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Turning red after a couple of drinks maybe not harmless: it may be linked to an inherited deficiency in an enzyme called ALDH2 and an increased risk for a dangerous throat cancer, which is exacerbated if you drink (or smoke).

And you probably also read that piping hot drinks are linked to a different kind of esophageal cancer, too. (I've never been a straight-from-the-pot drinker myself.) I think this is interesting but it's not a cause-and-effect study. I'm waiting to find out what the actual connection is. At any rate, I don't think anyone should let themselves feel silly for letting their drinks cool a bit.

Via [ profile] phinnia, 6 reasons North Korea is the funniest most sadly absurd evil dictatorship ever, from (?!). Enough of it's true to my knowledge that I wouldn't be surprised if the rest of it's true, too. Oy vey, North Korea.

I'm redoing Talk to the Clouds because I kept running into the old theme as iconic of Twitter. Sigh. The new theme I'm toying with is an extremely customizable, powerful one called Atahualpa (last emperor of the Inca, what), but right now it looks very boring because I haven't customized the billion settings yet. It's a little overwhelming. I have thrown in a few of my own photos as header images; I used some that are grainy and blurry that I think look kinda cool up there, but if you think they're distracting, let me know. They rotate, which is interesting and makes it hard to come up with a unified look to the site. I'm trying to decide if I should go to the effort of finding/making an icon set to use everywhere on the site or what. I don't know. Or if I really won't want something so plain looking and I want something more integrated and decorative. I don't know. *wail*

The problem is that to get something more integrated I really have to go with someone else's package and then I will inevitably wind up looking like someone else.
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Just saw an ad for "haiga rice" in Japanese on KTSF. C. noticed that it seemed to be "off-white," neither white nor brown, so I looked it up. Indeed, it's short grain white rice with the bran removed but the germ still attached and has apparently only been available outside Japan for about 8 years. If you don't really like the taste of brown rice but you want something a little more nutritious than white rice, it might be worth a try. We're actually planning on trying some if it's not fabulously expensive (it might have dropped since the linked article was published 7 years ago). I like brown rice but there are some dishes I don't feel it goes well with, and yet white rice isn't all that healthy.

I don't know if it'd be helpful for people watching their blood sugar, but anyway.

OK, this is really interesting...apparently it WOULDN'T help, but I learned something else from reading Chowhound. "As a diabetic, my main concern was that I try to get a lower Glycemic index rice - I eat rice all the time, often with breakfast, lunch and dinner - I eat small portions so that I don't have to take that extra dose of insulin - but once in a while, I want that second bowl, and finding a low glycemic index rice would really help.
As it turns out, my main issue was that I was eating the cal-rose vs. koshihikari. Cal-rose has a GI in the 80's, which is high, but Koshihikari's GI is in the 30's. The difference is the ration of amylose to amylopectin - the two main forms of starch. Amylose is harder to digest, so a higher ratio of amylose insures a slower uptake of carbohydrate. In other words, Haiga helped - but so did plain white Koshihikari. In fact, I personally don't see much of a difference. The partial whole grain benefits of haiga may be in other forms - nutritional concerns, for example, but from the GI issue, it's not significantly greater. "

It seems wild to me that Koshihikari rice, one of the most common short-grain rice varieties in Japan, would have that much lower of a glycemic index than Calrose.

So, in fact, looking at , if you're diabetic, it may be better to eat a serving of Koshikari (Japonica), white, short-grain (glycemic load, which as I understand it is a better number to focus on than glycemic index of 18) rather than a serving of most brands of brown rice. I mean, assuming you can't tolerate parboiled/converted rice (blechhh). It's still not a LOW GL, but we're talking about rice here.

I dunno, [ profile] kyspaz, this might be worth looking into--I can always ship you some if you like rice and you can't buy it in Dallas (although I bet you can). :P

And feel free to smack me if I misunderstood any of that.
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Maybe California wasn't being stupid with the attempted BPA ban:

BPA linked to type II diabetes, cardiovascular problems.

