Short Bursts

JUST A KISS OF CHERRY DEPARTMENT
I tried Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper and could hardly taste any difference from regular Diet Dr. Pepper. It has always been my belief that Dr. Pepper was a cherry cola to begin with and their multiple flavors crap is just marketing.

The Gene Simmons commercial did not influence my purchase whatsoever. Okay, maybe a little.

LET ME POP YOUR CHERRY DEPARTMENT
As you probably know, I have gout. There are a couple of good remedies of gout including drugs and steroids and pain pills. I’ve found two things that work to keep flare ups down: baking soda and cherries. Let me explain.

The baking soda in a glass of water trick to beating gout makes perfect sense from a chemical point of view. Basically, gout is uric acid crystallizing in the joints of my toe causing all kinds of pain. Body fluids are a combination of many different compounds. Some are acidic and some alkaline. The baking soda increases the alkalinity of my bodily fluids lowering the risk of uric acid crystallizing and dissolves existing crystals.

Unfortunately, drinking six or eight ounces of water with a half a teaspoon of baking soda in it is not the tastiest mixed drink. The solution (pardon the pun) is maraschino cherries and their juice. Eating cherries has also long been associated with fighting gout. So, I now take my baking soda and water with a dash of maraschino cherry juice and a couple of cherries as chasers.

It ain’t a Shirley Temple, but it makes my toe sing.

MICKY DEE’S UP IN YOUR ECONOMY DEPARTMENT
It is cheaper to buy three $1 four-piece Chicken Nuggets from McDonald’s than to buy one 10-piece Chicken Nuggets. Plus, you get two more nuggets.

The cute front line girl explained it to me and I went for it. Sean ain’t dum.

FAITH IN THE DOLLHOUSE DEPARTMENT
I’m truly surprised by the pick-up of a second season of Dollhouse. The only reason it happened was Fox thought they could actually make some money off the show. They also are pleasantly forward-thinking by taking a good look at DVR and Hulu numbers in addition to the outdated Nielson ratings.

If anything should be taken away from this turn of events it’s this: Fox might have made some bone head moves in the past, but they have learned (Family Guy is a good example) and the fact they are embracing the viewing habits of the 21st century is a welcome sign.

Now, I guess I’d better watch the show.

I’M A MAC AND MY DAUGHTER’S A MAC DEPARTMENT
For over a year, my daughter has been saving money to buy a computer. I bought a MacBook a couple of years ago and she has pretty much loved it ever since. So, it looks she has more than enough money to buy herself her very own MacBook.

It makes me proud she is chosing this on her own without me making her buy a Mac. She’s also kind of thumbing her nose at her mother.

LOST IN YOU DEPARTMENT
I haven’t enjoyed a season of a television more than this season’s Lost in a long time. Season Four of Babylon 5 comes close as well as the early year’s of The West Wing and Alias, but Lost’s penultimate last season was a master class in great writing (for the most part) and interesting twists and turns.

I think the creators have a real sense of where they are going and it shows. Setting a true end date has made a huge difference. The other hallmark for me personally is not having any idea myself the direction of the show. It is so layered with multiple meanings and interpretations, I need to go back and watch the early seasons just to have a clear understanding of what’s going on presently or pastly. I’m confused. And that’s a good thing.