Archive for January, 2012

Go figure.

January 31, 2012

A local research center has just published findings that suggest that diabetes is a significant risk factor for kidney cancer.  But — anti-kidney cancer drugs also cause diabetes.  So it’s sort of a Catch-22 if you have kidney cancer.  It seems that 25% of the patient population has diabetes (as opposed to the 7%-8% expected by the researchers).

Which is where I stand out again.  Not only am I not a man, not a smoker, not a drinker, and not over 50, I’m also not diabetic.

Sometimes you just gotta go against the grain…



January 28, 2012

Scene: This afternoon, at the breakfast table when I finally woke up.  Mom is making eggs while I take my medicine.

Me: Man, I slept really well with that feather pillow last night!
Mom:  What feather pillow?  The one you had in Geneva?
Me:  No.  We had to leave it behind when we moved back, remember?
Mom:  Oh, yeah.  (Pause.)  So which pillow is it?  Is it the one I thought I lost in New Orleans?
Me: Probably.
Mom: And you liked it?
Me: Yeah.
Mom:  Well, we’ll have to go buy one for you now.
Me: No, we’ll have to go buy one for you now.
Mom: But you’d have a new, fresh, clean one!
Me: But I want this one.  It’s nice and broken in.
Mom: (exasperated noise)
Me: I am not giving up this pillow!

Restrooms along the way

January 19, 2012

Every road trip requires pit stops to use the restroom.  During our trip, I discovered that the bathrooms along the Gulf Coast are quite interestingly decorated.  Observe the following:

Guarding the entrance to the bathroom at a restaurant on the beach in Pensacola:


At McDonald’s in Texas:


At a French restaurant in Florida:


Behind a country store in Texas:

Let’s round to the nearest 5, shall we?

January 15, 2012

I’m home alone today, and thus baking a frozen lasagna in the oven.

The directions say to place the tray on a baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven and to cook it on 350° for 56 minutes.

I wonder what sort of disaster will happen if I only cook it for 55.

Kids say the darndest things

January 12, 2012

This morning, as I was slowly emerging from sleep, the Today show anchors were interviewing a group of little kids and asking them about their knowledge of politics.

Anchors: Do you know what Republicans are?
Kids: Heroes on Star Trek.
Anchors: And who are Democrats?
Kids: People who work on your teeth!

We’re back!

January 9, 2012

Lessons we’ve learned on this road trip:

  • Warn the bank that you’re about to leave on a road trip.  Otherwise, they’ll reject your bank card when you try to pick up an emergency refill of a medication that costs $200.
  • The further east you go, the more water you see.
  • The further east you go, the more expensive the gas.
  • Eight days in the car with a seatbelt across your front makes for very sore boobs.
  • They must have a law in Florida about handicapped toilets, because they all have their own private sink and paper towels.
  • 50 miles of the Ponchartrain Bridge can get old.  (It’s 10 miles long and we crossed it 5 times — 2 of which were by mistake.)
  • Make sure you’re not in town on game day.  Otherwise, you’ll get snarled in some pretty gnarly traffic around the Superdome.

Road trip, day 8

January 8, 2012

We spent a lazy morning in New Orleans, eating beignets for breakfast at Café du Monde, hanging out at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and eating lunch by the river.  There were a lot of out-of-towners from Alabama there for the football game, and the streets were full of bands playing “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Sweet Home Alabama”.



Road trip, day 7

January 7, 2012

We finally got off the Florida Turnpike (after getting a traffic ticket for accidentally exiting in the wrong place) and drove through Alabama and Mississippi to get to New Orleans.

Road trip, day 6

January 6, 2012

We stopped at a French restaurant called Chez Pierre specifically for their flammenküche (or “French pizza”, as they called it).  Unfortunately, it was nothing at all like the flammenküche we’d had in Switzerland, but the French onion soup was very good.

Road trip, days 4-5

January 4, 2012

We had so much fun in Boca Raton with my Swiss family.  We looked through photos, met some family friends, hung out with the grandkids and made a (very) brief trip to the beach (we were there for precisely the two days that were not beach weather).  Having to leave to go back home was absolutely heartbreaking.