weird weird day…

July 5, 2010 at 16:59 (Uncategorized)

back home in Santa Clara County—good

not good–smoke from someone deciding that torching a main building of a K-5 was a valuable exercise.  This is one of my favorite areas of San Jose along with being near the RoseGarden Library branch.

downright weird–one of the requisites to my treatment is getting blood drawn.  Since I traditionally only use a small part of this hospital complex (which is closed due to the holiday), I got lost.  One of the lovely volunteers decided to escort me (bless her heart–one thing I can say about this complex–they are UBER helpful).  Once I got there, I had to rifle through my notebook to find the paperwork (that took a good 10 minutes–grrr).

After I gave them all of my administrivia, I was led in to a familiar chair and there were two lab techs talking to each other.

“Dude, I don’t know where she went, I think I made her cry” came out of the one who was going to be poking me with a lancet…please note that he looked like someone you’d find in “Swingers”…

Name?

I answer

nice name.  Birthdate?

I answer that too

Then “is there something I should worry about since you make people cry?”

“no, you have a nice vein”

My standard answer is usually “yeah, no one has missed yet—thanks, Mom!” but I decided that I’m not giving this character ANY ammo.

The lancet goes in and this dude is SMOOTH.  We’re talking 25 year old scotch SMOOTH.

“I didn’t even feel that—excellent work”

5 minutes later (including the 2 minutes I spend in the chair applying pressure to my right arm), I’m outta there and ready to tackle the maze again….He’s still talking about that vanishing patient….

Rather than going the way I came in, I decided to go back through the “Old Main Building”.  The elevator looks like it was built in the 40s, but was quite functional.  I then walked through a maze of administrative buildings to the “Women’s Hospital”.  I learned a lot on my air conditioned journey—1)  It is against California law to walk into a neonatal unit unless you have business there and 2) husbands/partners do not count as visitors.  3) FOLLOW the SIGNS in any hospital and 4) At least it wasn’t UCSF.  I might have had to take 4 Muni buses to get where I needed to go.

I did end up walking a bit further, but it was such a lovely day (and the quiet was nice versus the usual hustle/bustle that goes on there.  I get to go back there tomorrow, but from now on, I’m going to try to schedule everything in the one little confined area.

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Why a blog on WP? Why now?

April 10, 2010 at 17:47 (Uncategorized)

Aloha…

There are several topics that I didn’t want to LiveJournal about at this time.  So, I’ve decided to try this out and see what happens.  I also need to update my old Surfari page.

One is local and wouldn’t be of much interest to my LJ friends.

Santa Clara’s Measure J.

Three Santa Clara students, one strategically wearing a Santa Clara sweatshirt, came to my door today asking me how I felt about the measure.

I kindly asked them to go away and added a comment about their signage.  One student had the temerity to ask if I was going to vote yes or no?  I didn’t give him the pleasure of an answer since he obviously didn’t understand “if you put a Yes on J sign on my lawn it shall be burned”.

This is not the first visit by the whitewashed 49er effort to get votes.  There are now four such signs on my Santa Clara street, and I have counted 20 in my neighborhood.  I am not sure how much my neighbors were paid or what type of Kool-Aid they drank.   If the Yes on J people keep sending me garbage AND/OR bringing people knocking on my door, I am going to vote “no” despite any potential changes and start being more vociferous about my reasons for doing so.

1)      I’m NOT an anti-football geekette.  I enjoy watching football, baseball, basketball, AND hockey.  My closet is proof enough.

2)      I WAS for the measure when there was only 112 million outlay by the City of Santa Clara.  That figure seems to keep increasing and that alarms me—along with point #4

3)      No permanent jobs are going to be generated by this project that will enhance the Mission City–they’d be better off mowing down a couple of old circa 1965 shopping centers and sticking a Walmart on the premises.

4)      No one has addressed the issue of 101 north access (that I’ve seen).  Getting off the freeway at Great America Parkway is fun during non-rush hours ANYWAY due to the traffic coming on at San Tomas/Montague Expressway.  Closing it on game days is not necessarily an option.

5)     I enjoy the many benefits of living in a safe city where the city employees treat people with respect, courtesy and promptness.  I enjoy the municipal utility that is threatened by this measure.  Why not stick to what has worked and continues TO work?

6)     I have one phrase for the City of Santa Clara to look at “the mausoleum that Al built”.  I remember when Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum was a great place to see a ballgame.  Now, it’s a mess.  Santa Clarans do not need this type of albatross.

Please look past the light blue and gold signs that are multiplying faster than the national deficit.  Leave the 49ers at Candlestick Point for a few more years—and let’s find better ways for Santa Clara to shine.

MLD

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