Dick Laurent is Dead

Those with whom I work will testify that I almost never take sick days because I am seldom sick, and when I am sick, I’m not very sick.

My current illness, however, while “only” a head cold, is a bad one. It came on Sunday, then got worse on Monday, normally my day off. Tuesday I called in sick, then again Wednesday. Today I went in, only to be scolded and sent home, which is unprecedented. In fact, until now, I hadn’t taken more than one sick day in a row since I took two weeks when Abby was hospitalized with pneumonia in 2008. Abby is home sick as well.

In our convalescence, we watched several movies. Among the most interesting were The Quick and the Dead  (not very good), Lost Highway (incomprehensible and self-indulgent) and Se7e(quite engrossing), none of which I had seen. We own Lost Highway on DVD because it was cheap on Amazon and David Martin and I think the soundtrack kicks ass. We watched Se7en and The Quick and the Dead because Netflix suggested it to us.

I have several assignments on the book tomorrow, including two high school playoff games, so it looks like I’ll be slamming Day-Quil and trying to stay upright. Tonight, though, we are on a no-holds-barred, balls-to-the-wall OTC medication binge. Abby has a brass bell by her bed, and rings it when she needs me. Since she seems to have caught what I am carrying, I know she is ten times worse because it flares her arthritis.

This is as miserable as either of us has felt for a while. Muh.

Here is my man-sized hit of cold medication for tonight.
Here is my man-sized hit of cold medication for tonight.


  1. Sorry to hear you guys are sick. Christa and her kids are also under the weather. I have a nonstop tickle in the back of my throat that provokes coughing and headaches. That time of year. Anyway, to your film commentary, I thought Lost Highway was pretty much an irredeemable POS the last time I saw it a few years ago. On the other hand, I agree that Se7en is one of the best police thrillers/horror movies of the last 10 years. I’m surprised you’d never seen it. David Fincher is a genius of a director and the cast is excellent throughout. A great movie. Get better. I like the shot of your medicinal slam, by the way.

  2. Se7en is the Brad Pitt one? Tracey and I never pass up an opportunity to wail, “what’s in the booooxxxxx?”

  3. Also surprised you’d never seen Seven (I just can’t bring myself to spell it the other way, though it would have been a lot easier than typing this parenthetical statement).

    Dan, I’m sure it was more like 20 years ago, though I’ll agree it’s better than most from the past 10 too. :-)

    I’ve never seen the other two, and rarely get to watch stuff like that these days (what with being surrounded by innocent minds).

  4. Wil, yes, I meant to type 20, the film came out in 1995. Which is SHOCKING to think that Seven is 20 years old.

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