BPA is in plastic food containers, plastic drink bottles (like for Coke or water), and also in can linings.

The evidence isn't really clear yet, but it's just more reason to err on the side of caution and, when possible, buy whole foods, fresh; not buy bottled water; not drink soda; etc. Less waste, less oil used to produce the plastics, and possibly some health protection.

As a kid I trusted the FDA and believed the common notion that the US's FDA is more strict than other nations and over-protects us if anything. As an adult I was disappointed to learn that they are pretty much shoved around by the processed-food and pharmaceutical industries. I don't know if that's recent or if it's always been that way, but ... I don't trust their recommendations anymore. So the fact that the FDA isn't buying into the problems with BPA doesn't at all convince me that it's safe.


Sep. 4th, 2008 11:45 am
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I had two tests today; the first one required drinking 40 ounces of water, so after that, I decided maaaybe I should just go over there and see if they could get me in early. And they did! And then they got me in for my CT scan 40 minutes early, too! And now I'm home half an hour before my second test was supposed to start! I love PAMF.

Both tests were OK. At least, unless I moved too much during the CT scan. But presumably they would have told me.

(I didn't even have a chance to get out the DS! )

Anyway, now we wait for the inevitable "Nope, we don't see anything."
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This is why restaurants REALLY NEED TO POST NUTRITIONAL INFO IN THE RESTAURANT. It won't make me leave or spend less money; it'll just stress me out less! I mean, look at these seemingly comparable items:

Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad
Calories 310
Fat 3.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Sodium 530 mg
(not too bad!)

Fuji Apple Chicken Salad
Calories 580
Fat 30 g
Saturated Fat 7 g
Sodium 1,020 mg

And would you have guessed that ANY Crispani pizza thing has less calories than ANY of their sandwiches? Sheesh.

I also got a shock a few days ago when I read the sodium content of ... well, everything at Chipotle. No wonder we quit eating out when Mom had to go on a low-salt diet.
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Toxic chemicals found in common scented laundry products, air fresheners.

See, this stuff is bad for you. :P It's not just me being all overly sensitive.

(Via [ profile] mactavish.)

Just a PSA

Jun. 18th, 2008 04:47 pm
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Based on my recent experiences with a friend: If you are a woman who has a lot of skipped periods, painful periods, or other related weirdness, you need to go to a gynaecologist SOONER rather than LATER.

If you put it off, you could find yourself having some fairly serious surgery, reducing or eliminating your chances of getting pregnant someday, and/or having the problem just keep getting worse and worse.

I know a lot of women, including my own niece, just don't go because of fear of talking to a doctor, fear of finding out bad news, misplaced modesty, a perception that their discomfort is normal and not worth complaining about it, etc. But your doctor has heard and seen everything you're going to bring up before, so just keep reminding yourself of that and GO.

And just like with therapists, if the first gyn you see is someone you don't get along with for whatever reason, that doesn't mean you drop the issue. It means you find another gyn if at all possible. (As hard as that is... and in both cases, if you don't have health insurance, I just don't know what you do, beyond trying local low-income clinics. Don't get me started.)

So, you know, if you're having period issues or other reproductive area pain and problems, please, don't convince yourself it's all par for the course. It may be, but you won't know unless you go to a doctor and are persistent until you get all of your questions answered.

No, I'm not putting this behind an LJ cut, because the needless embarrassment about this kind of thing is one reason why so many women don't go to the doctor until it's too late. And because if you are a guy you may still have a friend, sister, wife, etc. who needs to be encouraged to go see a doctor.

(I know most of the people on my f'list already know all this, but I didn't actually grasp the seriousness of my friend's situation until now. I hate to admit it, but I didn't even know endometriosis was more than just bad cramps...meep. By the way, there's an [ profile] endometriosis community--and remember, if you don't want posts to a community to be viewed by non-members, just set it friends-only. A friends-only post to a community is viewable only by its members, rather than by your friends list.)


