ELIMINATING A PROBLEM

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NOTE: I updated the original post.

 

A friend of mine texted me an article about pain, evil, and the problem of evil (that is, if an all powerful and all compassionate god exists, why is there evil in the world).

 

See: https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/857787

 

Briefly, the writer of article makes the case that pain and evil exists because god gave us the power to do evil and is necessary for evolution to occur and for the growth of our species in particular.

 

Now most evolutionists believe that as least some pain is necessary for survival as we tend to avoid things that are painful. And most things that are painful are also things that can injure us or cause death. Meaning we would not be able to pass on our good genes to the next generation.

 

As far as the problem of evil (otherwise known as THEODICY, which the writer, correctly points out is the term for this problem), the writer states that without total free will, we cannot make choices that benefit our species. And this is god’s way.

 

Here is my reply to my friend. Perhaps it is a bit simplified. But the problem goes away if we take out a variable in the equation.

 

“I don’t consider pain or natural disasters as evil. They are just things that happen in the universe. The only evil I see comes from man, who with their knowledge and free will, and the capacity they have to stop themselves, still go out of their way to harm themselves and others.”

 

Sometime later, our conversation (or texting  to be more precise) continued. And my posting here will end here with my last response.

 

“I just hope the goodness done, and still to come, will overcome the evil that has come and still to come. And that I can be part of the process.”

 

 

 

 

Secret conversations of Lefties

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On Monday (10-10) my friend took me out for dinner. She is also a lefty and when lefties get together, they sometimes talk about the Plight of the Lefty. This is the unintentional (and sometimes intentional), unnoticed, but subtle and inherent, troubles, both big and small, Lefties face in the in a right-handed dominated world.

 
Earlier this year I wanted to buy a new baseball mitt. I checked a sporting goods store and made several attempts at a swap meet here in Huntington Beach, just in case I was willing to settle for a used one.

 
I found a total of three left-handed mitts. Not three models. Just three gloves. All three were children’s sizes, and one was for a girl (it was a bright neon pink color).

Little and yet persistent troubles include the 10 digit keypad on my QWERTY keyboard, which is always on the right side, and the guy at the ice cream stand who keeps sliding his delicious treats and wares to my right hand. And I keep forgetting to get the handle bar controls for the gears on my bicycle reversed.

 
We lefties like to joke about this.

 
Anyway, my friend treated to an Asian place, as she knows I like that genre of food and she also had a small surprise for me.

 
Well the rice looked good and so did the shrimp. But she asked me to eat with her little gift; a set of left-handed chopsticks. Yes, this thing actually exists. Surprised me too!

 
This contraption held itself together with couple of joints and included two loops to insert your fingers and keep the chopsticks stable and within one’s grip. I know how to use chopsticks but this thing seemed fun and I just had to try it.

 
So I opened the instructions (yes, chopsticks with directions!)

 
See if you can’t identify at least one problem with the instructions for this new brand of Left-handed Chopsticks.

 
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I am happy to say that despite the directions, I figured out how to use the device.

 

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I have to admit they were sturdy and easy to use. Except for the small grains of rice, I was able to pick up everything else to eat. And it was as good meal. And good company.

 

Now let me see about adding a USB powered, wireless, left-handed 10 digit keypad to my laptop.

 

A “fun guy?” – Another Weekly Wednesday Wordlist

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I should mention that I had potential girlfriend in about 2000-2001. She was into magic mushrooms, and I declined to share an experience with her. Which may be a reason why we never pursued a relationship further than a friendship. You could say a fungi got in the in the way of a fun guy.

