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Get the blood flowing!

I donated blood this morning. Go me!

Today's was a themed blood draw, "Rock 'n' Roll Up Your Sleeves," so '50s and '60s rock (plus faux-'50s stuff like songs from Grease) played in the donation center, and impersonators of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley made the rounds. I resisted the urge to point to the Elvis impersonator and say "Holy crap, it's Kurt Russell!"

And I'll be my hetero-male self and note that there were several, shall we say, aesthetically pleasing representatives of female humanity. Maybe that helped my blood flow faster (it took 6 minutes to draw a pint, when it usually takes 10). One of the volunteers was short and curvy in an Anna Faris way, and the woman who did my blood test and filled out my paperwork sounded like the sexily rough-voiced Pauley Perrette as Abby on NCIS. (Hey, any excuse to link to Abby...)

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chris_walsh
Aug. 25th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Blood Honor
I just had a bad idea: a Klingon-themed blood drive. Klingons donate blood, after all. Someone else's blood. ;-)
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chris_walsh
Aug. 25th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Blood Honor
I love it! Cross it with an empath's blood and we've got a woman with PMS!

So you were a Worf/Troi shipper? ;-) (I really loved that Star Trek episode where they're married in an alternate timeline and it takes Worf a while to realize it...)
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chris_walsh
Aug. 26th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
Re: Blood Honor
I can totally see you grooving to the Worf-Dax thing.
theloriest
Aug. 25th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
Donating blood is not something I can do for various health reasons, so I give props to those who can and do.

(And Abby is the reason I enjoy NCIS so much)
chris_walsh
Aug. 25th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
I didn't get around to donating blood regularly until four years ago, but then I realized I was really a prime donation candidate. I also wanted to start donating as a memorial for my mom's father, who'd died in 2003; he had been a major donor in his day. I found out later that my dad's father had been, too, and he was glad to hear I had started donating. I've done it -- let's see -- 17 times in the last four years. I'm also O-Negative, so my plasma's especially useful.

I'd never watched NCIS (partly due to not having a TV from 2002 to 2006) but I first heard about the show in an article about both Portland's goth scene and Goth visibility in general; it pointed out Abby as the first regular character on primetime TV to be a Goth. And being a Goth appreciater (really, some of the best, most interesting and hilarious people I know are Goths, and my former girlfriend Alicia would've made a great Goth), I figured I'd try the show. Abby's now my TV crush. :-) Pauley Perrette sounds interesting and worthwhile in real life, too.
happyspector
Aug. 25th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't mind having my blood drawn by Gabrielle from The Vampire Lestat. How 'bout you?
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octoberland
Aug. 25th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
lol, robbing the cradle eh?
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chris_walsh
Aug. 26th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
Blu',

See my response to 'Land's response to your response. ;-)
chris_walsh
Aug. 26th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
Setting aside the argument that it's no longer "robbing the cradle" after at least, say, 20 years of Claudia being a 13-year-old, I'll say that's not my thing. I'm a little sensitive to that: Alicia was 19 and I was 22 when we started dating, and I STILL got "robbing the cradle?" cracks from people.

I also flash back to someone else I knew in college: her growth had been stunted somehow, so while she was not a little person, whose proportions are different, she looked like a somewhat curvy 12-year-old, though she was mature in all the other ways. (She also was into acting, and performed in some Shakespeare; I'm blanking on which roles.) I saw her and thought, "Hmm. If I were her, I'm not sure I'd want to date the men who'd be attracted to me."

I've remained sensitive to that. Labor Day weekend 2004 I had a very entertaining ride with two young guys driving a mattress delivery truck (I was temping at a mattress store), and they were pointing out any attractive women we passed. (A truck cab is a GREAT perch for people-watching.) I'd check out who they noticed, of course, but I'd look away quickly if the women were clearly high school age or younger. I wasn't going to "go there." Thank goodness there are plenty of gorgeous 20-somethings, 30-somethings, and 40-somethings.

Your Mileage May Vary, of course. I'm just saying what I'd do.
chris_walsh
Aug. 25th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Odd. I'm having trouble thinking of vampire babes. Who should be TOTALLY my type, so this is an odd lapse.

I must ponder this. Or Google "vampire babe" or something.

