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05/21/19 02:16 PM #5412    

 

David Mitchell

Snow?

Is that some sort of airborne pine pollen layering the ground?

Does it stik to your windshield and gum up the wipers?

Does it form a green scum on the surface of puddles and ponds?

Does it cause a reaction in the sinuses?


05/21/19 08:19 PM #5413    

 

Michael McLeod


05/22/19 10:58 AM #5414    

 

Michael McLeod

Oops I meant to explain that weird photo above.

This is a teaser and a reminder that I have not forgotten my promise to illustrate my adventures in Florida landscaping. Both that vine-like plant climbing up the palm tree near my swimming pool and the weird cactus-like potted plant beneath it are varieties of night-blooming cereus. They are homely by day and glorious by night -- briefly. The blooms are starlit and stealthy, exotic and fragrant and romantic and fleeting, crumpling in the first rays of dawn like Cinderella's pumpkin-turned-coach-turned pumpkin again.

These plants are quite the phenomenon down here, a longstanding old south tradition I have embraced. There is even a facebook page with a list of places you can go -- private homes and parks - to see them during blooming season. One big oak tree in particular that is on a street corner in an old neighborhood close to me is wrapped in a vine from trunk to crown. Hundreds of blooms overtake it for about a two week period. It's a fairyland sight, looking like something one of the theme parks down here in Orlando spent zilliions to conjure up. But it's just mother nature kicking ass.

If you look closely at the potted plant in the photo you can see little white fuzz-balls on the vines. Those turn into moonlit blooms. Soon, now.

I'll post pictures when the time comes.

Jim: our time zones and our homefront scenery, much like our political views, reflect a yawning divide, eh wot? I will say, however - I like Trump's China strategy. You asked for one of us liberal snowflakes to say something nice about him. Well there you go. 


05/22/19 12:40 PM #5415    

 

David Mitchell

Boy howdy!

Ya give these English Majors a inch and they go off on ya for a mile. 

Ya could'a jist said sumpin' like, "See these here pritty plants? They are growing in my back yard"But nooo. Ya gotta give chapter and verse. I'm suprizzed ya didn't give the latin names. 

(And notice how causally he slips in that he has a pool - and by contrast - "the rest of us don't!")


05/22/19 12:48 PM #5416    

 

David Mitchell

Jim,

A foot down in Colorado Springs? And 6 inches in Denver? Wow?

Is Arapaho Basin still open?

 

 


05/22/19 04:00 PM #5417    

 

Michael McLeod

As I recall, Dave, you rather enjoyed scarfing down a proffered poolside pizza during your Florida swing. 

And this.....this is the thanks I get?

I just wish I could find a nun to give you a proper lecture.


05/22/19 04:45 PM #5418    

 

David Mitchell

Okay, okay Mike, you got me buddy.

But listen, I still have a piece of that pizza that you let me take home in my fridge if you want it back. That's only been about 7 months. I think I can scrape off most of those tiny little things crawling around inside the cellophane bag that I wrapped it in. 


05/22/19 06:15 PM #5419    

 

David Mitchell

Here's a little video that Tim and Jim and I have been putting together for a quiet spell on the Forum. We shot it around Mike's back yard pool while he was going out to get pizza for the film crew.

Sorry, but we decided not to film this one with fireworks shooting out of her boobs (again). The insurance rates would have been sky high if we had. 

 

 

 

 

 

 




05/22/19 10:11 PM #5420    

 

James Hamilton, M. D.

Mike,

You have a wildly beautiful yard, much like some of the professors I knew at OSU back in the '60's. It looks like it would also be hauntingly protective at night. That octopus in the left lower corner, the palm tree being attacked by the vines in the center and that sword like yucca in the lower right would deter or maim any nocturnal two or four legged creatures. With that foliage who need ADT?

Thanks for posting!

