I’m still here.


I really enjoy The Take-Away Shows. You could spend all night watching them and discovering new artists and music. Like this video, The Tallest Man on Earth covering These Days.

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So after years and years of soreness and pain — not to mention years of complaining — I finally went and got a proper checkup of my right shoulder, thanks to the good and competent folks at UW Sports Medicine. It’s been eight years since I injured it — throwing a straight right in boxing class — and it’s been something I’ve ignored and ignored, figuring it would eventually heal itself. Well, after playing more tennis the last two years, it was something I just couldn’t put off.

And as the picture says, I’ve got a (partially) torn labrum. Note: That’s not my MRI image; I found it on Google by searching “MRI of torn labrum.” Evidently, a lot of people upload their MRIs to the mother web.

It’s finally good to know why my shoulder hurts and what was causing the pain. It wasn’t tendinitis, like one doctor surmised when I had it looked at before.

So here’s the conundrum. When do I have surgery? It’s going to be quite extensive — months of being in a sling and months of rehab. It will be at least six months until I can use it. If I have surgery now, I’ll be in a sling all summer (no tennis) but be ready for ski season (and my new skis). If I wait until the winter, I miss ski season, but get to enjoy the summer. Or I can put it off until next year or the year after or the year after that …

I’m pretty torn — no pun intended — right now. I can still play tennis and do everything I enjoy if I manage the pain (a couple of ibuprofen) and bear it out. I can keep doing that. And keep griping.

So is it worth six months to get this fixed (90 percent success rate, my doctor says)? I’m leaning towards waiting and having it next year.

What does everyone else think?

I’m just a few years behind the Oprah book club. Just got to part II. Lee is an extraordinary character (I won’t give anything away). Steinbeck is an extraordinary writer.

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I was persuaded by a Whole Food clerk to buy this homeopathic medicine to combat my coming cold/flu. No evidence, however, proves that oscillococcinum, or other “prevention” medication like Zicam, prevents the flu. Oh, well. At least the little tablets that you dissolve in your mouth taste like candy. Yum!

Meanwhile, I’m watching the second season of Dexter. My entertainment has taken a turn toward the macabre.


Sorry, anonymous searcher, nothing like that here.

Was walking Sadie this morning. Saw four girls light up. One was wearing a LIVESTRONG bracelet. Was that a picture of irony? A paradox? Maybe Alanis Morissette can tell us.

Sorry for getting that lousy song stuck in your head. “It’s like RAAAAAAIIIIN ….”

Now it’s officially official. I’ve joined AOL’s FanHouse.com as its Page 1 editor. I couldn’t be any more excited. There are a lot things appealing about the job — the fact I have a job is appealing in itself — but the opportunity to shape a major sports site and make it one of the premier destinations for sports journalism really gets my juices flowing.

FanHouse has added a stable of talented and respected journalists and bloggers — while other publications cut back. How could you not be thrilled, ecstatic, exhilarated, electrified, etc., etc., about a company that’s willing to invest and expand in this environment? FH wants to be at the forefront of the new media landscape, and I feel lucky to have a stake and voice in it.

Here’s the press release, which made me blush a little. And a story from MediaPost.

I’m going to get my hands dirty soon, diving into the site and getting to work. I hope you give FanHouse a chance and some of your page views (if you’re a true friend, you’ll make the site your home page). FanHouse — it’s going to be Fan-tastic!