Nov. 8th, 2007 11:52 am
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About two years ago, a group of federal researchers reported that overweight people have a lower death rate than people who are normal weight, underweight or obese. Now, investigating further, they found out which diseases are more likely to lead to death in each weight group.

Linking, for the first time, causes of death to specific weights, they report that overweight people have a lower death rate because they are much less likely to die from a grab bag of diseases that includes Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, infections and lung disease. And that lower risk is not counteracted by increased risks of dying from any other disease, including cancer, diabetes or heart disease.

As a consequence, the group from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute reports, there were more than 100,000 fewer deaths among the overweight in 2004, the most recent year for which data were available, than would have expected if those people had been of normal weight.
(More here.)

I think that I am substantially overweight, and thus not in the above category, but I think our definition of "normal" weight is either too low or too narrow.
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Interesting: Jay Parkinson, MD, practices without an office. He's a year older than I am and makes house calls in the Brooklyn area, or consults over phone/e-mail/AIM. I realize some of you are shrieking in horror, but it's an idea that I think really suits a certain percentage of the population. I'd love to be able to just take a digital photo of the lump/bruise/spot/cut/whatever and discuss it over IM with a doctor. I'd also love to be able to ask all those follow-up questions that always occur to me after a consultation.

I have no idea whether this particular doctor is good or whether his referrals are as competent and inexpensive as he claims, but I do think it's an idea whose time has come.

I added Klutz to the Bay Area Geek Dream Jobs page. I think they're very geeky, anyway. And I had no idea they were based in the Bay Area. Also added a bunch of other folks including The Office of Letters and Light (they do NaNoWriMo and Script Frenzy, and I love their name!), Avalon Travel Publishing and Seal Press. If you're an editor or publicist or wannabe-intern in publishing, you should check the SF Bay Area right now.

Also, I changed most of the "posts at" entries to take you directly to a search at craigslist.

I didn't have any interest in seeing "Good Luck Chuck," but after reading the ratings advisory I have negative interest:

Advisory: This film contains nudity, sex scenes, onscreen defecation, drug use and violence. And that's just from the penguins.


One thing I miss about northwest Arkansas...the fall color. We have a little bit of fall here in the San Francisco Bay Area, but not much. Whereas when the setting autumn sun hits that one hill in southwest Fayetteville just right, it really does look like it's on fire.

The photos in the article are great, but they do rather overplay the porch-sittin', "gitar"-pickin' aspect. However, I'll take the "unpretentious but sophisticated and diverse" description of Fayetteville-area folks, though I'd add a big flashing red "RELATIVELY" in there after the "but." (For a look at what's going on in Fayetteville, check out [ profile] zenandjuice--go back a page for a good snapshot of Fayetteville's contradictions.) Fayetteville is where my parents live, and it's probably the most sophisticated/intellectual/liberal part of Arkansas. Little Rock may think it is, but for the most part LR just has money and political power, which isn't the same thing.

That said, you can't get actual dim sum anywhere in the state, so I'll not be moving back. :p
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Half-time web producer position at Stanford: [we are] looking for a Web Producer to join the Web Publishing Group at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. We are responsible for the growth and maintenance of the public website as well as internal websites for the students, staff and faculty. To apply please go to and enter 27042 in the keyword field. This is a half-time position.

I think the information junkies and insatiable readers on my f'list will like this AskMeFi thread: What single book is the best introduction to your field for laypeople? Oh, my, good stuff! There are actually a lot of books I hadn't heard of, besides some of the obvious bestseller-types. I added several things to my Amazon wishlist.

Attn: newer Mac laptop owners!
Maybe it's old news to you, but New Pong is new to me! It uses the computer's motion-sensing capabilities to let you play Pong by tilting the computer back and forth. (On the MacBookPro with the oversized screen what I have, this is pretty good exercise. :p Just, um, don't drop it.)

