It’s been about two years that I have been diagnosed with Palindromic Rheumatism. PR acts like Rheumatoid Arthritis except in two important ways. One, RA is bilateral where PR affects whatever joint it wants. RA also will provide structural damage to the joints where PR doesn’t. Treatment is the same and pain is the same; however, because of those two reasons, I’m not complaining about having PR instead of RA. There is some disagreement if there are two separate diseases. Some believe that that they are, but in more than 40% of cases PR will develop into RA. This makes some believe that PR is just an early stage of RA.
Before I started treatment two years ago, I was in pain everyday. A different joint would flare causing immense pain. It made me think that I would have to start early retirement. After being diagnosed, the pain lessened. Flares, the intense moments of pain in the joints, decreased in number. For the last two years, I can count my flares on my hands. That doesn’t mean they are less intense; they are just less frequent. This leads to me not looking sick so people don’t think I am.
This week on the music podcast, Mr. Nola Nerd Couple discusses two albums he has been listening to for the last couple of weeks. First is the Hiss Golden Messenger’s personal album Heart Like a Levee. I also discuss Drive-By Truckers new politically charged album, American Band. Spoiler: it’s their best one yet.
A Brief History of Princess Leia’s Bikini: Carrie Fisher deserves a lot of credit for pointing out that she was never truly Jabba’s slave. She was a Hutt Slayer. However, as she also says, that wasn’t a Bikini; it was just metal. While of course she was attractive in the outfit, the article does a good job of making sure that we realize we are Jabba when we objectify her because of it.
Set currently as Star Wars and Darth Vader Volume 2, Marvel gives us a glimpse of Lando before the events of Empire Strikes Back. He is the scoundrel we know and love, but who also values his friendships. He is someone who is a good person.
I tend to get bored easy and move on from most obsessions. I went through a tea phase where I became obsessed then quickly drop it. Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple was afraid that I was going to do that with a smoker so she was hesitant to get me the Big Green Egg..
Thanks to Entergy, cyclists can ride the streets of New Orleans without too much worrying about traffic. This year, Mr. Nola Nerd Couple participated in the Entergy Bike the Big Easy.
Early morning in Champion’s Square before the ride.
Bike the Big Easy comes in two routes. The twenty-mile ride starts at the Superdome and takes you around the French Quarter, around the CBD, through the Garden District on St. Charles Avenue, then to mid-city until you get to City Park, and then back to the Superdome. The forty mile ride continues through City Park and along the windy lakefront and then back to the Superdome. I choose to do the twenty-mile ride as I’m still out of shape and new to cycling.
The Definitive Guide to Cord-Cutting in 2016, Based on Your Habits: The New York Times is a little full of itself with that title in that it really doesn’t bring anything new to the discussion except the part about habits. We have cut the cord and really haven’t missed much. We can get most sports stuff with our antennae, however it would be nice if ESPN did a standalone service like HBO Now.
Van Gogh, Mental Illness, and Doctor Who: This is an excellent article that the author, who is not a medical professional and states so, shares her thoughts on mental illness using the Van Gogh episode of Doctor Who. It is a sweet, tender blog who uses her fandom to tackle an important subject. She even states that she discovered Van Gogh because of Doctor Who. After that she did research about h is life and made real world connections. I think that shows the power of nerd culture. It often fills in gaps in our education an inspires us to learn more.