One Hundred Twenty.
Friday, 2010.02.05, 11:30 AM CST.
will be a year of change. (Oh, yeah, and I have Legionnaires'
Current Mood: Optimistic again.
Current scent: None.
right, everybody. It's been a while since my last update.
I feel like I have a lot to say; hopefully I'll be able to pound it
all out here.
who read my Journal Entries regularly will remember that towards the
end of last year, I was pretty much on the verge of quitting DJing.
Heck, I was pretty much on the verge of just staying inside with my
family and not doing anything.
have a bit of a different outlook now, I think. I'm getting better,
in that sense, at least.
I've had a few health problems as of late that I figure I should mention.
As some of you know, I've had upper respiratory issues for over 20 years.
They come and go; there have been spans of time in which I've been doing
great, and there have been other points at which just being able to
breathe has felt like a luxury.
after having a primary care physician who, for years, kept treating
my issues as "allergies" or "just another upper respiratory
infection," I finally switched primary care physicians a few years
back. My current one actually mentioned that I might
have asthma a while back.
a few weeks ago, I got sick - really sick. I was having
coughing fits, chilling to the point of convulsions, and I had a fever
of 103.5° F. It was the most severe fever I'd had in over
a decade. On top of that, I felt tired and "achy" all
over - as if I had the flu.
the fever, chilling and flu-like symptoms went away over the course
of a couple of days. Unfortunately, the coughing remained... and
remained... and I finally decided "enough is enough."
enlisted the help of the best pulmonologist I know - a gentleman named
Mark Britt - and subjected myself to a number of painful tests.
From these tests, Dr. Britt determined:
- I have
asthma. This did not come as any surprised to me.
- I do
not have pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs).
I only mention this because it was a possible concern, but I am thrilled
to report I don't have them.
- I have
- get this - Legionnaires' Disease! Yep. Legionnaires'.
I'm not kidding. Legionnaires'. If you don't know much
about it (I certainly didn't until a few days ago), look it up online.
The main things you should know are that it's not passed from
person to person (so you have no risk of catching it from me),
it's treatable/curable, and I probably got it from water particles
in a faulty hotel air conditioner or something like that. I
have most likely had it for three to six months; it takes a while
I am now
going to get to use asthma inhalers (yay!), and some heavy-duty antibiotics
will hopefully fix everything else up.
get something like this, it's really easy to take something as simple
as breathing for granted. I'm just glad that I finally
have an answer after all these years.
of you have been having breathing problems for a while, it's worth getting
checked out - things might be more serious than you think. If
you need a good pulmonologist, look up Dr. Mark Britt - I now count
him as one of my personal heroes.
YEAR OF CHANGE (AND A YEAR OF MEMORIES).
For a number
of reasons, I think that 2010 is going to be a very different year than
previous years... and much, much better. Lanna is finally done
with college and has a decent job again. I have received some
very flattering accolades at my "day job," and I feel very
confident insofar as that job is concerned. On the "home
front," it really does seem like things are going to be good this
year, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
for this year has changed considerably. A long time ago, several
of our friends moved to Portland, Oregon, because apparently it's the
most awesome place on earth (cough, gag). Of course, there are
some friends (like DJ TMJ) whom I cherish greatly who have stayed in
the Tulsa are, but we have also met a number of other new friends in
the last year. It's weird moving from one "familiar"
set of friends to another, but also exciting. Kind of like moving
to a new school.
though, 2010 is going to be a trip. As many of you know, I love
to revisit memories of my past, and special "anniversaries"
are a really big deal with me. This year will be chock full of
special anniversaries: It's the 20th anniversary of an awful lot
of stuff. (It's hard to believe I graduated from high school twenty
years ago this year... and I started my first year of college twenty
years ago this year. A LOT of the memories revolve around those
I know deep-down
that I can't quit DJing at this point. I still find myself buying
DJ-only remixes (including a recent batch of Prime Cuts remixes whose
vinyl condition blew me away - practically perfect after over
20 years!!!), and last year I invested in the best pair of DJ CD players
I've ever had.
me really misses the world of commercial mobile DJing. I won't
go back to standard, open, "take whatever gig I can get" DJing,
though. If I ever go back into the mobile DJ world, I won't ever
take another middle school gig, and I will very likely never perform
at another high school event. There's too much hassle involved,
and most modern music these days just sucks.
the thought of occasionally doing a gig here and there, and making every
event that I DJ a "special" event. I won't quite be
retired... I'll be what I call "Art Bell retired."
So, I might
do a gig or two this year. We'll see. I have no plans to
DJ at the Marquee again, since my equipment is really sub-par for their
caliber of sound system and their big wooden stage. I do have
a few other venues in mind... but I'll get around to talking about them
at a later time.
I can say
that this year, I'm planning on making some significant updates to my
system. NO, I won't be upgrading to a laptop-based system like
Serato or Virtual DJ. Screw that. I'm staying old-school,
still playing REAL vinyl records with a CD here and there... but I might
get a new mixer. I have my heart pretty much set on a certain
one; it'll be a significant investment, but I've heard it's incredible
and the investment might even spur me into doing more mixing practice.
:) We'll see.
I've got a lot to do around here: Lots to clean up around the
house (yep, even we cool DJ-types have to do it, especially the cool
DJ-types who have toddlers), plus I've got to get ready for a game night
tonight! That's right! Apples To Apples, the Game of Things,
and maybe even some Loaded Questions with a fuzzy navel or two.
GAAAME NIIIIGHT! Hahaahahahhahahaha...