May 6th, 2008


[links] Link salad Tuesday edition, reduced calorie portion

Tubulovillous adenocarcinoma in 50% merinokateyule is brilliant. My throw toy/plushie of my tumor. I have several other magnificent friends working on other props for me. Watch this space.

Movie maps of the world — Cartograms of the global film industry.

Dressed for a meeting, ready for mayhem — Detectives and their suits.

Top US commando says strain of war limits forces elsewhere — Conservative friends of mine have challenged assertions on this blog that the military's capacity has been reduced. Here it is from the horse's mouth.

Time in saddle: 0 minutes (slept in)
Last night's weigh-out: 273.3
This morning's weigh-in: 270.0
Currently reading: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]


[cancer] We have a surgery date

Short explanation:

I will be going in for surgery early Friday morning at OHSU. We believe this is a relatively early stage cancer, and pending post-operative assessment the current plan is that to be the primary treatment. I do not expect chemo or radiation therapy unless the surgeon discovers more cancer than currently expected.

I will be recuperating in the hospital for four to seven days, then home for seven to ten days. lasirenadolce will have the keys to this blog, and will post regular updates, as well as appropriate witticisms from me, and general hospital humor.

If you're moved to send me gifts or flowers while I'm in durance medical, I really appreciate that, but I'd strongly prefer a donation to the Clayton Memorial Medical Fund. ( That's an emergency medical fund for Pacific Northwest writers experiencing medical-related financial difficulties.

When possible I'll be back. Due to an extensive schedule of pre-op consults, expect light blogging tapering to nothing more from me for a while starting Friday.

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[personal] JayCon VIII is still on!

As previously announced, JayCon VIII, my 8th annual 37th birthday party, will be Saturday, June 7th, here in Portland from 2 to 5 pm at the Flying Pie in SE Portland. Come help me celebrate both my birthday and the life that I get to keep on living at this, my post-surgical coming out party.

Flying Pie Pizzeria
7804 SE Stark Street
Portland, 97215
(503) 254-2016
[ Google Maps ]

(At his own request Paul Carpentier is specifically not invited.)