Jim

05/23/19 11:58 AM #5421    

 

Lawrence Foster

Couple of things:

First:  Sister Antonio's brother John McGovern.  John did go to a high school in Prairie du Chien, WI -  Campion HS.  After graduating from Notre Dame he went to Chicago and was doing social work while working on his master's at DePaul Univ.  I visited with him a couple times in the early 1970s.  We went to a Cubs game one afternoon in August 1971 and saw Tom Seaver of the Mets shagging flies in the outfield before the game.  Seaver did not pitch in that game.  But in the 6th or 7th inning the Cubs sent up Ernie Banks as a pinch hitter.  He hit a home run off relief pitcher Tug McGraw.  It turned out to be the next to last home run Banks ever hit, #511.    Later John was in the Golden, Colorado area running a boy's home in his social work/counseling field.  He and his wife had 3 children.  I went to his father's funeral in the late 90's up in Delaware, Ohio.  We had a good visit.  Mary Ann (Sister Antonio) had left the convent and was married with children and it was a good reunion with her also.  His parents are buried within 50-75 yards of mine.  John's mother, Mildred, and my father were high school classmates at St. Mary's HS in Delaware.   I too have lost contact with him but who knows, maybe I'll start digging around. 

Second:  My daughter helped a friend operate this year's American Odyssey Relay (AOR) 200 mile relay run/race from Gettysburg, PA to Washington, DC  (https://americanodysseyrelay.com/#home).  Back in December when I was laid up from some foot surgery she was home and asked me if I could design some images that could be used as medals for the runners who complete the race.  The AOR uses an online royalty-free image of "Freddy the Flamingo" as their mascot.  So taking that image and looking at the route that would be run I did 5 pencil sketches of locations that the runners would go through.   The committee selected one of them for the t-shirt and one for the medal.   The images are of Freddy at the Fairview, PA covered bridge and crossing the Mason-Dixon line.  Below are the 2 sketches and then the final products that the computer graphics folks created.  I received these as a thank you from the committee.  There is no way I could ever run any part of that race.  I do get on an elliptical a couple times a week but that is all.

 

   

 


05/23/19 12:14 PM #5422    

 

Michael McLeod

Dave: hang onto the pizza slice and bring it with you when you return as it can double as a surf board.

Jim: That "yukka" plant you mention - I have no idea what to call it - is not nearly as dangerous as some of the plants I have whose further reaches come to a fierce, hypodermic needle point and I mean a point that can puncture you if you so much as look at them crosseyed. 

Always interesting to me that the principles of evolution are in play just as surely among plants as they are in the animal kingdom

 


05/23/19 12:32 PM #5423    

Timothy Lavelle

Larry,

GREAT job man. Great job! Proud of your talent and efforts.


05/23/19 12:50 PM #5424    

 

David Mitchell

Larry,

This is uncanny! I went to bed last night thinking we haven't seen any 'Foster on the Forum' lately. Almost wrote that before I caved in.

Nice honor to be selected for the medal.

My memory of Sister Amotonio is getting clearer - what she looked like and that she was rather kind, soft spoken, and gentle. And rather tall.

 

BTW, I grew up a Cubs fan solely because of Ernie ('Mr. Cub') Banks - my all-time favorite player. I believe his roomate in the "Negro Leagues" (with the Kansa City Monarchs) was the famous Country Western singer, Country Charlie Pride. He was the first Black player ever signed by the Cubs. 

Back in 1969, when the Cubs had finally blown that huge lead over the Phillies and the Mets (the 'Miracle Mets'), I was in a Huey cockpit out over the Cambodian border, finishing a sortie and turning back for re-fueling. During short breaks we would sometimes sneak a momentary flip on our FM radio over to AFVN Radio (the armed forces station in Saigon) - with a DJ playing records, and so on.

At that moment we caught the sports news, and they were saying that the Cubs had late season swoon had finally mathematically eliminated from the Pennant race. Sounds silly, but I was so upset, I started to cry a little and pulled my helmet visor down so my co-pilot could not see that I was crying. I never forgave the Wrigley family for not being able - with all their money -  to "buy" Ernie one single Pennant in his career, which spanned about 17 seasons. And even more upsetting, they only paid him a grand total of about $400,000 over his entire carreer!

p.s. I think he played for the Harlem Globetrotters for one season while he was in the Army. 


05/23/19 01:05 PM #5425    

 

James Hamilton, M. D.

Larry,

Congratulations! What an honor to have your artwork on a T-shirt and a medal for so many to wear and see. You have talent!

 

Dave,

You asked about A-Basin. I am not a skier, but on the news last night it was reported that Arapahoe and Breckenridge ski areas will remain open until "at least" 9 June. The snow pack in the high country this year was about 147% of the average normal depth. And the spring snows are not yet over. Good for skiers and reservoirs! Bad for Trail Ridge Road which will not open this Memorial Day weekend.

