Countdown to Surgery

Posted on February 16, 2009. Filed under: computers, DJing, First Life, Friends, Health, RadioRadio, Real Life, Second Life, voice | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Early this Thursday morning, I”ll make like lobster and be cracked open to repair a congenital defect in my aorta, and replace the subsequent damage to the valve as well. I should be in ICU for about 24 hours, then 4 – 6 more days in the hospital, with an estimated 2 week stay at an aftercare facility across the street from the hospital.

I’ve got a few folks that are gonna be there with me while I’m being operated on, the loan of a laptop upon which I’m writing this post and the support of all of you lovely folks to help me along. Mostly I anticipate the dopey state of the last surgery, where I remember a few moments of the whole thing but mostly I think I stared at the tv without much comprehension. Aaah the joys of hydrocodone & other tasty opiates!

I’m told I’ll have internet connectivity there, and this lappie so I”ll be able to post here, on Plurk, FaceBook, etc. as well as email. I suspect this will keep me from being bored quite nicely. I’ll be on hiatus from DJing while away, so I’ll be tuning in to RadioRadio quite a bit I suspect, to while away the hours and listen to the killer live sets!

As with last year’s surgery, right now I’m preoccupied with preparations, remembering to pack what I need/want, trying to leave the house in decent shape for when I return, that mundane stuff. Again, I really like my surgeon, my cardiologist does too, so that eases a lot of tension. He’s a pro, does this all the time and does the bleeding edge procedures few can. This will all happen at the same hospital that did the gastric bypass, and I’m hoping to see some of the same great folks that took such great care of me last time around.

Those of you in SL, Trinity will have the early reports on how things are going, until I’m out of ICU. Jonathan and Robert are expecting to be there with me that day as well for the rest of you to check in with on Thursday & Friday.

Can’t think of anything else to add here, so that’s it for now. Thanks again to Amanda and Jim for the loaner lappie that’s performing quite nicely!

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Back up North now …

Posted on September 9, 2008. Filed under: airplane, animation, Blogging, Books, broadcasting, Business N Plugs, Chicago, computers, convention, DJing, family, First Life, Folks I Know, Friends, Health, Humor, metaverse, RadioRadio, Real Life, Second Life, Second Life Stuffs, sex, silly, SLCC, travel, vacation, VR worlds | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

And it’s surprisingly cold/cool here in Chicago!  Landed yesterday in pouring rain, about 30 + degrees cooler than when I left Tampa, but happy to have gone and come home safely!  Ok so how to sum up ( to borrow from Inigo Montoya)?


Wednesday night I flew out, we sat on the runway about a 1/2 hour due to a pile up of air traffic caused by some rough weather south of Chicago.  I didn’t care, no one was waiting, I was taking a cab from the airport so I waited.  Aisle seat, no one in middle sleeping cute guy on window seat.  I picked up Chelsea Handler’s “Are you there Vodka, It’s me Chelsea?” in the airport, read some of it, very funny.  Freebie milk, great attendant staff and uneventful flight.  Landing however was something special.  There must have been a wicked cross-wind as the plane did lateral figure-8’s all over the place, but the touch down was SO smooth neither I nor my row partner could feel the tires touch down!  That’s some flying.  I complimented the flight staff, they seemed suitably pleased, as they should have been.


Did a bathroom pit stop and then I’m walking through the airport toward the baggage claim area and I hear “MADDY” and there’s Baccara and Stroker!  I didn’t know they were coming!  They wisked me down to baggage and my case was ready and waiting and out to the car we went.  Easy Peasy.


Casa Serpentine is spacious, grand, beautifully decorated and blissfully air conditioned.  Deb and the kids couldn’t have been any nicer or welcoming if they’d tried.  Met one of ST’s cohorts in technological wizardry that night, a fascinating fellow that is the end all be all guru of motion capture.  Funny thing, a bit I caught sight of last week on the web showing 3 different faces, a young woman, young man, and older man all mirror-emoting was done by this same fellow, Roger Nelson of Motionwerx!  A fellow Chicagoan and South sider, we had much to chat about outside of the expected gadgetry and wizardry territories.


