August 3rd, 2012
I have prostate cancer.
A few months ago my family doctor felt the need to give me a prostate exam and despite my protests she did her exam and announced my prostate was enlarged. She took some blood to run a PSA test. The test came back slightly elevated and she sent me to a Urologist. He also did a prostate exam and said that the way it is enlarged pointed towards cancer. He scheduled me for a biopsy. This was done last Wednesday and I was to hear the results on Tuesday of this week. My phone never rang on Tuesday so I called his office on Wednesday morning. They told me he had the results but had not called me yet. Duh! He called me about an hour and half later to tell me the biopsy confirmed the fact that I have a malignant form of prostate cancer.
The next step is to have both a bone scan and a CAT scan to find out if the cancer has grown into any other organ. After these tests I’ll meet with the Urologist again to go over my options and see where we go from here.
My attitude has been to take things as they come. I’m not upset. If any thing I’m surprised that I’m not just riddled with cancer. I was a kid in the 60’s and grew up in the 70’s. I grew up drinking soda, watching TV and riding in cars that used leaded gasoline. Better Living Through Chemistry. I am the long term study of all that was new and improved in my life. So I am taking things as they come. One step at a time.
I asked the Doctor if it is possible to cut out the offensive tissue or to remove the entire organ to which he responded that in cases like mine it is SOP to remove the organ. There are still many questions to be answered but I just have to be patient and get these tests done then I get to sit down with the Urologist and find out where we go from here.
July 2nd, 2012
A picture is worth a thousand words
May 27th, 2012
You tube has banned this video as hate speech!?! WTF?
April 30th, 2012
Well this whole “no smoking” lark isn’t working quite the way I expected. I can make it three days then on the fourth day I break down and buy a pack. I then smoke for two or three days until quitting again for three days. So basically I can make a pack last for two days. I guess that it’s better than smoking a pack a day like I use to do. I can’t seem to get past that fourth day. I really do want to quit completely. I’m going to see my family doctor today for my annual physical so I’m going to ask her for some samples of nicotine patches. We’ll see if they help.
On a completely different subject, I moved my site from Dublin to Boston. Actually I didn’t do anything but setup the hosting account. The Other Fellow moved all the files and the database and everything. He’s the one who dealt with the setup of the hosting company and tweaked the site so it would garner a security rating of 100 out of 115. Thanks The Other Fellow !
March 17th, 2012
OK, it’s been 48 hours since I last smoked a cigarette. It hasn’t been that bad but then again. I keep reminding myself that I will no longer allow myself to be addicted to a drug. If I didn’t know better I would say that I will smoke when I want to not when the addiction tells me to raise the drug level in my blood. I can now no longer have a smoke… ever! I tried that once. I once quit for almost three months and then decided that since I no longer smoked it would be OK to smoke just one. Ha! By the end of the day I had bought a pack and was back to it. I know that the physical addiction takes 72 hours to diminish and I’m in the middle of it. If I can make it just another day or so I’ll be in the clear. After the physical symptoms are gone then I’ll know it’s all in my head and I can deal with that.
January 21st, 2012
New years resolutions are meant to be broken so I don’t make them anymore. I came across these goals while reading about George Washington. These are some of the rules he lived by. I have decided to make them my goals for this year. It seems like a good way to live.
* EVERY ACTION MUST BE DONE WITH RESPECT TOWARD OTHERS AROUND YOU.
* SHOW NO DELIGHT IN THE MISFORTUNE OF OTHERS, EVEN THOUGH HE BE YOUR
* IF ANYONE COMES TO SPEAK TO YOU WHILE YOU ARE SITTING, STAND, EVEN
THOUGH HE WILL BE YOUR INFERIOR.
* BE NOT HASTY TO BELIEVE FLYING REPORTS TO THE DISPARAGEMENT OF ANY.
* ASSOCIATE YOURSELF WITH MEN OF GOOD QUALITY.
* IF YOU ESTEEM YOUR OWN REPUTATION, TIS BETTER TO BE ALONE THEN IN
* LET YOUR CONVERSATION BE WITHOUT MALICE OR ENVY.
* SPEAK NOT INFURIOUS WORDS NEITHER IN JEST OR IN EARNEST.
* ALWAYS STAND WHEN A LADY ENTERS YOUR CIRCLE OR STANDS BEFORE THE TABLE.
* READ YOUR SCRIPTURES DAILY.
* HAVE A PITURE OF SOMEONE YOU ADMIRE. WHEN HAVING A TOUGH DAY MOVE IT
* MAKE A GOAL EVERYDAY. WRITE AND PONDER IN THE MORNING, REVIEW YOUR
SUCCESSES AND FAILURES AT END OF EACH DAY.
* GATHER OTHERS TO SUPPORT HONESTY.
* ALWAYS LOOK A MAN IN THE EYE.
* ALWAYS HAVE A FIRM HANDSHAKE.
* PRAY FOR OTHERS.
* LOOK FOR WAYS TO SERVE OTHERS AT ALL TIMES.
* ALWAYS SAY WHAT YOU MEAN AND MEAN WHAT YOU SAY.
