It’s Saturday and for me, it represents the “day after” as I had surgery yesterday to remove a skin cancer, the result of excessive exposure to the sun. This is my tenth surgery since we began discovering these lesions (most of which are carcinomas http://www.skincancer.org/Basal-Cell-Carcinoma/) coming up on my face, arms, and back. Once you have had surgery, you begin to look around at others who are regularly exposing themselves to the same rigor you once did and realize their fate may well result in the same. Last year, Forbes magazine did a study on the subject and noted that much of what we think in our culture as well as our family history has a lot to do with how we end up with skin cancer. Whether you’re like me, who’s background is from European bloodlines with fair-skin and light color hair or you’re one of those living in the world’s “skin cancer hot spots”, chances are you or someone you know will grow one or more variances of the disease. The end result is the same. The surgeries are no fun. They are time consuming, costly (thank goodness for insurance), and result in cutting, sewing and cauterizing the skin (I’m still trying to decide what I hate the most, sewing or the smell of my flesh burning). The alternative is, left untreated it will eventually cause severe skin disease and in many cases, death. The Forbes story reminds the reader to be smart about sun explosure and links to providing tips for protection.
I’ll be fine in a few days when I get the stitches out and mobility returns to the area of my surgery (this one was on my neck). But it again reminds me to be on the lookout for anything that may show in the future and to get it checked out as soon as I find it. Early prevention is the key.
Turning to the World Wide Web, there are several things going on this week as Windows 7 is released and U2 is preparing to be televised on YouTube. This and other Web related things are featured in this week’s edition of JWL.
I’m waiting on my copy of Windows 7 as I have placed my order. Everything I am reading and viewing says that this is a positive upgrade from Vista and will likely be the operating system of choice among PC owners. Of course, W7 will also run on MAC, but Snow Leopard is the new system upgrade for the MAC, so I will imagine that Apple users will want to stick with their specific operating system. Meanwhile, a safer, more secure system with fewer bugs and a better task bar management system speaks volumes to me. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/
Also, Sunday night 8:30 Pacific – 11:30 Eastern Irish rockers U2 will be doing a first, while in concert at the Rose Bowl, their performance will be shown live on YouTube. Their stage, dubbed “the claw” has to be one of the most incredible used. A visit to YouTube will give details of the concert and a quick search will show a listing of concert footage that’s been uploaded. The concerts in Wembley Stadium are probably some of the best. http://www.youtube.com
Also new this week, Facebook has added Live Feed as an option on the left side menu. Just click through to see what’s happening right now. As long as you remain logged into Facebook, you’ll continue to see posts and activity from your friends in real-time. You can edit what appears in this view by clicking “Edit Options” at the bottom of the home page. http;//www.facebook.com
Like to play with words? Visuwords is a fun thesaurus in visual graphs that is actually a dictionary as well as thesaurus. All you have to do is type in a word and it automatically thinks of meanings, alternatives and other ways you can find to creatively use words. If you can’t think of anything but you want to see this site in action then just click on the random button. And if you use Firefox, you can include Visuwords as a search tool. http://www.visuwords.com/
Blamestorming: Sitting around in a group discussing who’s to blame for a missed deadline or a failed project.
Chainsaw Consultant: An outside expert brought in to reduce the employee headcount, leaving the top brass with clean hands.
Cube Farm: An office filled with cubicles.
Prairie Dogging: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and heads pop up over the walls to see what’s going on.
Ohno Second: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you’ve just made a huge mistake.
SITCOMs: Single Income, Two Kids, Oppressive Mortgage.
00Stress Puppy: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.
Treeware: Printed documentation or paperwork.
Xerox Subsidy: Free photocopies from one’s workplace.
A guy walks into a bar and asks the bartender if he’ll give him a free beer for an amazing trick. The bartender agrees. The guy pulls out a hamster that begins dancing and singing.
“That is amazing!” says the bartender and gives him a beer.
“If I show you something else, will you give me another beer?” The bartender agrees.
The guy pulls out a small piano and a frog. The same hamster plays the piano while the frog dances and sings.
The bartender, completely wowed, gives him another beer.
A man in a suit, who’s been watching the entire time, offers to buy the frog for a large sum, and the man agrees.
“Are you nuts?” asks the bartender. “You could’ve made a fortune off that frog.”
“Can you keep a secret?” asks the man. “The hamster’s a ventriloquist.”
In “Fellowship of the Rings,” what did Sauron say to Frodo?
“You’re a hard hobbit to break!”
I took a real estate client to a “handyman special.” The place was great, and we couldn’t understand why it was so cheap, until we turned on the water main and water gushed from the ceiling. Dripping wet, my client put a positive spin on the showing: “Nice house,” he said. “It’s even self-cleaning.”
That’s it for this week, friends and neighbors. Time to get ready for Upward Basketball at our Family Life Center. Live broadcast online begins at 8 this morning and you can watch from either www.FBFirst.net or www.ICanSee.TV. It’s fun watching the kids play B-ball.
Until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.
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