Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Thrilling Days of Convalescence (Part 3 in a series)

I got a call from the surgeon’s office this morning and they have scheduled my parathyroid gland surgery for April 28th. I still haven’t decided whether this is good or bad news, so I guess I’ll just classify it as news. The only relief I’m getting so far is that we’ve finally set a date.

I also received a call from the kidney doctor’s office—I had an appointment with her on Monday—that my lab work came back and that she’s going to put me on some medication…including potassium, which I got plenty of while in the hospital. The neat thing about this is that the office calls in what you need to the local pharmacy and all I have to do is stop by and pick it up.

I don’t know if I mentioned it yesterday but Mom and I sat down in front of TCM yesterday to catch The Blue Gardenia (1953). It’s not a particularly strong Fritz Lang picture but it’s kind of hard to dislike a movie with a cast that features Richard Conte, Anne Baxter, Ann “Maisie” Sothern, Raymond Burr, Jeff Donnell, Richard Erdman, George “Superman” Reeves and Nat “King” Cole. I forgot to mention that Saturday found us enjoying The Killers (1946)—my mother nearly fell off the couch when she saw William Conrad (“He’s so thin!”). (Faithful TDOY readers are probably aware that Conrad has one of my all-time favorite movie lines in Killers: “They eat the dinner. They all come here and eat the big dinner.”) I’m now trying to initiate Mom into the Charles McGraw cult after seeing Killers and Side Street (1950); we watched The Narrow Margin (1952) that same night and she got a kick out of it (as well as figuring out the plot twist) as well. Next up (when I can find it): Armored Car Robbery (1950).

In TV-on-DVD news, Shout! Factory will bring The Patty Duke Show to completion by releasing the third and final season sometime in August of this year, according to The official release date is still pending, but I’ll certainly pass the news along once it’s officially confirmed. (I must figure out a way to acquire these sets, by the way—I thought someone in my family would have purchased at least one of them as a Christmas present but apparently I thought wrong.)

Last night, I had a dream that I went into a MacDonald’s and purchased two regular cheeseburgers and an order of fries and it cost me $2.64. So this morning when my father came over for breakfast, I asked him to play 2-6-4 in Georgia’s Cash 3 lottery. This is the very first time I’ve ever done such a thing, and while I’ll probably lose the dollar investment it’s something I simply had to do.

Finally, I want to thank Maggie of Silver Screen Dream profusely for bestowing upon my ‘umble little blog the prestigious “You’re Going Places, Baby!” award. Upon receiving this honor, I am required to choose ten bloggers that inspire me (some recipients whittled this down to five, but I’m pretty sure I can come up with ten)—which I am interpreting to mean those individuals who make me green with jealousy with their amazing writing talents (in no particular order):

Only the Cinema (Ed Howard)

Mondo 70: A Wild World of Cinema (“Uncle” Sam Wilson)

Vince (He’s not a philistine!) (Matt Hinrichs)

Blog D’Elisson

Flickhead (Ray Young)

She Blogged by Night (Stacia)

Self-Styled Siren (Farran Smith Nehme)

World O’Crap (Scott C.) (Lloyd)

Apologies to any individual who may have already received one of these awards—I didn’t bother to check if they had, and to be honest some of them deserve multiple decorations. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to see if I cleaned up in the Cash 3…

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Stacia said...

Thanks for the award, Ivan!

William Conrad looked great in black and white. I watched "The Killers", too, and realized all over again how great his skin and his eyes look.

I laugh at that same line every time. His delivery is perfect.

Elisson said...

Thanks for the link (and kind thought)!

Hope you have a complete and speedy recovery... and that your parathyroid is not operated on by paramedics.

Vince said...

High praise -- twice over! Thanks, Ivan. It's good to have you back where you belong.

Scott said...

Hey, I've never won a bloggin' award before. Thank you very kindly, Ivan.

Matt said...

Thanks so much, Ivan -- get well soon!