Posted by: Mark | February 20, 2018

All Over

Well, the visit could have been done over the phone or email but I did find that cancer did not spread to my bones so I shouldn’t complain too much.

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Posted by: Mark | February 20, 2018

Double or Nothing

Forget 15 minutes, it’s been half an hour. I took a day off work for this. I better have an alien parasite or some sort of Bigfoot-related illness.

Posted by: Mark | February 20, 2018

The Streak Ends

Since December none of my many doctor appointments made me wait more than 15 minutes, even the one where the fire alarm went off.

Looks like it was too good to last.

I blame the lack of fish tanks.

Posted by: Mark | February 20, 2018

Another Doctor

I’m in a waiting room I’ve never been in before, waiting for a doctor I’ve never met. There is no fish tank. I wish there was one and not just because I sell fish tanks.

Posted by: Mark | February 19, 2018

Resolution Update 7

Still waiting for test results. A slow, unproductive week:

1.   Run 730 miles: no change, still 11.3 miles.

2.  5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts: no change, 361 push ups and 325 leg lifts.

3.  Lose 26 pounds: didn’t weigh myself again.

4.  Send out 100 resumes: nothing.

5. Send out 50 manuscripts: nothing.

6. Write 60,000 words and five new stories: 3,933 words.

7. Visit five new libraries: two–the Wyoming and Price Hill branches od the Cincinnati.

8. Read ten new H.P. Lovecraft stories:

“Celephais,” “The Other Gods,” “The Moon-Bog,””The Street,””The Doom That Came to Sarnath,” “Polaris,” “The Alchemist,” “The Music of Erich Zann,” “Dreams in the Witch House,” and “The White Ship.”

9.  Read 12 works: Finished James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man, Shakespeare’s long poetry, and Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. Just started Virgil’s Aeneid.

10. 301 blog posts: this is 32.

Posted by: Mark | February 18, 2018

Betta Report

Another shipment of bettas swells their numbers to an all-time high:

14 male veiltail
9 male crowntail
8 female elephant ear
8 male dragonscale
8 male halfmoon
7 male doubletail
5 male halfmoon doubletail
5 male halfmoon plakat
5 male elephant ear
4 male butterfly
4 male deltatail
4 male king
4 male koi
4 male paradise
4 male rose petal
4 male white opal
3 baby boys
2 male bumblebee
2 male halfmoon doubletail plakat
1 baby girl
1 female koi

106 tubs with no deaths.

Posted by: Mark | February 16, 2018

Radioactive Blood

I finished reading Dandelion Wine but I’m still exhausted after over ten hours of sleep. I’m not sure if the medical testing did me in or if I’m coming down with the flu.

The hospital gave me a card that I can show authorities if I set off radiation alarms at airports or federal buildings. The radioactive fluid they injected me with should wear off by Sunday.

I don’t remember Peter Parker getting stopped by the TSA.

Posted by: Mark | February 14, 2018

Bone Scan

Back in December, I posted that I rarely go to the doctor. Lately I’ve been going a lot. I’m waiting for a bone scan. New experience. I’d recommend against unless necessary.

Posted by: Mark | February 13, 2018

Big Betta Report

Very little change but I did learn why the store received so many bettas last week. Apparently many other stores keep their display of bettas close to the door so the winter air can kill them, prompting huge shipments from the distribution center. For not killing our fish, we’re essentially being punished. All hail corporate think!

14 male veiltail
9 male crowntail
8 male doubletail
8 male dragonscale
8 male halfmoon
6 female elephant ear
5 male halfmoon doubletail
5 male elephant ear
4 male butterfly
4 male deltatail
4 male king
4 male koi
4 male paradise
4 male rose petal
4 male white opal
3 baby girls
3 male bumblebee
3 male halfmoon plakat (2 from the December 28)
2 female koi
2 male halfmoon doubletail plakat

104 tubs with no deaths.

Posted by: Mark | February 12, 2018

Resolution Update 6

I get tested all day Wednesday to see how messed up my body is. That will probably make next week’s resolution update as weak as this one:

1.   Run 730 miles: no change, still 11.3 miles.

2.  5,000 push ups and 8,000 leg lifts: no change, 361 push ups and 325 leg lifts.

3.  Lose 26 pounds: didn’t weigh myself again.

4.  Send out 100 resumes: nothing.

5. Send out 50 manuscripts: nothing.

6. Write 60,000 words and five new stories: 2,563 words.

7. Visit five new libraries: two–the Wyoming and Price Hill branches od the Cincinnati.

8. Read ten new H.P. Lovecraft stories:

“Celephais,” “The Other Gods,” “The Moon-Bog,””The Street,””The Doom That Came to Sarnath,” “Polaris,” “The Alchemist,” “The Music of Erich Zann,” “Dreams in the Witch House,” and “The White Ship.”

9.  Read 12 works: Finished James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as A Young Man, and Shakespeare’s long poetry. About halfway through Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine.

10. 301 blog posts: this is 27.

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