Saturday, January 26, 2008

Too late

I think it was Julian Lennon who sang
Now it's much too late
For goodbye

My father-in-law died late last night. We'll be leaving in a few minutes to get with family and to help make funeral arrangements.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Nearing the end

My father-in-law is in the hospital and they have stopped all treatment for the leukemia. Nothing is helping any more: not the weekly blood transfusions; not the chemo; nada. He can't swallow very well so his diet is pretty much liquids, ice cream and Jell-O.

I'm taking a couple of days off of work next week. My wife and I will be driving up to say our goodbyes some time this weekend.

I wish I could end on a hopeful or pithy or poignant note, but I got nuthin'.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

10 things i've done that you probably haven't

Apparently this sort of thing is getting around on some blogs, so here I go:

1. Played in the National Table Tennis Championships (and came that close to beating a nationally ranked player).

2. Met Penn. Talked to Teller!

3. Been published in both fiction and nonfiction.

4. Performed stand-up comedy for money.

5. Participated in a Vietnam antiwar rally (I was an 11 year old radical).

6. Got my college degree about 21 years after my first college course.

7. Reaffirmed my atheism approximately two months after joining a church.

8. Got high school p.e. credit for trampoline.

9. Once went for three consecutive days without eating (believe me, it wasn't intentional).

10. On an entrance exam to an alternative high school, outscored the history teacher on the history exam.