Making a new canine friend


The above photo is one of Sugar, our friend Ky’s Boyfriends Grandmothers dog. They’re watching her for the weekend.

It appears I’ve made a new pal in Sugar. That photo above is her sleeping right next to me.

Other photos:


Yeah – dogs like cats know when you’re wearing black. The above is sugar asleep atop me. She’s a sweet dog. Alas not ours. But getting to share this cutie over the weekend was great.


Pondering Robo-Callers and other things

So today while we were in the car our friends phone rang not once but twice with robo-callers trying to hawk stuff.

It was then I had the thought – I wonder how secure those robo-diallers are. Just imagine being able to hack into one and be able to change the outgoing message to something totally rude and dismissive of the telemarketer. Here’s a script I imagined you might put on the robo-caller:

“Hey there I’m a rude fucking robot and I’ve been hacked. Heap all your scorn and derision upon the businesses participating in this service. Have  blessed day.”

That last part was because a cashier in a supermarket said that to me. I thanked her for it. She was being very pleasant and I saw no reason to go into Atheist beast mode. It’s a lesson I learned when I was a kid to choose my battles.

I noticed something else down here in Georgia, people are friendlier than I’d been told to expect. Really nice change from the northeast.

Cardinal George Pell convicted

Oh man  I don’t often write about the Catholic Church being as I left the church decades ago. But I was educated in the Church and it’s schools so I feel that gives me unique perspective on this.

That a Cardinal can be convicted of a crime to me says it all about the Catholic hierarchy. You do realize a Cardinal is potentially one step away from being the infallible Bishop of Rome aka Pope.

But I knew this would happen eventually. I knew the Church couldn’t keep burying accusations of child sexual abuse. And they can no longer seal the records of priests being transferred to other diocese etc.

Now here’s the thing, if you can pinch a Cardinal – you can most certainly find evidence enough to take down a Pope or former Pope.

It’s about damn time.

The Job Hunt here

So the job hunt here in Georgia has been sort of frustrating. Have a good phone screen only to be told they went with a contractor, etc.

So an HR person at a certain company reached out. She saw my resume and thought I might be interested. I emailed my abbreviated resume and we spoke early today. Well then the manager called me and he and I got on like a house on fire. So they’re gonna bring me in for what I euphemistically call the Troll Check.

Consider it’s been two months we’ve been down here. Not bad.

Someone is getting released from the Hospital today

So last Sunday – someone (Not me) was complaining of the right eye hurting and a headache concentrated on the right side.

So we went to Emory Hillandale Hospital ER. They did all sorts of tests, blood, CT, etc. Tried MRI but because of a childhood injury that left a chunk of metal embedded in his cheek he couldn’t tolerate the MRI magnets. The ER Doctor there and I got to talking, he loves the RaspberryPi platform too. Good guy also.

They transferred him to the Emory Midtown Atlanta hospital intensive care unit. It’s because they thought they saw something in his visual cortex that was possibly stroke damage.

He was in Intensive care for three days, multiple pokes for blood draws,  CT Scans, Ultrasound of his liver and kidneys, no rest whatsoever. Finally they moved him to a regular room for another three days. The blood draws at 2AM started which irritated both someone and I.  But then the doctor says he’s got low Potassium and Magnesium. So they put him on supplements both IV and pills. The Magneisum is interesting , it’s 50ml of Magnesium Sulfate. He was wondering why his urine smelled funny.

Then they have him on a low sodium and cholesterol diet. But now it’s high blood pressure so they fire every possible drug into him for that. Until such time it came down to 114/68. BTW, one nurse fluffed me off when I said I could have sworn I saw that diastolic number. So when she left I powered up the WelchAlyn device and went into it’s logs. Yeah never lie to an InfoSci/InfoSec guy. That’s how I found that number above. As I told the doctor – it struck me the monitoring devices, volumetric infusion pumps, etc. all had simple interfaces. So easy to figure out.

Now first let me give accolades, the staff at Emory Midtown Hospital both ICU and Unit 61 was excellent. A stark comparison to the northeast.  I even told the nurses I thought they were great and it’ll be followed up by a nice letter to the hospital administration.

But when we spoke to the doctor yesterday he said maybe Monday or Tuesday someone would be released. Well it moved up today. It might have something to do with me asking for a printout of his medications and that we’d had enough.

For my poor guy was beginning to resemble a pin cushion. I mean double blood draws every day.

Now what struck me – they stuck in an IV port on his left arm. But they only use it for injections. But you could flush it and do blood draws with it. Instead they stuck him again and again.

Doctors will never say it but they’re stumped about the BP. I mentioned to the doctor maybe it’s the sodium thing. We’ll see, I will continue to monitor his BP at home. Because I showed the doctors and nurses my spreadsheet – nice and neat with statistical functions for all the five data points. Like I said, never, ever fuck with an InfoSci/InfoSec guy.

Couldn’t Love Atlanta area more

So someone has been in Emory University Hospital in Midtown Atlanta for four days now. One thing I can say about the nursing staff, doctors etc. here at the hospital I love them all. They are LIGHT YEARS better than hospital staff in the northeast. I mean MUCH better. A lot of the staff of nurses is from Nigeria – all lovely people and I mean it.

And this evening – we found out where they keep the coffee stash. You just have to go the nurses station on the floor and ask for the coffee packets. Now all they need to do is tell us where the half and half is and we’re good.

And I’ve extolled the virtues of the area – it really is something else here. I mean it really is. Some of my favorite artists tour through here regularly. Ever since I changed my location on Facebook I know get event invites for the likes of Erykah Badu, Deniece Williams, and the list goes on. Add to that I can’t wait for October – and be able to go to NetherWorld. And then of course there’s Dragon Con, and I hear tell that there’s not only an LGBT parade but a Black LGBT parade too.

And real estate – condos from $35K and up from there. For about $50K you can get a nice one. Homes anywhere from $50K up to $300K. Our friend we’re staying with I tell her she got a good deal on her place, a 3000 square feet, two car garage, a fenced in back yard, a what she calls her She-Shed. Plus a nice deck built out back too. For a little under $200K.

I’ve already lobbied our MIL, Someones Brother etc. to come on down. And in the case of Someone’s Brother – he’d be in 7th heaven down here – there’s some mighty fine looking women. Just because I’m gay doesn’t mean I cannot appreciate beauty.

Someone is ok

So you had to have seen in the previous post. The Spouse (And that’s exactly how I listed myself on all the consent forms.) did NOT have a stroke. A comparison CT scan ruled that out today.

So they are keeping him for one more day because they want his BP to come down. I did show the doctor the tracking sheet I have for his BP, Blood Sugar, Pulse Rate, SP02, date, time, comments. I also mentioned his being confined to bed rest probably accounts for the BP rise.

The eye swelling is gone, the pain went too. Who knew the eye could cause headaches like that.

I will say though the people here in the Emory Midtown Atlanta hospital are top notch. Good people. Even the Doctors. It’s amazing compared to the northeast.