May 26, 2009, 1:30 am

Oh, the Games People Play


I never knew this game existed until I did a web search for the character! There are actually pristine, unopened Cherry Ames games on eBay.

No, I didn’t buy one. Seventy-five dollars is a wee bit too much to pay, although I did spend that much on a vintage Barbie outfit about ten years ago.

Hey, it came with the original shoes and Barbie fans know it’s all about the shoes!

(UPDATE 5/09: My co-worker gave me all of her Cherry Ames books – a complete set – and a copy of the game, in perfect condition!)


Those who study human behavior should spend a shift in the emergency department.

The games played in the ER make the Olympics look like a tetherball tournament. Some of the participants are patients and some are staff. Some are gold-medalists in their specialty and some arrive a few feet short of a full balance beam.

Let’s take a look at “The Emergency Olympic Games”:

“The Suck-Up”

Usually the player is suffering from an acute lack of an opiate prescription for chronic pain symptoms with a nebulous origin for which they have not been evaluated by a doctor but they have an appointment with a specialist next week but they ran out of their Vicodin and they just cannot bear it.

Said patient is overwhelmingly complimentary to Team Nursing . The targeted nurse is SO much nicer than any other nurse anywhere in the whole world and gee, that other nurse was so rude they wish ALL nurses were just like you! These compliments are dispensed within 3.5 seconds of spotting the nurse, often making said RN feel an acute need for a shower.

The player realizes she is out of medal contention when the targeted nurse responds with, “Gee, thanks, but I just came in to get a Betadine swab….”

” Mean Medical Matchup”

This game is closely related to the Suck-Up, utilizing the same team.

Player has been evaluated by the ER doctor, who, having the audacity to disbelieve their story, has gone for the gold and verbalized his lack of belief to the patient. Bottom line: no prescription. The patient prepares for this event with the “Which Doctor is On Tonight?” drill, using a telephone to assess the playing field before engaging the opponent.

“Peek-a-Boo Bypass”

This event requires a large team that converges on the patient’s playing field soon after the patients arrival. Anyone can make the Peek-a-Boo team, although it is usually composed of family members and friends of many generations.

Upon arrival, Team Nursing announces the event rule: only two members of the Peek-a-Boo team on the field at a time. This is met with a courteous response and extraneous members go to the bench in the waiting room, where the goal is getting back onto the playing field without Team Nursing noticing. This is accomplished by one Peek-a-Boo team member returning to the patient at a time until the bedside number has quadrupled. Stealth and dexterity are assets to this goal. Occasionally Team Security will act as referee.

“The Two Guy Offense”

The preliminaries for this event take place off the Emergency Stadium grounds.

The player reports a spontaneous assault by Team Two Guys. The members of this team are always unknown to the patient and the initiation of contact always unprovoked.

The goal of Team Patient is to obtain care from Team Medical with minimal disclosure of the playbook. The involvement of Team Police is always declined as so as not to incur a penalty. Team Two Guys apparently has many expansion franchises.

“The Two Beer Defense”

Team Patient enters the arena via Team Paramedic, having received a report of “player down” on the sidelines of a local Team Seven-Eleven. Team Patient arrives supine on a movable gamepiece.

Upon arrival in ER Stadium, body fluids are released for assessment by Team Nursing who immediately take defensive positions. Performance-enhancing ETOH is suspected as the characterisic Odor Offense is noted. Team Medical waits for the Designated Cleaners and takes the field.

Minimal interaction takes place between the teams for many hours at which point Team Patient verbalizes that he only had “two beers”. Team Medical knows to multiply this number by 58. Team Patient is taken out of the medals race on a credibility technicality.

“The Decible Debate”

Team Patient attempts to propel themselves off the bench and onto the playing field by increasing their verbal intensity. Team Nursing counters with internal auditory blocking mechanisms. The goal: Team Patient enters playing field at appropriate interval. Team Patient rarely medals in this event.

“The Titanic Panic”

Team Patient arrives, usually via Team Paramedic, complaining of numbness, chest pain, shortness of breath and near-syncope occurring at the preliminary event at Home Arena which involved a “Decible Debate” with another member of Team Family.

