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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist - 11/16/12 - Pre U.S. Thanksgiving on: November 16, 2012, 04:32:35 PM
BLOPS2 and Halo 4.  And studying somewhere in there. 
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/Ps3] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on: November 16, 2012, 04:27:40 PM
I passed and also survived my biochem exam (one student may actually have died), and I even had to take it with a potential separated shoulder.  Off to have x-rays as we speak.  If that isn't grounds for a giveaway, I don't know what is.   icon_cool

Actually, I plan to pick up a copy in a bit if I'm not in a sling.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/Ps3] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on: November 16, 2012, 11:56:00 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on November 16, 2012, 09:05:27 AM

Quote from: ATB on November 15, 2012, 10:49:40 PM

So how does the game compare to original Blops on the MP front?

exactly the same,IMO -only they have made the menus and customisation a tad more confusing and gimped some of the perks

So, worse then?  Or does gameplay make up for these issues?  Hoping to pick up a copy after my biochem exam, if I survive, which isn't likely.  But at least the casualties will be numerous so it should all come out in the wash at the end of the semester.   retard
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/Ps3] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on: November 15, 2012, 05:22:03 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 15, 2012, 03:23:15 PM

Was somewhat disheartened yesterday when we ran into a entire team of quickscopers.

Quote from: Bob on November 15, 2012, 04:28:05 PM

I don't understand the devs love for quickscoping.

125  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Black Friday Deals on: November 15, 2012, 02:04:52 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 12, 2012, 02:40:23 PM

It seems like most retailers are starting on Thanksgiving night now.  If I were an employee at one of these places, I'd be royally pissed.

A number of stores did this last year as well.  I'm not sure if it's been done much in the past, but last year literally right after Thanksgiving dinner my wife, mother-in-law, and an army of my wife's friends all gathered for the hunt.  They practically live for this each year and had an absolute blast shopping together.  As long as they never ask me to go and leave me at home with the boys to watch football, play videogames, work through the remaining booze, and hit the leftovers for round 2, they can shop all they want.  And since they're doing a fair bit of shopping for us, who am I to complain?
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/Ps3] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on: November 13, 2012, 07:16:41 PM
Every additional moment I spend studying biochem is one more level I fall behind.   @#$(*&%
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 13, 2012, 02:21:58 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 13, 2012, 04:57:28 AM

Had a very fun an entertaining night with Jarrodhk, Proner, and PeteRock. We did pretty well in the War Games, then finished out the night with Spartan Ops.

Highlight of the night?  Actually there were two:

1)  Kato:  "Oh damnit.  I crashed the tank."
     Me:  "How?"
     Kato:  "I rolled it."
     Me:   icon_eek
     Kato:  \  /

2)  There wasn't much of an exchange.  But while fighting gallantly alongside Kato, I was somehow vaporized right next to him.  It happened so close I think he got some ash in his eyes.  There wasn't even time for him to ask what happened, all I heard was hysterical laughter.  At one point we had to take a drink anytime we were vaporized.  I have a headache this morning.   wasted
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Next Bond Movie - Skyfall! on: November 13, 2012, 12:00:09 AM

Quote from: hepcat on November 12, 2012, 10:46:00 PM

For me it's popcorn first, movie second.  There's just something about theater popcorn I can't duplicate at home.

We've been known to go to the theater, buy popcorn, and then take it home for this very reason.  While the vendor is inside the theater, my wife can be very persuasive and we've never had a problem.  Makes the at-home experience even more authentic, outside of the dogs by my feet, beer in the fridge, and the ability to pause the film for periodic bathroom breaks.

Was supposed to see this tonight, but I'm elbow deep in a case study, have a pharmaceutics lab final tomorrow, and a 10-chapter biochem exam Friday.  There's no way I can swing a movie tonight.  Guess it's time to load up Halo 4. 
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: November 12, 2012, 05:20:19 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 12, 2012, 04:50:32 PM

I checked Streaming Soon recently and was surprised at the number of good stuff coming/that have come to streaming.  Lockout, The Artist, Casa de mi Padre, Hugo, The King's Speech, American Horror Story season 1, and The Adventures of Tin Tin to name a few.

