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Monday, December 11, 2006 :::

An Eventful Weekend

I started out last weekend by attending the Joanna Newsom concert with Stacy. If you're unfamiliar with Joanna Newsom, she's a spritely little elf of a freak-folk harpist who writes beautiful music that she sings with a shriekingly squealish voice, and she's incredible. She didn't disappoint, either. It was an unbelievable performance that I was sure I would remember as one of my favorites ever...


... I went home that evening and promptly fell ill with the stomach flu. Throughout the course of the evening and between the violent bouts of throwing up, I would drift in and out of mad consciousness, never quite falling asleep but never really lucid either. The intense fever mixed with the sweaty chills kept my hallucinations vivid, and for some reason my mind decided to keep me at that Joanna Newsom concert all night long. I just kept hearing her harp and then that voice, and then more harp, and then more voice, ad nasueum (literally) until at one point I actually shouted loud enough to awake me from my own hallucinatory stupor: "Enough with the harp already!" fully believing that I was still being forced to endure that concert in my sickened state.

Two days later and eight pounds lighter, I still can't even look at the cover of my new Joanna Newsom CD or the awesome new concert t-shirt that I purchased without it bringing back memories of vomit and nausea. The negative association truly saddens me. I hope that it subsides over time and that I will once again be able to listen to her music without clutching my stomach in agony, but I still can't eat Rocky Rococo pizza and that little incident was almost eight years ago, so who knows what the future will bring.

Oh, and as I lay sick on the couch all day Saturday, K-Mack got engaged. It's a nice little story so I'll let her tell it:


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First off. Sorry about the tummy.
Second, congrats to KMack and fiance.
Third of all, what does the engagement mean? Fewer KMack stories and photos?

Good god man? Think of your audience!!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:34 AM  

You let a keeper get away Danny boy, but hopefully we’ll get some great photos from for the bachelor party and wedding!

By Anonymous Yolel, at 11:22 AM  

CONGRATS! Damn. K-mack was hot too...

Wait, does this mean Dan needs a new roommate? Can I apply? I will make sure no one plays a harp within 100 feet of the house, and I can kill mice without a second thought.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:26 PM  

Congratulations K-Mack!!!! And Kroggy!

Sorry about your pukeyness Dan. I think that food/music aversion is part of something called anticipatory emesis - I hope it wears off soon!

By Blogger Christine, at 12:39 PM  

God... that sucks... but if it makes you any happier, I just saw a bunch of these this weekend...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:45 PM  

YEAH! Best wishes to K-Krog and Kroggy! (I don't think K-Mack likes her new nickname yet, so maybe we'll brainstorm...)

Sorry about the barfies, Dan. No more buffalo chicken salad for you.

- CherryNut

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:24 PM  

i think you´ll be able to listen to harp and squealing some time in the future (probably not near future, though). one day i felt a bit queezy, forgot about it then had sushi (which i luvvv) that night, then realized that the queeziness from earlier that day was a stomach flu peacefully waiting to strike, which it did in full force a few hours after the sushi. couldn´t eat that stuff a couple years, but now i´m back to enjoying it more than ever. Psychology tip: maybe try some positive associations to overpower the negative. that´s how a behavioral psychotherapist would do it. P.S. congrats to the luvvvbugs!

By Anonymous Richard, at 2:54 PM  

and it wasn´t the sushi either - four of us all had the same thing and only i was the one who ended up calling ralf on the big white phone for a couple days...

By Anonymous Richard, at 2:57 PM  

it took me nine months before i could face eating "double deckers" again, (an english cadbury's chocolate bar), after i had been thoroughly sick for 3 days every hour (even at night) from eating a bad meat pastie, and double decker. the only thing i drank during the days of sickness was peach flavoured squash, and to this day, i can't really bare drinking peach flavoured squash (robinsons) without being reminded of the sickness... hopefully with things you love, you will be able to bare them again...

By Blogger Joshua, at 4:30 PM  

Sorry about the rupes bro. Bummer way to spend the weekend.

Congrats Kroggies!!!

By Blogger Colleen, at 4:37 PM  

Congrat's to K-mack and Kroggy! Much excitement.

By Blogger Erik, at 4:55 PM  

Note to self: don't eat dinner & read planetdan at the sametime.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:09 PM  

Congrats to K-Mack and Kroggy! But like others I'm actually selfishly unhappy about it, as it may mean less K-Mack stories. Who does T-bone live with? Why don't you make him your new roommate? That would produce some good stories...

