Feb 11, 2003, 3:30am
It's been another very long day for me, and one where I felt I got none of the things I wanted to get done... done. Sigh.
I've been getting more than a few emails in the past week or two from people asking how my Mom is doing, so I figure I'll post an update, to get you all up to speed. First, some photos, of my Mom and Dad, because, well, both are having their health problems (more below). You can click each photo to see a larger version.
My Mom with her first (and so far, only) grandchild, Aiden. Both are tuckered out after a long Christmas day.
Brother and Sister
My uncle Bobby with my Mom, on Christmas Eve, before we headed to my Dad's place (my Mom and Dad are separated, but on good terms).
I call my dad "Old Fart" (to his face too!) but it's a term of endearment. Everytime I call up, I figure out another way to say it, "Woain, est ce que le vielle smellieuse habit lavas?" (loosely translated: yes, is the old smelly one living there?) heh heh. This is how he looks at me when I say it.
Mark did something dumb.
Hey, I must have done something really goofy off camera - this is the only time he would laugh like this :) Just kidding - my Dad is a gregarious laugher when he wants to be :)
With my Mom, she's no longer getting chemo, and at times it seems like the Ottawa Cancer clinic has just kind of forgotten about her, or pushed her to the side. She's taking pain meds every day now, but has put on a lot of weight (very good news). Still she's fairly lethargic and gets out of breath very easily. She does hear positive news from time to time, and most recently, was invited to get a "treat you like royalty" service from another cancer organization - they come by once a week and basically do anything and everything she wants! :)
She has gotten some minor hope - her MD says that the main lump still in her body seems to be shrinking. Right now we don't know. I am concerned that she has to take so much morphine just to get through the day.
With my Dad, something I haven't made "public" till now: he had triple bypass heart surgery a week ago today. My Dad has got to start taking care of things a bit better, and maybe this is his "wake up call". He quit smoking when he had a minor stroke back in his mid-late 30s, (quit cold turkey, just like that), so maybe this will put a new scare into him.
He came through the operation okay, but has a bunch of new scars, and will require quite some time to recover. He's not quite out of the woods yet, but we're all positive. I've been kind of putting his operation in the back of my mind because to be frank, the impact of my Mom's illness and my Dad's heart problems combined were too tough to bear at the same time.
Now that he's through it, I can talk about it more. So he's got new shiny valves connected to his pumper inside, and soon, he'll be feeling like an energized Mr. Burns! :) And get this, later this year, he's having one (or both, I can't remember) of his knees replaced. Yes, replaced.
I figure next time I call him, I may have to have the Steve Austin (6 million dollar man, not stone cold) theme song playing in the background, and start off with the words "we can rebuild him. Better. Stronger. Faster..."
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Photos from Algonquin Park
Photos from my trip to Algonquin Park this fall with my Mom and two brothers.
Making Snow for the Fortress
One of the worst jobs I ever had... till I got out.
Tools I Use
The tools I use to build websites and lead a tech life.
iPod and iTunes Offline
iMark's iTunes and iPod isn't iPlaying anything right iNow.
Most Recent Songs
Fiddlers Green by The Tragically Hip
Around The Bend by Pearl Jam
Here With Me (Rollo's Chillin' With the Family Mix) by Dido
With arms open wide by Creed
truffle pigs by Matthew Good Band
In the News
Burundi and Beyond - NY Times
Great article by Peter Meehan - provided some background.
St. Petersburg Times
Side mention in an article about good machines
AP Story on Espresso
Background and information provided
NY Times - Grinders Article
Especially proud of this one - got the reporter to focus on grinders
Globe and Mail
LOL - showing bad reporting, dude says I'm an American-based site!
The Olympian, WA
Talks about my love for the El Sal Siberia Pacamara
Seattle Times - Clover
Interviewed for comments on the Clover brewer
NY Times - How it Works
Background and information for various espresso machines
Time Mag Article
Just a brief mention, article about roasting beans.
Front page article about consumers getting into specialty coffee.
Quoted reference to what I wrote in an article at CoffeeGeek.
USA Today - Barista Jam
Intereviewed for my thoughts on what the epitome of espresso is.
The Wall Street Journal has interviewed me 3 times. This is the first time my name got in a story.
Interview with Reuters, Jan 2 - this is the USA Today version.
My Other Stuff
Launched Dec 22, 2001, this is THE online community for espresso and coffee fanatics.
It's all new, as of March, 2002. My personal coffee obsession site.
My company's site - needs an update!
Hey, if you feel the need to buy me something, check here!
Great gadget site run by the guy who used to do Gizmodo.
This is how I get my daily news fix.
The most active forums for digital photography online today.
Need my Daily Zen fix!
A blog about car stuff. Vroom Vroom.
An industrial design blog. Very cool stuff.
Friends and Family Plan
Beata's got her own blog! She updates it most days.
Riddla on Flickr
Matt Riddle's flickr account, updated regularly
Irdy, my friend from Jakharta, on Flickr
Canon EF 24-105 f4 L Lens
The best lens I've ever owned. Super sharp and quick.
A full frame dSLR, with luscious colour reproduction.
Alzo Digital Lights
Some amazing florescent cold lights for product photography
Canon Xsi dSLR
Amazing technology and image quality in a tiny package.
Latest prosumer camera from Canon - a much better upgrade than the 30D
Great 2.2lb computer that does most of my travel / writing needs
28mm f1.8 Lens
A great lens for closeup work and full picture photography
Finally got the right tools for freezing green coffee.
Canon 50mm 1.4
Most amazing lens I've ever owned. Produces stellar photos.
Super wide angle (full frame fisheye) zoom for my Canon 20D