130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: November 12, 2012, 04:25:28 PM
Not sure if anyone caught it, but The Artist has been added to Netlix instant watch since the last time I logged on (granted that was a LONG time ago).  Now I'm left wondering what else I've missed.  But this has definitely been on my radar since the Academy Awards. 
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/Ps3] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on: November 09, 2012, 12:24:01 AM
Halo 4 it is then!   icon_biggrin
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: [360/PC/Wii U/Ps3] Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on: November 08, 2012, 11:40:33 PM

Quote from: Nonnahob on November 08, 2012, 11:31:07 PM

Getting my copy tonight, but it sounds like the mp servers won't go live til tomorrow morning sadly. >frown

I must be confused.  When is official release? Tuesday or tomorrow? I guess either way I'm going to get some time in with Halo 4 for a bit before picking up BLOPSII on Tuesday.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 08, 2012, 11:35:15 PM
Finished my last two exams today, just returned home with my copy.  Opened a beer, a steak is grilling, paging through the manual (apparently once I got inside the package there is no manual), eta on the battlefield in T-minus 15 minutes.   ninja2
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 08, 2012, 01:40:26 PM
Last exam from 1pm to 4pm today.  Then it's shooteyface time.   drool

Hope to see some of you on the battlefield before I have to go to my soccer game.   The drink that never ends.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do You Go To High School/College Reunions? on: November 07, 2012, 12:49:46 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 06, 2012, 07:21:31 PM

Went to my 10 year and didn't enjoy it much.  Same idiots behaving the same way they did back in HS.

Same experience.  The same cliques existed 10 years later.  Haven't considered returning to any subsequent reunions since.  Not to mention that I only keep in touch with one person from my high school days and have little interest in returning to where I grew up.  Some people really enjoy their reunions, but that can definitely depend on the level of maturity of attendees and whether they've since progressed beyond past social groupings.

It can be a fun party, but I see little obligation to return especially if financial strain or availability are considerations. 
136  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This job search thing isn't fun. on: November 07, 2012, 12:26:09 PM
Back in 2008 I struggled for six months to find work, and in all cases I was faced with more or less resetting my environmental career, despite 10 years of experience.  Some serious personal reflection, professional aspirations, long-term goals, and overall quality of life were weighed, and it all led me back to graduate school to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.  It took me 2 1/2 years to complete my remaining prerequisites, and I'm only just under one semester into a 4-year program, so this has been no small undertaking, but at this stage in the game I haven't once looked back. 

I'm not saying a return to education is your only other option, but certainly something to consider if you feel it could improve your marketability, professional longevity, or earning potential.  Granted, such a sacrifice is no easy task, as I can attest, but long-term?  I'd do it all again in a heartbeat.

Ultimately it all started when I felt my job search wasn't amounting to anything and I was unwilling to sit idle.  A return to education at least kept me busy, and ultimately it got me to where I am now. 

I understand my story doesn't aid in your job search specifically, but perhaps it might give you a different perspective in evaluating where you go from here.  Still, lowering expectations is fine when general employment becomes more important than career satisfaction, but be aware that taking a step back in salary or resetting your earning bracket only prolongs returning to where you once were.  I was unwilling to completely reset my career, hence why I began the six-year journey to earn a PharmD and am already almost halfway.

I guess my point is to demonstrate that you are not alone, and that there may be other options outside of simply settling for something your heart just isn't in.

