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  xThursday, May 08, 2003

an early apheresis morning


I woke up extra early this morning to keep an appointment to donate platelets at the Indiana Blood Center. I was there for a bit more than two hours; I managed to squeeze out a double donation.

Apheresis is about the only time I watch movies on videotape any more. My recent purchase of The Truth About Cats and Dogs had put me in mind to watch the earlier Steve Martin adaptation of the Cyrano story, Roxanne, so I brought it along. It's an excellent adaptation; I particularly enjoy the way Martin managed to include not only the duel with a pair of ruffians and the I-can-come-up-with-more-insults-about-my-nose-than-you-can bit (and refreshingly made the battle of wits the real test; the subsequent fistfight is over before it's hardly begun), but also included a riff on the scene where Cyrano delays the Duc by pretending to have just returned from the moon. Here's a great quote from early in the film, courtesy of the IMDb:
[Roxanne Kowalski is walking behind a hedge because she is nude]

Roxanne Kowalski: Nobody had a coat?

C.D. Bales: You said you didn't want a coat...

Roxanne Kowalski: Why would I not want a coat?

C.D. Bales: You said you didn't want a coat...

Roxanne Kowalski: I was being ironic.

C.D. Bales: Oh, ho, ho, irony! Oh, no, no, we don't get that here. See, uh, people ski topless here while smoking dope, so irony's not really a, a high priority. We haven't had any irony here since about, uh, '83, when I was the only practitioner of it. And I stopped because I was getting tired of being stared at.

The film ended before my donation, so I switched over to AMC, and lo and behold, caught the last 20 minutes of Hush...Hush Sweet Charlotte. I love the string of movies Bette Davis made in which she plays mentally disurbed killers -- she's so much fun to watch, especially the wildly smug expression she wears when she whacks someone.

The blood center is running a promotion this year in which they give premiums with certain donations; this time, they gave me a fleece blanked with their logo embroidered. That's great; it's warm but compact; I can keep it in my care in its clear plastic case. A blanket is a good thing to have in one's trunk, just in case.

As always, I urge you to contact your local blood center about donating. You could save a life.





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