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Some updates. Some of which are very depressing, others of which are only merely depressing or perhaps disturbing.

My sister Maureen has been given last rites, or as the catholics say, Extreme Unction, the theology of which Google will be happy to elucidate for you, and maybe even lm will chime in. She is 54 years old and has been wracked with bodily torment (brain cancer being but one of her many afflictions) for at least 20 years. The way the universe (or God, if you will) chose to shit upon her and torture her unceasingly kind of inspired my asymptotically finished novella The Pains. A very smart woman; a subtle and acerbic observer of human frailty, with an extremely kind heart deeply hidden under a very prickly personality. Her children are ages 28, 26, and 21, and the middle one had a liver transplant last year. Her husband, my brother-in-law Bob, is a sweetheart. Bob and Maureen are your basic LM-style liberal intellectual Catholics. Their faith has been a great comfort to them. I don't share it but sometimes wish I did.

In Switzerland, my sister-in-law Mary, wife of my older brother Mike, is dealing with a sudden and rather extreme recurrence of breast cancer, in remission these last 7 years or so. Not looking too good. But my sister-in-law Jennifer beat back leukemia last year, so what the heck. Maybe there is reason to hope. I am really very fond of Mary, who we see every year at the big-ole family reunion at the Jersey Shore.

I don't know how much more my parents can take. Two of their seven children gone within six months of each other, and a daughter-in-law and a grandson with virtual guns to their heads. My parents are about 83 or so.

Over on Daily Kos, I put up a fascinatingly intimate and quite moving and dramatic (and brilliantly insightful and exquisitely written) diary about stuff I do. In particular, my wife and I run a food pantry and do other goody-two-shoes community bullshit because we're idealistic bleeding-heart pansies/dupes/suckers.

On my dreary site Wetmachine I've been putting up a series of demented rants about this bailout. I haven't been this disgusted, angry and scared since Nixon times. Also, technically speaking I may be out of my mind. (Still waiting for a consult with Dr. MNS, Ph.D, Clinical Social Worker, for a definitive diagnosis.)

The only good thing to come up in recent political news is that according to this report of Washington DC blogs and "insider politics" TV shows and rumor mills, Sarah Palin is an unmitigated disaster and the McCain campaign is terrified to let her out in public, much less a debate. "What are we going to do?" one McCain camp crybaby is quoted as whining. Well, I have an answer. If she is as bad as you say she is, then she is clearly not qualified for the office of Vice President. McCain must either replace her on the ticket (or withdraw his candidacy and endorse Obama), or you, Mr. McCain camp insider, must resign and endorse Obama, because McCain's having created and failed to correct this problem shows that *he* is not qualified to be president. There is no other decent option for you. So just do it, or shut up.

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Wow, I'm sorry by georgeha (4.00 / 2) #1 Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 06:52:42 AM EST
your family deserves a break from this shit.

Dammit, man. by blixco (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 07:34:16 AM EST
My best to your family, which is not enough but I can't think of anything else.

Fuck cancer. Goddamn.

And fuck bankers. What the fuck society is this where our artists are capitalists and our bankers suddenly welfare-crazy socialists?

"You bring the weasel, I'll bring the whiskey." - kellnerin
Don't sweat it, johnny. We are *all* crazy. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 07:44:59 AM EST
Also, you left off the "seppuku" option for that staffer.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Did your family live downwind of by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #4 Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 09:31:38 AM EST
the Nevada Test site? Because lots of people in Southern Utah have families with cancer problems.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

New Jersey all the way by johnny (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 11:08:35 AM EST
My brother Paul died of ALS. My sister and my father both had cancer of the brain, all though of different kinds, and my father's was completely resolved by surgery.

My sister-in-law grew up in North Carolina and New York.

Buy my books, dammit!
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So you've seen by wiredog (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 12:07:56 PM EST
The Toxic Avenger.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

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Not yet, but by johnny (4.00 / 1) #9 Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 12:58:20 PM EST
From time to time I find myself in Boston overnight, and the only place to crash in such circumstances is on the couch of our dear friend ad hoc.

As you may know, ad hoc has a truly monumental fascination with schlocky  movies like this, so I'll have to ask him to put it on his netflix list. (The chance of me getting Dear Wife to watch this kind of thing with me at home is essentially zero. . .)

Buy my books, dammit!
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News like yours puts me back by muchagecko (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 11:07:00 AM EST
in my 16-year-old devout Mormon frame of mind. Aren't the end times supposed to be signaled by "parents watching their children dying" among other attrocities?

Losing family is hell. There's got to be some sort of karmic reward for balance in store for your family now.

Thanks for the Palin link. I'll be spamming it this afternoon.

"It's the abstract I deal in; software, and donuts." MohammedNiyalSayeed
*hug* by duxup (4.00 / 1) #8 Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 12:22:49 PM EST
Sorry to hear that.

:My sympathies by superdiva (4.00 / 1) #10 Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 01:43:27 PM EST
And all the compassion I have in reserve.

Thanks, SuperD by johnny (4.00 / 1) #11 Fri Sep 26, 2008 at 07:11:56 PM EST
Ain't seen you around much; nice to see your uname. And I appreciate the kind thought.

Buy my books, dammit!
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"asymptotically finished" by Kellnerin (4.00 / 1) #12 Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 06:07:20 AM EST
I feel that way about a lot of things, lately. Bonus oblique work anecdote:

In an IM conversation with my colleague Nico, he concluded, "If you can find anything that makes sense about this, cling to it." I was tickled by this and copy/pasted it to Kate over in my other Pidgin (né Gaim) tab. Her reply: "He's an odd duck, that one."

I said, "Yes, but in the best way possible."

So johnny, if you are indeed out of your mind, I like to believe it's in the best way possible.

And the rest of the universe that keeps fucking up this shit has got to cut it right the heck out.

"Late to the party" is the new "ahead of the curve" -- CRwM

Sorry to hear that. by Tonatiuh (4.00 / 1) #13 Wed Oct 08, 2008 at 07:24:17 AM EST
Hang on there buddy, the fight is unequal but only by our overcoming we pay just tribute to the ones that loved us.

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