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The new exhibit opens on Sunday 2/7/10. http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/exhibit/coming_attractions.html
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There was a train crash at South Station this morning around 9:30. Apparently the Framingham Commuter train failed to stop and ran into the embankment. My bus usually arrives at 9:30...but was a bit late this morning. Parts of the area were blocked off...and I had to walk around rather than through the main building of South Station. Atlantic Ave was full of emergency vehicles By the time I walked by the press had arrived, the police line was up and they were beginning to roll people out on stretchers Most of the excitement I caught was of reporters RUNNING with old fashioned reporters notebooks...didn't know they still used those. I hope there were no serious injuries...

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Fred is in/on/near/at: Fort Point Channel, Boston MA
Fred feels: happy happy
Fred is listening to: "Are You Ready for the Summer?" - Dirt Bike Annie

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The 2008 Fred Index with apologies to Harpers and the fictional Miss Jones

 

 

1                Best friend buried forever in the Johnson landfill

 

4                Family members diagnosed with cancer

 

2                Family Members died from cancer

 

1                Departure of Cool boss

 

1                Beloved non-profit organization teetering on the brink

 

1                Husband hospitalized

 

5                weeks spent recovering from surgery

 

2                work weekends missed

 

1                New cool boss that arrived

 

12              weeks of happily eating raw carrots

 

2                ugly new scars on tummy

 

1                appendix unexpectedly removed

 

2                trips to the vet

 

2                great visits from mid-west based family members

 

2                new cousins born

 

10              gallons of popcorn consumed post surgery

 

2                democratic candidates for President supported

 

1                Cat that finally learned to poop in the litterbox

 

15              Pounds lost after colon surgery

 

587            pounds gained during holidays and gift membership hell season (approximate)

 

½               cords of seasoned, firewood purchased the WILL NOT BURN

 

5                daily medications consumed in our house

 

1                giant tree done in by a freak storm

 

1                night spent sleeping on office floor

 

1                Funeral missed due to own illness

 

2                visits from older brother missed due to own illness

 

2                nights actually spent at MGH

 

5                nights scheduled to spend at MGH

 

33              Hours watching ‘TV” over the internet

 

9                necklaces beaded

 

14              mugs of coffee spilled on giant laptop bag

 

2                    coffee stains on office floor

 

7                      months as a coffee drinker

 

36                    linear feet of fencing removed from back yard

 

8                      days Mom dropped everything to care for me after surgery

 

0                      feet of wallpaper removed

 

3                      times front, left tire replaced on car

 

0                      inches of small intestine removed during surgery

 

2                      furniture purchases (bed & patio set)

 

365                  days thankful for being alive

 

 

 

 

 


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Fred is listening to: "Happy New Year" - Camera Obscura

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You know you are a Camp Nawaka Alumni when……

1. Every sweatshirt you own is navy blue and emblazoned with NAWAKA
2. Even when dining alone, you stand before every meal and sing grace.
3.  Your almost 30 and still considering going back to camp for one more summer.
4.  There is a Merit Award hanging on the wall of your office…..but
your diploma is buried in a box somewhere.
5.  All the towels in your linen closet are folded in a triangle…just
like the flag.
6.  You can not fall asleep unless you can hear bullfrogs croaking.
7.  The only ghost story you know is about Mordachi Jackson.
8.  You live in a big city but save all your food scraps for the pig farmer.
9.  You can finger spell the alphabet.
10.  When help is needed, you jump in like an EAGER BEAVER CAMPER!


Camp Nawaka and Camp Fire USA needs your help!  There is no escaping
the grim financial news that dominates the headlines.  Everyone is
cutting back…families, corporations and even foundations!  As times
get tight, financial support of non-profit organizations declines
rapidly.  Small non-profits are hurting and many can no longer deliver
vital services.

More than 100 kids were not able to attend one of Camp Fire's camps
(Nawaka, Ponkawissett and Zoo Camp) this past summer…because of
financial need. As more families are in need of campership aid, and
basic operating costs are rising, the number of dollars donated
decreases.

Imagine what your life would be like if you had not been able to
attend Camp Nawaka.  While each camper gets something different from
the Nawaka experience, the skills learned and the memories made last a
lifetime.  Perhaps you learned how to swim, to speak before a crowd,
to sleep without a light, to build a one-match fire, or to live with
others different from your family.  Maybe you made lifelong friends,
built beautiful memories, and grew to be a caring, confident adult
leader.  In ways large and small, the Camp Nawaka experience changed
all of our lives.

