lots on my plate(lets)
I woke up super early this morning to visit the Indiana Blood Center to donate platelets. This time, I got to use their brand-new donation facility on the first floor. It's pretty sweet. For one thing, instead of television sets up on the wall for several couches to share (which leads to unpleasant situations like being stuck watching insipid morning news programs for two hours because some other guy called it first -- aaaaargh!), each couch has a little individual TV set on an articulated arm for maximum viewing comfort. I remarked to the phlebotomist that the proximity of the screen meant that I could bring in my subtitled vbideotapes (many of the tapes I still have are fansubbed anime and subtitled John Woo flicks), and she pointed out that they now have dual VHS/DVD players! w00t! That opens up the possibilities tremendously; next time I go I could take in an Italian zombie flick (doubtful, actually, as the idea is to stave off boredom...), a chop socky movie, a kaiju flick, my new George Romero DVD, or any of my other fave DVDs. I'm looking forward to my next donation already!
This time, instead of a movie, I brought the tape I'd made of Cartoon Network's Giant Robot Week back in February. I took in two episodes of Martian Successor Nadesico and the second installment of Neon Genesis Evenagelion, one of the episodes I have on DVD. I can attest that the colks at Cartoon Network snipped it to shreds (there's a lot of fan service of sexy officer Misato Katsuragi in that one...).
My lovely wife, meanwhile, went to donate blood on Saturday morning. Unfortunately, her iron was low (a common occurrence among women of childbearing years). Fortunately, the Indiana Blood Center has a program that provides iron supplements in order to increase the likelihood of getting donations, and she signed up for it.
As always, I urge you to contact your local donation facility to arrange an appointment. You could save a life.