October 29th, 2003


Recovering from two ER visits

Yes, two.

Monday night Warren started having a bad reaction to the beta-blocker the doctors put him on. He called the advice nurse, who in turn told him to call 911 and have an ambulance take him in.

Wanting to avoid ambulance fees, he instead had me throw something on and shlep him to the ER. This was something like 9:30pm, so we didn't have a choice. It was good I was with him because it gave us a reference point for what his skin color is supposed to look like (we normally match up). His was really dark red and was also marbled on his palms.

Eventually they sent me home -- around 5am. He was allowed to sleep for a couple of hours, then was given a treadmill test. His heart was in primo shape. One of the internal medicine docs who administered the treadmill had studied under Warren's neurologist and feels it's the cyst causing the heart problems. Warren sees his "regular" doctor again Thursday.

Meanwhile, I've been sleeping a lot to recover. Someone called wanting to telephone-interview me while I was with him at his doctor's appointment Monday, but she neither gave me a return phone number nor called back. Grrrf.
  • Current Mood
    drained drained

What makes a filk song "good?"

Other than the obvious "make sure the scansion and meter fits the original" when writing a parody, what makes a filk song an "award-winner" vs. "forgettable" (or one you'd like to forget)?

I don't know whether my own judgement is "off," but some of the songs that seem to jump out and grab the bulk of the filk community wouldn't even register with me had I not been figuratively clunked over the head with them. I'm wondering what I'm missing and hoping I'll pick up some pointers that might help my own songwriting.

Any and all opinions are welcome.

Trick or Treat meme

How bizarre....
My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
figmo goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Energizer Bunny.
adamselzer gives you 18 brown blueberry-flavoured gummy bats.
decadentdave tricks you! You get a thumbtack.
katyhh gives you 8 orange coconut-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
misdev gives you 16 red blueberry-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
otherdeb tricks you! You lose 37 pieces of candy!
pafuts gives you 9 light green watermelon-flavoured gumdrops.
poltr1 tricks you! You get a broken toy car.
quadrivium tricks you! You lose 1 pieces of candy!
tarkrai tricks you! You get a pencil.
tnatj tricks you! You lose 7 pieces of candy!
figmo ends up with 6 pieces of candy, a thumbtack, a broken toy car, and a pencil.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.