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Fighting Cancer One Weed at a Time

Apr. 12th, 2007 | 05:14 pm

Another 40-something friend is in the hospital, recovering from cancer surgery after months of chemotherapy designed to shrink the tumors.   The operation was about a week ago, and I think he's cleaned up enough now for his three- and five-year-old daughters to visit him without freaking them out too much. Good surgical results, apparently, but not really good times.

Nothing for friends to do.

OxalisFortunately other church folks worked with the family and set up an online needs list at Lotsa Helping Hands. Behind a password we see what help around the house is needed (a meal on this day, shopping on that day), and sign up for what we can do.

It's kinetic therapy for their friends. 

I took a turn at weeding this afternoon.  For two hours I felt like I was doing something.  Contributing. Fighting the cancer.

Damn, killing oxalis is great mood elevator. 

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Oh, You Want THAT Price?!!!

Apr. 12th, 2007 | 07:54 pm

I hadn't realized that crazy-quilt pricing, perfected by the airline industry, had moved into the land of white-bread electronics stores. 

Sure, I know that you have to bargain when you buy in the low-rent camera stores on Market, Grant, and Kearny streets.  When you buy at specialty stores like Wolfs I expect to be rewarded when asking for bundles, cheaper extended warranties, or items to be "thrown in".

But, I didn't expect the pricing at Circuit City to vary depending upon where you are when you ask the price.

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