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ACTINOMYCES [n. Any microorganism that feeds on dead organic matter, esp. a fungus or bacterium]
AECIDIUM (AECIDIA) [n. A spore-producing organ of certain fungi]
AGARIC (+S) [n. A mushroom having an umbrella-like cap with gills on the underside]
AMADOU (+S) [n. A spongy, flammable substance prepared from bracket fungi and used as tinder]
APPRESSORIUM (APPRESSORIA) [n. The flattened thickened tip of a hyphal branch by which some parasitic fungi attach to and penetrate their host]
ARCHICARP (+S) [n. A female reproductive structure in certain types of fungi]
ARMILLARIA (+S) [n. The honey fungus (a fungus that lives on trees and woody shrubs)]
ASCOCARP (+S) [n. A spore-producing organ of certain fungi]
ASCOMYCETE (+S)
ASPERGILLUS (ASPERGILLI) [n. A genus of common molds causing food spoilage and some pathogenic to plants and animals]
AUTOECIOUS [adj. Of fungus, etc., passing through all life stages on same species of host]
BASIDIOMYCETE (+S) [n. any of various fungi of the subdivision Basidiomycota]
BASIDIOMYCETOUS [adj. Of or like a BASIDIOMYCETE ]
BASIDIUM (BASIDIA) [n. A small spore-bearing structure produced by a BASIDIOMYCETE]
BLEWIT (+S) [n. An edible wild mushroom of Europe and North America that is pale lilac when young]
BOLETE (+S) [n. Any fungus of the family Boletaceae]
BOLETUS (+ES or BOLETI) [n. Any mushroom of the genus Boletus, having an easily separable layer of tubes on the underside of the cap or pileus instead of gills]
BOTRYTIS (BOTRYTISES) [n. A fungus that forms a grayish powdery mold on a variety of organic matter. It also the cause of many plant diseases.]
CAEOMA (+S) [n. The spore-producing part of a fungus]
CANDIDA [n. A parasitic, yeastlike fungus]
CEP (+S) [n. A large edible mushroom with a white stem and brown cap]
CÈPE (+S) [n. French for the English word, CEP (a large edible mushroom with a smooth brown cap)]
CHAMPIGNON (+S) [n. A small edible mushroom]
CHANTARELLE (+S) [n. A yellow edible mushroom]
CHANTERELLE (+S) [n. Same as CHANTARELLE]
CHYTRID (+S) [n. A primitive aquatic or soil fungus]
CLADOSPORIUM (CLADOSPORIA) [n. A type of fungus]
CONIDIUM (CONIDIA) [n. A fungus spore]
CONIDIOPHORE (+S) [n. A specialized fungal HYPHA that produces CONIDIA]
COREMIUM (COREMIA) [n. A spore-producing organ of certain fungi that consists of CONIDIOPHORES]
CREMINI (+S) [n. A cultivated brown or tan button mushroom]
CRIMINIS (+S) [n. Same CREMINI]
CRYPTOCOCCAL [adj. Of or like a CRYPTOCOCCUS]
CRYPTOCOCCUS [n. A fungus resembling a yeast]
DEATHCUP (+S) [n. A poisonous fungus]
DISCOMYCETE (+S) [n. One of a group of fungi with open apothecia]
DISCOMYCETOUS [adj. Of or like a DISCOMYCETE]
EARTHSTAR (+S) [n. A fungus that opens out into a starlike form]
ENDOMYCORRHIZA [n. A fungus with HYPHA that penetrate the cell wall of various plant species]
ENOKI (+S) [n. A thin, white edible mushroom of Japan]
ENOKITAKE (+S) [n. An edible mushroom]
ERGOT (+S) [n. (1) A fungus that infects various cereal plants and forms compact black masses of branching filaments, (2) The disease caused by such a fungus]
FLYBANE (+S) [n. A poisonous mushroom]
FOXFIRE (+S) [n. A glow produced by certain fungi on decaying wood]
FUNGAL [adj. Of or relating to fungi, esp. as an infection]
FUNGIC [adj. Pertaining to or obtained from mushrooms]
FUNGIFORM [adj. Shaped like a fungus]
FUNGOID (+S) [n. A growth having the characteristics of a fungus; adj. Of or like fungus]
