My favorite songs from 1997

Posted: October 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

In 1997 I moved into a townhouse with strangers, my two-and-a-half year relationship well and truly over. I stayed in that townhouse, in Guelph, throughout the summer even though I had graduated. I wasn’t sure what I would do with my life. This particular summer may have been the low point of my adult life. In fact, it absolutely was. Miserable over the loss of the girl (regardless of how well it turned out for me), living in a townhouse in a city where all of my close friends had left except for one, and holding a Degree in Stats while not finding a job in that field and instead working two near-minimum wage paying jobs. Delivery driver, and counter guy in the music section at Zellers. I was a delivery driver in a ratty-old pickup truck that I could hardly afford to fill up with gas. In fact, I don’t think I ever “filled up”.

The Zellers job was horrible. I felt so demeaned. I felt as though I was treated poorly and that all of the students in that job were 18 or 19 whereas I was 23. But at least I was in the Entertainment area and got to pick the music. The delivery job was fun in the sense that I heard nothing but music for six hours every Friday and I think Tuesday was the other day. But the pay was shit – worked out to just a tad less than minimum wage, and by the time you paid for gas it was barely two-thirds minimum wage. And I’m including tips with that statement. This is why I always tip delivery drivers handsomely, even if there is a “delivery fee” charged.

On those delivery nights, I remember listening to the Edge. Our Lady Peace came out with an album and Clumsy and Superman’s Dead got a lot of play, as did The Offspring’s new one (Gone Away), and Tea Party’s Temptation. Song 2 and Drinking in LA also reminds me of those nights. My trips to London to hang out with my friends and family, I have memories of Bitter Sweet Symphony, and anything by Third Eye Blind, as well as All For You (Sister Hazel) and of course Tubthumping.

In the end, in December, I made the decision to return to school. I had to get out of the tailspin and going back to school would give me two things. First, it would give me money because I could get back into student loans (yay more debt!). Second, it would give me my friends – because I would go to school in London. I rushed everything together and moved to London at the start of January, 1998. Another interesting year in music for me because – well, that’s coming up next time…

 

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It all depends on mood and situation. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

1- Awesome 4 AM Our Lady Peace
1- Awesome Superman’s Dead Our Lady Peace
1- Awesome Paranoid Android Radiohead
1- Awesome Bitter Sweet Symphony The Verve
1- Awesome Lucky Man The Verve
Awesome – 6 What’s This Life For Creed
Awesome – 6 Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day
Awesome – 6 All Around The World Oasis
Awesome – 6 Karma Police Radiohead
Awesome – 6 Temptation Tea Party
Awesome – 6 How’s It Going to Be Third Eye Blind
Great – 12 Blame Collective Soul
Great – 12 My Own Prison Creed
Great – 12 Everlong Foo Fighters
Great – 12 Gone Away The Offspring
Great – 12 Jumper Third Eye Blind
Great – 17 Drinking in L.A. Bran Van 3000
Great – 17 Monkey Wrench Foo Fighters
Great – 17 Lakini’s Juice Live
Great – 17 Gasoline Moist
Great – 17 Clumsy Our Lady Peace
Great – 17 Song 2 Blur
Great – 17 Tubthumping Chumbawamba
Great – 17 All For You Sister Hazel
Great – 17 It’s Your Love Tim McGraw
Great – 17 Your Woman White Town
Great – 17 Mouth Bush
Great – 17 I Will Survive Cake
Great – 17 Listen Collective Soul
Great – 17 Brimful Of Asha Cornershop
Great – 17 My Hero Foo Fighters
Great – 17 Flagpole Sitta Harvey Danger
Great – 17 Tangerine Moist
Great – 17 Automatic Flowers Our Lady Peace
Great – 17 You’re Still the One Shania Twain
Great – 17 Someone Who’s Cool The Odds
Great – 17 Semi-Charmed Life Third Eye Blind
Pretty Good – 38 Cold Contagious Bush
Pretty Good – 38 When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down) Great Big Sea
Pretty Good – 38 Ordinary Day Great Big Sea
Pretty Good – 38 Cubically Contained Headstones
Pretty Good – 38 Blue On Black Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Pretty Good – 38 Real World Matchbox Twenty
Pretty Good – 38 Resurrection Moist
Pretty Good – 38 Don’t Go Away Oasis
Pretty Good – 38 From This Moment On Shania Twain
Pretty Good – 38 Kiss Me Sixpence None the Richer
Pretty Good – 38 Fly Sugar Ray
Pretty Good – 38 Surrounded Chantal Kreviazuk
Pretty Good – 38 Hey, Johnny Park! Foo Fighters
Pretty Good – 38 Hitchin’ A Ride Green Day
Pretty Good – 38 Torn Natalie Imbruglia
Pretty Good – 38 Never Ever All Saints
Pretty Good – 38 Man! I Feel Like a Woman! Shania Twain
Pretty Good – 38 Walkin’ on the Sun Smash Mouth
Pretty Good – 38 Release Tea Party
Pretty Good – 57 Brick Ben Folds Five
Pretty Good – 57 If I Had My Way Big Sugar
Pretty Good – 57 Precious Declaration Collective Soul
Pretty Good – 57 I Will Buy You A New Life Everclear
Pretty Good – 57 Walking After You Foo Fighters
Pretty Good – 57 The Grouch Green Day
Pretty Good – 57 Sex and Candy Marcy Playground
Pretty Good – 57 Bitch Meredith Brooks
Pretty Good – 57 D’you Know What I Mean Oasis
Pretty Good – 57 Empty Cell Rusty
Pretty Good – 57 Angel Sarah McLachlan
Pretty Good – 57 There She Goes Sixpence None the Richer
Pretty Good – 57 Mo Money Mo Problems The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 70 Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees) Aerosmith
Not Bad – 70 Pink Aerosmith
Not Bad – 70 Remote Control Age of Electric
Not Bad – 70 Woke Up This Morning Alabama 3
Not Bad – 70 Barbie Girl Aqua
Not Bad – 70 All That You Are Econoline Crush
Not Bad – 70 Father of Mine Everclear
Not Bad – 70 Raspberry I Mother Earth
Not Bad – 70 Elegantly Wasted INXS
Not Bad – 70 Hush Kula Shaker
Not Bad – 70 Father LL Cool J
Not Bad – 70 The Perfect Drug Nine Inch Nails
Not Bad – 70 Carnival Our Lady Peace
Not Bad – 70 Truly Madly Deeply Savage Garden
Not Bad – 70 The Lines You Amend Sloan
Not Bad – 70 Babylon Tea Party
Not Bad – 70 Firestarter The Prodigy
Not Bad – 70 Midnight Rain Wide Mouth Mason
Not Bad – 88 How Do I Live LeAnn Rimes
Not Bad – 88 Back 2 Back Matchbox Twenty
Not Bad – 88 I’ll Be Missing You Puff Daddy
Not Bad – 88 Adia Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 88 Building a Mystery Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 88 Sweet Surrender Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 88 That Don’t Impress Me Much Shania Twain
Not Bad – 88 The End Is The Beginning Is The End Smashing Pumpkins
Not Bad – 88 Block Rockin’ Beats The Chemical Brothers
Not Bad – 88 Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 88 Flamenco The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 88 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me U2
Not Bad – 88 Staring At The Sun U2
Not Bad – 88 Battle of Who Could Care Less Ben Folds Five
Not Bad – 88 Beetlebum Blur
Not Bad – 88 Personal Holloway Bush
Not Bad – 88 All By Myself Celine Dion
Not Bad – 88 God Made Me Chantal Kreviazuk
Not Bad – 88 Zoot Suit Riot Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Not Bad – 88 One Creed
Not Bad – 88 Little Wonder David Bowie
Not Bad – 88 Everything To Everyone Everclear
Not Bad – 88 Prosthetic Head Green Day
Not Bad – 88 MMMbop Hanson
Not Bad – 88 Numb Holly McNarland
Not Bad – 88 Virtual Insanity Jamiroquai
Not Bad – 88 Look Like Me Killjoys
Not Bad – 88 St. Joe on the School Bus Marcy Playground
Not Bad – 88 Make You Mad Odds
Not Bad – 88 Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down Puff Daddy
Not Bad – 88 No Surprises Radiohead
Not Bad – 88 Sunny Came Home Shawn Colvin
Not Bad – 88 Too Much Spice Girls
Not Bad – 88 Sonnet The Verve
Not Bad – 88 Discotheque U2
Not Bad – 88 Last Night On Earth U2
Not Bad – 88 Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It Will Smith

