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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My Body

     I have been at war with my body for a long time. These last few years, it's been counterattacking. The latest act of Guerrilla warfare involved a referral to a pulmonologist, a blood test, and some fun to come. 

     At the appointment monday, my pulmonologist described my breathing tests as "really crappy" but I am not sure what that means in layman's terms. He wants them to draw a couple of pints of my blood so I can make new blood. Apparently my blood is too Ironic. That is to say, it contains too much iron. He also wants me on supplemental Oxygen when needed- more on that later. 

    In Addition to the blood draw next week and the blood test that led to it, I get to do a sleep study this weekend, and the findings will most likely be that I don't sleep well in strange places. 

     So I stopped at my primary physician to discuss changes in medicines and she wanted to do my A1C for my diabetes control. She prescribed me an anti-anxiety and here is the part where it starts getting surreal. As I am leaving the Doctors parking lot, I get a notification from CVS pharmacy that my prescription is ready. I asked them when they merged with Jimmy-Johns, because the fill was freaky fast. 

     And then on Friday. I get a notification from CVS that my presciption is ready-Metformin this time- so i call my doctor, and sure enough, my A1C is up. So I plan to pick up what will henceforth be know as My Surprise Metformin. 

     So Saturday, I take my car in for an oil change, and to look at the choppy acceleration. The choppiness is old plugs, but we found out my radiator is leaking, as is my valve cover gasket. so $30 becomes $338.

     Sunday, i find an oxygen concentrator for supplemental oxygen on craigslist, so we truck up to Longmont in my Honda, which is now performing smashingly, and pick up the device. it needs service before I can use it, but...

     what a week. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Media Musings: Style and Substance

     I saw three films last week for the first time. All three films had a lot of style. To me only two of the films had substance to go along with it.

     Last Sunday, Sam and I caught Thor: Ragnarok

     It was a fun ride, kind of eccentric and quirky, and excellent in it's characterization. Surprisingly the character who stole the show for me was Korg, who was a good-natured stonegladiator who befriends Thor on Sakaar. It was interesting to see Thor being in his own way as manipulative and duplicitous as Loki. It was also really nice to see Hulk have more lines than "Smash". All in all, an excellent film.

     The second film was Baby Driver, a film not even on my radar until Sam rented it.
     A highly entertaining crime thriller about Baby,(real name Miles) a getaway driver who uses his MP3 player to block out his Tinnitus. Excellent performances all around. Kevin Spacey, whose delivery is almost poetic, is the boss who recruits crews to pull heists, and baby is his getaway driver every time. The films use of action choreographed with the soundtrack in Baby's ears gives it an added touch of Charm.

     And then there was the film I really wanted to like...
     You ever see a trailer and know that you have seen the best parts of the film? Have you ever seen a trailer and not realized you have seen the best parts of the film? This was example 2...
     What I liked:

  • the action scenes; there was no problem with those at all. 
  • Every time Idris Elba was on screen. The man has a stage presence that is awesome. 
  • Matthew McConaughey was fun to watch as the man in black, even if I was still picturing him in  Dallas Buyers Club
     What I didn't:
  • A muddled story that relies more on action sequences than character to drive it.
  • A mix of western, fantasy and sci-fi that doesn't really make sense. There was so much material here, as there is in most King novels that they could have built a more convincing mythology. 

To paraphrase the movie...

I do not Make a film with my marketing crew.  He who Makes a film with his marketing crew has forgotten the face of his father. I direct with my heart.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Toysday: Veteran

     I got Fanstoys Koot(masterpiece Kup) yesterday about an hour after I came home from the Pulmonologist. (side note: if the doctor uses medical terms like "crappy" in reference to your breathing test, ask him to explain it in layman's terms)With the receipt of that shipment and my fun doctors visit, Old age and treachery are on my mind.

     This is a great figure, excellent in alt-mode and in robot mode- Getting him from one to the other can be challenging, but it gets easier with practice. 

I started off picturing him with Hot Rod

And Springer

But then I decided he would prefer to hang out with someone he can swap stories with

Hanging with the other veterans...

Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Funnies: Gags of our Fathers

     So this ties back to Monday's post as well as a few other random bits of business here and there about town. I have posted before about my tendency to joke with/nearly get myself arrested for joking with various stores about town.

     That has not stopped. And apparently I have moved into what are called "Dad Jokes" which are a form of pun banned by the Geneva Convention.
     So to the meat of this post.
     When Sam and I were out to see Geostorm, I happened to ask the ticket taker(after giving the statutory dad joke incoming warning) how he was like a Greek playwright? when he could not come up with an answer, I held up my ticket and said "Because Euripides".

     Recently I was at Del Taco(they still allow me in there) and they were advertising "Queso Blanco" so I asked if that was the one with Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre. Guy behind me in line was dying, while the girl at the register was staring at me in incomprehension.

     One of the grocery stores near me is in the midst of a big expansion, and they are moving item locations all over the store to fit the new plan. I warned a couple of the Clerks that they cannot move where the office supplies are located, because they have to remain stationary.

     Step out today, visit somewhere and be someones weirdest customer of the day story. In a good way.

     I was at Toys R Us and the checkout clerk asked me if I was a rewards member by chance, and I told her that Yes I was a rewards member, but it was by design, not by chance.

     Happy Friday everyone.