FUNGOIDAL [adj. Of or like fungus]
FUNGOSITY [n. The quality of being fungous]
FUNGOUS [adj. Of or like a fungus]
FUNGUS (FUNGI) [n. Any of a large division of organisms including mushrooms, toadstools, molds, rusts and yeasts]
FUSARIUM (FUSARIA) [n. A disease-causing fungus]
GIROLLE [n. Same as CHANTARELLE]
GLEBA (+E) [n. The spore-bearing mass of some fungi]
HYMENIUM (+S or HYMENIA) [n. The spore-bearing surface of certain fungi, as that on the gills of a MUSHROOM]
HYPHA (+E) [n. A threadlike element forming the MYCELIUM of a FUNGUS]
HYPHAL [adj. Or, like, or referring to a HYPHA]
KOJI (+S) [n. A fungus used to initiate fermentation in making soy sauce]
LICHENISM [n. The association of fungus and alga as a lichen]
MATSUTAKE (+S) [n. A Japanese mushroom]
MICROFUNGUS (MICROFUNGI) [n. A very small fungus]
MILDEW (+S) [n. Any of various fungi that form a superficial, and usually whitish, growth on plants and other various organic materials]
MOLD (+S) [n. A fungus that produces a superficial growth on various kinds of damp or decaying organic matter]
MONILIA (+S, or +E) [n. A fungus of the Monilia genus, having conidia in branched chains]
MOREL (+S) [n. Any of various edible mushrooms of the genus Morchella having a brownish spongelike cap]
MOULD (+S) [n. Same as MOLD]
MUCOR (+S) [n. A genus of mold fungi]
MUSCARDINE (+S) [n. A fungus that attacks silkworms]
MUSHROOM (+S)
MYCELE (+S) [n. (1) The white threads or filamentous growth from which a mushroom or fungus is developed, (2) The vegetative body of a fungus; the MYCELIUM]
MYCELIAL [adj. Relating to MYCELIUM]
MYCELIAN [adj. Same as MYCELIAL]
MYCELIUM (MYCELIA) [n. The white threads or filamentous growth from which a mushroom or fungus is developed]
MYCELOID [adj. Same as MYCELIAL]
MYCETES [n. A collective term for fungi, esp. microscopic pathogenic fungi]
MYCODOMATIUM (MYCODOMATIA) [n. An abnormal growth on a plant caused by fungi]
MYCOFLORA (+S or +E) [n. The fungi characteristic of a region or environment]
MYCOLOGICAL [adj. Of or relating to MYCOLOGY (the study of fungi)]
MYCOLOGIST (+S) [n. One who studies fungi]
MYCOLOGY (MYCOLOGIES) [n. The study of fungi]
MYCOPHILE (+S) [n. (1) One who loves mushrooms, (2) A devotee of mushrooms; esp. one whose hobby is hunting wild edible mushrooms]
MYCOPHOBIA [n. Fear of mushrooms]
MYCORHIZA (+S or +E) [n. A fungus that grows in association with the roots of a plant in a symbiotic or mildly pathogenic relationship]
MYCORHIZAL [adj. Of or like a MYCORHIZA]
MYCORRHIZA (+S or +E) [n. Same as MYCORHIZA]
MYCORRHIZAL [adj. Same as MYCORHIZAL]
MYCOTOXICOLOGY (MYCOTOXICOLOGIES) [n. The study of the toxins produced by fungi]
NEUROSPORA (+S) [n. A genus of fungi used extensively in genetic research]
OIDIUM (OIDIA) [n. A powdery mildew, esp. of grapes]
OOMYCOTE (+S) [n. An algaelike fungi that feeds on rotting material or living plants by absorbing nutrients through fine threads]
PENICILLIUM [n. A genus of fungi commonly growing as green or blue molds on decaying food. Some produce penicillin, an antibiotic molecule useful in fighting infections while others are used to make cheeses.]
PEZIZOID [adj. Having the same shape or characteristics of the cup-like fungi that belong to the genus Peziza]
PHYCOMYCETE (+S) [n. A fungus resembling algae]
PHYCOMYCETOUS [adj. Of or like a PHYCOMYCETE]
PILEUS (PILEI) [n. The umbrella-shaped portion of a mushroom]
PITYROSPORUM [n. A genus of fungi that live on the skin, esp. that of the scalp and face, present in conditions such as dandruff and dermatitis]