 

 

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My First Re-Birthday

Posted: October 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

IMG_E1332On August 30, 2017, one year ago today, I received stem cells from a world donor who was found to be a perfect match. Finding a perfect match was extremely fortunate as many people have to settle for half-matches or worse, which decreases the likelihood of successful grafting in your body. In May, 2017, I had been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), which is a cancer of the bone marrow, and after a month of “lighter” chemo treatments it had expedited to AML (leukemia) and I had to be admitted to hospital.
Today is a day for celebration and a day for reflection. I celebrate because the hard part is over and I have come out of it happy and healthy. I reflect because I honestly haven’t done so. As soon as I left the hospital I put it behind me. I’d think about or discuss it as “that time I was in the hospital” but my mind would gloss over and ignore what went on in there and all the things I went through. Like a locked compartment in my brain. To think about it just causes me to tear up so the easy solution is to not think about it.

Last year I told everyone that when (not if) I made it to one year post-transplant, I would disclose the survival rate that my hematology doctor gave me. Before I could sign off on receiving the stem cell transplant, I had to acknowledge that I was given the three-year survival rate of a man in my age group with my symptoms that were given the same stem cell transplant. So here I am and here it is. It was 40%. I was given that number and then had papers put in front of me that I needed to sign before they would make preparations. Forty percent three-year survival rate after this transplant. And I signed it because non-treatment would mean certain death, likely within a year. It was too late to seriously consider homeopathic or other solutions (I had already jumped on those, as I’m a big believer in trying everything if it can’t make things worse – but wasn’t enough time to properly see any through and comment on if they helped).

So then I was admitted to hospital in July for nearly four weeks. To start off – I had a Hickman line put in my chest. This is a tube that leads to a main ventricle going to my heart. This way, instead of getting 100 needles per day, they can hook it up to me directly. I actually got my stem cells through this tube. The tube remained hanging from my chest until New Year’s Eve.

Most of the chemo happened in the first week. But it was a rough chemo – the kind you hear about with the vomiting, etc. But I was one of the stronger patients who could actually get back to eating after a few days. I was a picky eater with what I could (or wanted to) hold down, but I have family who supported me and ran around the city getting whatever I asked for. On August 19 I was released from hospital for five days, but on the 19th I had been given a lumbar puncture for spinal fluid and it resulted in a massive neck ache for three of those five days, kind of sucking the fun out of my brief home time. But I did what I could to spend time with my kids because the next phase meant that I couldn’t see them.

The stem cells…
stem cellsI was back in the hospital on August 24, after a “last dinner” with the wife and kids at a restaurant. Then it was a different chemo per day on the 25th – 28th. After that, on the 29th, was full radiation. This killed everything in my marrow both good and cancerous, and left me with zero immunity. And on August 30 I was reborn. With no immunity to fight these “invading” stem cells, the hope was that it would be accepted into my body and that within two weeks it would become new marrow and start creating healthy blood. This was helped along by different doses of different chemos, just making sure that none of my body’s defenses would fight or hinder the process. I actually maintained a decent appetite, one of the better cases for sure. Although around Day 10 I had sores in my mouth that everyone gets from one of the chemos or the radiation (I forget which) that forced me to eat pretty much through a straw. But this only lasted four days (most people this can last a week to 10 days so again – lucky).

I had a little exercise bike and was also encouraged to walk around the isolated ward (with a mask). I was able to go once around by Day 10, and then each day I would try to add to that – twice, three times… My entire stay in the hospital the nurses (one and all – amazing amazing amazing people and unbelievably patient and helpful and how can they stay so cheerful? Wow) took my vitals every two hours (every hour the first while after the transplant), even overnight. I remember over two dozen blood transfusions. I remember working on the Fantasy Guide here and there on the laptop when I was able, but had relied on my team for updates and helping out with the many customer issues that cropped up – specifically Mario Prata, Mike Clifford, Ian Gooding, Neil Parker, Mike Hiridjee, Cam Robinson and Riasat Al Jamil. I remember having to drag the damn IV pole around on my walks, or into the bathroom. I remember binge-watching Justified, and all the Mission Impossible movies, and watching Suits and Ozark when my wife visited. And Family Guy. I remember the KFC Zinger, Dominos pizza, and McDonalds nuggets – cravings of things during times when the stomach was delicate, and these greasy items actually worked!

On September 19 I was released from hospital. Possibly in record time, but certainly close to it. But on September 18 the isolation order was lifted and you know what I did? I had my wife bring the kids. At the time I had just found out that I was probably going to be released the next day and would see the kids anyway, but I hadn’t seen them in a few weeks and I wasn’t going to wait another day. We just hung out in the visitor’s room and played a couple of games, ate ice cream and then we all gathered to work on a big puzzle as a family. I remember on the rooftop patio raising my six-year-old Mackenzie to see over the rail down below – and I remember not having the strength to similarly lift my eight-year-old Avery to do the same (a reminder of how weak I was).
The next day I did indeed get released. I would never forget the hugs the kids gave me when they got off the bus that afternoon. I remember trying so hard to get home in time to do that and just making it by mere minutes.