Good luck.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 06, 2012, 11:11:27 PM
I so wish I didn't have an immuno exam tomorrow.   disgust

But I will be online by Thursday evening after my pharmaceutical lab exam.   headbang
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead moonwalk onto AMC for Season 3 on: November 05, 2012, 09:55:56 PM
The problem I have with him is that even when discussing something serious (such as his kind wishes to those suffering the after-effects of the recent hurricane), he still sounds completely incapable of any believability in his sincerity, in part because of the dipshit grin he seems to always have, which is always accompanied by the uncomfortable laughter normally typical of someone unable to speak in front of an audience.  Not to mention that his pimping comes on immediately following a somber moment in the show and you're bitch slapped with his idiocy and nonsense.  The scene goes dark after a touching moment and before you're given even a second to reflect you have Hardwick yuck-yucking on screen, making light of even the most moving show elements.

But, as I also watched a rare episode of Talking Dead, I too was touched by the special guest's emotion and appreciation of fan support.  It is extremely obvious how much these actors put into their roles, and it is equally obvious how much they appreciate when their efforts hit home and impact the audience. 
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 05, 2012, 06:54:11 PM
Why did this have to come out right before an immuno exam?  After watching IGN's review and reading through GT's at least three times, this went from "I'll wait until Christmas" to "IHAVETOPLAYTHISGAMERIGHTNOWOMGWTFBBQGIVEMETHEFUCKINGKEYSYOUFUCKINGCOCKSUCKERALAALALALALALA!"


Oh my poor pharmacy school GPA, may you rest in peace.   We put the fun in funeral
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/05) on: November 05, 2012, 06:51:10 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 05, 2012, 06:38:54 PM

Halo 4

Oh, and Pete you have earned a free coupon to be my passenger in Halo 4 during rocket races.


\ /
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/05) on: November 05, 2012, 06:34:23 PM
It's been quite a while since I last got to post in one of these threads, but I'm likely to pick up Halo 4.  Unfortunately I have an immunology exam on Wednesday, so odds are I won't get to actually play until Wednesday night, which unfortunately precedes a pharmaceutical lab exam on Thursday, so my play will likely be severely limited until the weekend.  Which is homecoming weekend at UofA, so if you thought my beer-fueled tirades were entertaining in the past, after two exams this week and homecoming weekend coming up, you ain't seen nothin' yet.   wasted
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: November 03, 2012, 12:00:07 AM

Quote from: pr0ner on November 02, 2012, 10:08:00 PM

Those crazy dives pro goalies have to do stems from the crazy things pro attackers can do with a soccer ball.  I doubt a lot of the people Pete will play against can bend it like Beckham or Ronaldo.

Yeah, those players are the exceptions rather than the rule.  There are a few, and they're a bitch to defend against, but overall it's intramurals, so there's a wide variety of talent ranging from people like me using shortstop skills to play a position I've never tried before, to players with such fancy footwork that the ball barely touches the ground.  I was still surprised at the level of talent, though.  The team we played was pretty legit skill wise.  There are enough players that can bend shots with pretty good force, so if I'm out of position I'm hosed.  But even when I'm in position some shots are still pretty challenging to get a clean stop.  

I did have to make a few diving stops, so they do happen, but not as often as just knowing when to run down a ball before the offense can regain control.  Ultimately the diving plays translate from diving stops in softball.  Only the grass is SO much softer than the dirt infield I usually lay out on.

I appreciate the link and will definitely check it out.  I can only improve with more play and learning more about the position.  I'm still pretty happy with my first performance EVER playing keeper.   icon_cool
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: November 02, 2012, 06:54:08 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 02, 2012, 04:56:18 PM

Let me know if you need any pointers (I got through college on scholarship as a goalie smile)

Yes please.   icon_biggrin
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: November 02, 2012, 02:12:46 PM
You guys aren't going to believe this shit, but a number of soccer players in my pharmacy class of 2016 are ex-players, and they put together an intramural team in one of the more competitive leagues.  But while a number of people have played in the past, no one played goalie.  Well, word got around that I play shortstop in softball and so they had me come out to a few practices to see if my lateral agility would translate well to the soccer pitch.

