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the luxuries of urban life

even though lisagail lives within three blocks of a major shopping corridor she is still surrounded by houses with yards. not everywhere you look, but in lots of places still. I kind of miss it and sometimes when I walk down mission street I think why is it that I live here again?

what I meant to say was that the three blocks between here and walgreens were very painful for my scalded hand so I looked carefully amongst their 'aloe' preparations almost none of which had aloe as the first ingredient but every single one of them contained some sort of alcohol or another. now, when you are trying to medicate burned skin, the one thing you want to do is keep it hydrated. alcohol, of course, with its low evaporative point, dehydrates the skin but I suppose it keeps consumers happy because their 'aloe' lotion drys on their hands fairly quickly.

I was going to buy some anyway when I remembered the natural foods store across the street so I just bought bandaids and hurried across the street still going ow ow ow but there I found so many different kinds of pure aloe I had to simply choose the cheapest one and then I went to a nearby coffeeshop and ordered an iced americano thinking to myself ow ow ow and finally I got to sit down, open the aloe gel tube, and slather it all over my fingers. aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh. my god that stuff is magic. I don't understand why it took us amerkins so long to figure out its miraculous healing power for burns. I wrapped bandaids around my fingers and gently rubbed in more aloe from the outside till their little gauze pads were soaked plus I applied it further up my knuckles an starting up the back of my hand.

it all feels much better now although I am typing somewhat gingerly with that hand. it was hurting so bad I was afraid I was going to have to present myself at the group health emergency room but the aloe got it under control. I ::heart:: aloe. I just changed the dressings almost for the pure joy of pouring fresh aloe on the scalds.

anyway. presenting one in a series of reasons why not to make coffee before you've had your coffee.

I think lisagail and einfall and I are having pizza this evening. I wonder how late they will try to make me stay out.

I'm going to track a couple of the rest of you down soon too. today the funk lifted a little. I'm not sure what's going on but it could be one of a hundred or so different things.


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Aug. 17th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
I'm glad your hand is feeling a little better. :)
Aug. 17th, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Group Health?!, no never!

I quit in 73 and never went back to the place. If you go by the loading dock say hi to my ghost.

Ouch on the fingers! it is going to heat up today.
Aug. 17th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Yikes
group health is just the closest. if I thought I could make it on the bus to the U-District without beginning to scream in pain I'd go the UW medical center instead.

in any case, aloe. today the bandages are off and there is no pain whatsoever. it's the most amazing stuff ever.
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