zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (OMGWTF)

"When we last left our Hero, he was struggling with lower back pain and trying to figure out which combination of medication worked best for him through trial and error and visits to the emergency room."

Well, it's December 22nd now and my back has been healed for a couple of weeks.
But it took a while to get there.

My previous post was on November 25th and I was on Cyclobenzaprine, Ibuprofen, and Tramadol.
Turns out the Ibuprofen wasn't doing anything. I had forgotten that stuff didn't work on me.
So I went back to using the Midol Complete instead of the Iburpofen.
On November 26th, I went to see Plaid live at El Rey Theater in Mid-Wilshire.
When the staff saw me hobble in on my cane, they pulled a chair out for me to sit on.
The venue is standing-room-only with a few chairs against the wall, but they pulled a chair
out and put it in an alcove near the stage. What sweethearts! :)
John Tejada opened for Plaid and played some nice House/trance of his own devising.
Lots of nice bass giving me a free back massage. :D
Then Plaid came on and played 90% stuff I'd never heard before, which is not surprising since I hadn't listened to their new album just yet. Good stuff...
After the gig, I drove to the LAX MArriottttt to hit whatever room parties were still going at LOSCON, the L.A. literary sci-fi convention. I saw Spino and spouse and Tadao and Warren...
I stayed until 2:30am, then the parties shut down one by one. I was only there for 2.5 hours but I got gouged for parking for $23.50. Wow, really? No wonder the con was underattended.
From there, I went straight to the ER to try and get something strong that worked!
They actually took a couple of x-rays of my back this time and wouldn't you know it? They found a tiny gremlin gnawing on my lower back muscles. HAR!! :D
No, they found nothing out of the ordinary, which seems to confirm that I had pulled a muscle. They gave me a prescription for Toradol, which is the pill equivalent of the anti-inflammatory injection I had been given on my previous visit that did so much good and had me walking almost normally within the hour. I went to the 24-hour pharmarcy to get the Toradol, then went home.
It was 7am on Sunday November 27th and I went straight to bed.

I woke up at 3pm, took my new meds regimen 1) Midol Complete, 2) Cyclobenzaprine, and 3) Toradol, then stayed in bed until 5pm to give time to the meds to work. I then got up.
The pain was a lot less severe and I was able to stand up within 5 minutes of sitting up. The
Toradol was the missing part of my treatment. I still needed an hour of sitting in my nice upright desk chair to become flexible enough to shower and get dressed though.
But this was awesome news! I could actually go back to the office! I set one alarm at 6am to take my pills then one alarm at 8am to get up, and I could be at the office by 10am! Huzzah! :D
And that was my routine for several weeks. I ran out of the Cyclobenzaprine, which was not
refillable, and continued with the Midol and Toradol as my back slowly healed.

On Thursday December 1st, I left the cane at home. It was no longer needed. :)
By Monday December 5th, I was taking the Midol and Toradol only in the morning.
On Wednesday December 7th, I stopped taking the meds, and also learned that the office would be closed from Friday December 23rd to Tuesday January 3rd. ZOMG REAL PAID VACATION! :D :D :D
We were gonna be closed for Christmas and New Year's anyway, but there was uncertainty about the days in between the two. Mystery solved! :D
And my back has been getting better and better. Strangely, I get occasional pain in my hips, but I figure it's "aftershock" pain from the lower back. I'm also getting used to the new bed.