From that point I would go to Princess Margaret for twice weekly checkups. My immunity was like that of a newborn so I needed to sterilize a lot and avoid crowds. Getting sick could mean breaking the graft and losing my donor’s cells, which would mean either starting all over again or dying. I was able to sit at the computer for as long as an hour. I tried working out right away, starting with 20 sit-ups and 10 minutes on the treadmill. I remember my stomach muscles killing me the next day so after learning that lesson, I started with five sit-ups and five minutes on the treadmill! And then I would add one sit-up each day and one minute on the treadmill each week.

But then I had a setback. The Epstein-Barr Virus is a virus that everyone has and easily fights it off. But I got it in November and couldn’t fight it. I was exhausted all day, couldn’t do any work and would miss workouts after I had built them up to 40 sit-ups and 15 minutes on the treadmill. So I was given a form of chemo every Friday for three weeks until it was gone. That was it for the setbacks. In mid-December I was back working out, had regained 10 pounds (I had lost 25) and started getting my hair back. By February I was down to every two weeks for hospital checks, and by March I was doing full workouts and at monthly hospital checks (where I am at today).

Today I can go to the movies. I still need to avoid crowds when I can and getting sick is still not a good idea, of course. But I’m out of the red zone and into more of a yellow zone. I feel good and have no restrictions in terms of my abilities. Today I savor more in life, show more patience, and hug my children even more than before.

I can also, if the donor is willing, discover the name and location of the person who saved my life. And I will be thanking that person will all my heart.

A big thank you to my wife, who was steadfast by my side, and took care of everything at the house with the kids at the same time. And who made me meals to whatever I could handle, or bought them for me if that was what it took. My parents and sisters, especially Brandy who practically forced her way into visits whether I wanted them or not (turns out I did) – and made sure my wife had relief. My sister-in-law who worked near PMH and so she came to see me every day and also ran around buying whatever craving I had. (I remember she once took me up to the rooftop patio to eat food that I requested and she bought. I remember fainting there and she had to round up help and get me into a wheelchair and wheel me back to my room. Good times.) Thank you to my in-laws, my dad and my uncle who came over and cleaned up the gardens, the car, the deck and yard while I was out of commission for the summer.

And finally, I want to thank my friends and my readers, often one and the same. Your positive messages on social media and on my website had an unbelievable impact, often making me cry after feeling such kindness. Throughout my hospital stay I would go back and read them, drawing inspiration from the ones who have gone through similar or know somebody who has.

Here’s to continued positive news over the next year and beyond. Feeling blessed and lucky.

One Year Ago…

Posted: May 18, 2018 in The Battle Against MDS

A year ago, on May 19, I received a phone call at around 4:40 that would change my life. It was Friday of the long weekend and Dr. Crump from Princess Margaret called. He had been monitoring my blood for two years because early on they thought I had lymphoma, but when that was ruled out they just monitored until something changed. I remember Avery answered, and it had to be the first or second time she ever answered the phone. When she handed it to me and I heard Dr. Crump’s voice, that feeling of dread and fear welled up right away. Why would one of the most esteemed lymphoma specialists in the world call me personally? Let’s just say that I knew it wasn’t to wish me a happy long weekend.

I hurried into my office to get away from the kids and that was when he dropped the bombshell. They had diagnosed me with Myelodysplasia. My wife happened to text me from the GO train at the same time, wondering why she couldn’t get through when she was calling. I’m Googling this new term and texting her back while trying to keep it together for my conversation with Crump. Reading it on Wiki as fast as I can so I can get questions for Crump, who was giving me plenty of time to ask them, was a bit of a scramble. But I was told that it was serious and I was looking at immediate chemo treatment and almost certainly a stem cell transplant for my bone marrow.

There was a lot of panic and crying in private that night, I was only able to speak to my wife about it while trying to remain normal for my kids. Saturday found me still devastated. Was I going to live two years? What would I do with that time? The last few months would likely be horrible. Would treatment delay things for 10 years? Five? Would I see my daughters grow into adulthood? At this point…if I was offered a way to lock in 10 years of life in exchange for giving up the risk of one year or 20 years or just plain “not knowing”, I would have taken that deal in two seconds. Just to see Avery get through high school and Mackenzie get close and know that they were on the right life path was my only goal. That remained my thinking for the next couple of months. I started thinking about writing letters to my kids, to be given to them each birthday as they grew up after I was gone. I started running through plans to further organize my websites to transition to a full-time manager or a new owner, to make sure my family was taken care of. These are things you think about!

On Sunday I had regained full control of my emotions, though that really just meant I was a robot. We took the kids to Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and that actually got me to laugh and broke me out of my haze.

Two or three weeks later, I shared the news with my friends and my readers and was overwhelmed with support. I would often go back and read the powerful words people wrote over the next few months. A week after that, my wife and I sat down with the kids and explained what was happening.

The summer was a whirlwind. Within two months I found out that my sisters were half-matches but that the registry had found two full matches in the world bank. Also, my cancer had moved quickly into full-blown leukemia and I would need to be admitted to hospital right away. That’s where I spent the better part of two months. I got the stem cell transplant on August 30. Today, more than eight months later, I am completely healthy. All of my blood counts are great and other than a blip in November things have only been moving positively with nothing to suddenly alarm us. All I need to do now is avoid crowds and sick people, and stay out of the sun as best I can until one year (my first re-birthday on August 30). I have been very lucky and I know, personally, that others have not. I appreciate my time with my kids a whole lot more and I am trying hard to be a more positive person. It has been a year to remember, or maybe one to forget?

Needless to say – I would turn down that 10-years-of-life offer if it were given today!

My favorite songs from 1996

Posted: April 14, 2018 in Rankings

 

In 1996 I moved in with my girlfriend in May. At the end of October we broke up – and it was a pretty rocky summer leading up to that. So in the early months, the music was during happy times. In the middle months, we had combined our CD collections to make this one massive collection – and so again, music was a big part. Predominantly alternative. By the end of the year I was a wreck. A Long December really put the cap on this year – and on my rough breakup.

