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I received an e-mail from Boston Medical Center listing the criteria for flu shot eligibility this year:
*all children aged 6-23 months,
*adults aged 65 years and older,
*persons aged 2-64 years with underlying chronic medical conditions,
*all women who will be pregnant during influenza season,
*residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities,
*children 6 months-18 years of age on chronic aspirin therapy,
*health-care workers with direct patient care, and
*out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children aged <6 months.

How do they expect women to know if they will be pregnant during flu season?

As I got off the Albany Street exit off the Expressway, I saw piles and piles of very-white concrete blocks, no doubt for use with the Big Dig. I didn't think anything good look so white on such a dismally gray day.

I swung by Chromatopia last night to pick up my copy of Apuleius' Golden Ass. I let briganski borrow it several weeks ago on condition that he would return it to me in time for me to finish for book club. Now I have 8 days to read 264 pages. I'm not optimistic about my chances of success. (I am the definition of "slow reader"!)

When briganski brought the book downstairs he took a look in my truck and asked, "Went shopping?" "Yep." "You didn't go shopping for 'the party', did you?" he asked while nodding towards Ilana's house next door. "No, why would I go shopping for her party?" "Well, you tend to shop for occasions." "That's true. I was shopping for London."

I was shopping for dress shirts last night -- hi slinkr! -- since I anticipate wearing my suit at least twice in London, and the only decent dress shirt I've got is one I'd rather wear with jeans. When I tried to go to the dressing room to try the shirts on, the sales associate informed me that I couldn't try on anything that was in plastic packaging. Well, how the hell am I supposed to know if it fits??? Men's shirts are not created equal. I have a 17½ inch neck and 34-35 inch sleeves, supposedly. But those measurements are not universal. Different cuts, styles, etc., all factor in. After checking with a manager, he relented, but I was only allowed to take one shirt into the dressing room at a time! Good thing they let me try them on! The Van Heusen shirts were too short in the body, and I'm not sure if they had anything available for tall people. The Geoffrey Beene shirts ran small in the sleeve length. I think Kenneth Cole shirts probably fit me best in terms of cut and everything, but there were none at Filene's that I could find, and Filene's was having a sale on dress shirts. I ended up buying two Geoffrey Beene shirts, but went with the 36-37 sleeves, which the associate told me is the longest sleeve length they have.

I took my suit to The Men's Wearhouse to have it altered. While I was there I tried on a few sports coats. I found out that I am no longer a 44L. All the 44Ls were tight in the arms and shoulders. So the salesperson measured me, and we discovered that I am now a 46L. She also remarked that I "have big muscles" in my arms. I know she was just trying to butter me up for a sale, but it felt nice to hear someone comment.

The cause of Ken Caminiti's death was determined to be a drug overdose. I have to say I am disappointed but not surprised. I was really hoping he was finally turning things around.

I am going to an opera scenes presentation tonight. I meant to invite someone, but it's one of the various things (including two missed appointments) that slipped my mind this week. I wanted to invite Miss America, but it's kind of late now. Then I thought of inviting treacle_well, but I know she already has plans for tonight. I thought of inviting cthulhia, but I seem to remember she wasn't much interested in opera but moreso in dance. (If I'm wrong, let me know.) I can't think of anyone who might be interested who would be available on such short notice (at Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music, 8 p.m., free admission) -- or, more correctly, I feel uncomfortable inviting people on such short notice, because then it seems like an afterthought --, so it looks like I'll be going it alone. If you'd like to come, though, I'd be happy to hang out with you; just let me know.


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Oct. 15th, 2004 12:28 pm (UTC)
opera and dance
in a situation of multi-media stimuli, i will prrimarily notice the visual. In the absence of much visual stimulus, i will notice the audio. I won't be able to appreicate it to as much depth, but I still can.

Anyway, I have plans in the early evening. But none later on. Well, actually, I do have some options, but, since this may be the only large block of time I have to myself this weekend, I should probably take advantage of that. If I don't, and it's not too late, I might try to find you at Longy.

if you want to meet after the show, for coffee/drinks, back in our neighborhood, feel free to give a holler.
Oct. 15th, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC)
How do they expect women to know if they will be pregnant during flu season?

Because some women plan their pregnancies.

I suspect they are not asking for 100% certainty.

I also don't know if there would be any logic to the assertion that if you are actually getting the vaccine a few weeks prior to what's officially considered the start of "flu season" then some women who are pregnant now, would not still be pregnant in a few weeks. I don't think that's what they meant, but it would fit the logic.
Oct. 15th, 2004 02:46 pm (UTC)
Because some women plan their pregnancies.

Well, yes, duh! But, all the planning in the world doesn't guarantee success. That was my point. The criteria don't specify "women who will be planning" or "women who hope to be," but rather "women who will be."
Oct. 15th, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC)
Golden Ass. It's an easy read. Did Bri finish it? If not, he may borrow my library copy.
Oct. 15th, 2004 02:48 pm (UTC)
He did finish it, and said he was planning to read it again. Unlike me, he seems to be a fast reader. He was done a while ago but kept forgetting to bring the book with him, which is what makes this all the more frustrating. Oh well, that's life.
Oct. 17th, 2004 02:35 pm (UTC)
Hi! Filene's doesn't sell any shirts with sleeves that are long enough for me either.

The really funny thing is that while I was running into you in Filene's, Kelly ran into cthulhia in another store.
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