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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

      Underdawg did an excellent job of explaining the rules.  Here's the simplified version: Don't insinuate Pedo.  Warning and or timeout for a first offense.  PermaFlick for any subsequent offenses Don't out members.  See above for penalties.  Caveat:  if you have ever used your own real name or personal information here on the forums since, like, ever - it doesn't count and you are fair game. If you see spam posts, report it to the mods.  We do not hang out in every thread 24/7 If you see any of the above, report it to the mods by hitting the Report button in the offending post.   We do not take action for foul language, off-subject content, or abusive behavior unless it escalates to persistent stalking.  There may be times that we might warn someone or flick someone for something particularly egregious.  There is no standard, we will know it when we see it.  If you continually report things that do not fall into rules #1 or 2 above, you may very well get a timeout yourself for annoying the Mods with repeated whining.  Use your best judgement. Warnings, timeouts, suspensions and flicks are arbitrary and capricious.  Deal with it.  Welcome to anarchy.   If you are a newbie, there are unwritten rules to adhere to.  They will be explained to you soon enough.  


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  1. Sailing Anarchists Affected by Cancer

    Well, he put up a good fight, but Uncle Frenchie passed away in his sleep on Saturday night, about a year after receiving the diagnosis of colon cancer. The overseas Frenchie family found out yesterday, the day he was buried... Goodbye, Michel. I'll miss you, but I'll rest easier tonight knowing you're no longer in pain. The only pain remaining is in the heavy hearts of those you've left behind. Fair winds and following seas.
  2. Sailing Anarchists Affected by Cancer

    I found out last September that Uncle Frenchie has Stage IV ascending colon cancer. He's in his mid-70s, "Silent Generation" type guy -- never said anything, never complained, would never show pain, so he found out about it really late. The "clue" was that he had lost a bunch of weight and lost his appetite. Never really felt pain. Given that he lives ~4000 mi away, I dropped by to visit while I was there in December, and he seemed to be doing well and seemed to be tolerating the chemo fairly well. He had lost a significant amount of weight (~20kg or so), but he was OK. I dropped by again last time I was there in late May, and he had lost more weight, wasn't eating much and was in pain. He and my aunt were packing up their house, giving / throwing away a bunch of their belongings, to move closer to my cousin halfway across the country. They weren't particularly keen to have visitors, but my wife and I went anyway. We stayed for an hour and a half, just for tea and some cookies. It didn't look like he could handle much more. I gave him a big hug on my way out the door, and I felt like I was hugging a bunch of bones instead of the strong guy I used to know. I lost it in the car as my wife & I drove off to see some of her family, enough so that she asked if I didn't want to stop for a while. It took a while to get it back together. Mom Frenchie (aunt's sister) went to visit the other day, and it's starting to sound like May was the last opportunity I'll have to see him alive. He had just had his latest round of chemo, and had a major onset of pain and was rushed to the hospital. He was doing as best as could be expected for a few days, but just today nurses have apparently closed off most of the access to his hospital room and his immune system has crashed - no more WBCs, no more platelets. For a guy who never complained about pain, he's on heavy doses of morphine right now, and it sounds like that's barely helping. He's telling everyone that he's looking forward to getting out of the hospital by this weekend and is looking forward to the next round of chemo in a week or so, but it sounds like the end is near. He's lucid sometimes, but less and less so. I don't think he realizes what's happening. Or he doesn't want to admit it to himself or to others. But it seems like the end is near. This sucks. We're a really small family, so aside from my father, he was the only other male presence in my life. (And on the father front, he's been dealing with prostate cancer, doing "watchful waiting" for the last ~12 months....). This sucks. And I'm 4000mi away as this is all happening. It's dusty in here.
  3. Joke

    A few old one-liners. Hold the groans... I do not enjoy computer jokes. Not one bit. I changed my iPod name to Titanic. It's syncing now. When chemists die, they barium. Jokes about German sausage are the wurst. A soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran. I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time. How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it. I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me. This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore. A guy got arrested for playing the guitar. For fingering A minor. I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down. I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words. They told me I had type A blood, but it was a Type-O. A dyslexic man walks into a bra. PMS jokes aren't funny, period. Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations. Class trip to the Coca-Cola factory. I hope there's no pop quiz. Energizer Bunny arrested. Charged with battery. I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me. How do you make holy water? Boil the hell out of it! Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils? When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble. What does a clock do when it's hungry? It goes back four seconds. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me! Broken pencils are pointless. I tried to catch some fog. I mist. What do you call a dinosaur with extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus. England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool. I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest. I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx. All the toilets in New York's police stations have been stolen. Police have nothing to go on. I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough. Haunted French pancakes give me the crepes. Velcro - what a rip off! Cartoonist found dead in home. Details are sketchy. Venison for dinner again? Oh deer! Earthquake in Washington, D.C., is obviously the government's fault. I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure. Be kind to your dentist. He has fillings, too.
  4. Sailing Anarchists Affected by Cancer

    MSG - ran a 15K race -- the Colon Cancer Challenge -- on Sunday morning for you & my uncle (also diagnosed with colon cancer in January), before going out to sail the last day of the winter season. It was a good day! Hope yours is a good day too.
  5. Sailing Anarchists Affected by Cancer

    Interesting read from someone else who just found out she has cancer -- http://boingboing.net/2011/12/09/the-diagnosis.html
  6. Joke

    I asked Lebron for a dollar. He gave me 75c, said he didn't have a 4th quarter.
  7. Joke

    And sometimes, you actually do! /edit -- crap, it's supposed to have the link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supernumerary_nipple
  8. The new TFLN -- http://thatsnotokayny.com
  9. Sailing Anarchists Affected by Cancer

    Never thought I'd be reading through this tread this soon.... Grandpa Frenchie passed away from prostate cancer many moons ago (before I knew him); it was either not diagnosed or mis-diagnosed. With the family history in mind, Dad Frenchie went for a MD checkup a few weeks back, and found out that PSA levels were "a bit higher than last time". Was told to do a biopsy. 12 biopsy samples later (w/o anesthesia -- normal?), 11 of 12 check out normal. 12th was cause for concern. Goes back to see MD, who tells him that it's a 3+3 on the Gleason scale (I don't know the PSA# or stage at this time). Treatment options are radical surgery or radiation. Is getting CAT scan and MRI done shortly, but feels that he can "wait a bit" before getting surgery / radiation. So... What's the future supposed to look like on this?
  10. Joke

    Two hydrogen atoms are walking down the street. One says to the other "I think I've lost an electron." The other looks at the first and says "Are you sure?" The first replies "I'm positive." A neutron walks into a bar and orders a drink. The bartender puts it in front of him. As the neutron goes for his wallet, the bartender says "No, really, it's OK. For you, no charge." /here all week, try the veal