I bought myself a shitty pickup truck (all I could afford) so I wouldn’t be stranded, since she had the vehicle all this time. I couldn’t focus on my final year in University, but still got by. I did lots of traveling home – and back then road trips always meant music. A lot of the songs that came out in the second half of ’96 got plenty of play in Guelph’s The Trashateria when I frequented there in 1997 (I still think of ‘The Trash’ every time Pepper plays). They also got lots of play during my stint as a delivery driver (with my shitty old/new truck). These songs remind me of sitting in my truck waiting for my next call, listening to The Edge. I really fell in love with the MTV Unplugged album by Alice in Chains. Ahead By a Century quickly became one of my favorites from the Hip. And I still think of my ex whenever Santa Monica plays – and my time living in that tiny apartment.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It all depends on mood and situation. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

 

Awesome – 1 Heaven Beside You Alice in Chains
Awesome – 1 Pepper Butthole Surfers
Awesome – 1 A Long December Counting Crows
Awesome – 1 Santa Monica Everclear
Awesome – 1 Hero Of The Day Metallica
Awesome – 1 Blow Up The Outside World Soundgarden
Awesome – 1 What I Got Sublime
Awesome – 1 Ahead by a Century The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 1 Swallowed Bush
Awesome – 10 Novocaine For The Soul Eels
Awesome – 10 Another Sunday I Mother Earth
Awesome – 10 Push Matchbox Twenty
Awesome – 10 Off He Goes Pearl Jam
Awesome – 10 Who You Are Pearl Jam
Awesome – 10 Bulls On Parade Rage Against the Machine
Awesome – 10 Burden In My Hand Soundgarden
Awesome – 10 Big Bang Baby Stone Temple Pilots
Awesome – 10 When You’re Gone The Cranberries
Awesome – 10 Open Up Your Eyes Tonic
Awesome – 10 El Scorcho Weezer
Great – 21 California Love 2Pac
Great – 21 Let It Rain Amanda Marshall
Great – 21 Diggin’ a Hole Big Sugar
Great – 21 Fire Water Burn Bloodhound Gang
Great – 21 Greedy Fly Bush
Great – 21 The Distance Cake
Great – 21 Naked Goo Goo Dolls
Great – 21 One More Astronaut I Mother Earth
Great – 21 Leave It Alone Moist
Great – 21 If It Makes You Happy Sheryl Crow
Great – 21 The Good in Everyone Sloan
Great – 21 Pretty Noose Soundgarden
Great – 21 Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 21 Banditos The Refreshments
Great – 21 The Freshman The Verve Pipe
Great – 21 If You Could Only See Tonic
Great – 21 Give Me One Reason Tracy Chapman
Great – 38 The Devil in the Kitchen Ashley MacIsaac
Great – 38 Brenda Stubbert Ashley MacIsaac
Great – 38 Sleepy Maggie Ashley MacIsaac
Great – 38 Radiation Vibe Fountains of Wayne
Great – 38 One Of Us Joan Osborne
Great – 38 Popular Nada Surf
Great – 38 How Bizarre OMC
Great – 38 E-Bow the Letter R.E.M.
Great – 38 A Change Would Do You Good Sheryl Crow
Great – 38 Lady Picture Show Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 38 Springtime in Vienna The Tragically Hip
Great – 38 One Headlight The Wallflowers
Great – 38 Crossing a Canyon 54-40
Great – 38 Over Now Alice in Chains
Great – 38 The Old Apartment Barenaked Ladies
Great – 38 Devil’s Haircut Beck
Great – 38 No Diggity Blackstreet
Great – 38 Crash Into Me Dave Matthews Band
Great – 38 Tripping Billies Dave Matthews Band
Great – 38 Used to be Alright I Mother Earth
Great – 38 I Want You Savage Garden
Great – 38 Everything You’ve Done Wrong Sloan
Great – 38 Wannabe Spice Girls
Great – 38 Salvation The Cranberries
Great – 38 Hollywood The Cranberries
Great – 38 Free To Decide The Cranberries
Pretty Good – 64 Lies to Me 54-40
Pretty Good – 64 Love You All 54-40
Pretty Good – 64 The New Pollution Beck
Pretty Good – 64 Desperately Wanting Better Than Ezra
Pretty Good – 64 Around The World Daft Punk
Pretty Good – 64 Follow You Down Gin Blossoms
Pretty Good – 64 Long Way Down Goo Goo Dolls
Pretty Good – 64 3 AM Matchbox Twenty
Pretty Good – 64 Hail Hail Pearl Jam
Pretty Good – 64 Everyday Is a Winding Road Sheryl Crow
Pretty Good – 64 Art School Girl Stone Temple Pilots
Pretty Good – 64 Gift Shop The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 64 6th Avenue Heartache The Wallflowers
Pretty Good – 64 The Difference The Wallflowers
Pretty Good – 64 Birmingham Amanda Marshall
Pretty Good – 64 Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) Backstreet Boys
Pretty Good – 64 Criminal Fiona Apple
Pretty Good – 64 Right Hand Man Joan Osborne
Pretty Good – 64 Not An Addict K’s Choice
Pretty Good – 64 Sunday Morning No Doubt
Pretty Good – 64 Trigger Happy Jack Poe
Pretty Good – 64 Hello Poe
Pretty Good – 64 Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand Primitive Radio Gods
Pretty Good – 64 Hard to Make A Stand Sheryl Crow
Pretty Good – 64 Lovefool The Cardigans
Pretty Good – 64 Incarnate The Watchmen
Pretty Good – 90 Where It’s At Beck
Pretty Good – 90 Two Step Dave Matthews Band
Pretty Good – 90 I Love You Always Forever Donna Lewis
Pretty Good – 90 Don’t Let Go (Love) En Vogue
Pretty Good – 90 Pony Ginuwine
Pretty Good – 90 Soaked Killjoys
Pretty Good – 90 Govinda Kula Shaker
Pretty Good – 90 The Beautiful People Marilyn Manson
Pretty Good – 90 Excuse Me Mr. No Doubt
Pretty Good – 90 Red Mosquito Pearl Jam
Pretty Good – 90 6 Underground Sneaker Pimps
Pretty Good – 90 Breathe The Prodigy
Pretty Good – 90 700 ft. Ceiling The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 90 You’re Makin’ Me High Toni Braxton
Pretty Good – 90 Amish Paradise Weird Al Yankovic
Not Bad – 105 King of New Orleans Better Than Ezra
Not Bad – 105 Return Of The Mack Mark Morrison
Not Bad – 105 Until It Sleeps Metallica
Not Bad – 105 Say You’ll Be There Spice Girls
Not Bad – 105 Butts Wigglin’ The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 105 Apartment Song The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 105 Un-Break My Heart Toni Braxton
Not Bad – 112 I Cry Bass is Base
Not Bad – 112 Because You Loved Me Celine Dion
Not Bad – 112 Lie In Our Graves Dave Matthews Band
Not Bad – 112 Beautiful Freak Eels
Not Bad – 112 Change The World Eric Clapton
Not Bad – 112 Ready Or Not Fugees
Not Bad – 112 Til I Hear It From You Gin Blossoms
Not Bad – 112 Macarena Los del Rio
Not Bad – 112 Naked Eye Luscious Jackson
Not Bad – 112 King Nothing Metallica
Not Bad – 112 I Don’t Want To Wait Paula Cole
Not Bad – 112 I Believe I Can Fly R. Kelly
Not Bad – 112 Neil Armstrong Starkicker
Not Bad – 112 Tumble In The Rough Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 112 Santeria Sublime
Not Bad – 112 Wrong Way Sublime
Not Bad – 112 Setting Sun The Chemical Brothers
Not Bad – 112 Everything and After The Doughboys
Not Bad – 112 Down Together The Refreshments
Not Bad – 112 Don’t Wake Daddy The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 112 Put It Off The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 112 I Don’t Want to Think About It Wild Strawberries

