Archive for November, 2006

Casino Royale

November 25, 2006

I just got back from seeing Casino Royale. Wow! The opening chase scene was so amazing! I had such an adrenaline rush, that then we left, Sean and I were eager to do something ‘stupid’ (jumping, hurdling, climbing, etc.). But we didn’t do anything.

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The Fall of Reach

November 23, 2006

Yesterday, I finished reading a book…

I know it doesn’t really sound like much of an accomplishment, but if you know me well enough… well, I just do not read — at all. The last time I started a book, was two years ago. It was a Michael Crichton book (Prey). I love his movies, but I don’t think I got half way through the book. I just do not like to read. I honestly can’t remember the last book I finished.

I read the last third of The Fall of Reach (by Eric Nylund) yesterday, and finished the book about 15 minutes past midnight. I enjoyed it, and I will be asking to borrow the rest in the series. 😉

Results

November 14, 2006

I just got back from the doctor’s. I got to see the MRI, and he went over it with me. My meniscus are perfectly fine, as are my ACL, PCL and other junk. But I’m missing a small piece (less than .5 cm across) of cartilage on my femur, towards the top in the patellar groove. And I’m missing a nice size piece of cartilage on my patella (I didn’t quite see what he was trying to point out on the patella, but I think it was towards the top half.). So, when I extend my leg and the patella slides up, these two spots “kiss” each other.

He also discussed 3 surgical proceedures that are currently being done on knees. First is a cartilage transplant, where he would take pieces of cartilage from other places in my knee and “tile” them in the bad spot. Second is a cadaver transplant, where they would cut out a square section of my cartilage and a layer of bone and swap it with a piece from a cadaver. Third is some funky thing where they take a piece of my cartilage, put it in a petry dish to grow more cartilage, then stick it in the bad spots. The third option is very new, still experimental, not covered by Kaiser and costs $25,000 per opperation.

Doc says I should take suppliments 3 times a day and cycle or swim 3 to 4 times a week for 30 minutes. I’ll go back in for another follow-up in 4-6 weeks. If things don’t progress we may at that point consider opperating.

MRI follow-up

November 13, 2006

Orthopedics called me today to schedule another appointment. I guess it’s to go over the MRI results (I didn’t ask). But I already talked to the doc on the phone the other week.

At any rate… Tuesday, 10AM at Zion.

How was Your day?

November 13, 2006

After all of yesterday’s events, I sat in a La-Z-Boy recliner in my living room with the lights out.  I was going to reflect on the day, but I decided to talk to God about it.  So, I began to pray, “Father, how was Your day?”

I never did discuss my day with God.  Rather, I spent the next few minutes pondering if God has good and bad days.  I don’t imagine God makes mistakes, which He later regrets.  But would He consider it a “bad day” when His children don’t follow His will?

Chondromalacia Patella

November 9, 2006

I finally got the results of my MRI. I have “Chondromalacia Patella” in my left knee (and probably in my right, too). I am missing some cartlidge and there may be a rough surface. This is the begining of arthritis.

There is not much he can do from a surgery standpoint. Basically, I’m to avoid impact sports. He said it is possible for the body to rebuild cartlidge and I may be able to return to more aggressive sports, if I work gradually and take suppliments and whatnot.

If my knee(s) continue to give me pain and I’m not happy, that I could opt for a ‘desperate’ orthoscopic proceedure where he would do his best to smooth the surface.

Technical Recruiter from Google?

November 7, 2006

I received an email from someone @google.com, which was titled, “Google Found Your Posts on Webmaster Forums and Hiring”. The email reads…. (more…)

Boston Herald on John Kerry

November 6, 2006

I don’t normally write about politics, nor do I bash candidates, but sometimes they deserve it. The Boston Herald had this to say about John Kerry.

Let’s grant John Kerry the benefit of the doubt for the moment that he didn’t mean to call American troops in Iraq stupid, but intended that assessment instead for the president of the United States. (George Bush’s higher grades at Yale notwithstanding.)

Still the “stuck in Iraq” remark took on a life of its own in large part because of Kerry’s own history. Yes, Kerry was a decorated Vietnam War veteran, but one who returned only to disparage as virtual war criminals the fellow soldiers he had so recently left behind in the rice paddies of Southeast Asia.

This week The Associated Press unearthed another very telling document from Kerry’s past – his answers to a 1972 election questionnaire solicited during his first, albeit unsuccessful, bid for Congress.

Asked for his thoughts about the draft, Kerry responded in a manner with which we have become all too familiar, “I am opposed in principle to the concept of a draft. But I am opposed also to a volunteer army which given present conditions in this country is, I think a greater anathema.”

Leaving aside the fact that opposing both a draft and a volunteer army would, well, leave the country without a military, Kerry went on to decry why an all-volunteer military – which is what we have today – is so very wrong.

It would, he said, “be an army of the poor and the black and the brown . . . I also fear having a professional army that views the perpetuation of war crimes as simply ‘doing its job.’ ”

Scary no?

Kerry in 2008? Not real likely.

Got it!

November 3, 2006

Took the test again today. Passed! I now have a motorcycle permit. 😀

Facebook

November 1, 2006

I’ve signed up at Facebook (my profile), which seems tons better than the MySpace page (my profile) I setup (blogged here).  Check it out!

BTW, I’ve been adding pictures and “tagging” them, so some of you may be receiving emails about those….