As a Nawaka Alumnus – you are and always will be an eager beaver
camper!  More than anyone else YOU can help ensure that Camp Fire USA
continues to deliver quality programs to as many youth as possible.
Please jump in and help.  It is up to you!  Keep summer with Camp Fire
possible for a new generation of campers!

If you have already donated money this year, please consider
stretching and giving a little more.
       http://www.campfireusa-emass.org/howtohelp/

If you've never donated before, please give now.
       http://www.campfireusa-emass.org/howtohelp/

Every gift helps!

•       $30,000 will buy all the supplies to rebuild cabins #1 and #2.
•       $500 will buy a new canoe.
•       $100 will cover the costs of one campership.
•       $50 will gas up the camp van for a trip to Riverside.
•       $25 will buy a summer's worth of Council Fire candles.
•       $10 will buy 100 band aids and calamine lotion.

Donating is easy – all it takes is a few quick mouse clicks.
http://www.campfireusa-emass.org/howtohelp/

You can also mail checks to:
Camp Fire USA Eastern Mass Council
56 Roland Street, North Lobby
Boston, MA 02129

 

Your gift can be even LARGER.  Thank to anonymous challenge, for every dollar donated by Nawaka Alumni before December 30, 2008, an additional dollar will be donated!!!!



If you are not already getting e-mail directly from Camp Fire & Camp
Nawaka, join the mailing list:
       http://www.campfireusa-emass.org/programs/nawaka/alumni.htm


Please send a copy of this e-mail along to all of your Nawaka friends.
 We need to reach everyone!

WoHeLo!

Cynthia M. Donovan, Camp Nawaka Alumni (1978-91) & Board Member, Camp
Fire
USA Eastern Massachusetts Council


Laura J. Patton, Camp Nawaka Alumni (1973-85) & Board Member, Camp
Fire
USA Eastern Massachusetts Council


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The Tea Party Ship Museum (aka a fake tourist trap) gets torn down many years after a fire put it out of business.

More of my photos (and video) here:
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#5,462 - Decorate a virtual pair of Crocs
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 I voted this morning at about 7:20 am. ...much too early for me, but I didn't want to risk getting stuck in Boston and missing the opportunity to VOTE.

Fred is in/on/near/at: dA Bucket!
Fred feels: chipper chipper

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Fred feels: calm calm
Fred is listening to: Lene Lovich "Bird Song"

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St. Anthony, when you prayed, your stolen book of prayers was given back to you. Pray now for all of us who have lost things precious and dear. Pray for all who have lost faith, hope or the friendship of God. Pray for us who have lost friends or relatives by death. Pray for all who have lost peace of mind or spirit. Pray that we may be given new hope, new faith, new love. Pray that lost things, needful and helpful to us, may be returned to our keeping. Or, if we must continue in our loss, pray that we may be given Christ’s comfort and peace. Amen.


I like the old kids version better.....

Saint Anthony.
Saint Anthony.
Please look around.
Something is lost and needs to be found


Bunny is lost. I can not find him anywhere. We've been together since the spring of 1968. I don't recall seeing him since just before Christmas. I had assumed he was under the bed. He wasn't.

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One of my favorite bloggers, Jim Sullivan over at Suldog (he reminds me of my cousin Michael) has several excellent posts up about the all too early jump retailers and other businesses get on endless Christmas promotions....you know the ones:  radio stations that play Christmas music 24/7 starting in early November, stores that take down the Halloween decorations and put the Christmas stuff on October 20th etc. etc.  Jim is encouraging everyone to remember that holidays should be celebrated one at a time.....and specifically that Thanksgiving celebrations should conclude prior to the commencement of the Christmas hype.  Jim is encouraging all bloggers who agree to create a post titled "Thanksgiving Comes First"....a wee, little, homespun movement.

Personally, I would be very happy if my world had an extra few weeks free from endless Dunkin Donuts posters and billboards featuring an orange skinned Rachael Ray hawking gift cards.

If I get organized, I may have my Halloween decorations down by Thanksgiving.

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Fred feels: dorky dorky
Fred is listening to: Crash Test Dummies "Mmm Mmm Mmm"

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So I took this silly meme quiz back in June and e-mailed myself the results....I'm just getting around to posting them.


So, girl_named_fred, your LiveJournal reveals...



You are... 8% unique (blame, for example, your interest in wellesly willis) and 1% herdlike. When it comes to friends you are normal. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are keen to please. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is conventional.

Your overall weirdness is: 50

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 90% of other LJers.)


Find out what your weirdness level is!

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Lookie what I did this weekend, instead of sitting around being depressed, sleeping too much or spending scads of time at the office!  (And I made the video this morning, on the bus, while on my way to work!  Technology is FUN!!!)

