Stories from the Ablation. Part II: Recovery Room

When I woke up in the recovery room, I thought, “I’m not dead yet!” (Those of you who remember National Lampoon magazines circa 1973 with little pics of Mamie Eisenhower that popped up unexpectedly might get this obscure reference.) Because of my titanium aortic valve, which is so loud and bothersome it allows me to […]

Too Mean to Die

The ablation of my atrium (heart) was Friday. One thing that happens before an ablation is the patient meets the entire team that will have access to the procedure. Friday this involved four or five doctors and probably a dozen nurses. It may have been more nurses. I lost track early on. It’s really hard […]

Yay! The web site update is finished!

As with many things I have done, the now-completed revision of took more time than I anticipated it would when I began it. Though I don’t really “like” writing html code, this revision wasn’t the least favorite “upgrade” I’ve managed, probably ’cause I’ve avoided writing html for long enough it wasn’t really drudge work, […]

Smack Dab with Baruch Porras-Hernandez

I frequently go to an open mic in the Castro district of San Francisco, Smack Dab. It is on the third Wednesday of most months. Several friends are co-hosts. Wednesday evening (2/18) their featured artist was a man who frequently is a “regular” contributor, Baruch Porras-Hernandez. I found myself laughing really hard at his very […]

Interesting obituary I came upon today

Ruby Wilson Dean was the wife of a second cousin (twice removed), Wyman Wesley Dean. I had no idea the first woman shoemaker in the US came from Iowa: Ruby I. Dean, 85, [of] Sioux City, Iowa, died Friday, November 3, 1995, at a Sioux City hospital after a brief illness. Memorial services will be […]

Surrender Dianne!

When cleaning up a folder this morning, this photo emerged. I didn’t take it. It is the official Sister Boom Boom (Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence) mayoral poster from 1983, a spoof on the Wizard of Oz. Absolutely fabulous!