Thursday was mostly about party prep for the Luau that night, Stroker and Baccara wizzing about at lightspeed, Fyre and me doing our best to keep up and stay out of the way while business meetings and other things were going on at the same time.  Evening time we started doing runs into the city to get folks at the hotel and schlep them out to Casa Serpentine (it’s about 15 miles away so not a short drive), which was fun, as folks were of course in high spirits and rather animated passengers to say the least!  After 2 trips and a few cab and rental car loads of folks arrived, the party really got down to business.  Folks started stripping down or changing into their swim togs and with a big cannon ball splash, Siggy got us all wet and swimming!


There was a rather Eros-styled ring toss game (blow up hermie doll, excited guy on one side, no shrinkage, perky gal on the other side) which of course got tossed about, mounted, and otherwise abused all night long!  We had killer Cuban fewds, jamming tunes, plenty of beverages and some really neat motion capture gear on display.  The final trip to the hotel was finished about 3 am and we all vegged for a bit by the pool and then went to sleep for a few hours.


Friday was more business meetings at the house for Stroker, and some running around for supplies and a lot of party prep for Saturday.  By evening we were ready to head down to the hotel for some Linden meet and greet and Irish pub socializing courtesy of Ham Rambler at the Four Green Fields tavern.  There were live musicians inside and out, plenty of piccys taken, and of course there was tons of hugging and grinning and storytelling and giggling going on.


Saturday was full-on party prep, and set up and some rather dramatic last minute changes.  I ended up DJing for about 2 hours, off of one DVD of Stroker’s music, via Windows Media Player (not SAM), mic patched into Nala’s board, Nala running the switcher and volume for me from behind a “gotta climb up over into the booth, not in my damn satin dress mind you” wall.  Nala figured out the tech and I cobbled together a playlist and somehow it worked, folks danced and I am not ashamed of that set.  Nala was the closer and BOY HOWDY did Nala knock it outtta the park.  This was a set for the ages, he had folks sweating and boogying their brains out despite the heat (the AC didn’t keep pace w/the heat the SLers were putting out)!  Only sour note really was the way security ended the event, that venue was tops otherwise but man they really gotta work on their people skills, they all but threw folks out the door like they were misbehaving in a cheap 50’s western bar brawl.  We cleared out the essential stuff and dropped off the extra booze at the hotel.  Well Baccara and I did, Stroker and Fyre went to go up to Nex’s room for more party, but by the time they got there the party had already been busted by the Tampa PD and moved out to a patio.


Sleep, sweet sleep, on Sunday and then we went downtown to let Stroker moderate a panel, and me hang w/Trin and Nala for a bit before they snagged a cab w/Alexa and Baccara to the airport.  Sat with Pulaski and some other SLers in the lobby chatting till Stroker & Fyre came down and we went for KILLER Hawaiian Fuision cuisine at Roy’s (wee there’s one in Chicago too!).  Nom nom nom nom nom.  Go if you have a chance.   Took Fyre to the airport, went to a beach on a causeway so I could dip my fingers in the bay (Atlantic ocean was a bit farther away than I realized hehehehee), walk on the sand and snap a few piccys.  Back to the house and some nice quiet time with the family till it was bed time.


Monday was some talking, some biz calls for Stroker and me packing up all the lewt he sent me home with, yea for expandable luggage.  We arrived at the airport and found that my luggage was WAY overweight, to the tune of 150 bucks!  We quickly emptied one of the boxes in the trunk, shoved a mess of gear in that, taped it up and voila!  only 40 bucks to ship it all back!  Whew!  I boarded my flight, had 2 rather funny row mates and had a rather smooth uneventful trip home.  Landed in pouring rain, got all the gear in the car and blithered my poor dad’s ears off with the above.  And that’s the trip in a nutshell.


