July 27th, 2008

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returning from Belgium

We stayed up too late on Friday night to make it on the hike Saturday morning. Turns out it was for the best, since the hike got rained out anyway. Instead, we slept in late, met up with groggy people for lunch, napped again, and then discovered Flanders Sings happening in Oudemarkt. They handed everyone a newspaper with a list of song lyrics for a giant sing-along. We played along for a while, even trying to sing some songs in Dutch Flemish. But the highlight of the event was "YMCA". ("Summer nights" was fun, too.)

We woke up again at 5:45am, to make the 7:09am train to the airport. This was ridiculously early for my flight at 11:05, but that way I could ride with cypherpunk95 as well as a couple of other conference-goers, and I promised fanlain I'd get to the airport early. My flight was uneventful; I slept for part of the time, and then watched "Hitched," which was actually not bad. We landed early, but it took me a while to get through the passport control line. They didn't give me much trouble, but (!) they fingerprinted me for the first time. I'm not sure whether the policies had changed or whether the guy didn't realize he wasn't supposed to fingerprint Canadians, but I've learned not to argue with border control agents.

On the drive home, I started to feel a lot of muscle and joint pain. At first, I thought it was from the long flight, but then it started being a bit more extreme. I finally realized that this felt very much like it did after Bleomycin injections, when I would get a fever. Indeed, when I got home, I measured in at 100.0F. That would probably explain why I was freezing on the plane, too. I guess a week of drinking beer and not sleeping enough caught up with me.

I took a couple of tylenol and I'm feeling better now, down to 98.3. fanlain made me a yummy dinner, with a low-carb dessert. Tomorrow I'm supposed to start chemo, but I wonder if they'll make me wait a bit in case I'm coming down with something. I guess we'll see tomorrow.
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