POLYPORE (+S) [n. A woody fungus with pores]
PORCINO (PORCINI) [n. Same as CEPS]
PORTABELLA (+S) [n. A large edible button mushroom]
PORTOBELLO (+S) [n. Same as PORTABELLA]
PUCKFIST (+S) [n. Same as a PUFFBALL]
PUFFBALL (+S) [n. Any of various round basidiomycetous fungi that burst at the touch when mature and discharge a brown powder]
PYTHIUM (+S) [n. A genus of parasitic OOMYCOTES, most of which are plant parasites]
REISHI (+S) [n. A Japanese mushroom having a shiny cap]
RHIZOCTONIA (+S) [n. A plant fungus]
RHIZOPUS (+ES) [n. A common bread mold]
RINGWORM (+S) [n. Any of a number of contagious skin diseases caused by several related fungi characterized by ring-shaped, scaly, and itching patches on the skin]
RUSSULA (+S or +E) [n. A woodland toadstool]
RUST (+S) [n. One of any fungi of the order Uredinalescthat that causes several diseases of plants, characterized by reddish, brownish, or black pustules]
SACCHAROMYCES [n. A genus of unicellular yeasts]
SAPROLEGNIA (+S) [n. A genus of protozoans producing white or grey fibrous patches]
SAPROPHYTE (+S) [n. A fungus or bacterium that feeds upon dead and decaying organic matter]
SCLEROTIUM (SCLEROTIA) [n. A hardened body formed by certain fungi, such as by the Claviceps purpurea, which produces ERGOT]
SEPTORIA [n. A fungus that causes numerous leaf spot diseases]
SHAGGYMANE (+S) [n. A common edible mushroom having an elongated shaggy white cap and black spores]
SHIITAKE (+S) [n. Same as SHITAKE]
SHITAKE (+S) [n. A large edible East Asian mushroom having a golden or dark brown to blackish cap]
SHROOM (+S) [n. A mushroom, esp. one with hallucinogenic properties]
SHROOM1 (+ED, +ING, +S) [v. To consume psychedelic mushrooms]
SHROOMER2 (+S) [n. One who consumes psychedelic mushrooms]
SICKENER (+S) [n. A poisonous toadstool]
SPERMATIUM (SPERMATIA) [n. A cell that functions as a male reproductive cell in some algae, fungi, and lichens]
SPOROTRICHOSIS (SPOROTRICHOSES) [n. A chronic fungal infection of the skin and lymph nodes caused by the fungus Sporothrix schenckii]
STERIGMA (+S or STERIGMATA) [n. A spore-bearing stalk of certain fungi]
STINKHORN (+S) [n. Any of various ill-smelling brown-capped fungi of the order Phallales]
TINEA (+S) [n. Any of several infections of the skin, esp. one caused by fungi]
TINEAL [adj. Relating to TINEA]
TOADSTOOL (+S) [n. Common name for any of several spore-producing, poisonous, umbrella-shaped fungi]
TORULAS (+S or +E) [n. A yeast-like microorganism]
TRICHOPHYTON (+S) [n. A fungus that causes orm]
TRUFFE (+S) [n. French for TRUFFLE]
TRUFFLE (+S) [n. An edible fungus, of which chocolate, butter, etc. are usually added]
TUCKAHOE (+S) [n. An edible fungus of the United States]
USTILAGINEOUS [adj. Relating to a genus of basidiomycetous fungi of the family Ustilaginaceae]
USTILAGINOUS [adj. Same as USTILAGINEOUS]
VERTICILLIUM (+S) [n. A fungus of the genus Verticillium, some of which cause plant disease]
WOOLLYFOOT (+S) [n. A kind of fungus]
YEAST1 (+S) [n. One of a group of simple unicellular fungi, used in brewing, baking, etc.]
YEAST2 (+ED, NG, +S) [v. To ferment]
YEASTY (YEASTIER, YEASTIEST) [adj. Of, relating to, or resembling yeast]
ZOOGONIDIA [n. Specialized cells in many algae and some lower fungi that are capable of moving in water like protozoans by means of flagella]
ZYGOMYCETE (+S) [n. A fungus that lives on organic matter or as a parasite]
ZYGOMYCETOUS [adj. Of or like a ZYGOMYCETE]

