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We salute the Grammy nomination of the late great Dave Van Ronk's final concert album:
". . . and the tin pan bended and the story ended . . ."
DVR Grammy CD
Watch the 47th Grammy's and look for DVR's Wife and Producer, Andrea Vuocolo Vanronk, and our beloved Christine Lavin [who helped edit it]
February 13, 2005 8PM on CBS.

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William Valdez is our Son-in-Law Extrodinaire.
You can support our troops via this site, and support William, personally, if you wish. His TFT ID is 1862195
Thank you!

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US Faces of the Fallen:
•US Fatalities in Iraq

•US Fatalities; "Operation Enduring Freedom"

Civilian casualties update
  Monday   July 21   2008

I don't know why I tend to not post much about this ICI [invisible chronic illness] that has been the driving force [puns all intended] since 1989, and in a bigger way in '93, but here's some info about a study regarding FMS [Fibromyalgia Syndrome] and cognitive ability.

The results of a study from the Department of Behavioral Sciences; and Department of Internal Medicine, Section of Rheumatology, Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL.

PMID: 18636019

"OBJECTIVE: Abnormal processing of information in fibromyalgia may hold clues to brain abnormalities in this illness. The purpose of this study is to examine the speed of mental operations in people with the fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) under the pressure of time. The central question addresses whether FMS is associated with processing speed deficits across a spectrum of speeded tasks.

CONCLUSION: Abnormalities in naming speed are an unappreciated feature of FMS. Selective deficits in naming speed in association with otherwise well preserved global processing speed set patients with FMS apart from controls with memory complaints. Clinicians would be wise to specifically request adding a rapid naming test such as the Stroop Test to the cognitive battery; to document cognitive dysfunction in FMS patients who otherwise appear to test normally, despite often intense complaints of memory and concentration difficulties that can affect job performance and increase disability"

Some wee bit of affirmation and, dare I say, vindication, re: my decrease in IQ, memory, ability to read (I used to be a voracious reader to rival Gordy ) and a decent writer too. And, one of the scariest bits of all, especially with Mom's Alz onset, my memory not being as it used to be, is this a portent of things to come? or is it a symptom of FMS, and lack of stage 4 sleep, the restorative bit of sleep, and the pain 24x7, and /or the additional Rx...can the brain losses be reversed by some or in full? Dare to dream? TBD
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 08:39 PM - link -    

  Saturday   July 19   2008

Ut Oh! It's is happening "in my backyard" - this is very frightening. Imagine being unable to work, and the world around one is collapsing faster than one can think. I don't know what to do with the few paltry shekels I have in the bank even -- is it safer there than under the proverbial mattress?

Dark days:
This was from KIRO News TV newsletter:

BREAKING NEWS: Northwest-Based Company Files For Bankruptcy

Olympic Boat Centers, headquartered in Redmond, files chapter 11 documents in U.S. bankruptcy court, owing as much as $100 million to its creditors, according to court documents obtained by KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

REDMOND, Wash. -- A major Northwest-based company -- with an ad campaign that nearly everyone recognizes -- has filed for bankruptcy.

The Olympic Boat Centers, whose slogan is "We’ll make a boat nut out of you!" has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in a court in the Central District of California this week.

The company, headquartered in Redmond, has 21 West Coast locations from British Columbia to San Diego. According to court documents, it owes as much as $100 million to its creditors.

The company has been in business for more than 50 years, and its Web site says that it's the world's largest seller of Bayliners, Meridians, Trophy Boats and others.


 07:23 PM - link -    

"walk this way..." Igor [prnounced Eye-gore] from "Young Frankenstien" [pronounced Steen] -- there's more!