On Saturday December 10th, I went to my LUGOLA meeting. Got some good Lego parts from a couple of people and a set of those nifty Incredible Cross-Sections books on the Star Wars prequels. Just the thing for ship design and building! After the meeting. I hit the nearby Toys'R'Us to look around, and walked out of there with some brand new City sets, including the firefighting SuperScooper airplane. Yea BOGOHO sale!
It was supposed to be Movie Night but my guests were still entrenched in scholastic work, so it was put off. Instead, I got dolled up and went to my friend Fritz's holiday party out in Lakeview Terrace. It's always cool, with lots of people and lots of food. I saw Noel and Julianna, which is always fun, and talked to an older women who flies helicopters. She was happy to find someone to talk whirlybird with. :D
I finally went home at 4am.
Since I got home so late, I slept most of Sunday, finally getting up at 3pm. I did some computer stuff, then called my friends to see if they were still mired in scholastic stuff. They weren't and wanted to do short Movie Night (since Sunday is a school night for everyone). They came over at 7pm, bringing forth deliciousness from Tito's Tacos. We consumed the deliciousness ravenously. Then I showed them the launch of the most recent Soyouz rocket with Angry Bird charm inside capsule. It was snowing a little at Baikonour that day and the winds were light, so they launched. Is not Russian rocket if not launch in blizzard. :D
Then we watched our feature presentation: "Doomsday" (Unrated). Released in 2008, this British film was made for people who like "Escape From New York", "The Road Warrior", and "Aliens". It's got that same vibe, the heroine has an eyepatch, she commands a squad of soldiers, and instead of Manhattan, it's the whole of Scotland that has been walled-off after a plague killed millions. None of the dead turned into zombies though, it's not that kind of film. After 30 years, there are survivors, and some of them are right out of "The Road Warrior". It's a fun action film but the Unrated version is rather gory. It stars Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Alexander Siddig (formerly Siddig al Fadil, aka Dr. Bashir from DS9), Sean Pertwee, and Malcolm McDowell.

The company holiday party was on Thursday December 15th. We had a restaurant/bar in West Hollywood all to ourselves, with open bar and food. And there was musical entertainment from The Banned, which consisted of the company president on acoustic guitar, the studio manager on a guitar, the biker account guy on electric guitar, the intern on electric bass guitar, an IT guy on drums, and the energetic Christian gun-owning account executive on vocals.
And they ROCKED!!! They did some Rolling Stones covers (Under My Thumb, Little Red Rooster, a couple more), "Sedated" by The Ramones, and a few more tunes. Not bad!
I didn't stay very long as I was tired, and since I don't drink much alcohol, the appeal of an open bar is lost on me. The food was very good though.

I haven't shaved since my little stint in the hospital. It's an experiment to see if I can actually grow some kind of beard. My facial hair has notoriously slow growth and nothing grows between my lower lip and the tip of my chin. I had a pathetic mustache that I promptly shaved off, but I'm letting the beard grow to see how far it can get. Yeah, I'm 45 and this is my first beard. :D

Lego and Warner Bros made a big announcement last Friday. Our favorite plastic brick manufacturer will be making sets and minifigs based on Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings trilogy and the upcoming two The Hobbit films. The plan is to release LotR trilogy sets in June 2012, then The Hobbit sets around the time of the first movie's release in November 2012 or whenever.
I may get a couple, most likely the Shelob set. :)

On Tuesday, I broke a tooth. Granted, this was the tooth was root-canaled a while back and needed to be crowned, so it was already in a weakened state. It would have been crowned by now if it hadn't been for the hospital stay and the Lower Back Pain (Icelandic) Saga take me for a ride.
The tooth breakage happened while I was eating some Tim's Cascade-Style reduced fat kettle chips, which are incredibly HARD and which I will never ever EVER buy again!
I made a dentist appointment ASAP and saw him today. He says the rest of the tooth is fine and he wants me to come back tomorrow so he can sand it down or whatever and then put a temporary crown on it while we wait for the permanent crown to arrive in two weeks.
It's now about 6pm and I'm leaving work in a few minutes.
And then it's 11 glorious contiguous days of NOT working and NOT thinking about work! WOO HOO!

if I don't post before then, Merry Christmas everyone!
Joyeux Noël a vous tous! :D

zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (Bonaparte)

We apologize for the delay in bringing you the nerve-wracking pulse-pounding conclusion of the LOSCON 2007 Con Report.
The Writers Strike has affected many sectors of the entertainment industry, even Life Journal itself.
The following report was written by a scab Bizarro French Kzin.