 

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Windows – Sticky Notes = Useless

Posted: March 26, 2018 in Rant

I had been writing my “to do” list on Notepad, but was getting sick of finding it underneath the other windows. And without it constantly being shown, I would sometimes forget to check it. So I thought I’d try “Sticky Notes” which I found in my Start menu.

Uh, guys? This is the same as Notepad. Except for the pretty colors, and the fact that you can’t have a million lines of text (which I don’t need for this anyway). So it’s a yellow Notepad. Useless.

A quick Internet search determined that there were free options available, so I went to downloads.com (the only place I download programs from, to save me from viruses) and found “Always on Top”. Downloaded it – perfect. It stays on top of all windows. I have three screens so I keep it on my right one on the far right side. This is just what I was looking for. There is even a bar you can shift from left to right to make it more/less transparent (if you so choose, but I don’t need that – just found it cool).

Thought I would share in case anyone else had this problem. Couldn’t leave feedback or a review on the Microsoft Sticky Notes page, but it would get a ‘one star’ for sure. What’s the point of Sticky Notes, really? It’s the same as Notepad! It does everything I was already doing! (minus the pretty color background, of course!)

I know little about Reggaeton. Or rather, I knew little. Then one night when we had friends over my wife wanted to put on Reggaeton. It was the first time I ever heard the term! I knew Despacito, of course. And the pop artists Shakira, Enrique, etc. But the term Reggaeton was new. So I researched it, because it was pretty good. I dug up the definition:

Reggaeton (also known as reggaetón and reguetón[1]) is a musical genre which originated in Puerto Rico during the late 1990s. It is influenced by hip hop and Latin American and Caribbean music. Vocals include rappingand singing, typically in Spanish.

And then I went through about a dozen “best” Reggaeton songs online. I gathered them together and gave them all a listen. I eliminated a bunch and put the rest in an order. I thought I’d share all that work here in case anyone else wants to save themselves the same exercise. Keep in mind that I’m a complete amateur with this genre and very much new. Rock music is more my thing, but I’m open to all music. Anyway, without further ado, here are my ranked Top 50, plus a few honorable mentions underneath…

1 Gasolina Daddy Yankee
2 Baila Morena Hector y Tito
3 Atrevate Te Te Calle 13
4 Dile Don Omar
5 Yo Quiero Bailar Ivy Queen
6 Oye Mi Canto N.O.R.E.
7 Give Me Everything Pitbull
8 Baila Conmigo Zion y Lennox
9 Perdoname La Factoria
10 Lo Que Paso, Paso Daddy Yankee
11 Down R.K.M. and Ken-Y
12 Despacito Luis Fonsi
13 Bailando Enqrique Iglesias
14 Bamboleo Gipsy Kings
15 Aqui Esta Tu Caldo Daddy Yankee
16 Noche de Sexo Wisin y Yandel
17 Nadie Como Tu Winin y Yandel
18 Cinco Letras Alexis y Fido
19 El Tiburon Alexis y Fido
20 Asereje Las Ketchup
21 Pam, Pam Wisin y Yandel
22 Ayer La Vi Don Omar
23 La Bicicleta Shakira
24 Rakata Wisin y Yandel
25 Te Suelto El Pelo Yandel
26 Tu Principe Daddy Yankee
27 Waka Waka Shakira
28 Mayor Que Yo Wisin y Yandel
29 Ella Me Levanto Daddy Yankee
30 Felina Hector y Tito
31 Solo Una Noche Wisin y Yandel
32 El Telefono Wisin y Yandel
33 Perdoname Eddy Lover
34 Vivir Mi Vida Marc Anthony
35 Guatauba Plan B
36 No Quiere Novio Nejo
37 Metele Sazon Tego Calderon
38 Hay Algo En Ti Zion y Lennox
39 Noche De Travesura Hector El Father
40 Tocarte Toa Big Yamo
41 Rompe Daddy Yankee
42 Danza Kuduro Don Omar
43 El Ritmo No Perdona (Prende) Daddy Yankee
44 Pasarela Dalmata
45 El Amante Nicky Jam
46 Borro Cassette Maluma
47 Criminal Ozuna x Natti Natasha
48 Machucando Daddy Yankee
49 Ay Vamos J Balvin
50 Ahora Es Wisin y Yandel

 

Honorable mentions…

51 Cuando Cuando Es J King y Maximan
52 El Perdon Nicky Jam
53 Pa Que Retozen Tego Calderon
54 Chillax Farruko
55 Chulin Culin Cunfly (remix) Julio Voltio
56 Felices Los 4 Maluma
57 Dime Si Te Vas Con El Nigga Flex
58 Si No Le Contesto Plan B
59 Ella y Yo Don Omar
60 Otra Vez Zion y Lennox
61 Soy Una Gargola Arcangel
62 Ojos Que No Ven Alexis y Fido

My favorite songs from 1995

Posted: March 6, 2018 in Rankings

This was the year I was with my first serious girlfriend from the beginning to the end, from mid-94 through towards the end of ’96. She and I were both really into music and there were a lot of car trips/commutes when we listened to the radio. I remember buying Alanis Morissette’s CD and being surprised at just how amazing it was. This was also the year when I decided Collective Soul was one of my favorite bands, period. The World I Know really struck a chord. The Smashing Pumpkins double CD will always remind me of those times with my girlfriend, and Wonderwall (Oasis) and Alanis will always remind me of New Years ’96 into ’97…which means they were with me for more than a full year.

Longer term, Radiohead and The Tea Party grew on me. I liked them and these songs in ’95, but loved them even more over time. The two 311 songs will remind me of visits to my sister in London, Ontario…notably when my car broke down on the way past London to visit another friend!