The most important thing about this year is how much nicer it was, as an experience, being so much smaller.  I wasn’t in pain like before, I wasn’t wheezing and panting and having to stop out of breath.  Only trouble with clothes was some were a little BIGGER than optimal fit.  I was able and willing to do much more this time and I’m so very grateful to all the folks that have supported and encouraged me all along the process and it was really great for them to SEE me and see how that has paid off.  


So now we can all look forward to next year, where ever it may be, and how to get even more of the folks we know and love there in person at the same time!  I expect to be smaller still, more mobile and hopefully a little better prepared, as I only had about 2 weeks to prep for the trip it was such a long shot, me getting there!  Again for the billionth time I gotta thank my Pops for helping me find the money to get me there, Stroker and family for putting me up/up with me, and all of my friends for their support and hugs and laughs and giggles and fondlings!  


It was a great week and an amazing time I would wish upon anyone!

I’ll have photos up on Flickr today I think tomorrow at the latest.

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Tampa Here I Come (Hanna willing)!

Posted on September 2, 2008. Filed under: Chicago, convention, DJing, First Life, Folks I Know, Friends, RadioRadio, Real Life, Second Life, Second Life Stuffs, sex, silly, SLCC, Tampa, travel, vacation, VR worlds | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Zomg YES!  I get to go to Tampa for the FLCC, thanks to the generosity of none other than Stroker Serpentine, who’s letting me crash on his couch (or some other area in his abode)!  I’m not doing the “official” convention, the SLCC, mainly due to budget & the shift in focus of the convention tracks.  Were I not quite so broke or had gotten clearance for travel sooner, I would’ve stayed at the convention hotel, but one does not quibble about these things when one cannot change them.

Thursday night there is to be an Invitation Only Luau at Chez Serpentine, I do believe I will be on shuttle driver duty (hehehe), bringing partiers from the hotel out to Stroker’s villa, poolside.  Saturday night, of course, is Strokerz Ball (make of that what you will), at a local venue, it’s a Leather, Lace and Latex themed Mascarade Ball.  Last year’s blow out at the Hilton here in Chicago was memorable, tres’ facionable, and I expect this year to be maybe even more outrageous as we’ll not be subject to the “rules” of the Hilton’s decorum & circumstance.

Nala will be one of the featured DJ’s at the Ball, I am looking forward to hearing what the Peenk Cheecken lays down! Also, this will be the biggest gathering of RadioRadio DJ’s to date, as Vertigo Paris, Sezmra Svorag, Trinity Serpentine, Nala Galatea and myself, Madame Maracas, will all be in attendance. How cool is that?

Mostly I’m there “for the hugs” to spend time with those I know and love online and those I only know or know of a little bit.  Last year between my very sizable time sink duties running Registry and my cruddy health (needed to sleep pretty much whenever I wasn’t working I was wiped out), I didn’t get in nearly enough socializing, and frankly didn’t see any of the presentations.  So this year, the presentations aren’t really up my alley, my health is better, my budget is tighter.  As I’d said last year, if it wasn’t right here, 8 miles from my house, I’d not have been there, and honestly, I didn’t think I could go until about a little over a week ago.

SO, from tomorrow afternoon until late Monday I’ll be out of town.  I’ve not flown in years, I’m much smaller than last time, but I’m sure it will still be a squishy tight fit, I’ll manage.  My main concern once I am there is to remember not to get sunburnt.  I’ve spent my life w/a nice base tan, I doubt I’ve gotten really sunburnt more than 5 times in my whole life.  However I’m going there as pale as I was when I was born, so I’ll be a slathering on the protective goo!  Other than that, I’ll help out Stroker and his krew as best I can, hang out w/Trin & Nala and Co. whenever possible and will giggle, laugh, and hug folks as much as can improbably be allowed!

