Published 26 June 2012
Bio , Sport
Tags: ankle, Burnaby, Burnaby Open, discomfort, Hong Ngyuen, Lin Ngyuen, Michael Henson, pain, sprain, swelling, swollen, tennis, tennis tournament
A nasty little ankle sprain had been elevated and iced for the better-part of four days, with intervening trips to the doctor and physio and a regimen of careful range-of-motion enhancers, to speed recovery. To goal was to be fit for last night’s doubles match in the Burnaby Open Tennis Tournament. Let’s just say the effort came-up a little short.
Continue reading ‘The Agony of Defeat’
Published 24 October 2011
Art & Culture , Bio , Canada , Food , Friends
Tags: apple, apple pie, dessert, Jane Roskams, parties, party, pie, pie contest, Point Grey, tarte tatin
Jane Roskams, UBC neuroscientist and fellow Point Grey denizen, has a mighty apple tree in her backyard. Each year, it provides an abundant harvest — or rather, an over-abundant harvest. To mitigate the apple onslaught, to broaden the wealth, and to share the fun, Jane holds an annual Apple Pie Party. The 2011 event took place last night, and we were fortunate enough to wrangle an invitation.
The concept of the party is simple: help Jane use the damn apples. And one more thing: be prepared to be judged on your effort.
Continue reading ‘Let Them Eat Pie’
All day, birthday greetings have been pouring in from friends and family. Most sound a common theme: turning fifty is a significant right of passage. Many of the messages are tinged with dire humor, advising that “Fifty is a major birthday” and welcoming me to “the beginning of the end.” As often happens, my mother put it best: “I’m an awfully young woman to have a son who is fifty.”
The consensus seems to be that I am old.
But am I? I certainly don’t feel any older than I ever did. Perhaps part of it is my irreverent, adventurous attitude (which could be one of those keeps-me-youngish-despite-the-gray-in-my-hair things); but part of it must be the fact that my knees have been more-or-less shot since I was nineteen (so I have always been old and decrepit). Either way, I feel no different than I did at forty — or thirty or twenty, for that matter.
Continue reading ‘My Semicentennial’
Published 24 October 2009
America , Art & Culture , Bio , Canada , Politics & Policy
Tags: body painting, Care Card, FUSE, health care, insurance, Kat Sainsbury, Katheryn Sainsbury, make-up, make-up artist, medical, medical service plan, MSP, Vancouver Art Gallery
While America ties itself in knots in a farcical debate whether it will make health care available to all its citizens, here in Canada I am enrolled in the provincial Medical Service Plan, which covers all my basic health needs: emergent, urgent, preventative, and elective care. It costs $48 per month. Paperwork? My doctor’s office simply swipes my Care Card when I arrive, hands it back to me, and we’re done. Ask a Canadian what a deductible or co-pay is; they’ll just look at you with a blank stare.
And lucky thing I’m covered. Just look at that gash on my forehead!
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Published 15 October 2009
Bio , Friends , Media , Science & Technology
Tags: ARUP, biography, Carl Wittwer, Clinical Chemistry, Cooks Illustrated, Granta, magazines, medical science, Molecular Diagnostics, pathology, Playboy, profile, qPCR, real time PCR, science, University of Utah, Wittwer
My second-most-favorite magazine of all time is Clinical Chemistry. Like my first-most-favorite magazine, I pretend to read it for the excellent articles, but mostly only look at the pictures.
If that’s not entirely true, it’s only because the images in Playboy (do they still publish Playboy?) are considerably more interesting than those in Clinical Chemistry, which tend to run toward crazy-shit-complicated graphs and conceptual layouts of brain-melting science. So, alas, I do struggle through the articles — which take me several hours for six to eight hard-won pages — with a Googleload of reference help.
No one will ever adjudge the literary merits of Clinical Chemistry to be on a par with Granta or the quality and usefulness of the science it contains to rival that of Cooks Illustrated. Still, the rag has its own nerdy charm.
Imagine my delight, then, when Clinical Chemistry finally published something that not only covers my favorite subject in all of science, but does so in an article I could read without feeling like a third-grader: a profile of Carl Wittwer.
Continue reading ‘Advances in Clinical Chemistry’
Published 18 July 2009
America , Art & Culture , Bio
Tags: architecture, Charles Eames, design building, Exxon, Exxon Mobil, Frank Lloyd Wright, Glenna Kyle, John Lautner, Julius Schulman, Julius Shulman, Los Angeles, Mies Van Der Rohe, modern architecture, modernism, photography, Pierre Keonig, Rae Paddock, Rafael Soriano, remembrance, Richard Neutra, Shulman, UCLA
Julius Shulman, the preeminent photographer of American modernist architecture, died on Wednesday at his home in the Los Angeles hills at the age of 98. I was lucky enough to spend two days with him at that home – one he commissioned Rafael Soriano to design for him in 1947.
I met Julius quite by accident, and it was love at first sight.
Continue reading ‘Remembering Julius Shulman’