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May 22, 2007

Go get that test, today

Filed under: Uncategorized — dionea @ 12:51 am

My uncle died of Hodgkin’s disease many years ago, leaving his wife and two sons aged 5 and 7. As a child I watched my father try to fill in for his brother as part-time male role model, but of course it could never be enough. Fast-forward a decade or so, and my father successfully recovers from colon cancer. Another fifteen years, and my aunt died of complications from diabetes. Another fifteen or so to today, and my oldest cousin’s wife has been in the hospital for months, recovering after a complicated heart surgery. Now he doesn’t feel well, has their 12-year-old daughter call 911, diagnosis is colon cancer.

How on earth they’re going to cope, I can’t imagine. There’s very little family left to support them, and most of us are distant. What I do know, or at least suspect, is that every one of these, save my uncle, could have been prevented with diagnostic tests and lifestyle adjustments. I admit: colonoscopies probably weren’t common thirty years ago, and my cousin is just months too young for his recommended first.

I’ve been putting mine off: too much time away from the business, and an intense dislike of anesthesia. My doctor was very insistent at my annual last week. Her nudging may or may not have been successful. With this latest news, I’ll listen and take action. My family and my business need and deserve a healthy me.


November 10, 2006

Tacky turkey

Filed under: Uncategorized — dionea @ 11:24 pm

Well, it’s finally happened: I am now the recipient of a tacky gift that I am obligated to display. I’ve been such a lucky gift recipient all these years! The only way-out-of-my-taste wedding gift was from a distant relative who I knew would never cross my threshold, so I felt no compunction with a donation to Goodwill.

This just arrived from my in-laws, who are coming for Thanksgiving (for not the first, nor the last, time):

tacky turkey

Well, it at least was good for a great laugh!

(I wouldn’t dare post this if this blog weren’t anonymous 😉

September 23, 2006

Launching cool tools category

Filed under: Cool tools,Uncategorized — dionea @ 9:27 pm

With this post I’m going to launch a new blog category: Cool Tools. Cool tools are anything and everything that make my business or my life run just a bit easier, provide good value, and may even be a delight to use.

Today’s installment: free conference calls on http://www.freeconference.com.

That’s right, free conference calls. The only cost is the long distance charges from your and the other participants normal carriers. (If you want 800-number dialing, they do offer it as a paid service.)

The first time I used it I thought, where are the ads? Where’s the upsell to 800-service? How else could they possibly be making money?

The second time I used it I thought, uh-oh, I hope this doesn’t make us look cheap.

The most recent time a well-heeled business strategy consultancy initiated the con call, so I don’t think I need to worry about appearances any more.

So, how do they make money? Is this just some ploy to win “earballs” before they go down in the next equivalent of the dotcom bust?

I assume their model is similar to FreeConferenceCall.com (a service I haven’t used and can’t vouch for). According to the New York Times, “it routes calls to portions of the phone network that don’t get much use. The phone companies pay FreeConferenceCall.com a fee, and they recoup it through long-distance charges on portions of their networks that are idle.”


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