. I'm excited about Mikey's progress, but I really want to see it for myself!

I've had some wonderful input from an ICU (neuro) nurse. She's helped fill in the blanks. I've worked with many patients, but not at this level of care and/or acuity. It's good to have expert input.

Don't forget to leave comments. They're being printed out and read to Mikey. His wife said that he gets "twitchy" when she reads them to him and it's good to think that he's hearing your words of love and encouragement.

If you'd rather send a card and/or donation:

Mad Mikey
PO Box 882353
San Diego, CA 92108-2353

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January 18, 2006

Pneumonia - Mikey Update

Today's news: pneumonia.

The medical team was able to obtain an x-ray and discovered the pneumonia. Chances are, a nurse was assessing him and noticed a change in lung sounds. That's how many pneumonias are found. This particular group of nurses rock! I'm not surprised they caught this so early.

So, the pneumonia's being treated. They caught it early enough that there shouldn't be any major complications.

The EEG is still pending, as are the angiogram and the CT. The EEG will likely be the first test done when the docs give the word.

In other news, Smash has set up a special separate PayPal account just for Mikey. We're going to help take care of some of the family's living expenses since Mikey won't be working for a long time.

To send cards or small packages to Mikey:

Mad Mikey
PO Box 882353
San Diego, CA 92108-2353

To donate to the fund:

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Paypal Account Open

Smash has the link to the Paypal fund to help Mikey out here.

Thanks to Smash, Da Goddess, and Gracie for all the support they are giving Mikey and his family.

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Tuesday - Part II

Okay, I've been to see Mikey and his wife. I told Mikey that he's gone too far in trying to empathize with Ariel Sharon. I was hoping for a laugh. Or maybe even a slug in the arm for being so awful. I didn't get either.

The movement I saw Mikey make wasn't exactly purposeful, but it's movement.

His tongue was very purple yesterday and is now a bit pinker. You're thinking, how on earth would you know that? Well, his tongue sticks out just a bit. The tubes that are coming out of his mouth sort of push the tongue to the side.

His labs looked good. He was given blood with his dialysis yesterday and that helped his numbers. They're holding steady. Today's dialysis required no removal of excess fluids. Yes! That's awesome news! But that part can change rapidly.

Blood pressure (BP) was a bit elevated when I saw him. Not terribly high, though. The ICP was lower, just not as low as I was expecting/hoping.

The EEG will probably be done tomorrow, but it's not 100%. The angiogram and CT will wait because Mikey's still too unstable to withstand that. He can take the head of the bed moving up and down a bit, but side to side is too much.

The nurse and the respiratory therapist were at bedside when I was able to see Mikey. Both were fantastic! I watched with my nurse's eye as they performed their tasks. They had no idea I was a nurse so there was no special performance for my sake. Not only were they thorough, they were exceptionally attentive to detail, checking everything. It was great to see them in action.

Let's see, what else?

He has a fever. This isn't unexpected. Considering that thermoregulation occurs in the brain, any trauma (like surgery) can cause temps to fluctuate. There is no sign of infection. Blood cultures have been negative thus far. This is good news. Let's keep our fingers crossed that this remains the case.

Little Dude wanted to go in and see him, but we told him he was too young still. He was very upset by the news. Mikey's one of LD's favorite people. Mikey's daughter is another special person in LD's life. They were able to hang out this afternoon and it did them both a world of good.

It's tough to be a kid and faced with so much fear and uncertainty. That's why friends and family are so important.

Which brings me to my next point. Mikey's family. Some of you have emailed asking me why we've talked only about his in-laws. Well, there's a very good reason for that. Mikey's mom is currently battling lung cancer. She's already been through chemo and radiation and they're preparing her for hospice. As you can imagine, his brothers have been pretty busy dealing with that. His sister will come if things take a turn for the worse. His father passed away not long ago. And his step-mother is down in Florida at this time.

All he really has is Mrs. Mikey and his daughter, Mrs. Mikey's family, and us. Friends do a great job picking up where family leaves off many times. And that's what we do. Especially for the good guys like Mikey.

We managed to arrange for a ticket for Mrs. Mikey's mom. If you'd like to contribute to that fund (to reimburse the generous soul who purchased it so we could move forward), or to contribute to any other portion of the bills that need to be paid, head on over to Smash's site. We're going to assemble the list of expenses that need to be covered tomorrow and we'll get that list online as soon as we can. Smash has been chosen to handle the finances because, let's face it, he's honest as hell.

How are we handling the money? After speaking with a CPA/attorney, it was decided that we'd go the PayPal route. Setting up a trust at a bank would subject the funds to taxes. We'd rather have all the money go to Mikey and his family. Details will be over at Smash's.

As well, Smash has generously opened his P.O. Box for Mikey mail.