Zut alors, growr!! It is Sunday!
Me not know if go or no go to LOSCON!
Sunday usually is le dead for conventions, but what hell, me go!
Me wake up at 2pm, very tired from party last night. Sacrébleu!
Me get to autobus stop, 10 minutes until autobus come, so me go Jamba Juice for lunch smoothie.
Me walk out door, and l'autobus arrive! Merde!
Cars get in way, me can't cross street, me SMASH!!!
Still miss autobus, GRAAAAARR!!!
Me sit down and suck on Acai Antioxidant smoothie. Is red and tasty healthy sludge!
20 minutes and autobus here! Youpie!!
Me finally at con at 4pm.
Me run into Spino, Sweetie and Gizmo.
We go see closing ceremonies with all guests of honneurs. Me take picture!

Me see Fred Patten, say hello Fred. Poor Fred. Me remember Fred from C/FO Santa Monica 1986.
Time for dinner! Me make plans, maybe go to Cozymel with friends like wanted to do Saturday!
Yes, we go Cozymel with Spi, Swee, Giz, Darr-el (he son of Jor-El!), Theresa, Barry, Barry friend Greg (he strange).
Also 2 demoiselles come avec nous, not know their name. They funny!
Me go in Mitsubishi Endeavour (not Space Shuttle) with Barry and strange friend Greg.
Spino and Swee take two funny girls in Ryo-Okimobile (is really Pontiac Vibe).
Darrel take Theresa in Jeep Liberty (funny name for car).
Dinner at Cozymel fun, conversation très bonne, food tasty.
Me check autobus schedule and see last autobus at 9pm. Nom de dieu!!
Me ask Barry drop me off at autobus stop next to hotel.
He do and me get there on time.
Autobus come, me get on and go home.
LOSCON over!

You know what? Spino strange. Maybe he Bizarro French Kzin mommy?

zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (Alex)


Saturday is FunDay! See the pics! )

The End!

...of Saturday.

Stay tuned for the pulse-pounding excitement of "LOSCON: The Final Chapter!".

zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (Daffy)

So last weekend, I went to LOSCON 34, the annual sci-fi literary con put on by LASFS.
The theme was archeology, so the con was nicknamed "The Dig".
The con was being held at the same hotel as last year, the LAX Marriott, so getting there was pretty easy for me,
since I had it all figured out last year (or so I thought). One bus down Sepulveda to the LAX Transit Center, then walk
two big blocks. But, it turns out the one bus actually stops near the Marriott too. Durrrrrr...
Since I'm currently unemployed, I actually had time to go Friday, not just the usual Saturday.
So I got a full badge and went Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Cons are all alike really: socializing, hanging out, dinner-outings, waiting for people to show up, etc...
So I'll just hit the highlights.

Friday: startling photos reveal all )
The End!

Well, the end of Friday.

Stay tuned for more exciting LOSCON Adventures!

zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (Banzai)

Well, LOSCON is over, so expect a large post with photos soon.
You will experience the true horror that is Emergency Ketchup!
And also, Special Needs!

But for now, BEHOLD!!!

What are these?

Why, the Grapes Of Zrath of course!



Time for go to bed.

zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (Snotty)

Happy Thanksgiving to all!
I'd like to share with you all what is, for me, the quintessential Thanksgiving cartoon:
"Jerky Turkey" by Tex Avery.
See if you can catch all the WWII references!
The Looney Tunes are cool, but Tex Avery holds a very special place in my heart.

LOSCON is coming up this weekend and I will be there.
I'll probably be there Friday afternoon and evening, all day Saturday, and possibly Sunday as well.
[livejournal.com profile] theresamather is Artist Guest Of Honor this year, so I will be hanging out with her as much as I can!
Spino and Sweetie and Gizmo and Tadao and maybe Selene and other strange wild denizens of L.A. will be there too.
It's gonna a bitchin' funky disco time for all, by golly you betcha!
See you there if you're there!

In other news, the eBay auctioning continues.
I have several aircraft reference books (Squadron/Signal) up as well as my Furrlough comics collection.
And other stuff as well. I'm continually adding stuff as I have time. Click here to see what's currently up.

By the way, does anyone know a place that gives cash for used paperback books?

It's very late (or very early) and I must go to bed.
There will be turkey and veggies and other good stuff to eat when I next wake up.
And we got a French apple tart with French vanilla ice cream for dessert!
(I think the frozen tart was actually made in France! And the ice cream is Double Rainbow brand.)

Happy Tranqsgiving!!


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