Posted by: Mark | October 19, 2018

Radiation: Day 25

Week five ended uneventfully. I feel sick to my stomach but that might be because I forgot one of my pills (I have officially lost track).

It’s another 16 sessions and it’s starting to feel like I’ll reach the end without too many problems.

Posted by: Mark | October 19, 2018

ABC Meme

I got this from Mark Evanier’s blog. I’m sure his answers are more exciting than mine but I needed something to break up all these radiation posts.

Available/Single?  No.

Best Friend?  Oscar T. Rabbit.

Cake or Pie?  When I was a kid, I only liked icing, not the actual cake. Later I grew up and ate it all. A few years ago it occurred to me that in nearly a half century, I never had cake that was worth the calories. The icing really is the only part worth eating. 

I don’t like any fruit but bananas but I do like pecan pie. So, I guess, pie.

Drink of Choice?  Cherry cola.

Essential Item You Use Everyday?  I’m drawing a blank so . . . deodorant.

Favorite Color?  I never got the rationale behind favorite colors. They’re all pretty good. I wish I could see ultraviolet but the visible spectrum is a sweet deal.

Gummy Bears or Worms?  When I worked at the paddle boats in Coney Island back in 1984-85, I caught a catfish with a gummy worm, a paper clip, and thread from my sock (amazing true fact). Since I don’t eat gummy anything, I have to side with worms.

Hometown?  Cincinnati. 

Indulgence?  I picked goofing off as my worst habit so I’ll pick junk food for this.

January or February?  Neither really jumps out at me but since I’ve been tracking new years’ resolutions, I’ll go with January.

Kids and Their Names?  You can call them Devilboy and Devilgirl.

Life is Incomplete Without? Dogs. My last dog died 11 years ago and it feels like I’m just going through the motions ever since. 

Marriage Date?  Just over 20 years ago.

Number of Siblings?  Two. 

Oranges or Apples?  Mark Evanier wrote:  “I eat neither these days but when I did, I liked eating apples more than I liked eating oranges but I’ve always liked orange flavor more than apple flavor.”

That holds exactly true for me as well.

Phobias/Fears?  Human contact. I always fantasized about the Twilight Zone episode, where the astronaut finds himself the last man on Earth or the other 20 Twilight Zone episodes along those lines.

Quote You Like?
“There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.” Albert Camus

Reason to Smile?  Weird Al. 

Season?  I live in Ohio so it really doesn’t matter

Tag Three or Four People:  I deliberately never learned to tag so I don’t feel compelled to.

Unknown Fact About Me?  I have one webbed ear. I passed that on to my daughter but not my son.

Vegetable You Don’t Like?  I like potatoes and carrots and that’s about it.

Worst Habit?  Putting stuff off.

X-rays You’ve Had?  Too many to remember. I’ve absorbed more radiation than most characters in Marvel Comics. 

Your Favorite Food?  Pretty much anything that’s bad for me: junk food and red meat.

Zodiac Sign?  I hate astrology so much that I’m going to pretend it doesn’t exist and that the “Z” category is “Zoo exhibit, favorite.” That would be Manatee Springs.

Posted by: Mark | October 18, 2018

Radiation: Day 24

Another quick day of treatment but I have to start with a new drug. That’s number five but I hope I can give it up once therapy is over.

Posted by: Mark | October 17, 2018

Radiation: Day 23

Another quick day. Did someone scheduled for the machine die? Cancel? Or was everyone just on time?


Posted by: Mark | October 16, 2018

Radiation: Day 22

More than halfway through. I saw the doctor today. My blood pressure is still very high and I gained 0.3 pounds.

I guess if I had to gain, that’s not too bad.

Posted by: Mark | October 15, 2018

Resolution Update 41

I’ve accepted that I’m not going to reach some of the resolutions. I just wish I didn’t have to fail by such a margin:

1.   Run 730 miles: 0.0 miles on the elliptical, 0.0 on the treadmill for 281.6 miles for the year. Second week in a row of nothing.

2.  5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts: 1,578 push ups and 425 leg lifts. Another two weeks of zilch.

3.  Lose 26 pounds: I somehow lost 1.8 pounds. I don’t feel it.

4.  Send out 100 resumes: six.

5. Send out 50 manuscripts: 40.

6. Write 60,000 words and five new stories: 29,078 words and seven new stories.

7. Visit five new libraries: five –the Wyoming, Price Hill, Clifton, and Bond Hill branches of the Cincinnati Library, and the Alexandria branch of Campbell County. Complete.

8. Read ten new H.P. Lovecraft stories: Complete

“The Other Gods,”
“The Moon-Bog,”
”The Street,”
”The Doom That Came to Sarnath,”
“The Alchemist,”
“The Music of Erich Zann,”
“Dreams in the Witch House,” and
“The White Ship.”

9.  Read 12 works: Complete.

Finished James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man,
Shakespeare’s long poetry,
Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine,
Virgil’s Aeneid,
Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God,
Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart,
Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, and
Plautus’s Comedy of Asses, The Haunted House, Curculio, The Pot of Gold, and The Captives

10. 301 blog posts: this is 244.

11. Read Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and Other Stories. Complete.

12. Read Camus’ The Stranger. Complete.

13. Read James Joyce’s Dubiners. Complete.

14. Read H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. Complete.

15. Read C.S Lewis’s Out of the Silent Planet: Complete.

16. Read The Shadow over Innsmouth, The Dunwich Horror, and The Colour out of Space. Complete.

17. Read The Canterbury Tales. Complete.

18. Read Robert Chamber’s The King in Yellow, H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Haunter in the Dark,” “The Whisperer of the Darkness,” and “The Shadow Out of Time.” Complete.

19. Read Moliere’s The Misanthrope and The Would-Be Gentleman. Complete.

20. Read the Gormenghast trilogy: Complete.

21. Read Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms, The Iceman Cometh, and Mourning Becomes Electra. Complete.

22. Read David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. 764 out of 1,079 pages.

Posted by: Mark | October 15, 2018

Radiation: Day 21

It’s the start of week five and I finished the 20th session, putting me at the hallway mark. No new changes so far.

Posted by: Mark | October 12, 2018

Radiation: Day 20

This should be the halfway mark but due to the make-up day, I’ve got 21 to go. Definitely feeling it now.

Posted by: Mark | October 11, 2018

Radiation: Day 19

I don’t know how but I lost 1.8 pounds. My blood pressure is still dangerously high and my energy level is low but I’m not quite as fat as last week.

Posted by: Mark | October 10, 2018

Radiation: Day 18

Almost halfway there, with no new problems except that I forgot where I parked due to the rain. Otherwise everything is boringly consistent.

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