I wonder what the doctor will think of this shirt. I remember, at the beginning of this process I had to see a physician’s assistant. She was supposed to tell me about the procedure and the rules governing my preparation. I remember thinking, ‘Would she think it funny if I called the procedure a colonarscopy?’ […] … Continue reading Attire


A real pain

She called from the doctor’s office and asked me do i want an interview with the nurse.

No, i told her. I do not want an interview with the nurse.

She said i have to have the interview with the nurse so i said ok fine. i also said, in case she didn’t know, i already met with the physician’s assistant, and i’ve been reading all the materials she provided, so do i still need this interview? is it a must?

She said yes, it is a must. Can i put you down for 2:00?

I said, ok fine.

She said tell me your number so the nurse will have the right number to call at 2:00. I had to mumble through a couple digits i wasn’t sure about. I wasn’t worried, though, since i knew she knew my number. She dialled it just fine to ask me did i…

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diwali in virginia

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Tech genius

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Gud Guys W Gunz

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The Royal Them

What at strange headline. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein publishing as if they were somebody other than Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. About presidential corruption and name-dropping Nixon in the headline. For the Washington Post, no less. How original. ##

Tke a Hke

Sunny and seventies in the Blue Ridge Mountains these two weeks. We explored a range of trails, peaks, and falls in the Shenandoah National Park and beyond. Hawksbill Peak looking east across the Piedmont We ascended to Hawksbill Peak, SNP's highest point (4051); took in Jones Run and Doyles River Falls in a 5.3 mile … Continue reading Tke a Hke

Re-Blogging: Notes from the Slush Pile: Endings — Al Kratz

This is where it all ends. This is the opening lyric to the Cult’s 1989 album Sonic Temple. I remember it like it was yesterday. Standing in my dorm room, unwrapping it to the excitement of getting to hear something new, the first few guitar riffs unrolling to Ian Astbury announcing as much as singing […] … Continue reading Re-Blogging: Notes from the Slush Pile: Endings — Al Kratz