Enough already with the pink. I can relate to the sentiment, but when NFL quarterbacks star wearing hot pink shoes, it has gone too far.
The Purple Whales bounced back from their loss last week by knocking off one of the two remaining undefeated teams in the End Zone Entourage FFL, thereby pulling back into a first place tie in the Western Division.
Maybe because I’m a homer, but I thought ex-FRS manager, Terry Francona didn’t sound half bad as a color commentator during the first two games of the American League Championship Series.
When I turned on the first game of the ALCS I thought for sure I had stumbled onto some sort of wildcard game. Detroit? Texas? Where were the Red Sox, Rays or Heaven forbid, even the Yankees?
Show eight and that finishes up the second DVD. This one was about Saywer mostly, both on and off island. And after several shows that included scenes where the attractive female cast members showed some skin (as much as you can get away with on network TV), this episode featured the ex model Josh Holloway looking good in a suit and totally out of it.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and today’s Augusta Chronicle was printed on pink paper. I thought maybe I’d get in on the fun too and changed the background to pink for the next 31 days. Ladies, get a mammogram, it may be uncomfortable (OK, maybe even painful), but early detection can literally save your life.
The top on the car didn’t transition today because it spent it in the garage.
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Back in March of 2006 when Donna was first diagnosed with breast cancer, we did what most people do when given news that they had a serious illness, we scoured the internet looking for information. Then I went one step further and started hunting blogs of breast cancer patients/survivors. I found several, read a lot, but didn’t link any for continued reading. That is until I found My Cancer. Found is not entirely accurate, to tell the truth I think someone pointed me to it, because I probably wouldn’t have found it because it was hosted on the NPR website.
It chronicles the trials and tribulations of being a cancer patient. Leroy Sievers had successfully beat colon cancer 4 years earlier, but as the disease sometimes does, it returned. This time it had metastasized to his brain and lungs. Leroy, life long journalist and producer (most recently for Ted Koppel’s Nightline) was asked to write a blog about his life living with cancer. The doctor’s gave him a prognosis of six months to live. My Cancer was full of insights into the “cancer world” and Leroy’s way with words touched a lot of people, he had a penchant for being able to eloquently express what other citizens of that world could not. Soon the comment section became a gathering place, sort of a town hall, for people who have or had been touched by cancer.
Sadly Leroy passed away a week ago. He wrote something in the blog right up until the very end. I’m going to miss him, because for every weekday for the past two and a half years, I have looked forward reading Leroy’s posts in the morning.
For the last couple days his wife has been posting to the blog. I’m not sure if she is looking to continue doing that forever, although for a while, it would be a nice continuance of the spirit of the blog to hear the caregiver’s side of the story.
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We drove 8 loops in seven different cars for a total of 113.6 dollars raised to help fight breast cancer.
- M3 Coupe
- X3 3.0i
- 650i Coupe
- Z4 3.0i
- 528xi Sedan
- Z4 3.0i
- 535xi Sport Wagon
There were a few surprises for us today. Two of the available cars actually had manual transmissions. One of the cars that had a manual transmission was the M3 Coupe. It was not on the reservation form, but once there they put you on a list (if you were over thirty, sorry Ian), and when your turn came…woohoo. The other stick shift was a Z4 3.0si, which we didn’t end up driving.There were no 1 Series or no X6 to drive (the signature car was an X6.) Both of these vehicles are supposed to join the fleet at the end of the month.
The biggest surprise was they held a survivor’s lap at 12:30 that lined up every car with a breast cancer survivor in it and was given a police escort around the course. Good for them, but they should have done it first thing in the morning, because it took a two hour chunk of time out of the middle of the day. Good thing we had the whole day off from work and didn’t do just an afternoon off or we would have only got in two laps.
Raw gallery is up here: BMW Ultimate Drive 2008. Captions will come later.
I’ll write more about the experience later this week too.
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Today was chillier than normal (I won’t say “here” because it seems like that most everywhere), so we waited until after lunch to go for our walk in the woods. Nearly everything is green now (except for the dead trees) and the sky was a bright blue with nary a cloud in sight.
Donna had to donate a couple of vials of blood for a cholesterol test this morning. She had to fast for it, so we went out afterwards to get breakfast. That’s right a return to the New Moon was in order. Another Cranberry Pecan Muffin for hijm. Everything Bagel with cream cheese for her. A bottled water to split.
Meal Cost: $3.98
Spent Today: $5.00
Year to Date: $839.49
After breakfast we walked across the street to put a five dollar bill in a pink bucket. The Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at USC Aiken were holdiing their 4th annual Rock-A-Thon to raise awareness of breast cancer and to collect money for research. Members of the sorority took turns sitting in rocking chairs in front of the Plum Pudding for 24 hours. They had less than 4 hours to go. Last year they raised $1,500 and their goal for this year was $3,000. All the money raised goes to the to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
The Garnetman Project has hit a major roadblock. Andy Smith replied to my email and his price for an 11x17 B&W image and a 8–1/2x11 colored version is $300. I’m not saying that it is not worth that much, because it probably is, but it is more than I wanted to spend. I think I was hoping would have come back with $100, that I could have justified to myself.
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I got my reminder email from BMW today. The Ultimate Drive® for Susan G. Komen for the Cure is coming to town again this year. The Drive will be in Augusta on Thursday, March 15th and I’m thinking we will be taking a 1/2 day off from work to go over to there to participate. They always have refreshments and most times local food places will have donated lunch of some kind. You can drive any or all (if you have the time) of the different cars in BMW’s lineup and BMW will donate a buck a mile traveled to help fight breast cancer. You need to do this. Go to the site and sign up. Don’t even finish reading this post, go NOW.
Unlike last year, for 2007, they have a route map on the site so you can see where they will be on any given day. This makes it easy to find other locations close by in case you want to do it more than once. Two weeks after Augusta, they will be in Columbia, SC which is not too much further away (60 miles), but it is another Thursday. But they will be around the area on a couple of Saturdays, Macon, GA (140 miles) on the 10th and in Greenville, SC (110 miles) on the 17th. Might be nice to go somewhere else and drive too.
Until then, to quell (or maybe increase) your excitement, you can read about last year’s fun here and look at the peektures here.
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I’ve been telling Donna she looks great with the hair she has for a couple weeks now. The last time we went in for haircuts, when the stylist was evening her hair out, she told her that she looked great and should go for it. But her hair was still shorter than it was when we cut it all off back in May and she wasn’t feeling comfortable with it yet. I thought for sure she was going to keep it covered up until it was as long as before, which would be still another couple months, but today, out of the blue, Donna decided to go sans bandanna/scarf/headdress.
She got one or two double takes, a lot of compliments and even a couple hugs. But mostly she got a lot of people wanting to feel her hair. It is different than before that’s for sure, it is softer, a little darker, a lot more gray and way more curly. People say the tight curls are temporary and eventually your hair returns to its pre-chemo shape, I’ll let you know…
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