this week i

met howard and teresa in manhattan.  we shared umbrellas with rupak after his lecture, inquired about restaurant wait times, two and a half hours.  bistro seated us immediately, we sampled snail, then starcraft till three.  eight hours sleep, skydiving home movie, beer on ferry, two and a half smorgasburg cuban sandwiches, two arnold palmers in compostable cups.  we walked to transmitter park, then queens no backtracking.  spring and summer wrestled for the day.  overfull with hell's kitchen brussel sprouts and pizza with the perfect char, we found our seats.  all-american prophet, spooky mormon hell dream my favorites, this is american culture concentrate.  hello!  bumper sticker from bus home: do you follow jesus this close

read two hundred years of surgery by atul gawande.

"this yankee dodge beats mesmerism hollow," liston exclaimed.

it would take a little while for surgeons to discover that the use of anesthesia allowed them time to be meticulous. despite the advantages of anesthesia, liston, like many other surgeons, proceeded in his usual lightning-quick and bloody way. spectators in the operating-theater gallery would still get out their pocket watches to time him. the butler's operation, for instance, took an astonishing 25 seconds from incision to wound closure. (liston operated so fast that he once accidentally amputated an assistant’s fingers along with a patient’s leg, according to hollingham. the patient and the assistant both died of sepsis, and a spectator reportedly died of shock, resulting in the only known procedure with a 300% mortality.)


this week i

discussed income, poverty, and health insurance changes to the current population survey, section 2a.

watched woman at war, she shoots a drone out of the sky like mortal kombat's scorpion.

cooked pesto with mozzarella dressing after a long boil.

resisted eating national gallery nachos and guacamole left by a steven spielberg lookalike, despite seven dollars saved.

thumbed through our dumb century.  stirring symbol of human spirit difficult to clean out of tank treads


this week i

published big numbers on medicare insulin spending.

climbed one hundred three floors and then some.


 have white hairs, not grey.  give me your hat.  today chicago, population 2.

demonstrated in-flight sinus safety.

never like airport chauffeuring but nailed this one.