Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Buddy's Band






I've just added a link to a buddy's band from back home in sweet ole Mobile, AL. His band is called El Cantador.

He plays the type of music I like - Ryan Adams, Whiskeytown, Townes van Zandt type stuff. Check it out.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Seasons

In the last couple of days, I've been reading Graham Allison's Essence of Decision. It's an analysis of the various factors influencing the outcome of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.

Allison has written another book, Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe. It was published two or three years ago, but still serves as a disquieting reminder of the risks existing in our world.

Graham gives a synopsis of the book and answers questions here.


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A time to weep and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn and a time to dance.

- Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

Thursday, March 22, 2007

As you may have heard...

Your humble blogger is incapacitated yet again because of this leg. Blood clots - the same problem that prompted my grandfather and yours to wear long, tight-fitting stockings and take rat poison - have taken a hold, dear brothers.

In lovable Johnson fashion, the Kacey spin-machine intended to post a list of 5 optimistic points that made the last two weeks worthwhile.

That blog was never published.

In her absence, I give you:

5 reasons why there are no redeeming qualities to blood clots

1. The compression stocking that the doctor requires me to wear (and that must be put on using green rubber dishwashing gloves, mind you) does not come in fishnet, only in "nude" - a color that I've always been a little sceptical of

2. The collection of food particles in the cracks of our sofa has an additional two weeks to accumulate, thereby virtually guaranteeing that I'll never get what I paid for the damn things (even though we got them at quite a bargain, thanks jeffster)

3. Even the 85 year-old swiss grandmother downstairs looks on with pity when I pass in the hallway

4. Billy Blanks has yet to invent a "Tae Bo: SofaBoxing!" or "Bedridden Bootcamp" DVD (though, this title looks promising)

5. I now have an internet bookmark for the Deep-vein Thrombosis blog (known among insiders as the DVTDiary) and review it periodically for insights to my condition. A taste of what's offered:

Compression Stocking Review Round-Up (to date)


Comfort
Appearance
Effectiveness
Overall Grade
Comments

Jobst Knee High 20-30 (open, natural color)

A-
B-
A
A-
Looks therapeutic. Open toe big comfort advantage.
Jobst Knee High 20-30 (closed, black)
B
B+
A
B+
Looks like regular black opaque knee high.
Jobst Thigh High 20-30 (closed, black)
B-
B+
A-
B
Weak silicon band - lots of pulling up. Looks like regular tight.
Mediven Thigh High 18-20 (closed, natural)
A-
B
A-
B+
Very effective silicon band; somewhat "therapeutic" appearance









Though, I must admit, I'm a little disappointed they didn't review a new, but exciting entrant into the compression stocking field: Milton Berle's signature stocking called the "It's a Clotted, Clotted, Clotted, Clotted Leg" a price-sensitive mid-thigh, closed-toe compression stocking. Definitely an A+.


Here are a few other "signature series" stockings that I've recently found on the net. Enjoy!


1. The Orson (Feel like an auteur! This limited-edition waist high compression stocking is featured in the color noir and includes a "tummy control" feature guaranteed to hide that unsightly weight gain!)



2. The Estelle (A classic knee-high compression stocking as worn by Sophia (Estelle Getty) on the Golden Girls. Perfect when you are stepping out for that late night cheesecake or harrassing the over-aged hussies in your own retirement community!)


3. The Barker (Fortunately, you don't have to be spayed or neutered to enjoy this discount mid-thigh compression stocking, any way you look at it, The Price is Right!)



4. The Matlock (Still not sure how you got deep-vein thrombosis? Solve the mystery in style with this folksy, yet cantankerous full-length compression stocking. Whether you are relaxing on your favorite rocking chair or selling the jury on a little down-home wisdom, it's guaranteed not to slip!)

Sunday, March 04, 2007

A Post Written Two Weeks Ago....

**Note: I know that this is now horribly outdated but I'm trying to get back into the swing of blogging and I thought I would start by simply adding something I wrote and then forgot. Yes, it is now closer to St. Patrick's Day than Valentine's Day but bear with me- Kace**


How to Please Women by Coy Buckley

Taken from Chapter Two, ‘Valentine’s Day’

1. Play down the importance of the holiday in conversation. I.E. ‘We’re not going to celebrate that Hallmark-sponsored day this year, are we? I’m glad you’ll be in the States so we can skip the hoop-la.’
2. Shoot for the bullseye, impress as many people as humanly possible…send flowers to her mom at her school. Everyone will be dazzled by your sweet thoughtfulness. You will be crowned the Best Son-in-Law Ever. Teachers are particularly drawn to this sort of excitement and will remind your mother-in-law of how lucky she is for years to come. This plan also covers your bases with your wife. She will be so amazed that you can honestly skip Step 3 if you would like.
3. Send flowers to your wife. If you are lucky, she will not be returning home for many hours and will pass the time thinking about what a genius you are to send flowers to her mother. When she finally sees her own flowers, she will be at a complete loss for words.

Note: the ‘flowers to the girl’s momma’ plan only works if you are already married. If you are still dating, this plan will come off as creepy. If you have waited too long to propose, refer to Chapter One, ‘Getting Engaged in a Way that will Woo Everyone Back to Your Side and Put You into the Romantic Hall of Fame. ’