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Waiting with Wifi

A couple months ago, a friend of mine needed surgery and I took the day off work to stay at the hospital from start to finish. I stocked up on snacks and lunch from Wawa and packed up my backpack with everything I would need for the day: knitting needles and plenty of yarn, books to read, math puzzles, my cell phone plus charger, and an iPod loaded with music and several episodes of Lost.

Little did I know that Pennsylvania Hospital offers free internet in the surgery waiting room! Friends and family can connect wirelessly to the network, but if their laptops only have wired connectivity, there are several network access ports near the back of the waiting area.

This is great for people spending all day in the waiting room (like myself) and needing to stay connected to others who may want to keep updated on their loved one’s patient status. This would have been so much easier for me than trying to check my work email with Outlook Webmail on a tiny Opera browser using the internet on my mobile phone.

Speaking of patient status: there are also large monitors installed in the waiting area showing the current location of all surgery patients! For privacy reasons, the list only shows the patient’s first initial and the first four letters of last name, but it’s so much easier to see that DOE, J was admitted to PREP at 10:30 than to sit around wondering why the doctor hasn’t come in to update yet.

Dave Eggers & French Toast & Temple Basketball!

So did you go? Did you go to the Free Library last night, to see author Dave Eggers and his Sundanese friend, Abraham?

If you didn’t go, then that’d be for the best- there was no room for anyone else. The place was packed. I got there a little after 6 and the downstairs auditorium was at capacity. The had rows of super comfortable medal folding chairs set up and were going to simulcast the talk downstairs to upstairs in the lobby- which was hot. Very hot. Dead sweaty hot.

A fella behind me was amazed- I didn’t realize that this guy (Eggers) was such a rock star, he said.

Before Eggers though, there was the CEO of Blue Cross/Blue Shield, one of the main supporters of One Book, One Philadelphia- he was met with some boos upstairs, but apparently enough clapping downstairs to make the nice man feel good about himself. Then a lady spoke, for minutes and minutes and minutes and was Eggers even here…

Good talk. He’ll be back in March, at the end of the campaign. Meanwhile his book, What is the What, is the featured title for the project and there will be a whole slew of Sudan-related events at the library during the event’s duration.

Side note:
You know was is amazing?

The french toast at Honey’s, 4th street in Northern Liberties…and not the kind with peaches…I get the regular, it’s amazing, it makes my day amazing and I can only imagine it makes my hopes and dreams that much more amazinger. Currently, it’s my favorite spot in Philly…sorry Qdoba…what???…kidding, but serious about Honey’s.
Super serious.
French serious…

Duke vs. Temple tonight at the Wachovia Center. Duke is like most years, really good. Temple is okay, but still better than the Sixers.
Ba-dum…

Protection of Breast Cancer Patients Bill

Once more we have an opportunity to stop ‘Drive Through-Mastecomy’s’. As it stands today insurance companies will not cover a hospital stay, sending women home, only hours after their operations. Senate Bill S.459 and House Bill H.R. 119 known as ‘The Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act’ seeks to allow women a 48 hour hospital stay, forcing the insurance co. to step up.

This has been fought over each year since 1997. The Republican majority never allowed it out of committee for a vote. Please contact your representatives and let them know you support these bills and thank those Republican’s who have been supporting this legislation these past ten years.

George Junior vetoes Stem Cell bill

If you agree with the President and his view on Stem Cell Research I think it imperative when cures are found you and yours not use them. What a hypocrite you would be if through the world wide work and search for curing disease, a cure is made from human stem cells, and you allowed you or your children to partake of the cure.

How could you, after denying others a possible recovery from illness, avail yourself of the healing broth from which you so arrogantly fought against. If you drink the devil’s blood you may as well have eaten his flesh. By your own word and actions you would surely be doing pure evil by accepting help from these cures and so you would be damned.

Seriously though, you will already be damned because you prevented helping the sick and afflicted. You are in the position of being damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

You Get What You Pay For

Not necessarily. It is being reported in the New York Times today by Reed Abelson that a study of 60 Pennsylvania hospitals performing the same cardiac surgery had vastly different outcomes and costs. Some of the hospitals charged as much as $100,000 and did not do as well as some of the hospitals doing the same surgery at a cost of $20,000.

Two of the twenty local Philadelphia hospitals charging the most had higher deaths than expected. One of the lowest charging hospitals had a better than expected success rate.

Overall, higher cost does not mean better care or success. Why is that?

Are you 13 to 21 Let your voice be heard.

June is Aids education month. Fight .org is holding its first Youth (13 to 21) summit at the Arch Street Meeting House, located at 4th and Arch. 8am to 5pm. Wednesday, June 5th. As our founding fathers declared independence from King George in 1776 it is time to declare independence from ignorance about aids. Come and let your voice be heard.

Welcome to the first AIDS Education Month youth summit! This summit will explore HIV testing, transmission, prevention, and treatment issues relevant to reaching and to empowering youth. Leaders from the youth and HIV/AIDS communities will discuss current challenges in providing community-appropriate outreach, education, advocacy, and HIV care to a population facing rising HIV rates. This summit is youth-friendly and includes a youth fashion show and artistic performances. Come check it out! Let your voice be heard.
Yo! breakfast and lunch will be served. Register online in confidence.

More Zombie Plan Coming

Those that have been coming to read the Philadelphia Zombie Evacuation plan, sorry. There will be more I promise, I’ve just been really busy outside of the plan. Lucky for you we haven’t been the victim of an outbreak.

Philadelphia Zombie Survival Part Four

So maybe you are in your car, maybe mowing your lawn, maybe preparing some dinner, or taking a girl out for a bit to eat with the hope of a little something, something later on, and that’s when you see the first one. A persons first sighting of a zombie can be one of the most terrifying experiences of your life. Studies have shown that people tend to drop into a state of shock and this is the worst thing you can do for yourself and the safety of those you care about.

Stay calm and get indoors. Call the authorities, if they already no there will be a recorded message instructing you on what to do, if not you may very well have just saved hundreds of lives. One of the primary mistakes people make when faced with a zombie outbreak is to assume that the authorities already know. Don’t assume. It makes an ass out of you and possibly kills people in the process. Make the call.
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Philadelphia Zombie Survival Part Three

As Matt pointed out in his last post, a lot of first responders will be killed during the initial attack and if not killed they will be turned into victims of the virus and eventually turn into zombies themselves. The news of the attack will most likely be delayed by these deaths and cause a whole lot of panic, eventually though an emergency broadcast will be released over radio and television instructing people what they need to do in this time of emergency. The main base of operations for handling this crisis will be The Spectrum.

Why The Spectrum you may ask, well that is easy. The Spectrum is located in primarily an industrial section of South Philadelphia, can house close to 20,000 people and is quite well fortified. The arena built in 1967 was built with a noticeable lack of low level windows. The main access points are easily fortified from within and it also has tunnel and docking access.
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Philadelphia Zombie Survival Part Two

As Matt pointed out earlier we live in a prime zone for a zombie outbreak. Coming home from Cape May yesterday Kelly Ripa greeted me coming across the bridge advising me that there are over 100 specialist doctors at Cooper Medical. That’s one medical facility, with the amount of medical facilities that Philadelphia has and all the unknown experimentation that is more than likely happening a zombie outbreak is poised to happen at some point in the near future.

I myself am considered somewhat of an expert on the subject, as I have taken part in many a zombie slaying as a member of a police task force in Racoon City. I have also reported on the recent Midwest outbreaks, having survived three days in a mall with them. I have watched all the required viewing, as well as own the Zombie Survival Guide written by Max Brooks. So I feel I know what I am talking about.
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