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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009     01:13 pm
Breakfast was an English muffin, a bowl of fruit, sausage, and a glass of OJ.  I slept okay… another odd combination of tosses and turns along with periods of solid sleep.  My back is the same.  I'll bend my legs at the knee, and one subject monitor will tell me I can’t do that but then a nurse will tell me it’s okay… a classic case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing.

I just received a letter!  One of my blog readers on Facebook is a nice girl named Jaci.  She's married to a funny (I assume he's still funny) guy named Ian and we all went to Spanish River High School together, class of 2001.  I'm not sure I said more than two words to Jaci but I do remember having Ian as a classmate, especially in junior year English class, which could get a bit raucous at times.  Anyway, she sent me a note and it’s comforting to know life continues outside these walls.  My Internet connection went out, but I'm on wireless now (I have no idea how I made the connection but it works).  I'm still listening to samples from the Back to the Future score.

Had another shower… no water up my nose but still in my right ear.  I'll have to ask one of the subject monitors to do my laundry either today or tomorrow… bummer, man. 
I've been doing my own laundry for years and it was a little awkward asking Elva to do it for me; it's a small load, but then she has to fold everything.  I'm content with her simply rolling everything up.  Wrinkles don't concern me and I'm still going to have to do my own laundry before I leave.

Lunch was spaghetti and meatballs, greens, grape juice, and Lorna Doones.  I’m about to start on my second pitcher of water… other than that, nothing.  Hulu just added the first three seasons of The Larry Sanders Show, which I'll start after I'm done with NewsRadio.
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009     09:43 pm
Elva left for the day after starting, so another subject monitor unloaded my laundry, and helped me fold it.  I took care of my shorts and underwear and she folded the shirts according to my specifications (fold and roll)… that should be it for another week and a half.

Dinner was chicken, rice, greens, a bowl of Jell-o, and milk.  NewsRadio is almost over.   Some of the guys are out in the common room watching I Love You, Beth Cooper.  Nothing about the trailer appealed to me, though I would like to read the original novel one day… I'll probably borrow the DVD when they’re done.

I took two Tylenol for a headache which is very slowly going away.  Beth Cooper wasn't quite the piece of garbage the trailer made it out to be, but it wasn't good either.   I wanted to kick the lead character's ass at several points throughout the film (and I say that as a fellow geek).  His father was played by the great Alan Ruck (Cameron in Ferris Bueller's Day Off) who I sincerely hope did this movie just for the paycheck.  It really should’ve been R-rated.  

I also watched The Ugly Truth which, as far as predictable romantic comedies go, wasn't half bad.  I'm not the biggest Katherine Heigl fan, but I enjoyed her in this film… and there aren’t many (leading) actors I’d like to have a beer with but Gerard Butler is one… (and no, I still haven’t seen 300).

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009     02:39 am
I didn't sleep well last night.  The subject monitor forgot to close the blinds, so there was more ambient light leaking into the room than usual, and even though I wear a sleep mask, I could still sense a difference.  This morning, I got my last finger stick (for a while, anyway) and Dana did a full blood draw.

Veronica gave me a CD player with some relaxation music to help me go to sleep later.  I have never needed a CD to help me sleep and I'm not about to start now… but it’s the thought that counts.  Breakfast was eggs, sausage, a bowl of fruit, and a glass of OJ… and I finished NewsRadio on Hulu.

One of Dr. Seton's associates came in with a survey for me to fill out: the standard questions… how am I feeling?  Any discomfort?  Am I less interested in sex?  (There was no option for "more interested"). 
I did my stretches and I'm almost done with my first water pitcher.

Eric paid me a visit.  He checked out the non-functional Ethernet connection and was just as confused as I was.  It's possible the port was disconnected by the hospital.  He asked if I visited any kind of gaming website and of course my answer was, "No."  I did mention that I tried to visit a video website (like Hulu) and was firewalled but, strangely, he said that wouldn't do it… he said he’d contact the hospital IT people

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009     07:26 am
Another massage but no Jewish talk this time around!  For the first time in a week, I have no bandages around my fingers - no more finger sticks.  

Two of the guys got up from bedrest today, but I haven't seen them walking around yet.  I assume they'll need to take it easy for at least the first day up.  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I already asked Jerry, "I assume we have nothing going on tomorrow?"  He checked my schedule and said, "Just a shower."  It’ll be day 9 of 30… before I know it, it’ll be day 15 and I’ll be half-way there!

