Alexander the Great

Me versus Jury Duty

I was called for jury duty this week. Or rather, I wasn't called.

They have a system where they call a bunch of people in for a particular week, and these people are separated into groups. Then, the night before, you're supposed to call in (they have a website, too) to see if your group needs to show up the next day.

So each day this week I called in (or checked the website, it even works from my phone) and they told me my presence was not required. 5-for-5, whoo hoo! In fact, this week, only about 1/3 of the groups were required to show up.

The last time I had jury duty, I actually was picked for and served on the jury. This was back in 2004, and it was a car accident case. The best thing about it was three paid days off from work.

No such luck for me this time. Oh well.
Alexander the Great

Me versus Street Fairs

So I've been slacking on blogging. So sue me.

My days have been pretty slacktastic: day trading and taking care of my mom (giving her medicine, making sure she's hydrated) during the day. Video games and TV at night. Boring.

But it's June already, and in San Francisco that means it's street fair season. From now on through the summer, most if not every weekend there will be a street fair somewhere.

I've mentioned this before, but I hate parades, street fairs, marathons, and anything that blocks up the streets and makes it harder for me to get where I want to go. Now, since I haven't really been going anywhere lately, this hasn't been much of a problem. But this weekend is different.

That's right, the street fair is coming to my block.

Hate, hate, hate.
Alexander the Great

Two weeks?

It's been two weeks since I wrote here last? Yeesh. Well, I haven't actually done that much to write about. Mom's home from the hospital, so the daily routine requires a lot less travel. Other than that, nothing to write home about, so to speak.

Not much news about me, so I'll pass on some interesting stuff I've picked up over the last couple of weeks:

Giant spider leaving SF. We'll miss him. Or her. It. Whatever.

Giants are having a Star Trek Night on April 27. I'm sorely tempted.

Dustin Pedroia is a jerk.

The Brewers' RF is named Corey Hart.

(If you followed me on Twitter, you'd have read all this already. :) It's much easier for me to type out a line or two on the phone every once in a while than write up a few paragraphs a couple of times a week.)
Alex Trebek

Safe at home

Mom made it home safely this afternoon. Yesterday the bed was delivered (the air pump was defective, so a new one was delivered this morning).

She's not out of the woods yet, she still has a fair amount of healing left and she's still mostly bedridden, but still it's great to have her home.
Alexander the Great

I was right the first time

I was right the first time, mom is coming home on Friday. Yesterday they said it was going to be Thursday (tomorrow), but they changed it due to the delivery of the bed and other equipment; that's coming tomorrow.
Alexander the Great

Homeward bound...?

This last week my mom was cleared to start physical therapy. She's quite weak due to being bedridden for the last 7 weeks or so, so even just sitting in a wheelchair for an hour gets her tired out.

Talked to the doctor today, he said mom is medically cleared to leave the nursing facility. She still needs to work on getting stronger, but everything has healed nicely. The release date is this Friday, assuming we get all the preparations done.

So now we have 3 days to remodel her and my dad's bedroom, and get all the equipment ready. But that's ok, I'll live with that.

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Alexander the Great

Change comes from within

Hmm, haven't written in over a week. Probably because not much has changed in the last week. Still feeding my mom breakfast every day, still spending hours each day at the nursing facility.

Because she's healing from a bedsore, the nurse has to shift her position every two hours. Pretty much impossible for her to get an extended period of rest.

Me, I picked up some manga at Kinokuniya to pass the time. Been a while since I've read Japanese, so I'm taking it slowly.
Alexander the Great

More Miscellany

Mom is recovering from the latest surgery, which was to close up the wounds. Talked to the doctor today, he said things are healing well and things are on track to get her home before the end of the month.

She's back on solid foods now, too. It's a little surreal for me to feed my mom breakfast, but that's what I did this morning. My dad gets lunch and dinner duty.

Otherwise, I've been semi-passively watching the market crash. Yesterday there was a "sucker's rally" where prices went up a bit, then resumed going down hard today. Sigh. So hard to be optimistic these days.
Alexander the Great

Optimism is good

Talked to the doctor this evening. He said my mom is doing much better now, and she's strong enough to have surgery to close up the bedsore wound tomorrow morning.

She's going to need general anesthetic and a breathing tube again. Last time it took almost a week to get the breathing tube out, since my mom's trachea is a bit constricted due to a past tracheotomy. So I joked with her, "If you have anything to say, say it today." She made a face at me.

Optimistic case is that if recovery goes as planned, she'll be home in about 2 weeks. I can live with that. Optimism is good.

Can't say I'm glad this is happening, but I am kinda glad I'm home in SF while it's happening. It would suck being half a world away.

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Alexander the Great

Misc. trivialities

- The 5 most-used apps on my iPhone:

1. New York Times
2. TwitterFon (yes, I do have a Twitter account)
3. Enjoy Sudoku
4. iSports (mainly for the daily trivia questions)
5. Shazam, for those problematic "name that tune" moments on the radio.

Honorable mention to Bloomberg, USA Today, and Sportacular. I got some iTunes Store gift cards for my birthday so I'll look into actually getting something nonfree soon.

- I found out today that the API Legal Outreach trivia contest is on March 28 this year. I haven't participated since 2005, so this year the Jedi Mind Tricks (team name picked through trial and much error over the years) should be making a comeback.

- I tried watching the first episode of Dollhouse on hulu, and I wasn't terribly impressed. Not sure how many more chances I'll give it. Eliza Dushku is easy on the eyes, at least.

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