 

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But Would You Watch the TV show?

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Sometimes I think my life should be soap opera.

But it would probably be better if it was a reality show. I mean it’s easier and cheaper to produce. And I would get to play myself.

Let’s start with an early childhood memory.

Mom took me to a barber as she concluded that my hair was just too long. I was about seven, maybe just before seven. We walked to the barber and they put in the chair with an extra seat (I was a little small for my age) . I don’t remember too much about the haircut itself, but I do remember screaming. Not because the barbers clippers accidently clipped more than my hair, but because my hair was being cut and it was falling to the ground.

I also remembered that I didn’t want a haircut in the first place. For heaven sakes – it was my hair! And while I didn’t realize at the time, this episode in my life occurred in the early seventies and long hair among men was popular.

I also think that by that time I had begun to realize that my body was mine. And that someone was removing part of it without my permission. Now, at that age, I didn’t realize that some body parts were more important than others.

Later, as I got older I found out that other body parts were more important to me than long hair.

(A confession here – I find long hair actually looks good on some men. Too bad my hair could never look like that! Anyway back to the script.)

I have always tried to take care of my body. My muscles, my agility, my weight, and yes, even my hair. They are all important. Not all of them are critical, of course.

Now I have to mention this. At times I’ve been a food binge and I have been known to eat things like ice cream and hamburgers. But mostly I do have a healthy diet and I do work out.

 

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I have fast metabolism. Some people think that is an advantage. But if one wants to put on muscle, then having a fast metabolism is not a good thing. But I’m stuck with it and I’ve always been on the skinny side.

In JHS I took up running. Nothing special – I was just faster than most of my classmates. And I ran in pants, partly due to not wanting anyone to see my skinny legs (that’s the Mr. Macho in me talking. I’m glad he’s mostly quiet now).

Somewhere in elementary school I figured out that I really didn’t like shoes. I had wear those things when I at school but they came off when I got home. And by time I was I thinking about running barefooted.

I am adult now. And I still don’t like to wear shoes. And I do all my running barefooted. And no one is going to stop me! =)

I have run marathons, half-marathons (including one I won sans shoes), 10 Milers, 10K’s, and numerous 5K’s.

Here is an image in my mind. A skinny Hispanic male running in shorts and no shoes, happily and blissfully.

 

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Computers came easy to me. It was godsend in that I didn’t esp. like typewriters.

Typewriters were not (and still not) user friendly. The keys were hard to press, esp. on a manual typewriter. If you made a mistake, it was hard to undo. And if you wanted to change a paragraph after the manuscript was completed, you had to start over from the place you wanted to rewrite (or retype). And never mind about having the typewriter actually do some simple math like addition.

My first computer was a bulky, heavy, heat producing monster. And I could (and did!) warm my bare feet on the power supply while programming the bulky monster.

Somewhere along the line I wanted to see how far I could run in a given year. So I set up an Excel file to keep track of my running.

 

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In 2014 I made my first attempt at running 500 miles (barefoot) in one calendar year. I came out a little short in running only 465.85 miles. The following year, 2015, I actually reached my goal, running 501.28 miles.

Now here is where things get very interesting and really speed up.

In May of that year (2015) I was riding my bicycle to home from the swap meet (yes, I was barefooted, wearing just a pair of shorts and a tee-shirt). I was passing a 7-11 and just beyond that was a brick wall on my right side and beyond that was the parking lot of a small park.

As I was passing the 7-11, I heard a loud, disturbing, metal-crunching sound, exactly the same as I heard when speeding car hit mine in 1992 (I have good memory). So I knew what happened. The big problem was the sound was behind me so I could not tell if I was in danger or what I should do.

I looked over my shoulder and sure enough there was large jeep speeding and turning at the intersection. Except that it was traveling only on its right-side tires, out of control and coming in my direction.

I sped up on my ten speed bike, hoping to reach the parking lot of the park just beyond the wall. There I would have more space to maneuver if necessary. I kept my eyes toward the ground to spot and avoid any potholes or other things that may increase the danger that was coming behind me.

Just as I was entering the parking lot I heard a terrific crash behind me. And what could be described as only as a shock wave, I saw a wave of air coming from behind and under me. It pushed small bits of leaves, bark, dirt, and debris in an expanding circle beneath my bicycle.

When I got my breath back I turned around and pedaled back to the edge of the parking lot. Undoubtedly, there would be cars coming into the parking and they might not see me as the biggest attraction was not me or my bike.

