January 20th, 2007

Last Night, Special Gaming Session

Saturday morning.

I've promised myself that I'm going to be a good boy today, and take care of some cooking I need to do before the week starts, as well as a pile of laundry here.

But that's not what I want to talk about.

Kathy called me on Thursday night and asked me if I wanted to run the rpg on Friday night that we're doing. I was a bit surprised, since I hadn't planned on runnig the game after what happened to SteveB earlier in the week, but she told me that it was cool, she needed to get her mind off stuff, and that Steve had been let out of the hospital. The doctors told him it was a very minor (if such a thing exists) heart attack. He'd been home since Wednesday afternoon, and was doing fine, not in a lot of pain, but taking things easy.

Last night was one of the gaming sessions that I will cherish for a long time. It's not about the game the group is playing - I began to run a campaign of The Edge of Midnight on the group (more on that roleplaying game in another post) - but about the emotional state of the gamers that night.

If I hadn't known that SteveB had had a heart attack, I would have just thought he had taken a couple of days off work with a bit of a cold. While he was a bit paler than I've seen him in a while, he was back to his old self again, being catered to by Kathy and the rest of us all night. The game broke up earlier than we would normally have last night, but that was understandable, and everyone was good with it.

I had my doubts about running the game last night, but Kathy convinced me to do so. And I did. For Steve's sake. It's what he wanted to do that night, and it's how he's always lived his life - going on with it, doing the normal things, and enjoying life to its fullest. His mood was a bit subdued last night, but he reminded all of us what's important in life.

So whoever said that playing a roleplaying game was bad for someone can learn a vital lesson from all this. I know I did.
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In the Beginning... (Humourous Food Perspective)

One of the really good people on the main diabetes list that I'm on, Candise Warren, posted this up there today. I thought this was funny and wanted to share it with the rest of you, both diabetics and non-diabetics. It offers a cute way of looking at how most people eat, and how diabetics and those with other health problems eat. No offense is meant to anyone out there.

In the beginning.....

In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Krispy Kreme Donuts. And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?" And Man said, "Yes!" and Woman said, "and as long as you're at it, add some sprinkles." And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.

And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 20.

So God said, "Try my fresh green salad." And Satan presented Thousand Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them." And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.

God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it "Angel Food Cake," and said, "It is good." Satan then created chocolate cake and named it "Devil's Food."

God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.

God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald's and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, "You want fries with that?" And Man replied, "Yes! And super size them!" And Satan said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.

God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.

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It puts my friend, Steve Bauer's, condition into perspective. And it made *him* laugh.