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

Awesome – 1 You Oughta Know Alanis Morissette
Awesome – 1 The World I Know Collective Soul
Awesome – 1 Brain Stew/Jaded Green Day
Awesome – 1 Geek Stink Breath Green Day
Awesome – 1 Wonderwall Oasis
Awesome – 1 Fake Plastic Trees Radiohead
Awesome – 1 Bullet With Butterfly Wings Smashing Pumpkins
Awesome – 1 Muzzle Smashing Pumpkins
Awesome – 1 Fire In the Head The Tea Party
Awesome – 10 Head Over Feet Alanis Morissette
Awesome – 10 Don’t Speak No Doubt
Awesome – 10 High And Dry Radiohead
Awesome – 10 Just Radiohead
Awesome – 10 Time Bomb Rancid
Awesome – 10 Ruby Soho Rancid
Awesome – 10 Zero Smashing Pumpkins
Awesome – 10 Lump The Presidents of the United States of America
Great – 18 Hand In My Pocket Alanis Morissette
Great – 18 Big Me Foo Fighters
Great – 18 Brat Green Day
Great – 18 Walking Contradiction Green Day
Great – 18 I Got Id Pearl Jam
Great – 18 Truth Untold The Odds
Great – 18 The Bazaar The Tea Party
Great – 18 Sister Awake The Tea Party
Great – 26 Down 311
Great – 26 All Mixed Up 311
Great – 26 Ironic Alanis Morissette
Great – 26 You Learn Alanis Morissette
Great – 26 All I Really Want Alanis Morissette
Great – 26 Breakfast at Tiffany’s Deep Blue Something
Great – 26 You Were Meant For Me Jewel
Great – 26 Champagne Supernova Oasis
Great – 26 Cumbersome Seven Mary Three
Great – 26 We Only Come Out At Night Smashing Pumpkins
Great – 26 Misery Soul Asylum
Great – 26 Promises Broken Soul Asylum
Great – 26 Name The Goo Goo Dolls
Great – 26 Eat My Brain The Odds
Great – 26 Peaches The Presidents of the United States of America
Pretty Good – 41 Good Better Than Ezra
Pretty Good – 41 Country House Blur
Pretty Good – 41 December Collective Soul
Pretty Good – 41 Gel Collective Soul
Pretty Good – 41 Stupid Girl Garbage
Pretty Good – 41 Who Will Save Your Soul Jewel
Pretty Good – 41 Foolish Games Jewel
Pretty Good – 41 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) Marilyn Manson
Pretty Good – 41 They Don’t Care About Us Michael Jackson
Pretty Good – 41 Spiderwebs No Doubt
Pretty Good – 41 Boombastic Shaggy
Pretty Good – 52 Burn One Down Ben Harper
Pretty Good – 52 Gangsta’s Paradise Coolio
Pretty Good – 52 Hey Man Nice Shot Filter
Pretty Good – 52 Only Happy When It Rains Garbage
Pretty Good – 52 Can’t Get You Off My Mind Lenny Kravitz
Pretty Good – 52 Just A Girl No Doubt
Pretty Good – 52 1979 Smashing Pumpkins
Pretty Good – 52 Forgiven Alanis Morissette
Pretty Good – 52 Let It Rain Amanda Marshall
Pretty Good – 52 On and On Crash Vegas
Pretty Good – 52 I’ll Stick Around Foo Fighters
Pretty Good – 52 You Are Not Alone Michael Jackson
Pretty Good – 52 Don’t Look Back In Anger Oasis
Pretty Good – 52 Common People Pulp
Pretty Good – 52 Thirty-Three Smashing Pumpkins
Not Bad – 67 One Sweet Day Mariah Carey
Not Bad – 67 Beautiful Life Ace of Base
Not Bad – 67 Mary Jane Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 67 Smashing Young Man Collective Soul
Not Bad – 67 Where the River Flows Collective Soul
Not Bad – 67 She Gathers Rain Collective Soul
Not Bad – 67 Counting Blue Cars Dishwalla
Not Bad – 67 Alone & Easy Target Foo Fighters
Not Bad – 67 Morning Glory Oasis
Not Bad – 67 Disco 2000 Pulp
Not Bad – 67 Curious Sandbox
Not Bad – 67 Any Man Of Mine Shania Twain
Not Bad – 67 Tonight, Tonight Smashing Pumpkins
Not Bad – 67 Just Like Anyone Soul Asylum
Not Bad – 67 I’ll Be There For You The Rembrandts
Not Bad – 67 Perfect Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 67 Not the Doctor Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 67 Roll To Me Del Amitri
Not Bad – 67 This Is A Call Foo Fighters
Not Bad – 67 Stuck With Me Green Day
Not Bad – 67 Doin’ It LL Cool J
Not Bad – 67 Believe Me Moist
Not Bad – 67 Aeroplane Red Hot Chili Peppers
Not Bad – 67 More Human Than Human White Zombie
Not Bad – 91 Dear Mama 2Pac
Not Bad – 91 The Chanukah Song Adam Sandler
Not Bad – 91 Wake Up Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 91 Right Through You Alanis Morissette
Not Bad – 91 No More I Love You’s Annie Lennox
Not Bad – 91 Do Ya Barney Bentall
Not Bad – 91 The Universal Blur
Not Bad – 91 The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead Crash Test Dummies
Not Bad – 91 Queer Garbage
Not Bad – 91 Flood Jars of Clay
Not Bad – 91 Rock and Roll Is Dead Lenny Kravitz
Not Bad – 91 Your Little Secret Melissa Etheridge
Not Bad – 91 Scream Michael and Janet Jackson
Not Bad – 91 Acquiesce Oasis
Not Bad – 91 She Forgot to Laugh Rhymes with Orange
Not Bad – 91 I Will Remember You Sarah McLachlan
Not Bad – 91 Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? Shania Twain
Not Bad – 91 Here Is No Why Smashing Pumpkins
Not Bad – 91 Hard As A Rock AC/DC
Not Bad – 91 Murder Incorporated Bruce Springsteen
Not Bad – 91 I Know Dionne Farris
Not Bad – 91 Here In Your Bedroom Goldfinger
Not Bad – 91 86 Green Day
Not Bad – 91 Tightwad Hill Green Day
Not Bad – 91 Bab’s Uvula Who? Green Day
Not Bad – 91 Here Comes The Hotstepper Ini Kamoze
Not Bad – 91 No More Walking Away Kim Mitchell
Not Bad – 91 Zamboni Martin Zellar
Not Bad – 91 This Is How We Do It Montell Jordan
Not Bad – 91 Downtown Neil Young
Not Bad – 91 Angry Johnny Poe
Not Bad – 91 You’ve Got A Friend In Me Randy Newman
Not Bad – 91 All Uncovered The Watchmen
Not Bad – 91 Born Slippy Underworld

 

1990       1991      1992      1993     1994     1995

1960s          1970s          1980s          1990s

Monday was Day +180 post transplant

Things are going well for me in terms of health. I can do regular workouts and I can string together a couple of six-hour sleep nights in a row and I’m fine. Pretty much back to normal there. I can have a few beers, too, and within a week or two I’ll be filling the hot tub back up and I’ll be back in business!