Semi-official resolution recently: Eat meat once per day or less. Actually, this isn't that hard for me most of the time; I'm always kind of stunned/amused by diet suggestions such as "Try to have one meatless dinner per week!" Uh, I 'd have to try NOT to. But anyway, it's a useful thing to keep in mind.

Plus I learned something: the vegetarian taco salad at La Pinata has grilled mushrooms, lima beans, corn, and peas (plus the regular pinto beans, guacamole, etc.). o_O Tasted better than you think, too.

Finally, this is a cute memoid--too cute to cut. However, I'm totally sure that this dream house actually belongs to [ profile] siderealengine, not me:

Your home is a

Philanthropic Gamer's Mansion

Your kitchen is stocked with chips, dips, and assorted caffeinated beverages. There's a pantry with emergency backup caffeinated beverages. You also have some breakfast cereals in there, but you haven't had breakfast since last Spring. Your master bedroom has blankets printed with images of Mario and Link. Your study includes unread copies of various gamer magazines, each purchased for the free demo CDs. One of your garages holds your collection of ferraris, and is measured in acreage.

Your home also includes a guest wing and private quarters for your servants. Your guests enjoy your collection of every console and associated game ever made. Except the Intellivision -- those controllers drive them NUTS. Outside is your hedge maze and gardens, meticulously tended by a team of world-class botanists.

And, you have a pet -- a koopa named "Shelly".

Below is a snippet of the blueprints:

Find YOUR Dream Home!

This one sounds more like me:

Read more... )


Apr. 5th, 2007 07:00 pm
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I think I know what was causing the burning wrist pain last year and prior: the iBook. I quit using mine much at the end of last year because it's having so many problems, and I've been borrowing [ profile] assaultdoor's Toshiba PC laptop most of the time. For the last couple of days I've been using his iBook, though. And today I had the searing wrist pain, yay. :p It could be a coincidence, but looking at the laptops, the iBook's surface extends an inch or so more than the Toshiba, which is more pressure against the underside of the wrists. And instead of having a curved bevel edge like the Toshiba, it's just pretty much a sheer stop. When I use the Toshiba, my wrists hardly touch the keyboard. Hrm.

But if I monopolize the Toshiba, he can't play RO, and I really prefer using OSX to Windows anyway ... It's just not a great situation. I need my own laptop. I wanted a Macbook, but I didn't think I could afford one (actually, I can't even buy a low-end PC laptop), and now maybe I shouldn't buy a MacBook even if I magically can afford one. I hadn't thought about it before, but they're really NOT designed with ergonomic concerns in mind. Bah.
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I've made some good health changes in the last year or last few years:
- Quit drinking soda as a beverage, including diet soda. I have a Dr. Pepper or something maybe once every 3-4 months, but I think of it as essentially candy now.
- Quit buying candy bars recreationally. I still probably have one a month, but it's more likely to be a nice imported dark chocolate bar from Trader Joe's. I still have a horrible weakness for regular or mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, but other than that, most conventional candy bars taste too sugary and unpleasant to me these days.
- Cut out as much high fructose corn syrup as possible. This includes no longer buying such "healthy choices" as Yoplait and Cheerios (EDIT: Apparently Cheerios quit using it--yay). I get HFCS-free flavored yogurt and "Joe's Os" at TJ's now. Most of the 100% whole grain breads at the supermarket have HFCS, probably because it both acts as a preservative and makes the bread softer. The only whole-grain bread I can find that's soft enough for me to enjoy eating is one of the kajillion Sara Lee ones--though all the other Sara Lee breads do have HFCS.
- Relatedly, putting more fiber and whole grains into our diet. We've been experimenting. Some things just don't taste good that way, and sometimes we just want white rice, not brown rice. Winners so far have included TJ's whole grain tortilla chips and whole wheat gnocchi. (And remember, if it says "Made with Whole Grains," all that means is IT HAS A SPECK OF WHOLE GRAIN IN IT SOMEWHERE. Sigh.)
- Watching for trans fats, though I still need to check up on the nutritional information for some of the things we eat out. Nutritional info really needs to be right on the menu, dammit.
- Switching to center-cut bacon, which has less fat. Mind you, I generally use bacon like a spice, not as the centerpiece of a meal. (Though sometimes, you just want a strip of bacon!)
- Buying organic and free-range whenever the difference in cost is acceptable. This isn't as often as I'd like, but it's improving. We've been getting our eggs and in-season fruits and vegetables at the farmer's market. (Oh, and fresh tofu too! I love my town. Now we just need a cheese-seller at the market.)
- Making sure I really get enough protein in a day and per meal.
- Starting to eat dried fruit again.