Last night was our first game and we earned a W!  And having never set foot on the soccer pitch prior, I gave up less goals than the opposition and learned a fair bit in the process.  Sure, I made mistakes, and the only goal I gave up I went out to grab the ball and was unexpectedly shoulder-blocked into the grass which left a wide-open goal (I was given the impression the goalie was off-limits if I went for control, and my teammates confirmed that it was a bogus no-call), but the next time I was in that situation I went in hot and things went differently.   icon_cool

Overall I'd say my hands were solid, I started to get a better handle on when to be aggressive going after a loose ball and when to stay in goal, and next game I should be a little more confident.  I will say that the first shot that was fired from point-blank range was a little nerve-wracking, especially since it's easy to see when the goalie cocks up given you're in there solo, but after making the stop I started to get a little more confident despite the opposing team having a guy in goal decked out with gear like he's been doing this for years.

The best part?  We won on a penalty kick with no time left and got to celebrate the victory.  Actually, the best part is playing soccer a few months after surgery.  One teammate threw up on the sideline and I'm eating Aleve like candy, but damn it feels good to be playing sports again.

Now someone please carry me to class.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 01, 2012, 02:29:16 PM

146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360 MP] Halo 4 or Black Ops II? on: October 31, 2012, 10:56:03 PM
I'll eventually have both, but it's just a matter of which to take the plunge with first.  Odds are I'll grab Halo 4 as it will be released 1st, and then wind up grabbing Black Ops 2 right when it is released so I don't fall too far behind Hark's three prestige flips before the rest of society even gets the plastic wrap off.

I have no self control.  Plus, it's easier to ask the wife for forgiveness than to ask for permission.   icon_twisted 
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox 360 MP] Halo 4 or Black Ops II? on: October 31, 2012, 12:21:28 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on October 31, 2012, 12:16:15 PM

I think Halo 4 might be your best bet. I'm getting both games but I really did have a lot of fun with our custom Halo matches (Rocket matches, the Racing one, infection)

Rocket race paired up with you was always one of the funniest game modes I've ever played.  Especialy when you were driving.  \ /

In the end though, I know you will have fun with either and I can't wait to hear Pete's colorful commentary as he plays (loses)  icon_wink

I have a bad feeling that I won't have much time to play either game, but when I do have time I want to make sure to have others to play with.  And, like you said, Halo may be a better fit as it'll be a change of pace from the COD series.  Not that I'm burned out or anything, and the Black Ops series for me has been more fun than MW, but it has been a long while since we last played Halo as a group.  Odds are I'll eventually have both, but one will likely be going on the Christmas list.

The hard part is figuring which to get first.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox 360 MP] Halo 4 or Black Ops II? on: October 31, 2012, 12:07:25 PM
Despite barely having enough time to feed myself let alone play games with any frequency, what MP license are most planning to pick up in the coming weeks?  It has been a long time since I played Halo MP, but it was always fun with the group, and Halo 4 looks pretty damn amazing.  Plus, as most of my MP gaming over the past few years has been with the COD series, Halo might be a welcomed change. 

However, I really enjoyed Blacks Ops MP and could certainly see myself losing a few study hours to that as well.  But this may be the first COD title I'm a little less interested in.  Although I had little interest in [email protected] SP, and its MP wound up getting a LOT of play time.

Being that I can only choose one (my free time is ridiculously limited, i.e. it doesn't exist, and I probably shouldn't blow $120 on two games right before the holidays, although I was just awarded a hefty pharmacy grant yesterday  ninja ), which is most likely to see extended MP play with the GT community?  I'm leaning toward Halo 4, but if most are planning to play BLOPSII, I can always put Halo 4 on my Christmas list with other SP games like AC3. 

I could use some MP to help restore what minimal sanity remains.

149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Updated: Attending the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy... on: October 24, 2012, 05:35:37 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 24, 2012, 05:07:20 PM

Sorry to hear, Pete.  I guess when I was in Pharmacy school, I was pretty lucky in that I really never had to study much.  I made good grades, regardless, and it came with just reviewing my class notes one time and hitting the test.  People always hated me for that.