Thursday I went in for some tests. One of which was a test that measure the percentage of my blood that has the donor’s cells. The target is to keep this above 95%. Back in November I was hit with the Epstein-Barr virus. It was a terrible month for me and I had a lot of trouble recovering. I went in for weekly Rituximab injections to battle this and it worked. Anyway, the EBV knocked my donor’s cells down to 85% and the doctor was concerned. But after Rituximab I tested at 89% at the end of December and 92% at the end of January. So the hope is that the results of the Thursday test will show >95%. If that’s the case, then I really have zero complaints about my progress. It’s as good as can possibly be. I’ll hear back in a week or two.

I’m still not venturing into crowds or parties. Still haven’t seen Star Wars. Looking forward to reaching one year on August 29 in perfect health. Hoping to actually go camping in August? Maybe go on vacation down south next winter? So close to normalcy!

I’m not able to learn the identity of my donor, nor him mine. But I sent an anonymous note of thanks and will learn (if he chooses) who it is after one year.

Thank you for your warm thoughts and well wishes that kept me going last summer! Don’t forget to join the stem cell donation registry if you haven’t already. You’re seeing first hand what it can do.

My favorite songs from 1994

Posted: January 21, 2018 in Rankings

In April of ’94 I broke up with one girlfriend and had another one in July. Both girls were in (or near) my hometown, whereas I went to university about an hour away in Guelph. So there was a lot of commuting involved, which meant a lot of radio. And this is when I started to get sick of classic rock and move more fully into modern alternative rock and grunge. In the fall I moved in with three buddies and formed lasting friendships with all of them. A lot of this music reminds me of those times, though much of it was really enjoyed in 1995 even if it was released in 1994.

This year was home to several of my favorite 10 albums (just a guess) of all time. I know I would have Live’s Throwing Copper on there. And The Offspring’s Smash. And Weezer’s blue album. And in my favorite 20 of all time, I am certain Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy gets in there as well as the Hip’s Day for Night. I’m also guessing that albums released that year from Hole, Cranberries, Bush and Green Day would get into my favorite 30 of all time. This year marks the beginning of six to eight years in which music was the biggest part of my life. It’s always been huge, but during those years it meant the world to me.

With 172 songs ranked, this tops 1989 when I had 150 and includes 90 songs marked “Great” or better.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

