Sunday, May 29, 2011

A colonoscopy and a job offer.

Yes they do go together. At the risk of revealing too much information, my husband accidentally scheduled a routine exam on the same day as he was to have an important interview. On the h of my sister, and being made aware of this mistake he rescheduled in order to have his head clear for his interview.

In one of those lovely cases of serendipity, he gets a good scan,comes home and starts playing World of Warcraft, then gets a ringy dingy on his cell phone, verbally offering him a job! Austin our son comes racing upstairs like he got the best birthday present ever, and we all go celebrate. He starts June 6th.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Cancer is NOT sexy

I first had the realization that cancer is not sexy, when Farrah Fawcett died. One former co-worker of mine made inappropriate jokes about how he used to get his jollies looking at one of the many pictures of her (before cancer)

For me cancer has meant being bald for a period of time, with a scar on the right side of my head. I also tire easier, and some (including myself) have made jokes about how I rarely stay up past 9pm.

So it's no wonder my husband is hooked to the role-playing game World of Warcraft. It's the perfect companion. It doesn't get tired, and perhaps some of the avatars are hot.

The invisible women

I was talking to a friend and former classmate of mine who has cancer. She said something interesting; that in high school, she felt invisible and, that she was in in awe of my "smarts". What? My sister, who got straight As wasn't in awe of my "smarts", and I didn't awe anyone with my looks. In fact, I think I looked stupid.

So I told my friend that I felt invisible too, back in the day. In fact, when I first opened a Facebook account, I wondered if people friended me, just because, or if they friended me because they remembered something about me. I was not that noticeable. Anyway I told my friend that I remembered her and that she wasn't invisible to me. I remember her being in almost all of the school performances, and she always had a bubbly attitude. And yes, she is pretty, though she would say she is plain.

Two invisible women, floating among hundreds of invisible people.

Monday, May 2, 2011

What is a terrorist?

So Public Enemy Number One since the Bush administration, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, has been killed.

Lets all celebrate! Let's finally bring the troops home.

I say, not so fast.

Because there most certainly are people out there who are crazy and would think nothing of committing mass murder. There will be a new Public Enemy. It's also true that an act of terrorism can, and has been, committed by Americans. No one corners the market on anger and hatred. Examples:

Timothy McVeigh was a terrorist. He of course blew up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

White supremacist groups are terrorists, when they burn churches, or kill non-whites, fueled by their beliefs.

The student who went on a huge shooting rampage at Virginia Tech could be called a terrorist.

Same for the Columbine High School boys, who opened fire on teachers and classmates, and finally themselves.

My point is there is plenty of terrorism both home and abroad. Too often people seem to simplify the definition of terrorist.