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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Random Saturday Notes -- Raining here, on a cool, fall morning. Winter's almost here.

* Took Lora to see Michael Clayton last night. The theater was packed and we had to sit too close to the screen for my complete comfort, but other than that, it was a great movie and well worth the four stars Roger Ebert gave it. It's a perfect showcase for George Clooney's gifts as an actor and doesn't have the flaws of Syriana or Good Night and Good Luck. It's a somewhat complex narrative, comprehensible but you have to pay attention. Clooney plays an attorney tasked by his prestigious law firm with cleaning up messes (kind of like Harvey Keitel's Winston Wolf in Pulp Fiction, but with different -- not necessarily better -- ethics). Anyway, it made for a good night at the movies, something we almost never do anymore.

* I'm having a CAT scan next week. I'm sure it's painless and relatively non-invasive, but I am not looking forward to it at all. And yes, this means my recent health issues are unresolved, although I feel mostly fine at the moment. But my doctor wants to get to the bottom of the issues that have recurred over the past few months, which may or may not be related to my diabetes. Anyway, if you're any good at wishing, wish me luck. I'd really like this ongoing expense, discomfort and distraction to be resolved.

* Finished Carlucci, an omnibus collecting a trilogy of police-procedural prose novels set in the near future, by Richard Paul Russo. I don't read too many prose novels anymore, but this one caught my eye at the library and paid off big. Russo's somewhat cynical humanism and obvious interest in character- and world-building made for a dense, rewarding read. I have two of his other books out from the library at the moment, but they'll probably have to get in line behind the new Charles Schulz biography. That's next in the stack after I finish Bryan Talbot's Alice in Sunderland, which was recommended to me by Rob Vollmar.

* I've been listening a lot lately to Pandora, the online free music service that plays "radio stations" you create with your own tastes. In fact, I'm listening to it now. I always thought Sarah McLachlan's "Building a Mystery" sounded a lot like old-school Stevie Nicks, and here it is playing on my Fleetwood Mac station. Neat.

* Thanks for Bruce Baugh for sending a thoughtful e-mail to me this morning, and for a comment new reader John posted to a preceding post. Both were nice to wake up to, and made my day. Thanks a lot, guys.


Blogger Johanna said...

Good luck! I'm sure everything will be fine.

27 October, 2007 09:48  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

Thanks, Johanna, much appreciated!

27 October, 2007 10:18  
Blogger CHunter said...


There's nothing invasive about a CAT scan. At most, they may want you to drink some contrast before the scan.

It's very similar to an X-ray. It just takes pictures of your insides and is painless.

Good luck with it all, bro. I hate that this is happening to you and I want it resolved for your sake as well.

27 October, 2007 13:35  
Blogger Tim said...

I believe Johanna said it best when she said: "Good luck".

Please keep us posted.

28 October, 2007 20:25  

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