Instead, the jeep had wrapped itself around a street light and threw its occupant out of the driver’s seat. At first I didn’t know if I was looking at a corpse. But then I heard the slight sounds of movement and almost silent groans coming from the man laying next to the twisted jeep.

A woman who was walking from the other direction witnessed the entire accident, turned to me and exclaimed, “Your guardian angel was watching over you.”

I silently congratulated myself and my ability to speed away. My powerful and well-toned legs saved me.

Within a few minutes I was realized it was not my legs that saved me. No, it was simple, dumb luck. Had there not been a pole in the way, it was very likely the jeep would have killed or serious injured me. Would I have been able to walk (read “run”) after such an accident?

Knowing that I survived mostly by luck chilled me.

In December, I had a very minor stroke, or precisely, TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack, a condition that simulates a stroke with its symptoms but is a temporary blockage of a blood vessel in the brain that goes away within 24 hours, usually without any permanent damage). I was in the hospital for a couple of days. No permanent damage, nothing disabling. The doctors don’t know exactly what happened nor could they find anything wrong with me in amazing number of tests they performed on me. (If you are so interested, see:  Pringles, “Once you pop, the fun don’t stop”, Dec. 4 2015, for more details.)

So I had a major health issue and a scare. And I still ran 500 miles.

 

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I attempted to do little more in mileage in 2016. Maybe I could hit 600? A fantasy maybe, but it will remain a fantasy if I don’t try.

That year I started a little slow. But it still was possible to catch up and surpass last year’s total.

However, as October was arriving, I felt more tired than ever before. Even though I was running the same distance and terrain.

Had a blood test and except for a slight case of anemia, nothing bad was found.

Skipping ahead to January 2017, I could not run. Not because of me, but it kept raining. It was cold and wet in the morning and it was dangerous to be out, esp. if car driver got careless. I already went through that before!

And I didn’t run.

Around in April I felt something in my groin area. I thought it looked like a hernia so I walked to urgent care. They also concluded it was a hernia. And then went to my primary doctor who also thought the same.

I was sent to hernia specialist. Who confirmed I had a hernia.

But he also noticed something else was there. He said I should this thing checked out before he performed any surgery. He sent me to another specialist.

By the way, all this took over a month.

And I got sicker.

 

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Finally, I was able to see the last specialist. They did a colonoscopy. When I awoke from the anesthesia I was told I had colon cancer. Worse, it was between a stage 2 and a stage 4. Stage 4 is terminal if you didn’t know.

While I knew it a good possibility that I had cancer during the last few months, my illusion that it could be something else was demolished. So much for wishful thinking.

I was rushed to the hospital and immediately had IV bottles put into both of my arms, and tests were administered, preparations were made, and I was scared. I had no change of clothing, and other things I wanted to do before. All those things had to wait.

The operation was done the following night. When I was starting to recover from the anesthesia, I knew there would be pain. The even had hooked me up to a morphine dispenser to help with the pain.

Remember Mr. Macho? He whispered in my ear, “Men don’t scream when they are in pain”. I realized that this would be a problem for me.

I screamed when the anesthesia wore off and the kept pumping the little button that released the morphine.

No, it was not a “macho” thing to do. But the screaming helped lessen the pain. Was it rational thing to do? Yes, it helped the pain.

It is almost impossible to write in the hospital. I had needles stuck in both arms. Besides there are never any pens, pencils or paper within reach (pun intended). So I had to memorize this little poem I thought up. And here it is below. First time in print!

 

Pain extreme
I scream

 

After two weeks in the hospital (due to some complications) I was released.

 

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The cancer was finally reevaluated as 2 point something. But there is damage.

I lost some weight, which I am finding very hard to put back on. Due to fast metabolism, no doubt. My weight before surgery, 130 pounds. My weight immediately after surgery, 115 pounds. Fifteen pounds! That’s more than 10% of my previous body weight. Damn fast metabolism! Now, I am at 120 pounds. And holding.

This cancer had taken my health away (although this seems temporary as I am recovering better than expected). It has taken away the pride I placed in body in being healthy. It took away an entire summer. And because of the extra sleep I need and chemotherapy I must undergo (every Thursday, which I have renamed “Chemo Day”), I am classified as disabled. Hopefully that stigma will be removed in January when the chemo will end.

