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The good news and the bad news

This must be a required class in med school: “How to Give Bad News 101”. Every time a doctor has to give me bad news, they always coach it with a bit of good news first. I’ve learned to read them. When the good news sounds okay, and they are making it sound like it’s really, really good, they are setting you up.

Case in point: When we took the old dog to the vet after 24 hours of bleeding from the nether regions, the doc took a bunch of x-rays. When she reviewed them with us, she told us how good her heart looked, and how the tumor on her backside was small, and would probably grow slowly. Then she put up the x-ray that clearly showed a fist-sized tumor on her spleen. Really bad news.

That’s why, when I saw the doctor on Friday, I knew bad news was a-brewin‘.

Let’s go back to Thursday afternoon for a moment. I picked up my mail at the post office, and was looking at an ad from VistaPrint on the way back to the car. What I didn’t see was the 2″ rise in concrete just before my driver’s door. I was moving at a good clip, so I hit it full force with my right foot. The one that had surgery in September.

Back to Friday. After doing the “does this hurt?” routine (the answer was yes) she ordered a bunch of x-rays. When they were done, she put them up on the lighted panel, and quickly reviewed each one. Then she showed me all the different angles of my ankle. No breaks. Looks healthy. Good news.

Ah, but there were 3 more xrays to go. “I thought you might have a break on this bone, but it doesn’t show yet. It might be broken, but we’ll have to wait and see.” The not so good, but not so bad news.

Final x-ray. “Now, take a look at this. You’ve broken the pin and one of the screws we put in. The head is broken right off. We need to do surgery, and we won’t be able to remove all the pieces.” Yep, that’s the bad news I was steeled for. Being prepared doesn’t make it any easier.

Limelife got a record deal!

My nephew’s band, Limelife, just won uber.com’s “You Bring the Talent” contest, and won:

  • An Atlantic Records EP deal
  • A music publishing deal with Peer Publishing
  • A booking deal with the Agency Group
  • Distribution through ADA from the Rebel Group &
  • A showcase at the House of Blues in Hollywood

Way to go Phil, Alex, and Brian! I knew you could do it!

Chocolate! (I’ll beta test this anytime)

If you have not been to Roberta’s Chocolates, you are missing the best chocolate you have ever tasted. I was there yesterday, and she stuffed me full of her handmade truffles. They are the absolute best treat. In addition to the usual flavors: fudge, cherry, coconut, mint, irish cream, etc., she has a bunch of new ones she’s developed. Like what? Think: hazelnut, with just the right hint of nut mixed into the densest chocolate you can imagine. Yum. And banana cream pie enrobed in milk chocolate. It tasted exactly like my grandma just pulled a banana cream pie of the Norge and lightly drizzled it with milk chocolate. I wanted to bury my face in it. And then Roberta gave me a pineapple one they just finished. Oh. My. God. It was like I was sitting on a Hawaiian beach, and a native plucked a pineapple from the tree, whacked a chunk off with his machete, and handed it to me, dripping with juice. Times 100. You have to try it.

If you don’t try Roberta’s Chocolates, your life will be empty, devoid of purpose or reason.

I’m a beta tester!

I was accepted as a beta tester quite some time ago, for software and computer goodies. I’ve enjoyed it immensely. So, what has me so excited at this new beta testing opportunity? It’s for the geek’s elixir of the gods…coffee. Nothing could be better. I am so excited to have the opportunity to test this out. (More coming soon, I hope!)

This has got me thinking about other exciting possibilities. So, I’ll put it out there for anyone else who is looking for a beta tester. I’ll give special preference to chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate with caramel, chocolate with caramel and nuts, and of course, anything from the other, less important food groups (you know, the healthy stuff).