August 21, 1981, MCRD San Diego. Just a mess call and a C bag drag to the parade deck after 84 days. Graduation Day. We started with the logical view that it would be done in less than three months, nothing to it. But quickly, we figured out that time did not fly in this place. There were people and challenges that seemed to make time stop. When you’re suffering on T-17, it’s not very comforting to do the math and rationalize that T-84 is only 67 days away. Rational and logical didn’t seem to matter when you’re getting thrashed in The Pit because some other Private fell asleep in … Continue reading →
By now, the Astros are no longer a surprise. Sure, their a surprising contender in the AL West, an unlikely presence in the American League postseason picture. But as the second half kicks in tonight, they’re not going to sneak up on anybody. ESPN profiled their second-half hopes, so it must be legit, right? To be honest, I’m feeling kind of 50-50 regarding the Astros’ hopes for the rest of the season. Obviously, they’ve put together a team with some talent and a group of players who produced pretty well over the first half … except for the six-game losing streak right before the All-Star break. The were in first … Continue reading →
The last couple of days, with ESPN’s annual ESPY awards show on the schedule, there was lots of talk on the sports radio and television about looking for cures for cancer. Since the ESPYs are held, along with a lot of other events, to benefit the Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research, the talk makes a lot of sense. For me, as I listen to the tear-jerking features and hear doctors and researchers talking about strides being made in the fight against cancer, I find myself balancing this information with the regular flow of information I receive regarding treatment advances for Multiple Myeloma. I get a daily update email from … Continue reading →
My 15-year-old son is working on his piano, and he’s taken to learning the introduction to the Styx classic, “Come Sail Away.” It’s a very nice piece, and he’s getting pretty good at it. I’m not sure exactly when and where he picked it up, but it’s not such a bad thing when those sounds begin drifting through the house. The other evening, he and I were the only ones home, it was quiet and getting dark outside, and the gentle notes were very relaxing and comforting. For some reason, it made me remember another piano player and another song from a completely different setting many years and many miles … Continue reading →
With my new maintenance therapy, I only have to get dexamethasone twice in each cycle, instead of taking it four days in a row. However, instead of four days of 20mg a day,I get two days of 40mg. So either way, it works out to 80mg out dex over a relatively short period of time. But I will say, I think the larger doses don’t affect me as much on the actual infusion days. About the same level of tension as the smaller dose used to cause but not the big blast of roid rage I sort of feared. The post-dex hangover is pretty much the same though. Spent Sunday … Continue reading →
Colin is taking part in the St. George Trek, a 12-day trek through Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in northeastern New Mexico. The can follow the trek on Facebook, but there’s limited information because they are pretty much off the grid for most of the trek. This is a picture of Colin’s crew, Crew 2, before they left the base camp Saturday. Colin is fourth from the left, looking like a pirate. We’re confident that he’ll be safe and come home with tons of stories about his experiences.
I’m not even going into details about having cancer and getting treatment for Multiple Myeloma and all that is included with that. But today, why, with five hours locked up with an infusion, would one song get stuck in my head to the point that I had to finally fire up my Windows Media Player and chase the tune away? Why would I be constantly hearing “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”? This just can’t be explained, I know.
In my travels and dealings with folks from different parts of the country, I’ve been told more than once that we Texans have a bit of an inflated sense of importance. I’ve heard it called “cockiness” and even “arrogance.” Well, guilty as charged. A Texan is always proud of the Lone Star State’s history and prominence. And why not? The truth is that Texas has been involved in things and generated stories and tales that most other states can’t even come close to matching. Nothing against a state like say, West Virginia, but other than being a major chess piece in the lead-up to the Civil War, what has West … Continue reading →
Ever since the news broke that Bruce Jenner was planning to “transition into a woman,” I’ve had a very difficult time getting my brain to really understand the situation. Remember, in 1976, when Bruce Jenner won the decathlon at the Montreal Olympics, I was 13. He was “the greatest athlete in the world,” as decathlon gold medalists are often called. He was on the front of the Wheaties box. He was everywhere. Sure, the time since his gold medal has been a long and winding road. And though I’ve never watched a second of that Kardashian show crap, I’ve heard enough about the train wreck he’s been living among over … Continue reading →
At some point, around 1974 or so I’m guessing, my father convinced my mother to agree to some deal that involved getting a Longines Symphonette record player and a bunch of records. I assume it went down that way because my mom has never been a supporter of those kinds of deals. Whereas my dad … Anyway, I remember some of those records even today because they were the only ones we probably had for a while. Jerry Lee Lewis’ Greatest Hits. Creedence Clearwater Revival. Tapestry by Carole King. The Carpenters. I hear songs from those albums, and it’s weird how I can track my history back to our living … Continue reading →