I think that's about it. I'm tired and having a hard time focusing. Rest assured, any new info will be posted here.

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January 17, 2006

Mikey Tuesday

I spoke with Mrs. Mikey a while ago and this is the update I received:

Sedation was lowered and Mikey responded. The nurse was wiping his face with a cloth, he seemed to like it, and turned toward her. She told him to turn his head back the other way but he wouldn't do so. Mrs. Mikey told him to turn his head toward her, and he did!

At one point, Mrs. Mikey was talking to her friend about him and he pulled her arm. She asked him if he wanted her to stop talking about him and he pulled her arm again. She stopped talking about him and he relaxed.

They've reduced his blood pressure medication because his blood pressure has come down. Yay!

His blood pressure and his ICP are lowest when his daughter is by his side.

This is all good news. Very good news. Still, he's not out of the woods yet. The doctor has told Mrs. Mikey that there is brain damage, no doubt about it. How much? They don't know yet. And the stroke occurred in the part of the brain that controls personality and cognitive ability. Mikey may not be the same guy he was before.

There will be more info later. I'm working on the plane ticket front right now and fielding a million phone calls. I'll be back.

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Hopeful Signs

Via Smash, some better news:

Mikey had a pretty decent night. They've lowered his sedation, and he's responding to commands. They tickled his feet, and got a reaction. His wife spoke to him, and got some physical responses. They also took him off the blood pressure medication, as his blood pressure was getting too low.
Mikey has a long way to go yet, but it looks like he's on the way.

Da Goddess and Gracie are setting things up so that we can send donations to Mikey's family; we'll put a post up here as soon as that's sorted out.

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January 16, 2006

Monday Update

Went to the hospital today to see Mikey and he's holding steady. Sort of.

His intracranial pressure (ICP) was down to 12-14 when I first got there. His blood pressure was 129-130/50s and 60s. As the day progressed, all his pressures were rising.

Just before I left, he was receiving dialysis, along with some blood. The blood was needed because his potassium level was too high and frankly, he's "dry".

He's on a ventilator, has wires coming out of his head and chest, and requires total care. He will remain in the medically induced coma for a while still.

CT scan, EEG (measures brain activity), and angiogram are all on hold because he's too unstable to withstand those tests. They can't lower the head of his bed because of the ICP elevation.

His daughter and wife are both trying hard to hold it together. There's so much to process! His daughter, thankfully, has innocence and youth to bolster her spirits. His wife, well, all the friendship and loving support from others isn't the same as having her husband awake and talking, helping her through this.

As far as fundraising efforts go, we're compiling a list of needs and I'll be posting that as time goes on. The main item on the list is getting Mrs. Mikey's mom to San Diego. She's in Colorado right now and we need someone to donate miles or a flight voucher for her to get here. If you have the power to arrange this, please let us know!

You can leave a comment here or over at DaGoddess.com with your contact info for the ticket or you can leave a thoughtful comment and I will make sure that Mikey and his family receive copies of those comments.

Thanks to Pixy Misa for setting up the ability for me to post directly to this site. There are so many people to contact that I'm beginning to lose track.

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A Friend In Need

Mikey suffered a serious stroke last night, requiring hospitalisation and surgery to relieve the bleeding. The situation is uncertain at the moment.

Da Goddess is in touch with Mikey's family, and will be posting updates and passing along messages. Please leave comments here or at her blog.

I'll update this entry once I have more - and hopefully better - news.

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January 13, 2006

Sci Fi Friday

More Sci Fi Friday this evening with another barrage of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica. The one change from last Friday is that (hopefully) there will not be another power outage, planned or otherwise.

Just a snippet of why I talk about this all the time (or most of the time): for the last few years, mostly since I've been in school, I've gotten more and more irritated with broadcast (and some cable) programming.

For the most part, I've usually got too much happening - school homework, family, or being sick - to waste time watching the same mindless crap on the boob tube.

Bearing this in mind is why I've pretty much limited myself to watching stuff on the Sci Fi Channel on Friday evenings - it's my 'weekly reward'.

Oh sure I might watching some psuedo-documentaries on Discovery Channel or the History Channel or maybe even The Military Channel (which I just recently discovered), but for the most part I watch stuff on Friday evenings with the occasional smattering of FoxNews in the morning ifi my daughter doesn't groan too loudly (this from a kid that watches multiple hours of the lame Hanna Barbara cartoons from the late-60s/early-70s on Boomerang).

So since today is Friday, it's time for me to go 'off-line' and indulge my inner geek in some juicy science fiction.

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January 12, 2006

Still Illin

Just a bit under-the-weather....again. Think 'happy thoughts' about me getting better.

