My Cancer Story Ch. 44 “A Crick in the Neck”

Chapter 44: “A Crick in the Neck”

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My favorite time of the year was almost upon us: Summer. There was nothing quite like a Maine summer: breezy sunshine, endless things to do, and breathtaking views. I wondered yet again if I would have made it to this point without treatment. Yes, it was a morbid way to envision such a serene two/ two and a half months. But it’s hard not to think of alternate timelines, even with my health fully intact.

And my hair had finally awoken from its chemo-induced slumber. I’ll admit I was a little worried; for a while, the little hair I had left had grown into a spiral, very similar to the cliché spiral pattern that would hypnotize cartoon characters.

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My Cancer Story Ch. 43 “A Sense of Dread”

Chapter 43: “A Sense of Dread”

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My attitude had forever been altered for the better, even as I returned to work. Sure, I still despised the job– I mean, who likes trying to get people into debt? Yet I had this sense of comfort in it all. I was alive; so the simple fact I could feel anything at all – even if it was disapproval of the company’s practices – was reassuring, to say the least.

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Ep. 50 Extravaganza!

In honor of making it to FIFTY episodes, this one is JAMMED-packed today!

We talk our favorite movies from each year that we’ve been alive with our guest Dan Davis of the 44 Minutes Podcast (and this topic is LONG). ALSO: Share your lists with us on Facebook!!

Then, we quickly discuss my #52PickUp, and finally, we reach back into the annals of time and find every single guest and former co-host we’ve featured so far and chat with them about their experiences recording Not Quite Hollywood.

 

So enjoy this EXTRA long episode!

 

Alex– Favorite Movies from Every Year We’ve Been Alive (Starts at 00:00)

Tim’s Communal Movie Announced! (45:34)

#52PickUp– Eraser (46:00)

Jamie– An Introspective on Not Quite Hollywood (47:49)

Brian [I apologize for the audio issues with this one] (48:16)

Tony (53:19)

Brandon (58:51)

Joel (1:06:31)

August (1:14:36)

John (1:22:03)

Plugs and Close (1:30:55)

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Do you have questions, suggested movies, or topics for us to discuss? E-mail us at  NotQuitePod@gmail.com

Visit Jamie’s blog at GuyOnAWire. Here’s the #52PickUp I mentioned!

See Tim on the Universal Lot! He’ll be the one showing you around!

And visit Alex’s blog at Doggone Movie Reviews.

Then John’s new blog (!!) at They Called Him Red.

See Brian AND Tony on the streets of Maine!

Check out Joel and his wife Hailey’s photography work at HaileyandJoel.com and his work at the Bangor Daily News.

Watch Brandon and his movie reviews on WABI TV5 Bangor and Cinema Savvy here.

And finally, see what Jamie (and Brandon) look like (hint: not so good) at their other project: We Need Movies.


-Jamie (@GuyOnAWire)

Sleeping on a Purple Mattress (A Review)

*Before you ask, no, the mattress isn’t purple in color.*

*Also, I have NOT been endorsed by the Purple Mattress Company in any way, this is an impartial review (but I would totally take them up on it).*

I haven’t slept on a real mattress since I moved out West to Los Angeles in early November. For the first few months, I slept on a futon that my temporary roommate had in her apartment.

Now, don’t get me wrong, it was a comfy-ass futon, so that was NOT a problem. But when I ventured out into an actual rental with my new roommate, I spent the past month on the floor with only a custom-knit throw blanket my grandmother made me, and a brand new pillow from Target. I didn’t know when I’d ever get a bed. Continue reading

My Cancer Story Ch. 41 “Sibling Rivalry: Round Two”

Chapter 41: “Sibling Rivalry: Round Two”

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WARNING: This chapter features some vulgar audio clips from my past.

My nomad status returned during the month of March, akin to my brother and I’s younger selves as a divorcee’s child. It was hard not “reminisce” shuttling between Dad’s, Mom’s, and the apartment. I knew I had to be happy and spend as much time with everyone as I was physically able. I mean, after all…

I WAS HOME! FOR GOOD!

 

But the connections were there. We threw a massive party, just like the event when we were released back into our Father’s care after our foster run.

My brother and I rarely got along while staying at Lori and Todd’s, but I had hoped that after this deadly ordeal, our fighting days were over. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

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My Cancer Story Ch. 40 “The End of the Tour”

Chapter 40: “The End of the Tour”

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It was eerie how well things had been going. The chemo bombardment had become shorthand to my caregivers and me. I would receive the blood count-killing poison and then waited it out until my body bounced back to life. The overall process wasn’t as long as it had once been for the first few courses, as these were significantly less potent, but nevertheless, I was running through the paces.

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