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Fred feels: dorky dorky
Fred is listening to: Beat Farmers "Happy Boy"

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Fred feels: blah blah
Fred is listening to: WOXY Vintage

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The Museum is open and the visitors are posting their photos on Flickr!

Here is a link to a great photo set shot by Oyunfound on 4/15 the second day of the public opening.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/oyunfound/sets/72157600081397375/



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Fred feels: ecstatic ecstatic
Fred is listening to: "It don't come easy" Ringo Star

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All the testing is over --- and now I get to choose.  My terminal ilium/ileoscal  valve is very scarred and will only dialate between 2 and 4mm.  (It should dilate to about 20mm).  The rest of my large intestine (colon) and small intestine (ilium) look nice and healthy.  No signs or infection or inflamation.  My meds have all been adjusted and now I'm taking only 5 pills a day!   (down from 15 a few weeks ago)

But now I have to make a decision.  I'd hoped to not need to make this decison until my 50's.....but..oh well.

Do I want to try and have my valve streached using a baloon dilation method?  This would be a one day, outpatient procedure.  Recovery shouldn't be more than a day or so.  If it works, I can expect the results to last for no more than 2 years.  If it doesn't work I can still have the surgery.  There is a 5% chance that the dialation would cause a perferation and I'd have to have the surgery right away.  I will still need the surgery eventually.

I could also just go ahead and have the surgery this spring.  This would be major, inpatient surgery.  Good, old, small bowel, resection.  From what I've read, even if they manage to do the surgery laproscopicly, I'd still be in the hospital for 13+ days.  A perfect result would leave me having no more blockage, and no more inflamation and no fresh, internal scarring.  It is more likely that I'll get more internal scarring and need more surgey in 5+ years.  And this is surgery -- so there will be external scar or scars and possible post surgical adhesions.  I'd probably need significant recovery time at home as well.

I'm not meeting with the surgeon until May 4 -- and then I need to follow up with my gastro doc.  Until I do this I don't have all the facts and I'm doing independent research and speculation.  If I have the baloon dilation they would do it on May 9.   (They could do it earlier -- but I can't take any time off in April.) 

I've missed so much of 2007 already -- and my work and family life are both in the toilet.  I don't have any more time left to be sick.  Then again - a small part of me thinks that 2+ weeks in the hospital, hopped up on painkillers and not needing to do anything more complicated than eat jello and stumble to the bathroom sounds like an awesome vacation.

Here you can see a video of an actual baloon dilation procedure....but it is not on the terminal illium ....its on some old dude's colostomy stoma.  (I do not have and hopefully never will, have a colostomy)

And here: is a paper about quality of life for patients undergoing this type of surgery.

And here is an abstract for a journal article about long term results of the baloon dialtion procedures on my kind of scars.

Here is another graphic slide show of an acutal person with Crohns disease symptons just like mine.

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I was at MGH for more tests on Monday ---- and afterwards hung out at "Eat Street Cafe" until it was time to catch the next bus back to Providence.

Monday was orange Jello day --- I'd sampled lemon at MGH the week prior. While both the orange and yellow jello had good firmness and clean, cube cut lines...neither had any flavor.

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Today's Jello was alternating layers of Apricot and Cranberry. Both flavors rock --- and are even more amazing together.

Note the stylish use of a left over deli-container and the BEU-TEA-FULL, faux marble laminate of our kitchen counters.

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Fred feels: hyper hyper
Fred is listening to: "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!" - Dan Zanes

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Lunch today was a delightful medley of Jello Strawberry and Kozy Shack Atomic Apple....purchased during Thursday's Zip Car run.

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Fred feels: satisfied satisfied
Fred is listening to: Freddy Johnston "I Got The Papers"

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I'm happy to report that it was not A DAY WITHOUT JELLO despite the fact that my lunch Jello and I were separated. Zip Car Pesky Prius whisked me away from my office in beautiful Fort Point Channel and took me to the supermarket on Morrisey BLVD for some much needed Jello.

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Fred feels: ecstatic ecstatic

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Some one built a model of the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts out of Jello!

The entire set of photos is here:

And the artist's (Liz Hickok) website is here.

SFist has a great interview with the artist here.

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Fred is listening to: "Goodbye Earl" - Dixie Chicks

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Somewhere between my living room and the bus depot I lost my lunch.

No jello for me today! 

No weird ass, lame, bad cameraphone photos for you!

I'm going to have to scrounge the neighborhood for something very low fiber and low residue that I can eat.

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Fred feels: crushed crushed
Fred is listening to: "Last Gang in Town" - The Clash

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Plastic bags sing about their higher purpose.




Edited - boy_notnamed_fred managed to get the video up at YouTube....enjoy....


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