The Peek-a-Boo team arrives to act as cheerleaders for the event. No medal is awarded, as the full cardiac work-up that ensues turns out to be negative. An Acadamy Award nomination, however, would be appropriate.

These are just some of the Emergency Olympic events to which I have a front row seat and perpetual season tickets!

May 24, 2009, 1:15 pm

Let’s Go Racing, Boys!

kasey_kahne9Forget the freaking Indy 500.

Kasey Kahne is the man to watch today.

Open-wheel racing has nothing on Nascar.

And today is the Coca-Cola 600.

A marathon of skill, strategy, endurance…

And left turns!

Never mind that I get to meet Kasey in three weeks and I’ll probably have to start an entire new blog to document it!

I’ll be sitting in Section 9 in Sonoma. If you are there for the Infineon race, come over and say hi!

You’ll be able to spot me. I’ll be in the Kasey Kahne T-shirt wearing a Kasey Kahne lanyard over my Kasey Kahne earrings with my Kasey Kahne backpack, flying my Kasey Kahne flag on my car and wearing my Kasey Kahne scanner headphones with a Bud Light (or two) in my hand(s).



Hell yeah!

(I’d give photo credit but not sure who to give it to!)



I haz it.

My brain is so totally devoid of any coherent thoughts, I can’t blog!

I’m not the only one.  Keith over at Digital Doorway, he haz it too.

Only Keith is so much more interesting when he is blogstipated, you should go read his post!

I’ll be back tomorrow with some coherent thoughts.

In the meantime it’s me, Kasey and the Coke 600.

Let’s go racin’, boys!

May 17, 2009, 8:39 pm

God, Country, Notre Dame… Go Irish!

r2782140072jpgToday my son graduated first in his class from the Notre Dame Law School.

I’ve been on campus for the last four days.

Call it the eye of the storm.

(Photo credit: Reuters)


President Obama was the commencement speaker at a Catholic, no, at the premier Catholic university in the United States.

You’ve been reading the news, you’ve read about it on blogs, you’ve heard about it on talk shows.  It was everywhere.

But here, on the campus of Notre Dame, despite what you have been seeing on the news, things were relatively peaceful.

Here, on the campus of Notre Dame, discussions and debates took place in a respectful and dignified manner. Over dinner.  Over wine. On the quads. In the bookstore. With family, friends and people never before met whose only connection was the fact that they, too, were celebrating with their families.


My son had three tickets to the Joyce Center for the commencement; there were 15 family members present. I knew my oldest daughter and her husband were avid Obama supporters and would appreciate being in the Center while he spoke.

My husband and I gave them our tickets. We watched from a conference room on a large screen TV.

Let me tell you, the excitement was palpable. The crowd went nuts.

And that was just in our conference room.


And then the most amazing thing happened.

The President of Notre Dame, Fr. John Jenkins, stood up and spoke. Eloquently, passionately and clearly. He did not dodge the issue. He stated very clearly the Catholic views on abortion and he did not apologize.

I don’t think I took a breath the entire time.

His first point: while much was made of the decision to invite the President to Notre Dame, little was said about what it meant that he accepted the invitation.

That is very true.

Read his words here.

Powerful stuff.

It is necessary to read his words before you read President Obama’s speech.

Now (and good lord, I’m linking to the Huffington Post!), here is the full text of the Obama speech, only this time, you can see it for yourself in the embedded video.

If you really want to see what happens when two men of character and courage take on a controversy without mincing words, you will want to read/see both those speeches.

Go beyond the pictures and the sound bytes and read for yourself what was said on this campus today.


It’s no secret that I am not a huge fan of President Obama, a stance that has nothing to do with the Notre Dame controversy.

I disagree with him on many issues.

But not the ones he spoke of today. The need for open minds, open hearts, fair-minded words and the need to not demonize those who stand on the opposite side of an issue.

(Can I hear an AMEN on that?)

I’ve never felt Obama was all that and a bag of chips.

But today, on this campus, at this commencement and with this speech…

He was.

And for the first time since November, I see a President.

He did a hell of a job and deserves respect and recognition for it.

As does Father Jenkins.

“And our hearts forever, praise thee Notre Dame!”


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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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