* BUILD TRUST THROUGH YOUR ACTIONS.
* DO NOT PARTAKE IN BASHING THE BIBLE.
* DO NOT FIGHT WITH THOSE WHO ARE NOT WILLING TO SEE ANOTHER
PERSPECTIVE. WHEN IN BATTLE (ARGUMENT) REPEAT THE OTHER SIDE UNTIL
THEY SAY YOU HAVE THEIR ARGUMENT.
* BUILD, NEVER DESTROY.
* ASPIRE TO INSPIRE.
January 15th, 2012
I am in the process of quitting smoking. Well sort of. I smoke too much and have to quit because I am always huffing and puffing at the smallest exertion. So I have come up with a schedule of how I am going to quit. First I’m going to cut down allot then after I’m use to that I’ll go cold turkey. Right now my smoking schedule is; when I wake up I can smoke all I want until 1100 then from 1100 to 1700 there’s no smoking, then I can smoke from 1700 until 1900. No smoking until 2100 then I can smoke until I go to bed at 2200. There is no ashtray in my bedroom so I can’t lay in bed and have a smoke. Smoking has been regulated to just in my living room. Now once I get use to this new schedule I’ll increase the time I don’t smoke. Instead of not smoking from 1100 ’til 1700 I’ll make it 1100 to 1800. Once I’m use to that it’ll start at 1000 instead of 1100.
Please don’t think that because I’m quitting smoking that I’m going to become some rabid anti-smoker. Nothing could be further from the truth. I consider myself a militant smoker and my attitude will not change. I don’t believe smoking causes cancer or emphysema or any of the nasty things it is suppose to do. I do believe that smoking can aggravate these things but do not cause them. If you disagree with me then I suggest you check out this website.
This is something that has been rattling around my head for some time so now is the time to do it. I have smoked cigarettes since 1974. It is well past time for me to cut it out. I’m taking my time in quitting but it’s going to work for me. Baby steps for now. Great leaps will come later. Wish me luck.
December 21st, 2011
I was born when folks liked IKE
I watched the Presidents funeral on TV
I didn’t know what the Great Society was
but every night Chet and Dave gave me the body count
Goodnight Chet, Goodnight Dave
Cynicism was born
I cheered when Erlichmann, Haldeman, and Liddy went down
I laughed at the buffoon I watched SNL
I did NOT vote for RAYGUN
Bush kept what’shisname out
Clinton scared the living hell out me
more and more
The commies lost
How did we get him
I cheered and danced as Florida complained
I played the National Anthem at 0:01 01/01/00
Elvis sang about his wingtips
People really liked Patsy Cline…then
Strawberry Alarm Clock
The Grateful Dead. Bowie, Hot Tuna, Black Oak, Foghat, Procul Harum, ELP, Sweet and of course
despite that Disco thing
then came that whole newwavething
Modern English,Squeeze,Flock of Seagulls,StrayCats,Animotion,Human League,Specials,FunBoyThree,Bananarama,Berlin,Madness and Elvis Costello
Eventually along came Nirvana, REM, De La Soul, nine Inch nails, Run DMC, KoRn, Godsmack, Alanis Morrisette, Tool and Jewel
In this dawn of the 21st time I’m glad to see
Uncle Ted is still touring
there is a band called, “And you will know us by the trail of dead”
We are still strong
just like we were told we were
when we lived on kidville time
Welcome to my 7th decade
December 18th, 2011
I was promised food from a tube
A high-rise apartment in the stratosphere
Dick Tracy watches
And anti-gravity pods
To get around in
Phazers, lasers and ray guns
On my hip
Mr. Piper said we would all
Fly to work in the morning
Neil Armstrong bounced around like the super ball from hell
He raised the flag
They told me I wouldn’t have to clean my oven
My waste would just go away
Use the new plastic bag
Save a tree
It’ll break down in a landfill
Poly-vinyl chloride is new and exciting
They want us to think Georgia-Pacific is bad
ADM is the real enemy
Better living through chemistry
We bring good things to life
I think Mr. Archer and Mr. Daniels no longer hunt pheasant in their fields
They’re not there
They told me to use oil
It’s more efficient
My uncle once told me that natural gas is dirt-cheap
Hey Dad, what’s an ash can?
The Lehigh & Nanticoke don’t stop here anymore, boy
G.M.O. was not in the lexicon then
But ya’ know….neither was
Elian Gonzales and Hyundai
December 15th, 2011
There is a boy who just wants a glass of red wine
some good conversation
a nice smile to gaze upon
a friendly face
maybe some Zydeco music
would be nice
he’s been there
He’s standing on a corner
talking to her
Bachet, Trane, hell, even Bird is gone
Paint the statue in KISS face
Uriah Heep, Black Oak Arkansas no body drives a Studabaker anymore
Open the trunk Have a beer let the party carry on
we sang about what’s so funny….
we didn’t really mean it
Johnny R was right
despite the hype
She was tall
actually shorter than she looked
she loved his
scared of moving too fast
they loved good together
They did the best they could while they were stuck in this place
would be nice