Are you talking prerequisites to get in to pharmacy school, or the actual curriculum?  Because I was like you with my prereqs, but in pharmacy school? Today's exam went so badly I feel physically nauseous.  I've reviewed pharmaceutics for four straight days, spending 10 straight hours studying yesterday alone, plus another four this morning, and I left at least 20 to 30 points completely blank, or if I did manage to get something down it amounted to a series of calculations all leading to fuck-all.  Not a single question resembled the 10+ practice exams we were assigned for preparation.  I'm am too dumbfounded to even offer an explanation.

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 24, 2012, 04:33:33 PM

Best of luck, Pete.  If anyone can whip those classes into shape, it's you.  I'd be wibbling in a corner if I had to go through what you're describing.

The only thing keeping me from doing just that right now is my anger and frustration are overshadowing my complete emotional breakdown.  I've sequestered myself into a quiet study room because if one person asks how I did on the exam I'm likely to either punch them in the word hole or completely break down into an emotional wreck.  I'm not sure which yet, but it's safer not to find out.  And I have a quiz on creatinine clearance in 20 minutes, so I have to compose myself, review the material, try to forget about pharmaceutics for a moment, and take another test.

Pharmacy school was pretty fun.  I'd probably be a pharmacist today if it wasn't for the fact that I was pretty burned out on the college experience by the time I decided I wanted to get into pharmacy school.  It wasn't the curriculum, but just college itself.  I wanted to be a "real grownup" and decided to start a career to do that.  Hang in there.

I guess I'm confused.  If you were in pharm school and didn't have to study much, I'm either handicapped or in a program designed to kill rather than advance.  

I have 8 classes which consist of things like pharmaceutics, metabolic basis of pharmacotherapy, immunology/hematology, pharmaceutical calculations, etc (not a single "cakewalk" class), multiple exams almost every week, case study research, student council, the class presidency, and I'll be lucky to earn a couple of A's, a handful of B's, and I may even earn the first C's I've seen since the late 90's.  Hell, after today's exam I'm wondering if I'll even make the C-cut in pharmaceutics.  And in pharm school D's = F's, i.e. they don't count.  And that's with putting in A-level effort and still only managing mediocre grades.  It's disheartening, frustrating, and emotionally taxing on a level I can't describe.  Especially coming into pharm school with one of only a handful of 4.0 cumulative averages.

If one more person asks me how I like pharmacy school I'm going to lose my shit.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Updated: Attending the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy... on: October 24, 2012, 12:19:27 PM
It's now near the end of October.  And Thanksgiving cannot get here soon enough.  Yet another night of less than three hours of sleep in preparation for a pharmaceutics exam.  Why not start studying earlier?  Well, when you have a biochem exam, followed by an immunology exam, followed by a case studies report, followed by a med terms exam, intermixed with calculations and lab practical exams, finally leading to a pharmaceutics exam, all in succession, there is no such thing as studying ahead of time.  Sleep?  Oh how I miss thee.  One too many days of studying until midnight, sleeping until 3am, and then waking up to hit the books again.  Shows like Scrubs that dramatize the amount of work and limited sleep health care students face aren't too far off.  You have to want to be a health care professional to get through these conditions.  And sometimes it feels like a younger man's game.

My closest friends have been coffee and beer.  Coffee during weeks of unmanageable exams followed by weekends of drinking to restore some semblance of sanity.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  The most interesting development is I have been rushing a professional pharmacy fraternity, Kappa Psi.  I never did the fraternity thing in undergrad, so this is been a fun and welcoming experience.  Because only pharmacy students can be brothers, all understand the rigors of pharmacy education, and while there's limited time for fun, when there is time a LOT of fun is had.  Brothers have also been amazing in providing study sessions, guidance, tips, and even general support when times get tough, so I'd be far worse off having not discovered the many benefits of pharmacy fraternity brotherhood.

