Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The 2007 Vampdaddy Halloween Post

Wow, three posts in three days? After yesterday's good news I'd usually sit back and bask for a few before getting back in the writing game, but with Halloween upon us I couldn't miss the chance to once again amaze, horrify and entrance with the second annual "Vampdaddy Halloween Post".

First, something totally gross....BRAAAAAIIIINS! BWAHAHA!

Okay, maybe not gross, but certainly fascinating -- this is an MRI scan of Vampboy's little noggin' from yesterday. Note the black spot on the lower left -- that is the "tumor bed", or rather the "former" tumor bed. This is the photo from the widest point of the area (the tumor was about the size of a ping-pong ball). Provided that the cancer doesn't return, it is likely that the open space will remain there forever. Yes, he is one hole-removed from being a bowling ball. But there's nothing that pleases us more than seeing that black, empty space -- it holds within it his very survival.

Next, a little Vampire Trivia. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

1. Bela Lugosi's film version of Dracula is not the first -- nor is the German film "Nosferatu". In fact, the very first film version of Dracula is lost to time -- only a few still images remain.

2. Vampires are obsessed with counting -- Jim Henson, of course, knew this! So, when being pursued by a member of the undead, spill a box of uncooked pasta as you flee. The vampire will have to stop and count it all before continuing the chase!

3. Actual accounts of Vampires -- in particular those that involve digging up a body long-thought dead and having it look like it is still alive -- is now understood as being bad timing and a lack of understanding about decomposition. The book "Vampires, Burial and Death" gives a lovingly detailed description of the process of decomposition and how it relates to what Vampire hunters and terrified villagers observed. So, the next time you dig up a body (that was not embalmed, by the way), don't be surprised if they look very much alive. Happy digging!



Papa Bradstein said...

Uh, how about some candy trivia? Mama says there's nothing she doesn't now about candy.

That is interesting stuff. I presume that you're well versed in the Blood Countess, who one of my favorite professors wrote a little bit about. I never got to see him perform the piece, but I've heard it was quite a show. Not nearly as scary as waiting for that MRI, though.

Anonymous said...

Great news from the MRI. I'm sure each MRI will be in the back of your mind, but right now you have a two year old that is doing all the things a two year old does, take each day and enjoy it, because he will soon be three and they call that the terrible threes, and then the why questions begin. Why this and why that,and then why to the answers you give to the first questions. Enjoy your halloween. Missouri Cousin

Lainey-Paney said...

what a lovely MRI!

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that life is going well and the results were clean! It's amazing what the magic of science, love, and prayer can do to defy odds!!
Hope your Halloween was splendiferous! :)
heather a~*

sara said...

Have you ever read "Fledgling" by Octavia Butler? It's an interesting take on the vampire genre.

Henitsirk said...

Dear Vampdaddy,

I can't say much because after reading every single post on your blog in one sitting, I'm going to be late picking up my kids from daycare. I found you through Papa Bradstein.

I'm so very glad to see that MRI. Even with a big hole in it.

I thought I'd never read the word Neupogen again after I quit working in health insurance. I hope you never have to again either. And I used to wonder why anti-nausea drugs EVER were in oral form.

I too never got to hear the Blood Countess performed, though I did get to read it, along with all the other freaky stuff Dr. Peters wrote. You would probably like it indeed.


PS: The Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil sustained me throughout college. You rock!

Anta said...

It's strange how "emptiness" in different contexts can mean different things. The "emptiness" of this MRI is definitely a sigh of relief, to say the least. May every other MRI you need to see be identical in nature.
Love and light to you, your wife and little Vampboy.

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