Let’s Get (a) Physical

As you read this I might be half-nekkid sitting on some doctor’s examination table; or I might be looking away as a nurse draws blood from my arm. Over the weekend people wanted to know what was going on last week and I had to confess that I wasn’t sure, but something felt wrong. Today I am getting a physical to see what is going on.

As I write this I am very hungry which, since I cannot eat until I’ve completed my 10am appointment, truly sucks. I could really use a cup of coffee which is also verboten. Dang!

You Snooze (Figuratively), You Lose (Literally)
Well I didn’t expect this….

Last night I considered going to Eddie’s Attic to catch the Over The Rhine show. Given that every time I mention the band’s name I get a blank stare I decided to make this a last-minute ticket purchase (and I turned down getting on the list for free from their promoter a few weeks ago because I wanted to pay the band for their efforts). Much to my surprise, last night’s show was sold out and tonight’s is as well. Guess I will be forced to miss them this time around.

However, to give the band some apparently unnecessary promotion I’d like to thank them for comping me a copy of their new CD “The Trumpet Child” and suggest that you give it a listen.

What I Should Have Done
Last Friday my lighting arrived. Sadly it still sits inside the box in which it was shipped. To be honest I wasn’t prepared to have it already. I put my order in to Alien Bees last Wednesday, and the equipment arrived on Friday without having to pay for expedited shipping. Of course it helps that the lighting was shipped from Nashville Tennessee, but it was still cool to see it get delivered so quickly.

ITP Flickr Pic
With the gray skies and my inability to get much done around the house I have not shot anything this week.

There's A Fungus Among Us

I Do It Because I Care
Have you tried Apple’s iTunes Plus — music sold by download which is encoded at 256kbps and not containing DRM? I have and I’m here to say that it’s a pretty decent alternative to purchasing discs. I purchased the latest Band of Horses release (ten songs) for $9.90, which compared to my normal habit of paying approximately $8 for used discs is a little pricier. Normally I rip my CD’s to 192kbps mp3’s, so I am pleased with the encoding rate (even though it’s in AAC and not mp3 format).

Next up… buying something from the Amazon music store.

And I cannot reiterate this enough, back this shit up, because unlike buying discs, once it’s gone it’s gone.

CD Pick Of The Week
There are a couple of things which I will be checking out (the new Bo Bice disc not being one of them because I neither like Bo Bice’s music, nor do I shop at Wal-Mart, the only place the disc is available).

A few years ago I might have suggested “Teenager” from The Thrills, but my tastes have changed and I can no longer understand why a disc is not universally available on the same date (this disc was released in the UK on July 23rd).

Depeche Mode lead singer Dave Gahan has a new solo disc today. I can’t find it anywhere to get a listen, so I have no idea if it’s any good.

And then there is Ween, and their release of “La Cucaracha”. Ween is not for everyone, but they are for me therefore I am giving them the nod today.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – meh, trying to get things in order
Current Music – none, I am typing this from home listening to podcasts
Website Of The Day – My mind is focusing on food and it shouldn’t be. I’ll have to wait until post-physical to search Bake Space today.
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Monthly Mileage – 9 miles
Mode Of Transportation To Work – My car

October Goal
1) Find happiness

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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6 Responses to Let’s Get (a) Physical

  1. beans says:

    Over the Rhine is so good, I saw them in Athens almost 10 years ago. I commend you on your taste in music. If you don’t have it, their album Patience is really, really good.

  2. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Hmm, I don’t have Patience. I’ll have to check it out.

  3. Stacy says:

    Okay, Paulie – out with it! Give us the scoop: how’d it go at the doc’s? You going to be with us a little longer?

  4. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Not 100% sure yet….

    Blood and urine analysis won’t be complete for a couple of days

    – Blood pressure checked out fine
    – Still nearsighted
    – No signs of colon cancer (oh what a joy it is to be 40 )
    – EKG must have been fine (although taking the sticky pads off of hairy chest sucked)
    – I shouldn’t have HIV (not sharing needles or having sex have at least one benefit)

    The doctor prescribed me an inhaler for my shortness of breath while running.

    I will monitor the chest tightness which precipitated this visit. If it continues for a time, or gets worse, I will follow up with the doctor again.

    Final pain will arrive when I find out how much my visit costs me. Under my new health plan I pay 100% until I meet a $1250 deductible. In addition I have no price-break for medication. Ouch!

  5. Stacy says:

    Ouch! That deductible is enough to make you sick. 🙁 That’s yearly? Huh. Almost makes you wish you were sick back in March or something; had it taken care of already.

    Well, I’ll be hoping for the best for you. At least they confirmed you DO have blood and urine. That’s a good start.

  6. Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

    Yeah our health plan sucks. My company has made it worse each year. 🙁

    I was able to give them ample supplies of each. Unfortunately I was unable to get a good photo of the Scooby-Doo Band-Aid that the nurse put on my arm.

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