Dinner was lasagna, one and a half dinner rolls, broccoli, carrots, a wedge of apple pie, and vanilla ice cream.  Tierra just checked my vitals and I have half a pitcher of water left.  I've been watching Larry Sanders on Hulu and, despite what I thought earlier, they don't have every episode of seasons two and three… bummer.  I wonder what I'd be doing if I were home right now?  Probably watching Larry Sanders on Hulu… or some old movie from Netflix…

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2009     12:37 pm       THANKSGIVING DAY
I slept much better last night.  I guess it was the ambient light after all.  Today isn’t going to be much of anything… I wish I had brought along my Planes, Trains and Automobiles DVD to watch in the common room… oh well.  I don't know how many people will be working here today, but I get the impression it won't be many.

Breakfast was toast, hard-boiled eggs, a bowl of fruit, a glass of OJ and oatmeal…yuck.  Other than that and my back, all is copacetic.  Another BM… no problems this time.  Another shower… I got soap in my eye and water in my right ear.  Back to bed, and getting to work on the water pitchers.

I spent a couple hours out in the common room playing Scrabble with Todd, Thomas, and Kennisha.  I think I came in last place both times.  Lunch was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with pretzels, cookies, and a glass of milk.  I had them remove my headboard and I ate on my stomach, with my lunch on a table at the head of the bed.

Patrick was also out there watching football and it was the first time I saw him out of his room (both he and Thomas are ambulatory now).  Brian has family visiting.  I watched a few more Larry Sanders episodes… other than that, bupkes.

Dinner was a good approximation of a normal Thanksgiving spread: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, along with the usual greens and peach cobbler.  

I really wish I could partake in the Black Friday insanity.  I'm not saying I'd camp out in front of Best Buy, but I would certainly pay them a visit after lunch…

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2009     12:39 pm
When it rains, it pours… in addition to Back to the Future, it looks like La-La Land Records will be releasing Jerry Goldsmith’s score for Innerspace (never before available).  Last night, I finished the first season of Larry Sanders and, in the mood for something else, I found every episode (minus one) of a Fox show from a few years ago called The Loop, featuring the lead actor from Reaper, a vapid blonde and a bespectacled brunette in supporting roles. I watched four episodes and, even though it has its moments, it's a really stupid show and it's difficult to sympathize with characters who are complete idiots, where every problem could be solved if only they told the truth.  I'll continue to watch since I only have about a dozen episodes left. The highlights are Philip Baker Hall as the lead character’s boss and a cougariffic Mimi Rogers as another boss.

I woke up at one point during the night and noticed my computer was still on.  I'll assume I simply hit "Restart" instead of "Shut Down."  Since we’re on candid camera, and the extra light would be noticeable, I'm surprised no one came in and asked me to turn it off.

Breakfast was a bowl of fruit, a glass of OJ, and the dreaded (and inevitable) cheeseburger quiche… I also have a kink in my neck which wasn’t there when I went to sleep.  I'm sure it’s nothing a massage or good night's sleep can't fix.

Lunch was salad, vegetable soup, and the dreaded (and inevitable) cheese sandwich.  Theresa spent a good thirty minutes in the room, just hanging out… we talked about family, Thanksgiving, my brother, etc.  I’ve been watching The Loop and I'm not sure why.  They retooled the show in the second season to focus more on the lead character's job, so the hot roommates are gone… bummer…

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2009     09:41 pm
I knew that wouldn't last long… the masseuse was back to her questions, asking me about the menorah, the Jewish calendar, and the Wailing Wall. I couldn’t tell her anything, but I recommended she purchase a book titled The Jewish Book of Why.  I’m also slightly uncomfortable when she tells me I'm descended from "royal blood." 

I'm descended from people who emigrated from Russia and settled on Long Island.  She tried to knock this kink out of my neck, but was only partially successful (maybe she should've tried an exorcism).  I feel a little better now, but we both agreed I must have slept in an awkward position.  Karina picked up my urine and I showed her my avatar photo on Facebook; she's never seen me with my usual haircut so I was able to tell her, "That’s what I usually look like."

Dinner was chicken with rice and corn, greens, peach cobbler, vanilla ice cream, Lorna Doones, and a glass of milk.  I almost didn’t finish on time.  Watched The Soup… finished The Loop… I have to agree with Fox on this one: it deserved to be cancelled.  I didn't laugh out loud once, though I did smile at some non sequitur line involving -– oh, who cares.

Tomorrow is another nothing day… I get a shower in the afternoon and maybe I’ll be able to finish it without getting water in my ear.

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