Overall I'd say pharmacy school is enlightening, exciting, rigorous, but also unforgiving, humbling, and exhausting.  I used to think I was pretty damn smart, but in a room full of 99 of the top pharmacy students?  Let's say it has been humbling more than anything, at least academically.  However, my focus has been more on leadership than just academics as I feel it will benefit me more professionally.  I'm already serving as class president for the class of 2016, and I'm considering running for president elect for either APhA or Kappa Psi.  I may hold off on adding another leadership position until next year, but participating in leadership roles should also hopefully qualify me for Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society.  Rho Chi, the pharmacy honors fraternity, has become a distance memory, but PLS is a very real and worthy possibility.

Back to pharmaceutics.  Oh how I despise pharmaceutics.  Not necessarily the material, but the manner in which it is tested.  I wish that someday an instructor will ask a straight question to test our knowledge.  But we're instead asked questions we've never seen before, in a manner meant to challenge and confuse, to qualify just how well we know the material.  Imagine working through 15 practice exams from the last 10 years, only to arrive at your current exam to find that you might as well have been practicing for a basketball game all week and when you arrive at the stadium you learn you're about to play a game of cricket.   saywhat  Ultimately this will obviously benefit the patient, but right now it's like being kicked in the word-hole over and over again without any time to breathe. 

I mainly just needed to get a bit of that out.  Being away from my wife, dogs, close friends, home, and general support system back in Phoenix has only made this experience even more challenging.  You don't realize just how important close people are (especially your spouse or even two loving dogs to greet you after a particularly taxing day), until they're gone (even if only temporarily).  On top of that my wife leaves for South Korea, Vietnam, and Thailand for the next month in about five hours, arriving back in the states the day before Thanksgiving, so I won't be able to see or even speak with her until I return home for the holiday, and I am unable to see her off due to having a pharmaceutics exam in three hours. 

You ever feel like you're facing an insurmountable challenge all by yourself, even if you might not be entirely alone?  Yeah, I think it's time for another cup of coffee.  And after finishing my two-hour pharmaceutics exam I can start thinking about my creatinine clearance quiz in calculations. 
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: October 23, 2012, 08:27:13 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on October 23, 2012, 05:49:11 PM

Thanks for the tips Pete, guess I'll be stocking up on some Otter Pops.  Can't wait until I'm back to 100% like you are, not being active is killing me.

I went from competitive softball three nights a week, pool league one night a week, and lifting five days a week to zero activity.  And, even prior to surgery I was forced to give up pool almost 6 to 8 months before going under the knife due to my entire arm going numb immediately after getting into shooting position.  Now I'm back to shooting pool, I'm slowly getting my strength back, and I've been playing sports like before although on a slightly less aggressive level (at least for now), but I'm far from being back to 100%.  I've got a long way to go in terms of getting my strength and agility back, but I at least no longer have nerve problems.  And no athletic limitations outside of just getting back to where I was a number of months ago.

You'll be back to action in no time, at least in terms of the big picture, but it'll feel like an eternity.  My only other word of advice is do NOT preempt your clearance.  Some injuries are okay to push your recovery.  This is not one of them.  

I just wish my docs were more straightforward with me.  I felt like when I woke up I wasn't warned at all how shitty I'd feel.  Because I had such severe vertebrae compression, they first had to pry apart my vertebrae to fit the prosthetic.  That puts so much strain on your full spinal column that when you wake up you'll wonder why your entire spine hurts and not just your neck.  They also didn't warn me about just how severe a sore throat I'd have.  It's not a sore throat, it's a complete inability to swallow.  Have a spit cup nearby when you get tired of trying to choke down saliva that feels like shards of glass.  Trust me.  Also be ready for tension headaches and have Excedrine or something similar nearby.  Mine sometimes would blossom into full migraines and then it would be too late.  Ultimately you'll recover quickly, but be ready for a few days of misery. 
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: October 23, 2012, 02:02:28 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on October 23, 2012, 01:42:14 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 22, 2012, 08:22:11 PM

Sweet Jeebus!  I thought they were supposed to take shrapnel out of our soldiers, not put more in.

