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By ad hoc (Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 06:11:49 AM EST) (all tags)
It's been a while since I've done one of these. Mostly because drudgery isn't interesting.

ColdFusion 8 is installed at $client and I've been having some fun with it. They've incorporated ExtJS into it as the AJAX engine, and it's fun to work with. I haven't done any actual programming programming in quite some time and this is a nice change. Javascript is surprisingly powerful.

Have yet to install CS3.

Friday night was an especially drunk and out-of-control night at the bar on the corner. Somewhere just after closing time, someone stole a fire extinguisher from somewhere and set it off in our foyer. The resulting cloud of powder seeped into the building and set the fire alarm off at 3:00 am. Yikes is that loud. But at least I know it will wake me up from a dead sleep. As I was outside and the fire trucks came, I saw their closing crew righting the news boxes that their drunken customers had all thrown into the street. At 4:00 AM, just after I'd gotten to sleep their trash collector came, in spite of being told nearly a dozen times that there is to be no pickup until 7 or later. I yelled at the guy and he left, so it's clear he knew he wasn't supposed to be there. Would you leave if someone you couldn't see told you to shut up? I didn't think so. Their weekday crew has gotten the message and doesn't come until about 8. It's just this Saturday guy. Then at 6:30, the renovations crew putting new windows into the companion restaurant next door unloaded their truck by dropping everything off the bed. Needless to say, I got no sleep. Now we have to clean the mess of the fire extinguisher. Apparently, the police nabbed the guy and then let him go, and didn't make a report.

The upshot of all of this is that we're having a new door lock security system installed. You won't be able to get into the foyer unless you're buzzed in. This is long overdue.

My parents will be visiting next week. That should be fun. They get here Wednesday and leave Thanksgiving Day.

My cousin is not doing well. I swear there's a cloud over that family. (This is the younger brother of the one who was in the serious motorcycle accident.) He's been battling cancer for several years. It's nearly everywhere: liver, lungs, kidney (and he was born with only one). He was always a stocky kid when we were growing up. He's thin as a rail now. He and his wife were in the next town over, shopping for winter coats. She stepped away for a minute and heard a crash. He'd collapsed and cracked his head open. They took him to the hospital and did a CT scan and found a big tumor pressing on the brain. It wasn't there on his last scan a few weeks ago. Things aren't looking good. He may not see his 50th birthday. His dad died of pancreatic cancer at age 51. I hope my parent's trip here doesn't turn into a road trip to Ohia.

An e-mail relayed from my Aunt (his mother) says there are three new brain lesions. Chemo has started.

Yesterday was supposed to be surgery day for my dog. They didn't do the surgery. I got a call from the Dr. a couple hours after dropping him off saying the x-rays showed "lesions on the lungs consistent with metastatic cancer" (pulmonary metastasis). There's no immediate evidence of the primary cancer. It may be the lump in his throat although she thinks that's most likely just one of those fatty lumps all old dogs get (he's got them elsewhere). It's also unlikely to be the hemangiopericytoma in his foot as that metastasizes very rarely. So there's something somewhere else. He's also developed a raspy cough over the last couple of weeks. She also said that regardless of what the primary cancer is, there's a low likelihood of successful treatment based on what they saw on the lung x-rays. If the lump in his neck is thyroid cancer, it grows slowly but it's not very treatable and he could last a year. But if it's in his throat, it could be tonsil related which is an aggressive, fast moving cancer. It could turn out the the bump on his toe, which a prior vet diagnosed as another fatty lump, turns out to be SCC, it could have metastasized from that, but it's too late to do anything about it now that it's happened. But without determining exactly where and what is the primary, there's no telling what the prognosis is. But the treatment options are so limited, that would be primarily an academic exercise.

He's in good spirits, is peppy, has a good appetite, and has no sign of malaise. The prognosis is anywhere from a few weeks to a year. But this has me totally stressed and depressed.

I tink I'b geddink a code.

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My parents dog was riddled with cancer by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #1 Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 06:33:46 AM EST
and hung on for a few years. Regardless, it really sucks.

Awww :-( by ana (4.00 / 4) #2 Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 06:44:42 AM EST
My best to Billy. And it's all about the quality of life for the dog, not the quantity. As you're aware.

Power up your flaming yo-yos already! --StackyMcRacky

Good luck and best wishes by ucblockhead (4.00 / 3) #3 Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 06:46:59 AM EST
To both your cousin and your dog.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
well at least by alprazolam (4.00 / 1) #4 Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 07:07:09 AM EST
you're due for some good news in the next couple weeks.

Somehow I doubt it. by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #7 Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 07:19:40 AM EST
awwww by alprazolam (4.00 / 1) #10 Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 08:15:02 AM EST
paging greyrat, hug needed @ room 401

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res: by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 07:12:17 AM EST
What sort of condo assoc fee's do yuns pay? Some of the condos around here want BATSHIT CRAZY assoc fees.

Your parents are coming for a visit and only staying for one day??? That's perfect but seems a bit odd.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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A week and a day by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #6 Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 07:19:04 AM EST
Arrive Wed 14, leave Thu 22d.

My condo fee is $341.42 per month. That includes heat (oil), hot water (oil), common maint and insurance. It's based on percentage of ownership and I own 8.2% of the whole. Percentage of ownership is based on unit square footage and I have 1221 sq ft.

Fees are much, much higher if you have a concierge or elevator or other high cost amenities like a seement pond.
The three things that make a diamond also make a waffle.

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A week and a day??? by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 2) #8 Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 07:36:36 AM EST
Lordy loo.

300 plus clams doesn't seem too bad if heat and water is included. I've seen over 300 clams with nothing included. Those places do have a cement pond and tennis courts though so I suppose that's why. Feh - I'll live in a cardboard box before I'll pay that much.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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Good luck by moonvine (4.00 / 2) #9 Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 08:14:44 AM EST
with your dog. I lost my Zorbi in June this year to breast cancer. But she is in a better place, now. I really wish the best for you, I know exactly how you feel. And more than anything, try not to be too down around your sweet doggie- they sense it all and it affects their moods as well. So, well, sorry dude. Chin up and my thoughts are with you and your family.

I'm so sorry by iGrrrl (4.00 / 2) #11 Thu Nov 08, 2007 at 11:22:08 AM EST
For all of it.

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

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