[cancer] Chemo series three, session three, day three

3-3-3. Chemo chemo chemo.

I was unusually active and alert yesterday. I appear to be paying for that this morning, after a short (for chemo) night’s sleep. Not miserable, just slower and goofier than normal for this early, even on a chemo day.

S— was over yesterday, helping [info]tillyjane (a/k/a my Mom) and Lisa Costello. Some good practical advice was had, and she worked with [info]the_child to significantly advance the ball on photodocumenting the Bells for Jay project, so I can get a thank you post up soon. [info]the_child had also shot a lot of photos, which no one had told me, so there’s a lot of duplicates. There is a pretty full Flickr set up now, though not yet properly annotated.

The Niece was over yesterday as well for quite some time. We enjoyed a Thai dinner (even I had some), and there was lots of this-and-that going on around me. We finished out the evening with a rewatch of My Neighbor Totoroimdb ], which I continue to believe that is hands down the sweetest movie ever made. By the time the movie was done, so was I.

Off the pump around 1 or 1:30 today, then I’ll be laying low the rest of the day as usual.

Passim, I also note with some amusement that a good portion of the “I don’t/haven’t/won’t ever use Apple products” comments in my post about closed computing ecosystems yesterday [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] boil down in part to “I don’t want to be one of those people” in reaction to Apple marketing and social perceptions of Mac users.

Sort of how I feel about not listening to country music, I guess. Whatever motivates you.

6 thoughts on “[cancer] Chemo series three, session three, day three

  1. Cora says:

    Well, I do like country music – the good stuff at any rate. But then country music doesn’t really have the same connotations of backwardness in Germany that it has in the US, it’s more the music of freedom and open landscapes. Plus, I grew up and still live in the broadcast radius of Radio Bremen, who’ve been promoting good music of all genres for more than fifty years now and have always played country alongside other music.

    That said, the “country only” stations in the US drove me nuts. I want a good and healthy mix.

    1. Cora says:

      Regarding Apple projecting a “too cool for you” image of their users in their ad campaigns, I suspect what we have here is what I like to call a “Frau Sommer” problem.

      In the 1970s and 1980s, Jacobs Kaffee, a German coffee brand (now owned by Kraft Foods), used to run some horribly sexist TV spots in which a husband rudely told off his mousy wife for her supposedly awful coffee. Enter Frau Sommer, the infuriatingly blonde and perky know-it-all neighbour woman, who promptly helped out the mousy wife with a package of Jacobs Krönung, which even found the grudging acceptance of the rude husband. Here’s one of those spots, in case you want to see what they looked like.

      Now I don’t know a single woman who lived in the 1970s and 1980s who didn’t bloody hate Frau Sommer and secretly dreamed of drowning her and preferably the husband, too (personally, I always suspected they were having an affair) in a pot of Jacobs Krönung coffee. Reportedly, even the model/actress who played Frau Sommer in the TV spots hated the character. What is more, I as well as many other women were utterly convinced of one thing. We’d never ever buy Jacobs Krönung (and I live in Bremen, some ten kilometers from the Jacobs factory, so it’s a local brand) because Frau Sommer was just so infuriating.

      For years, I thought that the Frau Sommer spots had simply been an incredibly badly thought out advertising campaign, which inadvertedly pissed off customers. But then I read an interview with a Jacobs marketing executive (like I said, they are a local brand), who said that they had deliberately tried to cultivate a haughty and superior image for Jacobs Krönung, because Krönung was not supposed to be a nice brand. Well, guess what? I still don’t buy Jacobs.

      Apple, deliberately or not, created a similar image for themselves as a brand for a certain kind of person and so put off everybody who finds “that sort of person” infuriating.

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