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the RELAY for LIFE is Finally here!

Posted on July 19, 2008. Filed under: Blogging, Business N Plugs, campaign, death, DJing, First Life, philanthropy, PR, RadioRadio, Real Life, Second Life, Second Life Stuffs, United States, VR worlds | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

And RadioRadio‘s gonna be inspiring folks to walk on, donate, celebrate, remember & fight back for the entire 24 hours of the Relay with some guest* DJs even!  Times below are Pacific/SLT.

10 a – 12 p Chet Neurocam
12 p – 2 p Miz Phobos
2 p – 4 p Sezmra Svarog
4 p – 8  p Madame Maracas (me)
8 p – 12 a TriNala (Trinity Serpentine & Nala Galatea)

12 a – 2 a Brian Mason
2 a – 4 a Mabb Dilweg*
4 a – 6 a Predreus Twang*
6 a – 10 a Bearinthemorning Holmer*

Thanks again you all helped out so very much in all your different ways to help us help get rid of cancer!  Go Team RadioRadio!

SLURL to our campsite ( be sure to view other sites & Walk, Donate, Celebrate, Remember & Fight Back!

If you can’t make it “in” to Second Life to visit the campsite but would like to contribute, or simply prefer to use a credit card to make your donation, here’s a link to Team RadioRadio’s handy dandy official page for donations!

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Lately …

Posted on June 21, 2008. Filed under: DJing, First Life, Folks I Know, Friends, Music, RadioRadio, Real Life, Second Life, Second Life Stuffs, VR worlds, Webcasting | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I’ve been good.  Been getting out socially a little more, mostly dragged out by friends and family, it’s true but I’m going vs. staying in and obsessing.  So that’s good.  I feel better every day, my knees, me in general too.  Most of the time the changes are subtle, but every so often there’s kind of an “Ah Ha!” moment when something feels significantly easier to do.

I’ve been hanging out in Plurk and Age of Conan a lot, recharging my batteries for Second Life ™ and the ongoing fund raising benefiting the American Cancer Society (ACS) via the Relay For Life (RFL) campaign. The campaign is going well, and we’re in the home stretch toward the 24 hour Relay itself this July 19 – 20th. We’ve surpassed last year’s grand total already (over 118,000 U.S. dollars collected via direct donation and over 30 million Linden dollars gathered in-world)!

Team RadioRadio has done it’s part and has it’s next big event coming up at 5 pm (Pacific) on July 10, 2008, DJ Chet “Spanky” Neurocam will be spinning while racers drive in support of BOTH ACS and United Spinal Research (USR). Earlier this month, we participated in a 5 team, 3 station event, that doubled Team RadioRadio’s total and altogether raised just over $8,700 USD in 15 hours! Nothing like the power of cooperation and motivation to get things rolling!

At the end of the month I’ll have some tests done to see where we stand on the next big procedure, which will give me an indicator of what the rest of my year is gonna be like. I’ve been DJing 2 nights a week, Fridays 9 pm – midnight (Pacific) and Saturdays 5 – 8 pm (Pacific). Also I’m collaborating with an SL buddy Xugu Madison on building a website for the guild we’re both members of in Age of Conan. We built a wiki site for Tiny Empires last year and I’m looking forward to seeing what we come up with this time!

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    • MadameMaracas is heartbroken, so terribly devastated, the surgeon, Dr. Alan Yasko, that gave me my brand new knee this winter, died of a pulmonary embolism. August 24, 2010 MadameMaracas
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    • MadameMaracas says Lost connectivity, possibly for an hour or so for the seeming midnight reset. I am fine, full of dilaulid, feeling no pain. no pai August 19, 2010 MadameMaracas
    • MadameMaracas says Getting ready for surgery today, slated to be carved open @ about 11.30am. Pops & Marissa are here taking great care of me. <via phone> August 16, 2010 MadameMaracas
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