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Saturday, July 01, 2006



   Sort of looks like a macaroni noodle hanging out of my chest doesn't it? Master 'n Mom assured me it was temporary, there to allow the serous to drain. The vet will remove it Monday. Ha!
   I had surgery on Friday to have a large lipoma removed. Lipomas are benign growths that don't have to be removed, but Mom 'n Master said they wanted it out of there. I was given a volatile anesthetic, and that's the last thing I remember. I began the countdown of squeakamunkas (see FAQ) as I drifted off. Ten, nine, eight...
   Volatile anesthetics have three important properties: 1) inhibition of the pain sensation, 2) reversible loss of consciousness and, 3) inhibition of memory.
    That reversible part is kind of important. According to Master no one knows the mechanism of action of volatile anesthetics. That is, no one knows the molecular mechanism of how they do those three important things. A particularly disconcerting fact for the patient during countdown.
   Anyway, I thought I'd save us all a trip back to the vet Monday morning by removing that macaroni noodle myself. So I did. Early this morning on the side porch. Master 'n Mom were not pleased.

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What's an Upright?

Upright: noun : a by and large bipedal companion, also referred to as a human being.

What's a Cheechako?

Cheechako: noun : a person new to Alaska who has come with the intention to live here.

Who's Master?

Master: pronoun : just the finest upright on the face of the earth, that's who! To read him is to love him.

What's Dogdom?

Dogdom: noun : Life's venue from a dog's point of view.

What's a Sourdough?

Sourdough: noun : A long time Alaskan who has an automatic suspicion of cheechakos.

What does Outside mean?

Outside: noun : A provincial reference to somplace other than Alaska; usually the lower 48.

What's Breakup?

Breakup: noun : A uniquely Alaskan season between winter and spring when the snow and ice begins to melt for good.

Where is SquareBanks?

SquareBanks: slang : A self-evident euphemism for a place widely known as Fairbanks, AK.

Where can I read the Houston Trip?

Houston Trip: vignette : Here

What digital camera do you use?

Camera: hardware : Canon Powershot A80 (4.0 MP)

Who's Mom?

Mom: Hottie : Have A Look

What's a Squeakamunka?

Squeakamunka: noun : your ordinary gray squirrel which can be seen everywhere in our Cleveland neighborhood!

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