Thursday, January 05, 2006

Trip Thoughts

As I get back to my regular work-a-day schedule, I am losing track of what I wanted to say about my Vegas and Colorado trip. I should have been a good blogger and posted regularly as I went along, but I guess I'm just not that good. Let's see, what else did I want to say?

Several times I flipped on the tv and channel surfed a bit, and came across poker shows, mostly the ESPN episodes of the WSOP. It was... weird. Flip on the tv and there's poker! Folks in the states probably take it for granted, but here I have to search poker tv shows out, downloading for hours with Bit Torrent. It felt a bit like... being a big fan of the Dirty Harry movies and having watched them all dozens of times, and then moving to San Francisco and suddenly looking around and all the scenes you've seen in the movies are real places, right there in front of you, as blandly tangible as you please.

Speaking of tv, what the hell is with all the drug commercials?! It seemed like every commercial break there was some commercial hyping a new drug that you should check with your doctor about, including a 30-second long disclaimer about the possible side effects spoken in soothing tones. The one that stood out the most was one for Restless Leg Syndrome. Yes, if you have restless legs, which want to get up and move around when you're trying to relax or sleep, there are now new drugs for you to ask your doctor about. You may experience sleepiness, dizziness, unsteady gait, fatigue and eye twitching, but that's a small price to pay for relief from this crippling disease.

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