There are a few things I refuse to stress out about too much, including egg yolks, butter, and continuing to eat meat and dessert. I'd say I consume all of those things far less than the average American does, but none of them are things I'm going to stress over eliminating.

Things I still want to do:
- Cook with beans more often, and start from dried or fresh, not canned.
- Keep increasing the amount of fruits and veggies I eat per day, because it's still not nearly enough.
- Learn to make a bunch of tasty, not-too-bad-for-you, quick desserts.
- Start reducing the amount of half-and-half I use with coffee (skim milk doesn't cut the acidity enough, so I'm not sure how to go about this).
- Make coffee at home.
- Exercise.
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I hope [ profile] byunmaria, [ profile] jenniferward, and [ profile] kyspaz will post these questions (and their own answers) in their journals. (I know it's asking too much to ask [ profile] assaultdoor to do it.) And, of course, anyone else who wants to answer it in their journals should.

1. Will you be looking for a new job?
Yes, either college-teaching in Japan or in the Bay Area (or entrepreneurship). One way or the other, new job time it is.

2. Will you be looking for a new relationship?
Not any romantic ones, no.

3. New house?
I wish I could find myself in a nice new (or old) house. But we will probably stay in our townhouse unless something wonderful or terrible happens.

4. What will you do differently in '07?
I'll actually exercise. I think that would help with a bunch of other things I'm having problems with. If I go to Japan, this will be easy, because I'll be walking more. I'll also be done with my MATESOL and living as a non-student for the first time in a while, which will be very different.

5. New Year's resolution?
Exercise. Get health care. Get a rewarding job teaching English, or start my own business. Write articles. Fix meals at home. Draw.

Read the other 25 questions. )

P. S. Speaking of health, who else is sick? Sheesh.

[Poll #897864]

Sorry about typo. Too tired to fix.
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If you happen to be or know or care about any women (!!) or diabetics, you should be paying attention to this Senate bill. Basically, "small" businesses (deceptive term to start!) would not be obligated to offer health insurance for their employees that includes treatment for diabetes or basic women's health care issues, such as contraceptives, and other coverage as well. Isn't this the opposite of the direction we need to be moving in? "1955" seems like an apt number for it...

Impact on diabetics.

Health care benefits for women that could be lost in YOUR state.

Contact your senator now. (You may want to do it directly, as using this form puts you on a e-mail list.)


Apr. 29th, 2006 06:51 pm
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[ profile] toratigris was right--it gets easier. Actually, today was my second full session, and between yesterday and today, it CLICKED. Learning mystifies me--when I played and watched yesterday, anything more than one arrow on the screen made my head a'splodey. Whereas today, my brain had caught on, to the extent that some of the moves I hadn't tried yet were perfectly obvious and doable when they came up (even on a Trick Mode session that [ profile] deucelampbell "accidentally" selected for me). It's going to take my body a while to catch up, but I was actually able to do it today! Yay.

No, we don't own it yet--one of [ profile] deucelampbell's friends loaned us "DDR Konamix" and a basic pad (can't feel the buttons AT ALL).