 

Jim


05/23/19 01:23 PM #5426    

 

Mark Schweickart

Larry – It must be very gratifying to see your sketches morph into t-shirt art and medallion art. Let me second, Tim's "Great job,man" comment.

Although, before letting Tim's compliments go to your head, please consider that there might be another, slightly more narcissistic reason Tim reacted the way he did to your drawing. I might be wrong, but it strikes me that your long, skinny-legged character with its big nose supporting hipper-than-thou sunglasses, and conveying a secret desire to stride through life as if he were a ballerina in toe-shoes reminds me of someone – our very own denizen of the deep Northwest, who, I am told, is considered by locals to be a premiere example of a "long-legged LaVelle" (except when said "long legs" gets discombobulatingly fractured in lawn-tractor accidents).


05/23/19 08:09 PM #5427    

Timothy Lavelle

I've always hoped that someone who liked me...maybe even respected me...would someday come up to me and say, "You're smoking too much of that $hit." 

But since they never have...

Mark, You're smoking too much of that $hit!


05/24/19 11:17 AM #5428    

Timothy Lavelle

O well, if every joke was a killer, everyone would be a clown...


05/24/19 12:42 PM #5429    

 

Lawrence Foster

Tim, Dave, Jim, Mark, and those who sent me direct emails:  Thank you all for your kind words about the art work.  Like Mark noted I was really flattered when they accepted not one but two of the images for their runners.  My daughter said that they are considering using 2 of the other 3 for next year's run so it may happen again!

Now, Mark, the idea of a long-legged Lavelle really cracked me up.  I suppose that some mythological creature like that would be seen more often than Sasquatch.   You know, an idea for a short story just came to me.  What if there was a legendary creature called the long-legged Lavelle that seemed to haunt the dark areas of the Wahalla Run in Clintonville?  And back in 1962 the only way you could be sure of not being harmed by it when walking in the area after dark was to leave a six-pack of red-capped 3.2 cold beer bottles for it.  And what if a bunch of 8th grade girls and boys decided to go looking for it one summer night after leaving the Olympic Pool telling their parents they were spending the night at either Bob Berkemer's or Donna Kelly's house?   Hmmm.   

Dave for you:  Addition to the Ernie Banks story.    I looked up the data on the home run and it was not in August but rather on July 21, 1971.  Sorry for the error.  And now, the rest of the story...

The Cubs did not have lights to play any night games back then.  Also no alcohol was sold in the park.  You could not buy a beer.  But, and this is where it gets weird, you could bring in your own beer if it was not in a bottle or a can.  That is not easy to do.  One of John's roommates had bought quite a few cases of beer real cheap from a distributor going out of business.  Probably it was Weideman's Beer (sometimes known as eagle piss).  The guys would buy milk in plastic gallon containers which were becoming relatively more common and they saved the containers for this purpose.  So we very slowly each filled up two one gallon containers of beer.  We did it slow so as to get more beer and less of the head.   Around 11:30 that morning we were already pretty "wound up" and we each took our two gallons of beer and got on the El and went to Wrigley for the game.  I am sure that the other riders on the train recognized that were were medical students taking urine samples to the lab rather than just a bunch of drunk kids going to the ball game.    

Okay, I'll sign off for now.  


05/24/19 01:53 PM #5430    

 

Michael McLeod

Not to lead us into choppy conversational waters, but I was darkly bemused, and not for the first time, when I saw this line in a news story about the Brits and realized it could just as easily apply to us. 

 

Its populace is poisonously divided, its two venerable parties are gravely damaged.

 

 


05/24/19 02:25 PM #5431    

 

Mark Schweickart

Tim – It is because I love and respect you, especially for your sense of humor, that I thought you would enjoy my attempt to deliver a goofy take on Larry's drawings, even if it were done from well out of left field, and unfortuantley for you, at your expense. But as is the case for anyone who attempts to be funny, one has to be prepared to be heckled when the jokes don't land. Therefore, good sir, please know that I consider myself duly heckled. Point taken. (But you have to admit that Larry's ostrich does  appear to be striding on point like a ballerina, does it not?)


05/24/19 03:43 PM #5432    

 

Michael McLeod

actually, mark, I think you have to be prepared to get heckled around here for no particular reason.

Hey saw a great documentary last night -- "the biggest little farm."

Incredible story, incredible filmmaking achievement.

