June 13th, 2007


In my quest to become a real boy. Phone.

I had a list of things I needed to do to become a real boy (like the velveteen rabbit), and I crossed the last one off today: I got a cell phone contract. It cost me a £150 deposit (because they think I'm still velveteen, even though they acknowledge I might be a rabbit), and though I got a £100 rebate that will be applied to my bill over time, I still had to fork over £50 for the phone I wanted. So I'm down rather a pretty penny today, but ... no one said that becoming a real boy was easy.

I'm off to Bologna tonight, staying at a really cute hotel. I'm also leaving behind my new phone and taking my old Motorola with me, planning on not really using it at all, of course. Man, I need my own camera, though! I'm also taking another Jo Clayton book with me, as well as the Proust (on page 84) and the Jim Butcher book a guy at work loaned me. I finally finished The Battle of Evernight, and while I did enjoy the first two books and the ending of this one was a surprise to me, this one should have been a half its size. Blast that Cecilia Dart-Thornton, she let me down! But I've got my books read list up to 17, so at least I finished it and can move on to something else.

Back Sunday night, five pounds heavier and probably a little sunburnt. Yay!

Two articles of high interest. Ovarian cancer. Wild survives.

First, the New York Times today posted the early warning signs of ovarian cancer. I'm reproducing them here because I am upset by what I have seen in the window of the Cancer Research charity shops, posters that imply to me that if you are "virtuous" (don't smoke, exercise, eat healthy) you won't get cancer, in my mind implying that if you do get cancer it's because you deserved it. Better to have this instead: "The symptoms to watch out for are bloating, pelvic or abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly and feeling a frequent or urgent need to urinate. A woman who has any of those problems nearly every day for more than two or three weeks is advised to see a gynecologist, especially if the symptoms are new and quite different from her usual state of health."

Second item: the Sudan is chock full of wild animals. Check out the herds of elephants. Aren't the little guys cute? I guess there are a lot less of them than there used to be but they, and the rest of the animals, look really inspiring.