Friday, March 27, 2009

I won.

Lab results.
LDH: Normal
HCG, SERUM: Normal
Shotty aortocaval and mesenteric lymph nodes are stable. There is a stable, 1.4 x 1.8 cm soft tissue density contiguous with the distal abdominal aorta on the left. There are no enlarged mesenteric or retroperitoneal lymph nodes.
Layman's interpretation.

Words that I heard today:
The chances of recurrence more than five years after the diagnoses of testicular cancer are dramatically reduced.
"I won" sounds significantly less trite in this context.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Smoke Day V

Only two months away.

This year's theme: More, more, more.

Details later.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Riding the Presidential Short Bus

What a (social) retard. And now he's been challenged to a Bowling Throw-down by Michigan's Special Olympics Champ.
Kolan McConiughey, a Special Olympics bowler from Ann Arbor Michigan who has reportedly bowled three perfect 300 games, says he could take President Obama on the lanes. "He's cool, but he can't beat me."
I suggest a debate on the economy or national security instead. No TelePrompters allowed. My money will be on Kolan.

Don't blame me, I voted for Palin.

Retention bonus - mine, mine, mine

When the going gets tough, the readily employable get going.

The only way to keep us working at these shitty companies is a bonus payment contingent on working through a certain date. Otherwise, we move on to GREENER pastures and your AIG or troubled nuclear plant goes belly up.

Your choice - make it.

Don't like it. Tough. If you had any marketable jobs skills, you'd be sucking up these bonuses, too.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tom Barrett gets his trolley, Milwaukee citizens get a new source of constant irritation

Hand Tommy some paper towel, he needs to clean up.

Modern streetcars resemble light rail vehicles, but are smaller and less expensive. Otherwise, they spur the same kind of debate as light rail: Supporters say a fixed rail system stimulates economic development and provides a transportation option that is attractive to both visitors and residents, while opponents say it's too costly and isn't as flexible as a bus line.

As envisioned by Barrett, the streetcars would run in a three-mile loop that links downtown destinations to the Amtrak-Greyhound station. It would connect not only with existing trains and buses but also tie in with proposals for commuter rail and high-speed trains.

That loop could be viewed as a starter system that could be expanded later, said Barrett and Ald. Bob Bauman, another supporter.

"Once you have something in the ground, the debate will change from 'This is the end of Western civilization as we know it' to 'How do we get this line extended to Miller Park,' " the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and other destinations, Barrett said. That has been the pattern in other cities where light rail lines became popular despite the controversy that preceded them, he noted.

Unfortunately for Milwaukee citizens and visitors, the very thing that make the trolley the choice of Barrett and Baumann, were the things that doomed Milwaukee's early street car system. Steel rails will make the trolley a permanent fixture in Milwaukee, fulfilling their dreams of a metropolitan rail system. But those same rails will mean noise, uncomfortable rides, and delays for other vehicles on Milwaukee's street.

Claim as they will that their trolley is a "modern" form of transportation, their system will have all the features that led to the demise of Milwaukee's earlier streetcar system, 60 years ago.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I can't get used to this lifestyle

He offered hope and change
now we got Marxist economics
you got it, you got it