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Aug 18, 2020 02:13PM
Aug 18, 2020 02:22PM
Coolest day of August yet--at our high of 75F, bone-dry, gentle breeze. May sit out on the deck later with a cappuccino. My cherry tomato plants seem to be making a resurgence (of sorts). Got 3 beefsteaks ripening--one on the stalk, 2 on the sill; and my Green Zebras are edible now. (Would that fried green tomatoes were on my low-carb Mediterranean diet).
Sad to hear that Navy Pier will be closing for the season after Labor Day, reopening (hopefully, if the pandemic eases or there's a vaccine) around Easter. Tourism has taken a major hit all over the country, and Chicago is no exception--even the "dinner boats" are serving only outdoors, and have further suffered ever since the city cancelled the Wed. & Sat. night fireworks. Wish I could take one more ride on the Centennial ferris wheel, but when the Pier reopened in June, it stayed closed (though the neon is still lit at night).
I really think that the increase in violent crime (not including the recent looting) along the Mag Mile, River North, and Gold Coast/Streeterville is due to the absence of tourists--gangs feel emboldened to rent vacated hotel rooms for crowded parties, and expanding their deadly internecine feuds to members shopping at the upscale stores. Maybe one good thing that'll come of it will be that rappers will stop violently taunting each other with their lyrics (a major driver of retaliatory shootings) and revert to rapping about social justice issues--which, with NYC's Grandmaster Flash and the Sugar Hill Gang, was how rap began in the late '70s-early '80s. Even the shallow, hedonistic and sexist braggadocio "old-school" lyrics that came a bit later (e.g., about bling, cars, booze, boasting about their star status) seem quaint these days. "Gangsta" needs to be dead and buried. (I can't stand the "trap" and "drill" styles--which sound like woodpeckers on steroids, and ratchet noisemakers--but if they stop rapping about killing each other I can put up with it. At least I don't have to listen to it leaking out of CTA passengers' headsets, since I'm not setting foot on a bus or train anytime in the foreseeable future).
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)