Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Curious Cat

A cat got into an Entergy New Orleans substation the other day, causing a power outage to some 7500 customers. Needless to say, it did not end well for the cat.

Curious Cat + High Voltage Equipment = Crispy Critter.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

PSA

This is a PSA about PSA. I was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. It was a matter of luck that the medicos found it.

I realized last year that I had not had a PSA (prostate specific antigen) done for years, so when I was getting a blood test for another reason I told the nurse to also add a PSA. That gave me a base line for comparison. I had it done about a year later as part of a normal physical. and it showed a slight increase but the raw number was not concerning.

Then I started getting the typical old fart peeing issues and when I mentioned this to my doctor, he sent me to the urologist. He did the "finger wave" (digital rectal exam) but didn't feel anything abnormal. When I told him that both my father and his brother had had prostate cancer in their 70s he scheduled a biopsy. Nobody was expecting it but they found cancer in 2 of the 12 samples.

I opted for radiation and am now getting 42 treatments on the Cyberknife. It takes about 10 minutes for the treatment and then I go about my day.

FYI, the docs will tell you that EVERY man will get prostate cancer if something else doesn't kill him first. It is the second most common cancer in men but it is the most treatable. Medical technology has improved with robotic surgery and targeted radiation so the old complications that men dreaded are minimized.

September is prostate cancer awareness month, so go to your doc and get a PSA and a digital rectal exam.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Head Count

KSA beheaded 7 last month bringing their year to date head count to 83.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Bunnahabhain 18 Year Old

In looking back, it seems I have a preference for whiskies from Islay. Bunnahabhain is another one. The distillery is located in the northeast corner of the island just across a narrow strait from the mainland. Bunnahabhain, which means "mouth of the river" in Gaelic, was founded in 1883. Because of it's location, supplies and product were shipped by sea. A check of their website indicates that they distill some 19 varieties of whiskey and some are crazy expensive.

Palate: Very smooth and mild. Easy to hold on the tongue. Dense
Nose: Toffee
Color: Dark amber
Finish: Long and warming

Don't pass this one up and if you want to treat yourself, this is a good choice.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Head Count

The world is waiting to see if Saudi Arabia will execute it's first Saudi woman for the crime of political protest. Back in August the court recommended execution for Isra al-Ghomghan. She has been jailed for 3 years for political protest. A final decision will be sent down in October.

The Kingdom executed a woman in 2016 but it was for murder of a child and she was Ethiopian.

Just because they gave women the right to drive doesn't mean they will allow free speech.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Crawfish Disaster?

Seems that Michigan is having a problem with Louisiana crawfish. I'm a little surprised that they can survive up there given the ground freezing. Instead of spending money to eradicate them, they should grant fishing licenses for Cajuns to trap them.


Friday, August 3, 2018

Head Count

Saudi Arabia played catch up after Ramadan and beheaded 23 men. This jumps their year to date total to 76, the number of trombones that lead the big parade.

In other execution news, Japan hung the leader and 12 members of Aum Shinrinkyo, the cult that did the sarin attack on the subway.