I usually don’t take too many things personally. But this attack on my body is hard to accept, and harder to comprehend. And it is personal. I almost wished it was a parasite in my body. At least the nutrients would be helping a life form. But cancer has no use for the nutrients except to grow larger and cause its own, and its host’s, demise.

It has become (very) personal.

 

CANCER (Can A Nasty (or Nefarious) Cancer Eradicate Rob?)

Or if pluralized;

CANCERS (Can A Nasty Cancer Eliminate Rob’s Spirit?)

 

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I never smoked a cigarette or a cigar. I don’t abuse drugs. I don’t drink. I exercise. I get a nasty cancer.

Yet, I have met people who seem to want to smoke or drink themselves into oblivion and others who don’t exercise, develop a couch potato personality and a develop a wide girth. Why don’t they get something? Anything to make life seem a bit more fair.

I hate you cancer! You have taken so much from me! If I could sent you to Hell I would. So you can cause grief and agony to people down there. You’ll find some people there who probably deserve you.

I started chemotherapy in August.

Every Thursday they usually squeeze about 10 people in a room, all with their own IV solutions. During one of those sessions, I got into a conversation with a slightly older man and a much younger man. Two topics stood out. One was about travel and what places we enjoyed. The young man didn’t say too much. The other topic was on what we could and could not eat. Yes, food is still a popular topic, even among those who can’t eat it all.

The young man had a much more restrictive diet than I had. He could not eat anything with gluten and had to prepare all his meals.

He also added he wished he could travel. But that was out of the question as he had chemo sessions and wasn’t sure about how to adhere to gluten free diet on the road.

I told him I had arthritis and it didn’t want him to get it when he got older. In fact, I jokingly told him to stop getting older so he would not get the arthritis.

He told me he already has the arthritis. I asked him exactly how old he was. He said he was 25 (!).

I have 27 years on this young man!

He may never experience a marathon, or any other extreme physical activity. He can’t swim with a shunt in his chest. He will probably miss out enjoying a healthy body in his 30’s and 40’s as I have. He can’t travel. He can’t eat cheese or wheat bread or ice cream. And certainly not ever a hamburger.

Why does this young man, who still has a lot of life to live, be stricken with a very cruel and malignant cancer?

This young man will be in chemo longer than I will be. And while we are both under the cloud of cancer returning, his is more likely to return and be rougher.

God, I’ve been very selfish.

 

Beep-beep!

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I consider myself lucky as the first personal computers were coming out while I was in high school. I took a liking to them immediately, knowing that my poor, essay-worn fingers were going to get a permanent break from the mechanically challenging, hard-to-edit, weighty, and all together cumbersome, typewriter (if you are over 50 you know what I mean ;).

 
Back to the post.

 
I was involved in electronics at the time and had gotten used to all the acronyms and initializations used in that field. And you know what? The guys who built the electronics that powered the new computers and then built the computers also seemed to take a liking to acronyms.

 
Here is a personal favorite list of mine.

 

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Famous Acronyms of Computers and Electronics (FACE)

 