I know we're like the last ones on the DDR bandwagon, but I don't care. Until I can find that aikido studio whose website was posted at Mitsuwa again, it'll do. (I've looked at multiple Fremont aikido dojo sites and I'm pretty sure it's not any of them, because it specifically mentioned both their rates and their no-competitions policy, neither of which I've seen on these other sites.) DDR appeals to my solitary nature and my competitive nature at once, which is hard to do. (Also my sun-and-warm-weather-avoidant nature.)
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Name in photos )

So it seems that AT&T is a little TOO helpful in sharing with the NSA, etc. Unfortunately, they are now our ISP (AT&T/Yahoo! DSL), and own Cingular. And our home phone? I forget. We need to change our ISP if possible, but how are we going to find another high-speed ISP that's $12 a month?

Went to the doctor re. skin. Yes, possible allergic reaction, but hard to tell. Got taken off a bunch of things and put on some others, including Prednisone, which I have heard gets results. [ profile] serennig will be happy to hear that I acquired Prilosec, as well.

[ profile] m_cat's chemo visit today was so-so, and I need help interpreting the results. On the one hand, her white blood cell count was a bit low, so they did a better blood test, sent it off, and didn't do chemo. Back in one week for that. In good news, she gained another 1/3 pound (Yay!) and ... the X-rays show resolution of the the miliary pattern in her lungs. ...What? (OK, there was an answer on [ profile] cathealth here. Cool.)

I also have ask the vet if her Baytril (antibiotic, 68 mg) can be crumbled into her food. She's only getting 1/4 pill per day, but it's very large compared to her mouth. I'm afraid I'm going to choke her by pushing it into the back of her mouth like I usually do. o_O

I'm going to start posting silly things to my Japanese filter just to get myself some practice. You know, "Today I ate a sandwich for lunch. After lunch, I went to class. Wow, that whale is huge, but gentle."

Er, well, you know. Whatever I have the vocabulary to say. :p


Feb. 23rd, 2006 11:34 pm
wintersweet: Main character from Yokohama Shopping Project: Just being alive means you've made a clear profit. ☆ 人生、生きちょるだけで丸儲け. (ghibli-eep-me)
I went to see CSUEB's visiting orthopedist today about the ganglion cyst on my wrist, to have it aspirated. Cut for the needle-phobic )

Anyway, he gave me a recommendation for a good hand surgeon here in Fremont (Dr. Besh) and said that if I wanted to just live with it, as long as it doesn't get very painful or cause tingling in my fingers, it was okay. I'd told him how long it took me to recover from the surgery on the 1999 appearance and that I didn't want to do that again. (Only 10% of people have recurrences after surgery. GO ME.) He seemed to think that my surgeon had done a bad job. But I don't know. Hand surgery is not a fun thing.

The big thing I forgot to ask was this: If I just live with it, do I have to keep avoiding lifting heavy stuff and gripping stuff hard with that hand and so on?

D'oh. Anyone know an orthopedist to ask? He only visits the clinic once a month so it wouldn't be easy to contact him.

Highlight of my notes from Sociolinguistics: linguistic determinism = teh suck.
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A neat bit on Hokkaido and a plan to "recycle" some of their excess snow.

Bottled water obsession not a good thing. Seriously, I need to get a decent Nalgene bottle and just use filtered tap water (Fremont tap water really does taste bad, so we use a pitcher with a filter.)

I promptly forgot the username of the person who is using one of my photos from Japan as an icon. Anyway, you've got it tagged "temple," which (if it matters to you) it isn't. It's just an old-fashioned shop/home in the Kiyomizudera neighborhood of Kyoto. I didn't take a lot of really good photos on the honeymoon but I'm pretty happy with that one and a few others. Someday I'll make a gallery of "photos of mine I think aren't awful."

Got two doctor appointments for the next two days. The clinic scheduler was apologetic for the $34 office visit fee--Clint makes "too much money" (ha) to qualify for free visits, and I have no insurance or way to get insurance. But I told her I thought $34 was pretty low, even not considering it's basically my only option. I need to see if I can find the information on the local dental schools that don't charge much for basic dental work, and get an appointment as soon as possible. ... I hate being poor and uninsured. I hate Berkeley's refusal to allow grad student spouses to buy health insurance.

