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"it comes in PINTS?!?" [Apr. 29th, 2005|12:10 am]
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Almost forgot. I gave blood two weeks ago (April 15th). If I've been keeping my records accurately, this is my 40th donation, making 5 gallons total. A pretty scary thought.

(Actually documenting this would be really hard: I've donated with quite a few different blood banks -- Las Cruces, Denver, Fort Collins, Ruston [Louisiana], and the two here in San Diego.)

I'm not a bad person, but I don't often go out of my way to help people much. Giving blood seems as good a way as any to try to offset that...
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2005-04-29 07:48 am (UTC)
heh, that's such a great scene in FotR.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-05-03 06:24 am (UTC)

pint-sized fun

heh, that's such a great scene in FotR.

Indeed! I'm so glad that Lord of the Rings finally got the cinematic treatment it deserved. And I'll have to see the third one eventually. :)

I'm extra amused, having a substantial weakness for a pint or two (or five) of good ale myself. Hooray for having a bar with a good beer selection within stumbling distance of my apartment. (Although I stopped by Pizza Port Carlsbad earlier today, and... wow. I'd be in so much trouble if that were within walking distance.)
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-04-29 01:25 pm (UTC)
but I don't often go out of my way to help people much

I'd have to disagree with you on this one. (and I'm not talking about how much you've helped me.) You've helped friends move, done countless drop offs and pick ups at the airport, and there was the girl you gave a ride to just recently, and those chickies caught in the rain, and loaning your tools to H.,and those are just the ones that pop into my head early in the morning. You do more to help people than most people I know. It just doesn't feel like a lot because you are a good person and aren't keeping a score card.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-05-03 06:32 am (UTC)

SOS

You've helped friends move, done countless drop offs and pick ups at the airport

Huh. I just consider all that "being a friend". You're right that I don't keep score, but helping friends is also different (or at most a very small subset) of helping out in the community.

and there was the girl you gave a ride to just recently, and those chickies caught in the rain

Er, huh? I've been helping girls out and not remembering it? Wow...

Evidence would suggest that you've beaten all the "single guy"-ness out of me.

loaning your tools to H.

Going over there to retrieve the tools (or help the girls use them) is pretty much its own reward. And how am I supposed to turn down bragging rights to having cute women wanting to use my "tool"? :)

Or not.
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-05-03 12:17 pm (UTC)

My point exactly

Evidence would suggest that you've beaten all the "single guy"-ness out of me
mission accomplished. hehehe.


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[User Picture]From: kimberly
2005-04-29 03:41 pm (UTC)
I think that's awesome. You're giving some one life. What's better than that? Doing your bit, however small it might seem to you, is a huge for the person that gets the blood that sustains their life.

Don't diminish ... you're giving a wonderful gift ... five gallons worth!

- k
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-05-03 06:39 am (UTC)

glug glug glug

"Is that African U.S.A. or European Imperial swallows gallons?"

I do get a warm fuzzy (warm soggy?) by donating. And the little extra smidge of "manliness" that I get by watching them poke the needle in and not flinching. Much.

As for giving life, I hope so. I'm also registered as an organ donor, and my family is in favor of that. The big stink about Terri Schiavo a few months ago has me thinking morbid thoughts. I need to write out my advance directives and figure out which of my family members are most likely to execute them faithfully...

Yay happy late-night thoughts.

(And I guess I felt the urge to brag about the donations a bit, as the amount one can safely donate is pretty much inversely proportional to how exciting a life one leads. As one phlebotomist told me: "We don't tell people to get a life; we just tell them to donate more regularly!". Noble little bloodsuckers though they are... :)
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-05-03 06:44 am (UTC)

needles and needles

I find it difficult to donate blood, because I usually have a very small windows between tattoos.

*nod* I'm the "new alternative" -- no tats, no piercings. Luckily for me, deliriumdreams likes me anyway. :)

(My usual limiting factor on donating blood is if I've been drinking too much / not sleeping enough, the few days before donating; I think it was the Denver blood bank that once sent me a letter saying "Hm... there's an awful lot of XXX in your blood; this is usually due to excessive alcohol consumption." Ooops.)

See you in two weeks (YAY!).
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From: ex_ramona222
2005-04-30 04:00 am (UTC)
No fair! You've never given me any blood! :D
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-05-03 06:52 am (UTC)

perky vampires

No fair! You've never given me any blood! :D

Hm. Exactly how am I supposed to take give that? *evil grin*

(I'm particularly amused because, if you meant that in one particular way, you'd be the third person mentioning blood play / cutting in as many months, and that's just... odd. On the other paw, if my blood is good enough for the blood bank, presumably it'd be good enough for a partner, too. More research needed, although experimentation... eek.)

If I ever visit, I'm sure your charges will do their best to peck and talon out a few drops at least. Assuming I don't manage to wound myself just getting out of the car or something else first.
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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2005-05-03 12:21 pm (UTC)

Re: perky vampires

Third? Now I'm curious....
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From: pequenita
2005-04-30 07:31 am (UTC)
Well, I just have to echo that I think that's a really wonderful thing you're doing!
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2005-05-03 07:01 am (UTC)
Well, I just have to echo that I think that's a really wonderful thing you're doing!

Thanks!

Although I feel it pales in comparison to donating a year or more of your life to those less fortunate. That is impressive and inspiring; even if we disagree on the motivation and the detail of the message, I still salute you. My commitment was just for an hour every two months...

Hope the new job is going well! I'm wishing your husband a swift and painless trip to join you. :)
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