Round and round I went – Relay For Life

I did my portion of the relay at night. For most of the night they have stadium lights blazing, with everything lit up practically to daylight. I walk right after the Luminaria Ceremony where everybody gathers and lights candles and then takes a lap around the track en masse with candles lit. They turn out the lights for that, and leave them off for a stretch. When they do bring them back up, they come up... read more

Friday the 13th – An Anniversary

On April 12th, 2002, I had surgery to remove my thyroid, which was slowly trying to choke me to death. On the 13th the pathology report came back, with that word –¬†CANCER. It has been 5 years, and as of my last blood test, no signs of it returning (although admittedly I am extremely far behind on my blood tests). You can read about my thyroid saga... read more


There is a certain art to feeling sorry for oneself, and I definitely have an aptitude for it. There is a simple test to determine if you have an aptitude for this art too. Consider the following two statements. If things are going badly and something else bad happens, it goes to show that the universe is committed to kicking your ass and pissing on you while you are down. If things are going well and... read more

a northern zodiacal constellation between Gemini and Leo

I don’t have a thyroid. When I was born, I had one, but in 2002 some guy surgically removed it because: It was the size of a grapefruit. I couldn’t breathe. And oh, I had cancer. In about 2.5 more years if it doesn’t reoccur I can answer “no” on the cancer question for medical insurance. For right now, I can’t get medical insurance unless it is through an employer group... read more