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January 11, 2006

CodePunk Caught Red Handed

Here's another aspect of CodePink that clearly shows that they're not 'supporting the troops' one iota:

CodePink Steals, Lies to Police

Read More of "CodePunk Caught Red Handed"

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Mislabelled Outrage

Heath Ledger angry at ban

HOT Oscar tip Heath Ledger yesterday compared US bans on his gay cowboy film to racism.

Ledger said he was not surprised a Utah cinema had banned Brokeback Mountain, which depicts a lifelong love affair between two Montana cowboys.

"I heard a while ago that West Virginia was going to ban it. But that's a state that was lynching people only 25 years ago, so that's to be expected," Ledger said.

"Personally, I don't think the movie is (controversial) but I think maybe the Mormons in Utah do. I think it's hilarious and very immature of a society.

Heath, Heath, Heath....just because a movie is made doesn't mean that all theaters are obligated to run the movie. If the theater owners and/or operators don't want to run yours or anyone else's movie, then that's that; this isn't a communist state where the state dictates what is to be shown and what is deemed 'offensive'.

Heath, you've got the 'chops' for acting - stick to it instead of sitting on a fence post crowing about what is 'racism' and what isn't. (BTW, racism is not liking a person of a specific creed or ethnic group whereas bigotry is probably the word/label you were looking for...you dumb bunny. )

[/Daffy Duck]

Do I have a problem personally with 'Brokeback Mountain'? I dunno....hadn't really planned on seeing this movie. Maybe when it comes out on DVD, but that too is doubtful. But if we're to follow Mr. Ledger's mind-set, then I'm under obligation to watch it under penalty of being called a racist bigot.

And if that's the worst that happens to me in-the-near future, then I'd be lucky.

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January 10, 2006

Making Demands, Are We?

Exsqueeze me!?

Mexico Demands U.S. Allow More Immigration

Diplomats from Mexico and Central America on Monday demanded guest worker programs and the legalization of undocumented migrants in the United States, while criticizing a U.S. proposal for tougher border enforcement.

Meeting in Mexico's capital, the regional officials pledged to do more to fight migrant trafficking, but indirectly condemned a U.S. bill that would make illegal entry a felony and extend border walls.

Migrants, regardless of their migratory status, should not be treated like criminals," they said.

And I demand more refried beans with my Three-Rolled Taco entree.

It's so nice/funny to see nations demand certain concessions from the United States when they're....well, in NO position to be making demands. It's sort of like your spoiled nephew demanding more chocolate pudding or else he'll hold his breath....

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January 08, 2006

Smash vs. Bob Filner

Once again, I'm not feeling so hot this morning - damn migraine & nausea are back.

But I thought I'd link to something that I was witness to yesterday: Citizen Smash versus Congressman Bob Filner.

(Audio mp3 of the exchange here)

And here a first-person witness that really puts it all into perspective and just exactly how the crowd in that church were quasi-ill to realize that someone would dare ask a serious question.

Good stuff - all around.

More later from my perspective if I'm feeling better....

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January 06, 2006

Geeky Goodness Tonight


Sci Fi Friday starts tonight at 8pm PST and I've been waiting for months for the premeires of Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Battlestar Galactica.

(Photo glommed from SpaceCast.com)

They're chock-full of geeky goodness!

Just need to get rid of my headache and line up some popcorn for the evening....

UPDATE: Missed Stargate SG-1 since I was on a food run. Stargate Atlantis was good - the cliff-hanger from the mid-season ending was resolved.

The suck part of the night was that I was falling asleep towards the end of Atlantis and was about to just record Battlestar Galactica and got pulled into it. The suckiness started about half-way through when the power got cut to the apartment complex; it had been a 'planned' outage, but still sucked ass cause the power wasn't turned back on until this morning....

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January 05, 2006

West Virginia-BDS Connection

I must admit to something that might be considered pathetic: everytime there's some sort of disaster, be it natural or man-made, in the United States or in another nation, a little thoguht pops into my head: 'I wonder if they'll attempt to blame it on President Bush'.

While watching that incredible story the other night about the miners in that West Virginia mine first being declared alive only to be declared dead three hours later, that little notion of Blame Bush aka Bush Derangement Syndrome reared it's ugly little head.

I thought No, there's nothing to blame on Bush. This was a local tragedy and there's just no way that any sane person could link the two together...

And I was wrong. The suprising thing is that someone did indeed tie the two together. The not-so-surprising fact is that it's The New York Times that pulled this off without using a 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon' model to do it.

I think this could be considered the first Launching a Butt-Monkey moment of 2006.

On a lighter note, I'm still sick as a dog. The upside is that I'm not currently in school at the moment (new quarter starts January 9th); the downside is that all this 'vacation time' I'm supposed to be enjoying is getting wasted on being sick.

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January 01, 2006

Christmas Present Good vs. Bad, Part II

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