Awesome – 1 No Excuses Alice in Chains
Awesome – 1 Glycerine Bush
Awesome – 1 Hold My Hand Hootie & the Blowfish
Awesome – 1 Lightning Crashes Live
Awesome – 1 Hurt Nine Inch Nails
Awesome – 1 Better Man Pearl Jam
Awesome – 1 Strange Currencies R.E.M.
Awesome – 1 What’s the Frequency, Kenneth? R.E.M.
Awesome – 1 Self Esteem The Offspring
Awesome – 10 Starseed Our Lady Peace
Awesome – 10 Basket Case Green Day
Awesome – 10 When I Come Around Green Day
Awesome – 10 Doll Parts Hole
Awesome – 10 Violet Hole
Awesome – 10 Let Her Cry Hootie & the Blowfish
Awesome – 10 Nothingman Pearl Jam
Awesome – 10 Come Out And Play The Offspring
Awesome – 10 Gotta Get Away The Offspring
Awesome – 10 You Don’t Know How It Feels Tom Petty
Awesome – 10 Grace, Too The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 10 Yawning or Snarling The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 10 Inevitability of Death The Tragically Hip
Awesome – 10 Undone – The Sweater Song Weezer
Great – 24 F.O.D. Green Day
Great – 24 She Green Day
Great – 24 Miss World Hole
Great – 24 I Alone Live
Great – 24 Closer Nine Inch Nails
Great – 24 Supersonic Oasis
Great – 24 Immortality Pearl Jam
Great – 24 Black Hole Sun Soundgarden
Great – 24 Interstate Love Song Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 24 Zombie The Cranberries
Great – 24 Thugs The Tragically Hip
Great – 24 Buddy Holly Weezer
Great – 24 My Name Is Jonas Weezer
Great – 24 Only In Dreams Weezer
Great – 24 Say It Ain’t So Weezer
Great – 24 Sure Shot Beastie Boys
Great – 24 Loser Beck
Great – 24 Comedown Bush
Great – 24 Little Things Bush
Great – 24 Machinehead Bush
Great – 24 Satellite Dave Matthews Band
Great – 24 Allison Road Gin Blossoms
Great – 24 Pillar Of Davidson Live
Great – 24 Push Moist
Great – 24 Live Forever Oasis
Great – 24 Tomorrow Silverchair
Great – 24 Spoonman Soundgarden
Great – 24 Big Empty Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 24 Vasoline Stone Temple Pilots
Great – 24 Free As A Bird The Beatles
Great – 24 Ode To My Family The Cranberries
Great – 24 Bad Habit The Offspring
Great – 24 It’ll Be a Long Time The Offspring
Great – 24 Scared The Tragically Hip
Great – 24 In The Garage Weezer
Great – 24 Surf Wax America Weezer
Great – 60 I Stay Away Alice in Chains
Great – 60 Sabotage Beastie Boys
Great – 60 Everything Zen Bush
Great – 60 Chump Green Day
Great – 60 Longview Green Day
Great – 60 Welcome To Paradise Green Day
Great – 60 All Over You Live
Great – 60 Selling the Drama Live
Great – 60 Silver Moist
Great – 60 Corduroy Pearl Jam
Great – 60 Crush With Eyeliner R.E.M.
Great – 60 Fell On Black Days Soundgarden
Great – 60 Possum Kingdom Toadies
Great – 60 Crazy Mary Victoria Williams
Pretty Good – 74 Hope Our Lady Peace
Pretty Good – 74 Naveed Our Lady Peace
Pretty Good – 74 Ocean Pearl 54-40
Pretty Good – 74 Hasn’t Hit Me Yet Blue Rodeo
Pretty Good – 74 Run-Around Blues Traveler
Pretty Good – 74 Girls And Boys Blur
Pretty Good – 74 Alien Bush
Pretty Good – 74 Dissident Pearl Jam
Pretty Good – 74 Not For You Pearl Jam
Pretty Good – 74 What Happened to You The Offspring
Pretty Good – 74 Holiday Weezer
Pretty Good – 74 Always Bon Jovi
Pretty Good – 74 What Would You Say Dave Matthews Band
Pretty Good – 74 New Age Girl Deadeye Dick
Pretty Good – 74 Connection Elastica
Pretty Good – 74 Bang and Blame R.E.M.
Pretty Good – 74 Cotton Eye Joe Rednex
Pretty Good – 74 Greasy Jungle The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 74 Nautical Disaster The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 74 Mykel And Carli Weezer
Pretty Good – 94 Supersatellite Our Lady Peace
Pretty Good – 94 Blame Your Parents 54-40
Pretty Good – 94 Nutshell Alice in Chains
Pretty Good – 94 Jane Barenaked Ladies
Pretty Good – 94 Pay No Mind (Snoozer) Beck
Pretty Good – 94 The Power of Love Celine Dion
Pretty Good – 94 Goodnight Good Guy Collective Soul
Pretty Good – 94 Return To Innocence Enigma
Pretty Good – 94 Softer Softest Hole
Pretty Good – 94 Only Wanna Be with You Hootie & the Blowfish
Pretty Good – 94 Time Hootie & the Blowfish
Pretty Good – 94 Stay Lisa Loeb
Pretty Good – 94 Shit Towne Live
Pretty Good – 94 Backwater Meat Puppets
Pretty Good – 94 I Can’t Be With You The Cranberries
Pretty Good – 94 Nitro The Offspring
Pretty Good – 94 Waterfalls TLC
Pretty Good – 94 You Wreck Me Tom Petty
Pretty Good – 94 Cornflake Girl Tori Amos
Pretty Good – 94 Daredevil The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 94 So Hard Done By The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 94 An Inch an Hour The Tragically Hip
Pretty Good – 94 Titanic Terrarium The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 117 Omaha Stylee 311
Not Bad – 117 Blind Man Aerosmith
Not Bad – 117 A Girl Like You Edwyn Collins
Not Bad – 117 Tremor Christ Pearl Jam
Not Bad – 117 Down With Disease Phish
Not Bad – 117 Kiss From A Rose Seal
Not Bad – 117 Coax Me Sloan
Not Bad – 117 The Day I Tried To Live Soundgarden
Not Bad – 117 Still Remains Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 117 Empty The Cranberries
Not Bad – 117 Genocide The Offspring
Not Bad – 117 Save Me The Tea Party
Not Bad – 117 Emergency The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 117 Sunshine Country Victoria Williams
Not Bad – 117 The World Has Turned And Left Me Here Weezer
Not Bad – 117 Hook Blues Traveler
Not Bad – 117 Until I Fall Away Gin Blossoms
Not Bad – 117 Pulling Teeth Green Day
Not Bad – 117 Horse Live
Not Bad – 117 Top Live
Not Bad – 117 White, Discussion Live
Not Bad – 117 River Of Deceit Mad Season
Not Bad – 117 Red Right Hand Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Not Bad – 117 Pretty Penny Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 117 Big Poppa The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 117 Something to Believe In The Offspring
Not Bad – 117 Boom Boom Boom The Outhere Brothers
Not Bad – 117 Love Spreads The Stone Roses
Not Bad – 117 Impossibilium The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 117 Headline News Weird Al Yankovic
Not Bad – 147 Assoholic 54-40
Not Bad – 147 5 Days In May Blue Rodeo
Not Bad – 147 Bad Timing Blue Rodeo
Not Bad – 147 Someday I’ll Be Saturday Night Bon Jovi
Not Bad – 147 I’ll Make Love To You Boyz II Men
Not Bad – 147 Please Forgive Me Bryan Adams
Not Bad – 147 All For Love Byan Adams/Stewart/Sting
Not Bad – 147 Afternoons and Coffeespoons Crash Test Dummies
Not Bad – 147 Sassafrass Roots Green Day
Not Bad – 147 Love, Love, Love Hemingway Corner
Not Bad – 147 I Think That I Would Die Hole
Not Bad – 147 Iris Live
Not Bad – 147 T.B.D. Live
Not Bad – 147 I’ll Remember Madonna
Not Bad – 147 Reptile Nine Inch Nails
Not Bad – 147 Shakermaker Oasis
Not Bad – 147 The Most Beautiful Girl In The World Prince
Not Bad – 147 Nobody’s Hero Rush
Not Bad – 147 Kitchenware and Candy Bars Stone Temple Pilots
Not Bad – 147 Ridiculous Thoughts The Cranberries
Not Bad – 147 One More Chance The Notorious B.I.G.
Not Bad – 147 Killboy Powerhead The Offspring
Not Bad – 147 Not the One The Offspring
Not Bad – 147 Boneyard Tree The Watchmen
Not Bad – 147 Fire in the Hole The Tragically Hip
Not Bad – 147 Saturday Night Whigfield

 

1990       1991      1992      1993     1994

1960s          1970s          1980s          1990s

 

 

 

 

 

Day +138

Posted: January 15, 2018 in The Battle Against MDS

 

High time I did an update.

My 90-day Chimerism test showed yet another drop, but a small one to 85.3%. This was still a great concern but Dr. Thyagu guessed that it was due to the swollen lymph node which was caused by a virus (Epstein-Barr). A biopsy backed this. So I was put on Rituximab (spelling?). That was an IV every Friday for four weeks. However, test showed it to be gone after two doses…and confirmed gone after three doses. The swollen lymph node in my neck had shrunk. Problem solved.

I do feel better now. Not quite normal, but getting there. I can handle six hours of sleep, but not on consecutive nights. Used to be I could do 5.5 hours for three straight nights before it started to hit me. I’ll get back there! I felt well enough to work on the Midseason Guide for my website, which put those short sleep hours to the test. I succeeded. And now I’m trying to ease myself back into regular work.

My weight overshot where I wanted it. I wanted to limit it to 210 because it will be so hard to get back there. But here I am at 214 (D’oh!). I was lazy with my workouts over the holidays, down to every three days and even then only doing half. And with the Guide I didn’t have time to bring that back up. Now that the Guide is out, I tried today to do a full workout, but had to stop it at 30 minutes. I’ll get there though.

The 120-day Chimerism showed a small rise to 88.9%, which is what we hoping for. We hoped that it had dropped as a result of the EB virus and once that was gone it would go back up. So far so good. Next week I get tested again.

My blood counts are all in the normal range, except one – Lymphocites, which fight viruses. But that’s down due to the Rituximab which apparently took out the Lymphocites for several months. But still – all the other blood counts were normal, which I think is a first for me in the last five years.

 

I’ll continue to keep you posted, thanks for following.