 


05/25/19 02:07 AM #5433    

 

David Mitchell

Larry,

I think your story about the beer on the El is a great one.  Even better than the big foot idea.

Also, It has been said that since Wrigley field had no lights (in those days), and all games were played in the heat of the day, it shortened Ernie Bank's carreer. I have heard that the temperature down on the infield in hot summer days gets to be around 140 degrees (worse on astro turf). That would kill me, let alone tire the players out.

 


05/25/19 11:48 AM #5434    

 

Mark Schweickart

Larry, your beer at the stadium story reminds me of a David Sedaris story I read many years ago in which he explained how he tried out the latest in beer paraphenalia called the Stadium Buddy. It essentially was a catheter arrangememnt with the collecting bag neatly attached with straps and discreetly worn along the side of one's calf (discreetly that is, as long as one wasn't wearing shorts). If you had had one of those that day, you would have never missed a moment of the game due to those pesky interrupting trips to the john, and instead you could have enjoyed milk-jug after milk jug of Weideman's. Of course, then no doubt, you wouldn't have been able to focus on the game either.


05/25/19 11:34 PM #5435    

 

Linda Weiner (Bennett)

Dr. Jim,

 

Not to appear controversial, I would like to respond to your post on Celiac Disease, if I may. "Here is your Post #4999:  "Gluten disease -Celiac Disease - is actually quite rare and requires antibody and/or biopsy to make a true diagnosis. Currently there are way too many individuals (lots of millennials) who think they are gluten intolerant and thus the grocery aisles are packed with gluten free food. IMHO most of it is overpriced, overhyped and tastes terrible. I also feel that modern farming techniques, which produces a lot of gluten, have fed a lot of the world and saved many people from starvation. Some of those who claim gluten "sensitivity" just got a little flatulent from something they consumed"

 

My response: 

Although it has become a fad to go gluten free, and I'm sure some make claims of gluten intolerance after some flatulence, the actual number of folks with Celiac Disease (an autoimmune disorder) appears to be more prevalent than we realize.  Most do not know that they have this disease. 1 in 133 are known to have it, but it is believed that many remain undiagnosed.

 

I am one of those who had no classic Celiac Disease symptoms except lots of belching. It was discovered after an endoscopy revealed some flattening in small intestine. What a shocker to find the antibody test and biopsy returned positive results.

 

How many others have this disease but will have no clue until it's inadvertently discovered during endoscopy procedure or some other test? Some sources believe the undiagnosed is as high as 80% or more!  (Also, others, do have gluten intolerance that is different from Celiac.)

 

Jim, I don't mean to pick on you because I realize that years ago very little was known about this. My 1990-something nursing college text book had one paragraph about Celiac Sprue Disease!

 

BTW, gluten-free foods get a bad rap, but many delicious items made from dozens of other flours are on the market. The reason, in part, for the high cost is that truly gluten-free baking must be done in a special environment free of wheat, barley, rye and oat products.

 

I know this may be more than most of you want to know, so I will stop here since there is much available info on internet. Maybe it will help someone in the long run though. 😉

 

Blessings.


05/26/19 03:54 AM #5436    

 

James Hamilton, M. D.

Linda,

You make a good point, one which I meant to imply in my post #4999, that in a patient who has certain symptoms - particularly recurrent or ongoing ones - a diagnosis should be made or ruled out by appropriate testing. Gluten restrictive diets can be difficult to follow and be life style altering. To those who need them they can be life saving. Unfortunately when a diet is overly promoted to the general public by food companies or others outside of a certain knowledge base, then many who don't require it may be adversely affected. This has happened in the past with other diets.

As an autoimmune disease, Celiac can affect other tissues and systems in the body besides the gut, something of which I am sure you are aware. Your incidence statistic of 1 in 133 is correct and even higher in certain populations (Italians). In today's modern medical world, there are several antibodies as well as genetic testing that can help rule in or rule out celiac disease in addition to the small bowel biopsy. Unlike other autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac Disease has its major therapy avoidance of a substance, gluten. What triggers the other autoimmune conditions are unknown but exposure to some viruses, bacteria or, who knows, even foods may be culprits.

The bottom line here is that a diagnosis should precede the treatment, most certainly if it involves a life long commitment.

Thanks for your post and your insight from that of a patient and someone with health care knowledge!

Jim

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