Week 9 Chemo Update

Well, two weeks ago, I clipped all my hair off, after most of it was left ing my brush and comb over the previous 6 weeks. Yes, the hair loss was that fast for me, truthfully, it’s better than nausea. Other unpleasant effects over the last week has been the loss of appetite and a metallic taste. Tiredness is ever-present.

After this next course, I have three weeks of the taxol+herceptin course, which is followed by about six weeks of radiation+herceptin. THAT will be followed by simply the herceptin for the duration of chemo.

And, now for some lovely pictures I shot with my Canon G10 at Riverside Park

The tunnel to the Hudson River Greenway
The tunnel to the Hudson River Greenway

Life at ground level Walk this wayI am thankfully for all my friends and family for the support.


No Talking Points Please, I am Confused

Simple question that has no simple answer: 

Why are Some gun owners so against Common Sense when it comes to rational gun ownership? I support the 2nd Amendment, and one’s Right to Bear Arms, but I also support being properly trained in the care and feeding of a firearm. Hunters understand that without proper visual signals (orange vests/hats) that they could inadvertently shoot and wound/kill another hunter. One who shoots targets understands the concept of proper handling of their handgun/rifle as well. Why do we have to license hairdressers? or Real Estate Agents? or Register to Vote, and not Register or license those who would bear arms? 

Admittedly, it is a small percentage of the gun owning public act criminally or irresponsibly, just as it is not the majority of NRA members who are making the organization look like a gathering of madmen. So, I ask you Sane Gun Owners, without resorting to talking points, or Godwin or other myths, why Gun control for African-Americans (The Mulford Act, which was Supported by the NRA, and  signed when Ronald Reagan was governor of California) and not for Whites?  

Excerpt fro the linked article: 

Gun advocates have been taught by the NRA that gun laws infringe on the Second Amendment. That gun rights are an inherent part of our nation’s gun culture. And that gun control is a modern-day liberal cause.

Turns out, none of that is true. Our country has regulated guns since its earliest days. The Founding Fathers, frontier towns in the Wild West, conservative hero Ronald Reagan and, for most of its history, the NRA all worked to control guns, according to Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA. Individual gun rights were tightly restricted, with NRA support, until the past few decades.

Winkler, author of the book “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” spoke to Star-Ledger editorial writer Julie O’Connor about the NRA’s former advocacy for gun control, and how its members got sandbagged by a bunch of zealots.Image

If DODGE CITY had a strict gun control law….

What scares you all? 





2012 is fast coming to an end, and we all survived the fauxcalypse™ of the New Age. Did you give your shit away? If you did, are you trying to get it all back?

2013. it’s’ a 6 year. In Tarot terms, it’s the Lovers. What does this mean to me? A glorious year. Full of GREAT surprises and, the attraction of me.


Correction: Cinco De Mayo is as American as the Reuben Wrap

I did a bit of research on Cinco de Mayo, and while it celebrates the defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, Latinos in the West saw it as a <a href="http://www.civilwartalk.com/threads/cinco-de-mayo-originally-tied-to-civil-war.71925/&quot;.portent of the Confederacy's defeat as France was also supporting the Confederacy.

…According to Spanish-language newspapers at the time, this first group of multinational Latinos on U.S. soil identified with the Union Army’s fight against the Confederacy and often wrote pieces about the evils of slavery. Hayes-Bautista said these Latino immigrants were concerned about the Union’s lack of progress and Napoleon III’s interests in helping the South.

“It wasn’t until the news came about the Battle of Puebla that they got the good news they wanted,” said Hayes-Bautista. “Since Napoleon III was linked to the Confederacy, they saw the victory as the first sign that their side could win.

They didn’t, of course, at least not for a few years. French forces took over Mexico after the Battle of Puebla, and installed Habsburg Archduke Maximilian as Emperor of Mexico. He was captured by Mexican forces five years later and put to death.

But in the years that followed, Latinos in California and the U.S. Northwest celebrated Cinco de Mayo with parades of people dressed in Civil War uniforms and gave speeches about the significance of the Battle of Puebla in the larger struggle for abolition, said Hayes-Bautista.

Read more: http://civilwartalk.com/threads/cinco-de-mayo-originally-tied-to-civil-war.71925/#ixzz1uUd1CY3S

The holiday evolved here in the States into a Civil Rights Day:

The date received another jolt during World War II during the U.S. government’s “Good Neighborhood Policy” aimed at building good relationships with Mexico and during the Chicano Movement, when Mexican American activists adopted the day to reinforce civil rights demands. Two police beatings of Cinco de Mayo revelers — one in Houston in 1978 and the other in Washington DC in 1991 — resulted in riots and sparked protests and calls for reforms from Latino advocates.

Read more: http://civilwartalk.com/threads/cinco-de-mayo-originally-tied-to-civil-war.71925/#ixzz1uUeKkIYp

and, finally to the Beer-soaked whatever it is today.