Baron in Blankets

March 4th, 2011


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The Portland Headlight

February 25th, 2011


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Christmas in NYC

February 14th, 2011

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Full set is here.

January 21st, 2011
Donations this year: 1
Donations lifetime: 7

December 28th, 2009
Donations this year: 4
Donations lifetime: 4

Photo Theme of the Month - September, 2009

August 26th, 2009

Excuse me, Miss...

July 23rd, 2009

...what an intoxicating fragrance you are wearing. Is that Skeletor? Perhaps Man-at-Arms?

I passed a woman in the hallway at work today who smelled of that old plastic/rubber smell of the Mattel action figures I played with as a kid.

Don't you get it!? She smelled like He-Man!

I feel a little badly because she probably paid a lot of money for a designer fragrance that she could duplicate for $0.25 at a garage sale. Did I get you to picture someone primping before going out and as she heads out the door she grabs the Ram-Man action figure she got on eBay and rubs it behind her ears?

How about now?

I refuse to consider that she was just working with something that smelled of stale plastic and was on her way to the restroom to wash it off her hands. It's better this way. And boy does that scent take me back to the basement of my parents' house... Good times.

Photo Theme of the Month - July, 2009

June 26th, 2009

Be nice to me. I gave blood.

June 3rd, 2009

I had received an e-mail saying that an American Red Cross Blood Drive would be held at school. I had never given blood before, but I have always thought about it. The thinking is over. I showed up yesterday for my appointment and I was surprisingly calm. I have never really had a problem with needles, though I will admit that I do get a little apprehensive before I feel the infamous "slight pinch." I signed in and was told to take a seat and read a pamphlet on the procedure. The literature mentioned a few eligibility requirements, but if I remember correctly, the main two are that you must be at least 17 years old and weigh more than 110 pounds.

After I had leafed through the required reading I was seated with a nurse who entered my profile into the Red Cross computer system, took a small sample of blood to check my iron level, and asked me a series of questions. From there it was up onto the gurney. Average time of the actual donation is 7-8 minutes. My bag was full in 6; I don't know if that is good, bad or otherwise.

Give LifeI sat up and was asked how I felt. A little dizzy, but good. I meandered to the post-donation table, more commonly referred to as where you get free cookies and juice. A very helpful woman asked if I wanted apple juice, orange juice or water. I told her that I would be delighted by an apple juice and she gave me two juice boxes and left me to my own devices with a tabletop littered with an assortment of cookies and crackers. I know you're expecting me to say that I managed to fill my pockets, but I felt it better form to eat one package to get some energy back and leave the rest for the other donors.

There is someone who is VERY dear to me who has a bleeding disorder. I don't know if my blood is a match for that person, maybe I can match someone who is dear to someone else. They say that the average donation will help 3 people. Three people.

I hope this was only the first of many times I will be able to donate blood to the American Red Cross. It was a relatively easy process and I was in and out in less than an hour. I was able to drive myself back to work and had no adverse effects. In a conversation with the nurse I was told that almost everyone can give blood. Give it a try.

Photo Theme of the Month - June, 2009

May 27th, 2009