Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Since I'm having my tonsils removed a week from today, I had my pre-op appointments yesterday, both with my GP and my ENT specialist. My GP did the regular physical thing: ran an EKG, took a chest x-ray, and drew a bunch of blood. My ENT doctor spent the better part of half an hour describing to me the worst case scenarios of what could possibly go wrong with tonsil surgery. On the up side, I left with prescriptions for liquid Vicodin AND Percocet, although he DID warn not to take them both at the same time. (I'm glad he mentioned that, as it would have been my knee jerk reaction to mix everything together).

In general, as I've mentioned, I really like Christmastime. Aside from the crowds, the traffic, the credit card bills that come a month later. One thing I'm definitely getting tired of is hearing "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" reworked to sell everything from Hondas to toothbrushes. Also, I swear to god, if I hear "Last Christmas" by Wham more than a handful of times this season, I will kill someone.

I'd like to mention here a book I finished last week called "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" by Mary Roach. Written in journalistic style, "Stiff" explains, chapter by chapter, the many productive things one can do with cadavers that have been donated to science. Should you decide to donate your own body, you could become a crash test cadaver, the cadaver used in college anatomy/dissection classes, or you could be left out in the sun to rot so that forensics experts can learn the rate of decomposition under certain circumstances. Roach's writing is humorous and easy to read, and while I don't usually read non-fiction accounts, I found her book interesting and fun. Despite being about dead people.

The song for today is "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" by YES. I'll tell you, I don't think I can honestly name a single other song by YES, nor could I name more than one or two guys in the band, but I freaking love this song! From it's wicked dirty opening guitar riff to the drum breakdown in the middle, this is a great song. It was also a great video back in the day. Definitely the song to blow out your speakers, should you so choose.


Blogger Diane said...

I kid you not - get the docs to give you some of that pina colada cough syrup! For reasons to long to explain here, I once reviewed all the donor cards for people who had donated their cadavers to a local university - they all had such noble reasons and clearly had no idea what actually would occur thereafter . . .

10:13 AM  
Blogger LA said...

I love Yes and, geekily enough, I can name all their members. (I'm a prog rock freak.) The song you like, Owner of a Lonely Heart, was written by Trevor Rabin who has gone on to a successful career scoring films. He played that great guitar solo in the middle.

Trevor Rabin shouldn't be confused with Trevor Horn who I mentioned in your Frankie Goes to Hollywood post, and who, coincidentally enough, was also briefly in Yes.

Liquid narcotics rule.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous LeMaster said...

I am a giant Yes fan, but I hate that freaking song. Listen to Close to the Edge or Relayer for some good Yes.

Just felt like offering my unsolicited opinion...

8:48 PM  

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