Speaking of health and stuff...I'm wondering if I should be looking more around Osaka and even Tokyo (!) instead of Kobe and smaller cities, just because of more access to things like English-speaking doctors, stores with clothing somewhat closer to my size, and so on. I don't know. I don't like the idea of living in Tokyo. I mean, visiting there was much more pleasant than I had expected, but rents in Tokyo proper are like rents in San Francisco--stratospheric and ridiculous. What about places an hour out or something? Lower rent and less overpopulated? I don't know; they're probably equally crowded and expensive. Hrm.

If you're waiting on an e-mail from me, it's going to be a while. They built up during the month-long disaster that was July. I'm really sorry.
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Anyone know how I could find out what the fee range on ganglion cyst surgical removal tends to be? Then I'd know how much to panic. *G*

For obvious reasons, this information tends to be hard to find. (Though Clint did find a PDF listing a clinic's aspiration fee for non-insured at $140.)

I don't think any of the MDs on my f'list specialize in this kind of thing, but ... thought I'd ask.

P. S. I heard a radio ad for some sports medicine clinic featuring their star orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Dirk Diefendorf. What an awesome name. (I collect these things.)
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[ profile] unkyrich bought awesome bumper stickers from Peacemonger. Check it out if you are in the religious left and/or liberal categories.

[ profile] cognitivedaily: Add this, [ profile] unkyrich! It's good cog psy stuff, with a posting schedule that's not frequent enough to drive you nuts.

Disney character bento creations. Quite amazing.

So I went to the clinic. The nurse cooed over my blood pressure (pretty darn good for a fat chick--and might I mention I also have perfect cholesterol and no signs of diabetes, no matter how many times they test me). I coughed a bit and when she realized that wasn't what my appointment was for, she ordered me to mention it to the doctor. The doctor just looked at my wrist and said "You need to see a specialist." WOO YAY. They don't even do aspirating at the clinic. Negative answers to "Do you have insurance?" and "Do you think you might have insurance soon?" provoked worried looks. Sigh. (I posted about what kind of specialist I'm looking for under the Bay Area filter, but if any certain lurkers have advice, pass it along.)

Anyway, she said I was wheezing an awful lot, and she thought I had bronchitis, so she swacked me with an amoxicillin prescription and an albuterol inhaler. Well, lack of sound effects in my lungs would be nice, and I was concerned about maybe reduced breathing efficiency at night, which is an issue for people with sleep apnea, so ... I'll try it.

I have to call the July job boss back (sorry lurkers, details were f'locked due to sensitive nature of rant). I don't want to. In fact, I'm waiting till Clint gets home.

Around 9/11 I was taking Chinese tutoring at Berlitz in SF, right across from the Transamerica Pyramid, which was a bit anxiety-inducing. Anyway, they taught me the Mandarin for words like "terrorist" and "explosion." I don't remember any of them, which is typical of my experience with the Berlitz Method (it may work for some people, but it sure as heck doesn't work for me. But I ran into Liza Dalby, which was kinda cool.). But I think I'll remember the Japanese, because it's easier: テロ事件 (tero jiken).

I think most of my London and UK friends have checked in, though there were a couple people there I didn't even realize were visiting (as is the case with any random major world city, I guess, what with you lot being all cosmopolitan). In case anyone has somehow missed it, [ profile] london_070705 is doing an impressive job as a news and information clearinghouse.

I personally agree with [ profile] emrinalexander that the US local news networks' coverage of "What Your Local Transit System Is Doing Right Now" is getting stupid. (Modified Tactical Alert in LA! CHPs officers on BART!) I understand the idea behind getting out stories about what your local system would do in an emergency, and some reassurance about their preventative measures, but at this point it's verging on self-important wankery. Meh.

I hope Phoenix adds tag support soon. I've been using XJournal now that I have OSX, butI like Phoenix's features better. If you have another OSX LJ client to recommend, please do.


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