Glad to hear recuperation is progressing.  Still cleared for the neck in December?

Yeah, neck surgery is a go in December and it's the same kind of surgery Pete got....really not looking forward to it  icon_neutral

Stock up on Otter Pops.  You probably won't be able to swallow for a few days, but the ice pops seemed to make it somewhat bearable.  Also, I'd recommend staying away from Percocet.  Your airway will already be weak and damaged, and Percocet is a respiratory depressant.  The two combined to give me temporary sleep apnea, so if you can handle the pain with something like Vicodin you will probably be better off. 

But in three months I was back in the gym and playing sports.  So at first it will suck, but recovery is scary fast.  And the best part?  You'll still have full mobility in your neck, unlike fusion, so while it may not improve your driving, you won't have to worry about limited mobility making it any worse.  \  /
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lance Armstrong to be charged with doping by USADA on: October 18, 2012, 02:32:49 AM
This article seems to talk a little about how Armstrong managed to dupe the world.

I can't remember the last time I was so disappointed by a person's character.   icon_frown
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Time to say good-bye to my best friend. on: October 15, 2012, 05:08:55 PM
 icon_biggrin thumbsup
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead moonwalk onto AMC for Season 3 on: October 15, 2012, 03:51:13 AM
I think "Holy Shit" sums up the premier nicely, in more ways than one.   ninja
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: October 14, 2012, 08:58:51 PM
On Friday night I played my first softball game back in three months, and it felt fucking spectacular to be back on the field.  And even moreso to be back on the field with my friends. 

8 for 9 at the plate and zero missed plays at 3rd, including four smoking grounders, a handful of crazy hops, and a number of line drives. 

The best part?  Actually having feeling in my left arm and hand while playing.

And my neck feels great.

Hell.  Yes.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on: October 11, 2012, 01:26:39 PM
At least she believes in orthodontic correction.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Coping with the decline of a loved one... on: October 10, 2012, 01:16:53 PM
Echoing prior sentiments, thank you for sharing such strong and moving memories.  Such special people seem to be a rarity, making their impact on one's life even more lasting.  While life and health are finite, fortunately memories are not.  You and your family are in our thoughts. 
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My wife's grandpa is being taken off of life support on: October 10, 2012, 01:09:43 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on October 06, 2012, 03:52:25 AM

So calling hrs were today. Or as I'm finding out, many people call this a "wake". The funeral is tomorrow morning. While I see this process is helpful and the "right" thing to do for many people. When my time comes, I just want friends and family to go out to eat, have drinks and remember me. This services stuff is just way too heartbreaking..

My wife and I had to go through something similar with her grandmother.  I can only offer condolences.  Despite having gone through something similar, I would never suggest shared understanding or knowledge of how this is impacting your own family.

Know that you are in our thoughts, and take comfort in knowing that memories will last forever and over time will help to ease that feeling of loss.  Our bodies are frail, but memories will continue to endure.
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 2012 Health Improvement Thread on: October 10, 2012, 01:05:05 PM
Having played year-round softball for three teams simultaneously plus tournaments when I lived back in the Phoenix area, and with my recent surgery clearance, I started to make plans this morning to register for the upcoming winter season here in Tucson to get my game back and play while I'm in pharmacy pschool.  Until I learned that the City of Tucson only offers a Fall season and a Spring season, no winter season.   saywhat

Keep calling yourself a "city" Tucson, but just saying it doesn't make it so.   disgust

Looks like I'm back to considering driving back to Scottsdale every Friday to play.  At least that would mean playing on my regular Friday team with my wife and friends, making the weekly 2-hour drive worth it.  And getting back to playing with my usual teammates would also get me back into playing tournaments on weekends when possible.  There's no way I'm waiting until spring to play again.

Tucson, you continue to disappoint me. 
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