Site ColumnsBy Caillan
October 2, 2002 - 6:48 PM
The wisdom teeth saga is now over - they came out last Friday. I've been recovering from the operation over the last few days - my face ballooned into a football, I could barely speak, and had to survive on baby food, ice-cream, and custard. And let me tell you, that's not as great as it sounds. When everyone else had pizza on Saturday night I was crying out for something savoury, and I was sorely tempted to try a piece, but it wouldn't fit into my mouth.
After the mashed apple stage I progressed onto luke-warm soup and scrambled eggs, until finally today I ate my first sandwich. I can't tell you how great a ham sandwhich tasted after all that mush. However, as post-operative experiences go, it wasn't too bad, especially since I spent most of my time in bed watching Babylon 5. On the afternoon after I was discharged from hospital I made the mistake of watching 'Monsters, Inc.' - very funny film, but it hurt me too much to laugh.
I think they were happy to get rid of me at the hospital after the operation, as I was getting very restless. I arrived ultra early and spent my time "reading" 'The Illiad.' I say "reading" because my mind wandered so much I didn't take anything in, and I watched the children's morning shows instead. They were going to give me pre-op medication because I get very nervous (especially around needles), but they moved up my operation before lunch, so there wasn't time. Thus, I was fully conscious when wheeled into the operating theatre, which seemed to be maintained at sub-zero temperatures. Because I was shivering so much, they stuck what seemed to be a blow dryer under the blankets to warm me up. So that's how I went out - with a gas mask over my face and a blow dryer stuck between my legs.
After the operation I had a drip stuck in my left hand, and I absolutely hate anything being stuck in my hand, because it's all I can think of. They gave me some trashy magazines to read to take my mind off it (Penelope and Nicole are still apparently hot topics in the tabloids), but I became so restless they had to call my parents. I kept slipping down in bed, spitting out blood, and went through about 3 boxes of tissues. At least when I went I was able to get the damn drip out of my hands.
My face is still slightly swollen and I feel a bit washed out, but otherwise I've recovered pretty well. I doubt I'll be able to say the same about my bank account though - the bill arrived today.
Trek BBS Today
Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:
- Are the Vulcans becoming too human?
- What is Data's rank in 'Star Trek Nemesis'?
- Why are there so few DS9 stories in 'Strange New Worlds'?
More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!
Trek Two Years Ago
This was one of the major news stories on October 2, 2000:
- Brannon Braga on Series Opener
In an interview with Anna L. Kaplan Voyager producer Brannon Braga talked about 'Unimatrix Zero, Part II':
"I think it's better than 'Part I,' which is atypical. Usually, the first parts of these things are a little crisper than 'Part II.' We had some problems with 'Part I' that we were able to fix with 'Part II.' We weren't entirely pleased with the look of Unimatrix Zero in the forest. The walking around looked a little dopey, and so we gave them better things to do in 'Part II.'
More news can be found in the archives.
Today is the 54th birthday of Avery Brooks, who played Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Today's Television Listings
- At 8:00pm (7:00pm Central), UPN will be showing Enterprise's 'Minefield.' Here's how the official site describes the episode:
After unwittingly wandering into a minefield in Romulan territory, Enterprise becomes trapped when struck by an undetonated mine. When Reed takes a space walk to try to defuse the mine, he inadvertently gets pinned to the outer hull and Archer must choose between saving Reed or abiding by the Romulans' orders to depart immediately.
Further information can be found in the episode guide.
- TNN will be showing TNG's 'Allegiance' at 8:00pm Eastern Time and 'The Wounded' at 11:30pm.
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series's 'The Ultimate Computer' at 6:00pm Eastern Time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series's 'Court Martial' at 10:00am, 'Mudd's Women' at 2:00pm, TNG's 'Brothers' at 3:00pm, DS9's 'The Homecoming' at 4:00pm, and Voyager's 'The Thaw' at 5:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, E4 will be showing the Original Series's 'A Private Little War' at 14:00 GMT, Sky One will be showing TNG's 'The High Ground' at 17:00, and BBC2 will be showing TNG's 'Booby Trap' at 18:45. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
Tomorrow's Television Listings
- TNN will be showing TNG's 'Captain's Holiday' at 8:00pm Eastern Time and 'Devil's Due' at 11:30pm.
- The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the Original Series's 'Bread and Circuses' at 6:00pm Eastern Time.
- In Canada, Space! will be showing the Original Series's 'The Return of the Archons' at 10:00am, 'What Are Little Girls Made Of?' at 2:00pm, TNG's 'Suddenly Human' at 3:00pm, DS9's 'The Circle' at 4:00pm, and Voyager's 'Tuvix' at 5:00pm.
- In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing DS9's 'Shadowplay' at 06:00 GMT, E4 will be showing the Original Series's 'Return To Tomorrow' at 14:00 GMT, and Sky One will be showing TNG's 'Deja Q' at 17:00. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!
- In Australia, TV1 will be showing TNG's 'The Mind's Eye' at 23:50. Thanks go out to Sci-Fi TV Schedules International!