Originally, I had intended to write a post titled “The Rose Bowl Blinked, Good For The Rose Bowl” about that “institution” finally accepting reality and backing off its ridiculous demands for guaranteeing its usual time and date in any future contract for an expanded college football playoff. That’s old news by now and recent events here have made that less significant.
On Friday night (Saturday morning, really, as it was 3 AM) I had to be taken to the ER. Long story short, I have been diagnosed with pancreatitis. With a family history of pancreatic cancer, any condition involving my pancreas is scary as hell. (By the way, kudos to the hospital for the relatively swift manner in which it took care of my case. In addition, the ER doctor and all of the nurses could not have been more pleasant. Yes, the doctor said to me, “You’re one of us, aren’t you?” Let me pat myself on the back, I need it right now.)
Since neither of the two most common causes apply to me (gall stones, alcohol consumption), I am forced into a bland diet of egg whites, clear broth, milk without its usual fat content, etc. The really frustrating part is that most of the foods on the verboten list are items I don’t consume, anyway. However, having to avoid pizza and the occasional donut is very depressing.
I feel much worse than the results of blood work and CT scans would suggest. Many of my symptoms don’t really fit pancreatitis, either, especially in terms of the physical location of those symptoms. My primary care physician and I have to have a long discussion about possible causes, which might include the huge daily dose of Metformin ER I take to manage my blood sugar. I have a hard time thinking it’s a case of idiopathic pancreatitis, meaning of no discernible cause. On an episode of House, MD, the lead character–Dr. Gregory House–once remarked, “Idiopathic, from the Latin meaning we’re idiots because we can’t figure out what’s causing it.”
Wish me luck because I am going to need it; the good kind, I’ve had enough of the other type.
Speaking of medical shows, my pronouncement in Well, It Worked is no longer relevant. After being able to watch the first eight episodes of season three of Transplant by using my VPN to log in to a Canadian server, CTV is now requiring logging in to its website with relevant credentials to watch any additional episodes. Since I live in the US, I don’t–and can’t–have such credentials. (It appears that people in Canada also have to log in, which makes sense since the CTV website “thinks” I am in Canada.)
I can only hope that some time after season three ends that CTV will relax its log in requirements. If Transplant returns for season four, will the same thing happen and I can only watch the first x episodes? I will never watch another prime-time show on NBC. They will not air this highly awarded show anymore, but continue to air shit like American Ninja Warrior. Also, shame on the parochialism of American TV viewers who don’t want to watch a show not set in the US.
Wish I had some fresh automotive content. I did not watch too much of the Mecum auction from Kansas City. I guess I can still watch it via the MotorTrend app and my subscription, but that failed last week as well. It was only after many emails to/from their support group that the app worked again.
A car like this was offered and sold at the auction that took place December 1-3.
Obviously from Jax Sports Cars, this is a picture of a 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP in Sly, which is Gray for the rest of us. Once again, Mecum does not allow online photos of current and recent lots to be captured.
Because the car is more than ten years old, it was sold as mileage exempt. The odometer read 36,667 miles, but–of course–could have meant 136,667. It sold all in for $12,650.
I don’t think I would buy any car with 100,000+ miles, at least not knowingly. Well, maybe I might buy an old Studebaker or Packard that had such mileage, but such a car would have to have been freshened or acquired at a price that would enable me to restomod it. What do you know? I had some “fresh” automotive content, after all.
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