By Anonymous Zoe, at 9:20 PM  

The red eye in the pic is terrifying. It looks like she's marrying the devil in disguise.
Unless he's gonna give you some really awesome super powers or something, like laser eyes or mind control powers or x-ray vision. That's be pretty cool, and you don't get that kind of opportunity every day.

By Anonymous Gwenhwyfar, at 7:31 AM  

Dan kinda indicated that Kris would tell the "nice little story" about the engagement... and I'm waiting to read it. Maybe Dan meant y'alls REAL friends instead of the blogfolks, but still I'd like to hear the little story. I'm sure the newly engaged are busy and all. We'll wait.

By Anonymous toddbee, at 8:43 AM  

love the ornaments from the ceiling in the dining room !
what a cool idea, how'd you hang them ?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:42 AM  

That's my favorite part of having the stomach flu, finding out how much weight I've loss when it's done...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:21 PM  

Forget your illness, I want to hear about the proposal!!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:28 PM  

Prince's song "Raspberry Beret" had the same effect on my brother for many, many years due to a horrible puking illness/ badly timed showing of the video on MTV. In fact, he may still have issues with it. That, and Hawaiian Punch.
And I have that Stomach Ache microbe mentioned above. My husband got it for me a couple years ago when I came down with a nasty long bout of nausea. A few weeks later I figured out that I was actually knocked up and not really sick, but it's a cool toy nonetheless.

By Blogger Monkey, at 11:17 PM  

Dan, Dan, Dan,
Actual cases of "stomach flu" are relatively rare...the usual culprit is foodborne illness. The big mistake people make is thinking it was the last thing they ate (probably b/c it's what they're having to barf up and re-live. :P)...It's almost always something they ate 1-2 DAYS before the onset of upchuckage...
Fast Food Nation baby!

(longtime first-time btw)

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:25 PM  

Dan, I'm so sorry you were pukey and I hope your love of harp music will transcend the power of the 'porcelain God' soon!

And let's hear the engagement story already! I hate to be the one to say it but we need a new post because every time I see the pic of K-Mack and Kroggy now, I get a little barfy!

By Blogger ntrudr, at 8:54 AM  

I could be wrong, but I believe that K-Mack is telling the story on the phone... not to us Nosey Norma's and Norbert's. Clever.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:27 PM  

Danny, can we see pics of your decorations? Your dining room looks kickassy.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:36 PM  

With the decoration post taking me out of the spotlight, I’m not sure if anyone will be back for the story…but here are the highlights.

There was a lake, a sunset, a Kroggy on his knee, and a diamond the size of my head! Well, maybe not the size of my head, but it sure is purdy. Too bad the entire conversation leading up to Kroggy professing his undying love and devotion was dedicated entirely to Dan’s stomach issues, and dog poop. Not that I want to be “that girly girl” but it was all very perfect and thoughtful and just they way any girly girl would want it! He even asked my dad first!

I don't like that picture of me.

By Blogger Kristina, at 11:58 AM  

Oh...and thank you everyone for your well wishes!

By Blogger Kristina, at 12:00 PM  

It's a lovely picture of you, K-Mack - you're radiant :)

Thanks for sharing. And Congratulations!!

By Blogger alivicwil, at 4:21 AM  

she's so freaking hot!!! she got engaged to that!!!???

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:22 PM  

not much props to K-Mack on the engagement, one little sentence? You've written pages about throw up and unidentified rashes, and they're not even your best friend. don't be bitter, it's ugly and sad.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:27 PM  

This isn't planetKmack.

But I figured it was her story to tell, not one that I should be ruining by spreading around the interwebs.

By Blogger dan, at 3:39 PM  

Congratulations on the impending nuptials! To the person who felt compelled to give a backhanded compliment and call her fiancé a "that"... You're obviously quite the catch yourself. I'm sure lots of people want someone only concerned with appearance and whose courage to state their opinion relies solely on the option to post anonymously. Kudos, I bet you're hot. By the way, I think he's very handsome.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:46 PM  

so what if i write my name? am i going to be less anonymous to you?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:51 AM  

Well, by definition, yes.

adj.: lacking individuality, unique character, or distinction.

You see, when you give your name it allows people the opportunity to find out more about you. Like, for instance, how many other times you posted shitty/stupid comments and quips. Then, upon reading all of your comments/quips, I, the reader, can get a better picture of the total shitbag you truly are; did that answer your question? -Samara
aka SamIAm

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:11 PM  

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