May 22nd, 2005

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Whirly weekend

Saturday morning erickavan convinced me to go to the emergency room in order to get the ultrasound needed to confirm my gallstone diagnosis done. It was that or wait for Wednesday. So I spent a good chunk of the morning (read 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) hanging out in the St. John's hospital emergency room. I brought along the latest Year's Best Fantasy and Horror short story collection, though, so it passed without too much boredom.

The results of the ultrasound, however, were negative. I don't have gallstones. WTF? So what's been causing my symptoms for over a week? Have to get back to my doctor this week, if possible, and find out. I'm wondering if maybe I passed the gallstones, as I haven't had any symptoms today. Anything's possible, I suppose.

In the later afternoon, I zipped over to the mnstf meeting and hung out for a little while. But then it was back home to get dinner for Ericka and the animals and, because the place where she was showing is a hop and a skip from my place, over to see 90_percent_sure's Art-A-Whirl showing.

I'd been forewarned about the steps, so they weren't too daunting and I found 90_percent_sure at the top of them, encamped on the pink leather couch. We chatted for a bit and then the gallery shut down for regular showing and started their party. It was a funky warehouse with art on the walls, free, good beer and a decent band playing exactly the kind of music you want to listen to when you're drinking beer in a funky warehouse with a bunch of art and artists. Fun! The decent band finished up and a more-sucky band started up, so the place emptied out and we finally got out of there a little after midnight.

I went back today to get some pictures of 90_percent_sure's beads for her and then returned home to run some errands and watch the Twins game. It was a great outing by our Cy Young Award Winner, but my TiVo stopped recording after the three hours that most games take. So I was left in limbo, having last seen that the Brewers were up by a run in the ninth as the Twins came to bat. I'm very pleased to see that the team tied it up and went on to beat the Brewers in 11 innings. I bet it was exciting. I'll have to go read Bat Girl for her take on it.

I night of TV awaits me, with a couple of movies and some specials on the Discovery channel called "The Science of Star Wars." I think they probably don't quite get the point that Star Wars isn't about the science, but, hey, should be fun to see the latest spiffy gadgets and such.
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