Despite my increasing old-and-grizzledness, life still manages to find a way to throw me a curve ball now and then. Such was the case yesterday.
For various reasons we will not go into here, we suspect that Andrea may have a bladder infection, and thus medical intervention may be necessary. So off we go to the pediatrician. Andrea actually enjoys going to the doctor, because the visits end with her getting a lollipop.
We are then informed by the pediatrician that the only way modern medical science can tell for sure whether there is an infection or not is to take a culture from a urine sample.
This leads up to me being in a bathroom at the pediatrician’s office holding a cup under my daughter for her to pee into.
But the presence of the cup stresses her out so she can’t go.
Since we’re not having any luck with the cup, I decide to break out the oldest trick in the book: Bribery. If she manages to squeeze a few drops into the cup, she will get not one but two lollipops.
Which leads to some heroic trying on her part, but alas to no avail.
Still, A for effort, so she gets two lollipops.
It is not until the evening we manage to get a sample, which we then—per doctor’s orders—refrigerate overnight for early-morning transport to the pediatrician…
Posted Wednesday, 26 October, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.