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Jay Dreyer

Trip to California

OK…so this trip happened, like, months ago but I thought I’d share the pictures, anyway. The whole family went out to San Francisco for my sister’s (Paula) wedding and I took a bunch of pictures, which you can see by clicking the collage above. Highlights included attending a Giants game (check out the cool pics of Mr. Indicted…they are SWEET), seeing the Smashing Pumpkins at the Filmore (3+ hours…incredible), and the wine country out in Calistoga. Something about the house we stayed in in Calistoga gave me really bad sinus trouble…never could figure it out. My dad says it was the trees, and I can’t argue with him. It was something and it made me miserable.

Without saying…Paula’s wedding was the highlight of the trip. Hard to believe my littlest sister is married but that’s life! I’m very happy for her and Alex. I’ve got another great brother-in-law now. (He helps with my landscaping questions, and also plays a decent guitar.)

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Comment | posted 11/15/2007 10:11 PM


R.I.P, Netbank


Hey! It’s been a while. I’m still alive. Thanks for asking. Anyway, I arrived home from work on Friday to find out our bank of close to 10 years, Netbank, had been shut down by the FDIC. Huh? Is this 1929 or something? Will George Bailey come out and tell me not to withdraw my money because it’s in Mary’s house and Fred’s farm, etc? You can read more about the details here.

We were locked out of the site over the weekend but it looks like we can get back into it now. It appears that ING has taken over the bank and our money is safe (FDIC insured means we’re covered up to $100,000…I think we just make it under that cap.) No worries because we’re now in the process of switching things over to Fidelity. We already had a bunch of stuff there, and this will let us consolidate some more. They actually have a pretty sweet setup where we get free checking, 3.5% interest, free checks, free bill pay, reimbursement of ATM fees and some other goodies. We’ll see how it goes.

 

Comment [1] | posted 10/02/2007 01:46 PM


Romancing the Stone

So I’ve been a really bad blogger as of late. No excuses, outside of the fact that I’m really, really busy at work. Anyway, I haven’t had time to share my story. A tale that I refer to as “Romancing the Stone”. It deals with kidney stones, and things get kind of nasty, so if you’re not interested, run away now!

So here is my tale. Maybe it will help you in the future, so here goes.

I wake up one morning to get ready for work. This usually requires a, ummm, leak. So I go to the bathroom and instead of the normal golden glow, I get this disturbing red/blood looking output. “Hmmm…that’s not normal,” I think to myself. Being the guy that I am, I hope that it goes away. Sure enough, later in the day things look “golden” again. I’m happy.

Two nights later, around 2 or 3 in the morning, I’m in pain. Bad. The best way I can describe it is that someone is squeezing my right testicle, really hard, while another guy is punching me in the kidneys. “Hmmm…this is definitely not normal, and I think I will go to the hospital.” So, at 4 in the morning, I asked my wife where the hospital is and drove myself there.

When I arrived, I walked to the emergency room and told them what was up. “Kidney stone. Definitely a kidney stone,” they replied. They did a bunch of tests, including a CT scan, and sure enough, it’s a stone. 3mm X 6mm. They give me a prescription for some pain killers and send me on my way. They tell me it should pass “relatively soon”.

For the next couple of weeks, things were hit and miss. A vast majority of the time, things were fine. I felt no pain and had no problems. But then the weekend would hit and I’d be doubled over in pain rolling around on the floor. Jack would ask DeAnne, “What’s wrong with Daddy?” DeAnne would reply, “Daddy’s pee-pee hurt.” That’s the simple answer, and it worked on Jack so I let it slide. By Sunday I would feel fine again and would go back to work.

My doctors through this initial stage were my fraternity brothers, John Evans and Jeff Montgomery. Poor John is on our speed dial for medical emergencies so he got the first calls. Eventually, he “referred” me to my other fraternity brother, Jeff, who happens to be a urologist. Jeff put me on Flomax and recommended I find an actual urologist that I could see. I took him up on his advice and found Dr. Hackett. That’s right. He’s a urologist, who performs vasectomies, and his last name is Hackett. Fantastic.

In reality, Dr. Hackett is great. I can’t recommend him enough. If you need kidney stone help, or want to get snipped, give him a ring.

This went on for a while. Eventually Dr. Hackett suggested we go for surgery, which calls for a laser to blasts the stone to smaller pieces. This sounded good to me, until he told me how they get the laser into position. Let’s just say there’s only one way in, and I wasn’t interested. I decided to tough it out a while longer and see how things went.

Luckily for me, about a week and a half later, the stone plopped out one morning. Believe it or not, I didn’t feel a thing. I fished it out and put it in a zip loc bag and took it to the doctor. He was surprised at how big it was and brought the staff together to take a look. It was pretty nasty looking, and I meant to take pictures to post here but I didn’t get around to it. It was pretty neat, though, and I wish I would have.

All told, it took just under two months to pass. Two miserable, freaking months. It’s out now, and I’ve increased my intake of water significantly. This is supposed to help. I don’t know if beer helps, as well, but I’m testing out my theory.

So, my advice to all is, drink lots of water. And, if you start peeing blood or it feels like someone is playing hackey-sack with your testicles while another guy is pounding you in the kidneys, go to the doctor! Or call John.

 

Comment [1] | posted 04/11/2007 08:58 PM


Christmas Pictures


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Originally uploaded by JayDreyer.

I posted a bajillion (I counted) Christmas pictures to flickr. Feel free to take a look and order some if you’re interested. You can view the whole set at flickr.

 

Comment [1] | posted 12/26/2006 09:47 PM


Jack and Lucy Video

I thought I’d hop on the YouTube bandwagon and create a clip to share here on the site. I just took some quick video of Lucy and Jack in the basement, edited it with Windows Movie Maker and uploaded it to YouTube. It’s not the most exciting thing in the world, but if you haven’t seen Jack and Lucy in a while (or ever), it serves its purpose.

 

Comment | posted 11/01/2006 09:21 PM


Another Test...Trip to California

Big test…why won’t Flock let me update blog postings…testing again.
Update test.  Let’s try again. And again…drrrrrrrr

 

Comment | posted 11/01/2006 05:02 AM


Another Test...Trip to California

Big test…why won’t Flock let me update blog postings…testing again.
Update test.

Blogged with Flock

 

Comment | posted 11/01/2006 05:02 AM


Another Test...Trip to California

Big test…why won’t Flock let me update blog postings…

Blogged with Flock

 

Comment | posted 11/01/2006 05:02 AM


Another Test...Trip to California

Big test…why won’t Flock let me update blog postings…testing again.

Blogged with Flock

 

Comment | posted 11/01/2006 05:02 AM


Another Test...Trip to California

Big test…why won’t Flock let me update blog postings…testing again.
Update test.  Let’s try again.

 

Comment | posted 11/01/2006 05:02 AM


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