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Friday, 04 March, 2005

I called Mom last night and told her she needed to go to the emergency room. I received this e-mail from her this morning:

Hi Hon,

Thanks for calling last night - -We just got back from the emergency room. We were there 8 hours: 6-2, had an ultrasound and blood work.

I have been diagnosed as having biliary colic - - in other words, gallbladder disease. The doctor recommended having it removed sooner rather than later and if possible by the weekend. Only liquids until I do.

Dad was with me all the time and we are going to crash now.

Love, Mom

She called later in the morning and related her ordeal. She is going to call her doctor as soon as the office opens to see about getting scheduled for surgery. Will post an update as needed.

UPDATE: She can't even get in to see the surgeon until Wednesday! I guess if it's only debilitating pain, one has to wait one's turn. *sheesh*

[I wish I wasn't going to London tomorrow.]

We received Mary and Mark's wedding announcement today - cute! The wedding will be at the Historic First Lutheran Church in Pasadena.

In keeping with family tradition, I am researching the "native costumes" of Pasadena that the menfolk will be wearing:

Early residents of the South Pasadena area included the Gabrielino Indians whose territory extended from present-day El Toro to the San Gabriel Mountains. Known villages included Sonanga in the San Marino area and Aleupkinga in present-day Arcadia. At the time of the arrival of Gaspar de Portola in 1769, the Gabrielino population was estimated to be approximately 5,000. (Source)

The women wore a two-piece soft buckskin skirt with the edges cut into fringes and ornamented with shell beads. A cape was made by folding an oblong piece of animal fur diaginally, and tying the opposite corners together. It was worn covering one arm and shoulder.

The men usually didn't need clothing. In cold weather people wore a large cloak made of rabbit, fox or sea otter. The chiefs wore a long cloak reaching to their ankles.(Source)

Hmmm, on second thought, perhaps we should stick with the OTHER native costume of Pasadena:

Tommy Trojan

[Perhaps not.]

And now for something completely different:

Moose rings twice

It was too early to be the postman, and a family in Buvikåsen [Norway] found instead that their unexpected visitor was from the animal kingdom.

The family had barely risen from their beds when they heard the doorbell chime on a frosty morning during the winter holidays last week.

The man of the house, which is on the edge of a forest, tried to spot who their unexpected visitor could be, but the view of the front door was blocked by a veranda roof - but he could hear heavy breathing from the entrance stairs, newspaper Trønderbladet reports.

At this point the family realized that they were being paid a surprisingly direct visit from one of the moose that had been roaming around their home in recent weeks.

The doorbell rang one more time before their large visitor changed its mind and ran off. From tracks in the fresh snow it was clear that a moose had indeed been the one trying to get into the house by unusually human methods.

[Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti...]

Quote du jour:

"Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing "Embraceable You" in spats."

-- Woody Allen (1935 - ____) US comedian, actor, film director

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