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  • Thank you, to someone

    Posted on December 29th, 2004 Jeff Keller No comments

    I received a mysterious thing in the mail the other day: a $25 iTunes gift certificate. I have no idea who sent it, but to whoever it was, thank you!
    Update: Thanks so much Willo!

  • Return to the doctor

    Posted on December 28th, 2004 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Long-time readers of this blog know that I went through an ordeal regarding my heart earlier this year (use the search feature to find the backstory). I was having problems with premature beats (PVCs or PACs, don’t know which), which seemed to be brought on by acid reflux or something stomach-related. I was prescribed RX-strength Pepcid AC and it worked very well — for a while. As the summer progressed I had fewer and fewer problems and life was almost back to normal. Then, in October, I got the stomach flu and I haven’t been the same since. The premature beats are back and are as bad as they were when this all started, and the Pepcid just doesn’t help anymore. Plus, I’ve been really anxious about the whole thing, which just makes things worse.
    So, on Tuesday I went to see my new doctor (I got rid of the guy from Myanmar) to get some help. He was quite a bit better than the old doctor, so I think I’ll keep him. Anyhow, he’s giving me another acid reducer, but I’m not sure how much it’ll help since it’s in the same class of drugs as Pepcid. If it doesn’t help in a few weeks I have some Prilosec that I can try. He also referred me to a “medical behavioral therapist” for help with the anxiety. Knowing Kaiser, that probably means medication, but at this point I’m ready to try just about anything to get out of this rut. While I’ve have anxiety from time-to-time in my life, this is the first time that it’s really made a negative impact on my life. I need a little help crawling out of this hole, and I’m hoping that the therapist can help.
    Update: Much to my surprise I left the therapist’s offer emptyhanded. He wants me to try my new stomach meds first, plus some relaxation exercises. We’ll touch base in 3 weeks to see what I need to do next.

  • Cool pictures of the week – Christmas edition

    Posted on December 25th, 2004 Jeff Keller No comments

    Inverness, CA (View larger image)

    Tule elk (View larger image)

    Merry Christmas to all! We’ve always celebrated Christmas and Hanukkah in my family, but this year was a little different. My sister and her husband of 5 months were up here, but they left this morning to spend xmas with his family — so we did our family thing last night. So this Christmas morning was a little different than normal.
    Anyhow, after my sister, brother-in-law, and Jackson left, we drove north to Point Reyes National Seashore, which is where I took the photos you can see above. I used the Olympus EVOLT E-300 digital SLR for these shots.
    We witnessed something really cool while there, but I don’t have pictures. We saw a virtual stampede of about 30 tule elk across the road… it was something to behold. We also saw some pretty amazing “racks” (ha ha) on some of them, but I didn’t have a lens that could get close to them. Apparently it’s mating season, so you’re not supposed to get near the elk.

  • Genetics

    Posted on December 22nd, 2004 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    Are all men as bad at wrapping presents as I am? Is it in our genes? Now I admit that I don’t put much effort into it, but even so, my work is pretty pathetic.

  • Stuck up

    Posted on December 22nd, 2004 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    What’s with all these “support our troops” yellow ribbon stickers that are appearing on the back of cars (especially SUVs) these days? Why do these people feel the need to tell other people this? Ego issues? (They are SUV drivers, after all.) I imagine that 99% of Americans support the troops. I didn’t support the war in the first place, but guess what, I still support the men and women putting themselves in harm’s way. But I don’t need to advertise it.

  • In a fog

    Posted on December 20th, 2004 Jeff Keller 1 comment

    Man, what’s with the weather around here lately? It’s been thick ground fog for over a week. If you’re lucky it gets to 45 degrees during the day, and at night it drops into the 30s. Hard to believe that 4 months ago it was 95 degrees every day.

  • That’s a lot of swimming

    Posted on December 18th, 2004 Jeff Keller No comments

    I was playing DDR Extreme today when I found the workout diary page. I don’t know when it started counting (maybe on the original DDR game I bought?) but that’s a lot of “dancing”. Even more impressive are the equivalents for other sports. What’s funny is that it probably took me a month to reach the 135 miles of jogging when I was on the cross country team in high school. I do wish I could still run like I could 10 years ago, but I think those days are over.
    I must say, though, DDR is a fun way to get in shape and drop some pounds. Between that and cutting out sugary drinks, I figure I’ve lost 15 pounds or so since this time last year, and I haven’t set foot in a gym. As cheesy as the game is, it sure beats riding a stationary bike!

  • Questionable public art

    Posted on December 17th, 2004 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    I’ve seen this piece (hidden in a redwood grove at Stanford) many times, and have always wanted to take a picture of it. Well, on today’s trip, I finally did. For some reason this thing looks like a giant sex toy… or maybe I just have a sick mind.