Admission: I've rarely really liked vampire literature, with the huge exception of what Stoker wrote, which I love. Reading Interview With the Vampire was like trying to read through a layer of molasses. Poppy's Lost Souls didn't do much for me, either, as much as I'm fond of her. I responded better to 'Salem's Lot's soap opera elements than the vampire stuff.

Hmm...have you ever written vampires?
happyspector
Aug. 25th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
I'll bet you'd dig Selene from the Underworld movies (rather silly, though pretty and fun movies).

Actually, my e-mail handle is a reference to a vampire character I used to write about... two short novels and numerous short stories, some of the latter of which I might actually consider publishable. I might cannibalize the novels into something else at some point, since there are elements about them I still really, really like when I glance at them, but the whole my-take-on-vampires thing that used to seem so revolutionary now feels trite. Still, they were great formative ground for my writing, and a lot of what evolved into The Night and the Land and the Frederick Hawthorne stories began there.

Actually, one of my stalled writing projects is a Hawthorne-meets-vampires tale, which involves him finding out his best friend's new girl is a vampire.

"Aye, I'm fine with it. If you break his heart, I'll drive a stake through yours. Just so's you know."

I really dug Salem's Lot as a kid, but honestly can't recall it enough now to accurately coment. I rather react to Poppy's Lost Souls the way you do to SL, though.
chris_walsh
Aug. 26th, 2007 02:22 am (UTC)
I'll bet you'd dig Selene from the Underworld movies

Heh; I hadn't thought of her. But I saw a commercial for the first one during an NFL game I watched with my parents. I actually growled at a close-up of those intense eyes of hers. Dad asked me if my stomach was growling.

they were great formative ground for my writing, and a lot of what evolved into The Night and the Land and the Frederick Hawthorne stories began there.

I'm completely unsurprised that you've touched on vampires in your writing.

I rather react to Poppy's Lost Souls the way you do to SL, though.

The part I remember best from Lost Souls is the bit where a character wonders what happens to all the saliva you swallow, if it just sits around pooling in your stomach. Early signs of Doc's later foodie writing!
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chris_walsh
Aug. 26th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
Please tell me your vampire wasn't running a blood donation center. ;-)
octoberland
Aug. 25th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Remind me sometime to tell you my Kurt Russell story.
slipjig
Aug. 26th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
I resisted the urge to point to the Elvis impersonator and say "Holy crap, it's Kurt Russell!"

*snerk*
chris_walsh
Aug. 26th, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
I'm glad I resisted. I honestly wasn't feeling the whole meet-with-impersonaters thing, I wanted to concentrate on just getting my blood out, and so I wasn't in the mood but I avoided being rude. I realized later that doing that might throw the poor guy off his game. But it amused me. I do my best to be amused when donating blood, because my emotions tend to get hyped during the blood-draw. (I once made the mistake of reading Ender's Game right before a blood draw. I was almost crying by the end of the donatiom.)

Hey, so you know, I bought CDs today, and I'm trying a Richard Thompson disc: Front Parlour Ballads from 2005. I've heard very little Richard Thompson (mainly his live rendition of "Black Vincent '52 Lightning" that appeared on a radio station compilation), but I want to try more.
slipjig
Aug. 26th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
Yay! Welcome aboard the Richard Thompson bandwagon! *shakes hand* Front Parlor Ballads isn't the album I would have started you off with—actually, I think it's one of his weaker entries—but realize that the term "weaker" is highly relative. He simply doesn't do bad albums, period. FPB is a mostly acoustic album, which is awesome in itself, but it only gives you half the story; he's an amazing acoustic guitarist, but once you put an electric in his hands, stand the fuck back.

I was thinking of doing a "Top 40 RT tracks of all time" post sometime, but now I'm considering just sending you a sampler CD via snail mail or YouSendIt. Always on the lookout for new ways to corrupt others!
chris_walsh
Aug. 26th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
I haven't listened to the disc yet, but I'll keep in mind what you said when I do. And I'd love a CD sampler. It would have to be snail-mailed; I don't use my current computer for anything music-y.

I accept your offer, whenever you choose to do it. Thank you.

Music Millennium also had Fairport Convention available over in Folk, but I decided to try straight RT first.
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