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Lego Time!

22 Feb

February 22, 2014

A little over a week ago, I introduced you to The Palace Cinema, the Lego set which I would build during my recovery. (Don’t worry, the operation went well. The doctor tells me I didn’t need all of those parts anyway, and my insurance company recently went out of business so there was no need to worry about things like sponges or anesthesia. Those just drive up the cost anyway, and take it from me- doctors who work out of their attics are very cost conscious.)


I never built anything out of Lego, even when I was a kid. (I was more of a tea party and scones GI Joe kind of kid.) And this set has almost 2200 pieces. Big pieces, small, pieces, and lots and lots of tiny prices that get lost in the rug. This was going to be a challenge. If I’ve learned anything in my nearly two days of building, it is this: It takes forever to sort those pieces out, and even longer find the one you want when there are only two of them in a set of thousands. Sure, there are 987 long grey girders, but there were only 2 tiny brown “L” shapes. This would not be the case if I were building a life-size movie theater.


100_0093100_0094Of course, this is all hampered by the fact that I had a four-hour operation, a debilitating operation, and my movements tend to be stiff and I have to get up and move every so often or I just get sore and achy and Legos all over the place.

But all is going well so far. I don’t want to go on too much or post too many pictures (Captain Pigheart may sue me for stealing his gimmick- one of them, anyway) but I’ll let you know how this turns out, and also, if you care, how my recovery is going. I still can’t sleep through the night, but at least I have something to do at 3 am. 100_0117









Let’s Have Fun With Censorship

12 Mar

March 12, 2013

Here is an actual news story from some years back. I’ve bleeped out the important part, let’s see if you can guess what the doctors operated on!


medical milestones

Bronx doctors give Afghan girl a bigger [BLEEP], for free

For eight long years – half her life – [name withheld]  has been in near-constant pain.

The 16-year-old cannot open her [BLEEP] more than half an inch, making [BLEEP]ing  a daily chore.

Yet her coy smile and girlish giggle give nothing away.

After [she] fell off a bridge in her native Afghanistan at age 8, part of her [BLEEP] broke and welded together as it healed.

Doctors were unable to correct the problem, leaving her with the debilitating condition and hoping for a miracle.

Thursday, that miracle happened as doctors in the Bronx performed surgery to reopen her [BLEEP], for free.

“I’m a little nervous,” said [the girl], shortly before her operation.

A team of doctors removed a 2-centimeter section of her [BLEEP] Thursday, inserting a piece of her rib and cartilage in its place, during the nine-hour operation.

Her recovery will involve extensive physical therapy.

“She would have remained this way or got even more frozen,”

Doctors were able to open her [BLEEP] to 41 millimeters – 40 to 45 millimeters is normal.

“Life should be relatively normally after that.”



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