April 5th, 2013


That's better (213.0)

Third time's the charm? My pulse has been more reasonable lately, so I wasn't surprised, but it was still a bit of a relief, that I wasn't deferred and could give blood successfully.

When I asked the phlebotomist to use the stretch wrap instead of adhesive tape, she warned me that they're being given less and less, and it'll probably soon be phased out entirely. I joked that I'll have to bring my own, but really, I'll have to ask the Red Cross to reconsider eliminating it completely. Adhesive tape is just too uncomfortable for those of us of the hirsute persuasion.

For some reason they didn't have their gallon pin box with them, so when I asked for my six-gallon pin, the woman looked around frantically before apologizing that she couldn't give me one. I was tempted to ask for my blood back to mess with her, but I promised a friend I'd be kind today. She suggested I call the Red Cross to see if they'll mail me one.

They did give us cool American Red Cross water bottles, though, with the carabiner and ring stuck pretty effectively inside the metal bottle. Took a little coaxing to get it out, but not as much as the slips of paper explaining how to use it. I especially like "Always ensure the lid is fastened securely before drinking."

Roger & Me

Wednesday's news that Roger Ebert was stepping back from his usual constant pace of writing to take a "Leave of Presence" due to a recurrence of his cancer already had me annoyed, so his death yesterday was a real kick in the teeth. Ebert dropping his TV work a few years ago had put him back on a heady pace as a writer, which was great for those of us who've enjoyed reading his movie reviews, not to mention his blog posts and his tweets.

I've only ever been an occasional movie reviewer, and never a serious one, but as a constant writer I've always seen him as a great example of pithy and powerful prose. A lot of yesterday's coverage referred to his plain "midwestern" language, but really, it was simply that he was a clear writer who never used fancy words when ordinary ones would do.

Last night I decided I needed to watch a movie instead of the usual TV lineup, and I picked "The Godfather" from Ebert's list of 100 greatest movies of all time. I had the Blu-Ray set of all three movies (the third can be largely ignored) but hadn't opened it, so this was a good occasion.

Thanks to keeyoo for sharing this collection of 40 Hilariously Mean Roger Ebert Reviews.