BASIC [n. Short for Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code; an old programming language]
BIT (+S) [n. Short for Binary InTeger]
BLOB (+S) [n. Short for Binary Large Object]
CAD [Short for Computer Aided Design]
CD [n. Short for Compact Disc]
CEP [Short for Complex Event Processing]
CODEC (+S) [n. Short for COmpression/DECompression: a format used in digital video files]
COED [Short for Computer Operated Electronic Display]
DOS [n. An early operating system. Short for Disk Operating System. Originally known as Q-DOS, for Quick and Dirty Operating System. Retired by Microsoft in 1995]
DRAM (+S) [n. Short for Dynamic Random Access Memory]
EMAIL [n. Short for Electronic MAIL]
ENIAC (+S) [n. Short for Electronic Numerical Integrator And Calculator: an early electronic computer]
EPROM (+S) [n. Short for Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory]
FAT [n. Short for File Allocation Table]
FORTRAN [n. Short for FORmula TRANslation; an old computer language]
GAN [n. Short for Global Area Network (a network composed of different interconnected networks that cover a large geographical area)]
GIF (+S) [n. Short for Graphic Interchange Format]
IDIIOM [n. Short for Information Display Inc. Input-Output Machine, an early integrated computer workstation consisting of a program, processor, and display, circa 1970]
LED (+S) [n. Short for Light Emitting Diode; the little flashing lights on the computer]
MIDI [n. Short for Musical Digital Instrument Interface]
MIPS [n. Short for Million Instructions Per Second]
MODEM [n. Short for (Modulator/DEModulator)
NETIZEN (+S) [n. Short for interNET citIZEN; one who frequently accesses the Internet]
OS [n. Short for Operating System]
PIXEL (+S) [n. Short for PICture ELement]
QWERTY (+S) [The usual keyboard layout – see the top row of letters on your keyboard]
PC [n. Short for Personal Computer]
POST [n. Short for Power On Self Test]
PROM (+S) [n. Short for Programmable Read Only Memory]
RAM (+S) [n. Short for Random Access Memory cf. DRAM]
ROM (+S) [n. Short for Read Only Memory. See also PROM]
SOAP [n. Short for Simple Object Access Portal, a computer network term]
TIFF (+S) [n. Short for Tagged Image File Format]
VOIP [n. Short for Voice Over Internet Protocol]
WEBZINE (+S) [n. A magazine published on the Internet]
WOMBAT (+S) [n. Netspeak for Waste Of Money, Brains, And Time]
WYSIWYG [n. Short for What You See Is What You Get]

 

 

 

The Evolution of Computers (or at least the users)

WWFWWF

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[Wednesday Words From]

[Words With Friends]

 

Earlier today Zynga, the company that developed Words With Friends celebrated their 8th birthday. To celebrate, they added some 50,000 words to their dictionary for use in WWF.

 
Now, I am not going to give you all 50,000 words. But here is a sample:

 

ABBOZZO (ABBOZZI) [n. A rough sketch or draft]
BAE (+S) [n. (1) An abbreviation of baby or babe, (2) A person’s boyfriend or girlfriend (often used as a form of address)]
BAJADA (+S) [n. Spanish for slope, this term is specifically defined as : “A broad slope of debris spread along the lower slopes of mountains by descending streams, usually found in arid or semiarid climates”]
BESTIE (+S) [n. A person’s best friend]
BFF [Short for Best Friends Forever]
COVFEFE [Don’t ask!]
DELISH [adj. Short for Delicious]
DUX [n. A Saxon chief or leader]
FITSPO [n. Short for FITSPOration (an image of someone who is healthy, attractive, or beautiful, and used for inspiration)]

FOMO [n. Short for Fear Of Missing Out]
HANGRY [n. and adj. Describing one who is angry or frustrated due to not eating food]
JROTC [n. Short for Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. I am unable to fully verify this word, but it seems good]
KWEEN (+S) [n. An alternate way of spelling QUEEN]
MULTI [n. Short for MULTIsyllabic rhyme; a type of rhyming most commonly used in rap songs; adj. More than one]
OXAZOLONE [n. A chemical compound]

QUESO [n. Spanish for cheese]
SMIZE [Short for “Smile with your eyes”, coined by model Tyra Banks]
TFW [n. Short for That Feel When]
TURNT [v. A variation of “turned” but used only to describe when someone is excessively excited]
WERK [interj. A congratulatory exclamation of approval]
WORDIE (+S) [n. One who is interested in words]
YAS [n. pl. of YA (an Asian pear); interj. An expression used to make others aware of extreme satisfaction]

 

And guess who is going have to update his Scrabble/WWF book? 😉

 

Rob

 

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WEEKLY WEDNESDAY WEIRD WORDS

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FOR THOSE WHO PREFER TO GO WITHOUT SHOES…

 

BAREFIT [adj. Same as BAREFOOTED]
BAREFOOT [adj. Wearing nothing on the feet]
BAREFOOTED
DISCALCEATE [adj. Barefoot or wearing only sandals]
DISCALCED [adj. Going without footwear, esp. as a lifestyle]
SHOELESS [adj. Having no shoes]
UNSANDALLED
UNSHOD

 

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