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Thursday, December 15, 2011

I See Trees of Green

Blogging Tunes: Grateful Dead - 1972-04-08 (remaster)

Life is full of dichotomies. For the Landers' family, life has taken a devastating turn and will never be the same. Yet the very same week that I attended one of the most incredible memorial services ever and shed more tears than I have since my own diagnosis more than 13 months ago, I am having the highest energy week since my transplant. I feel profound sorrow while popping with a new level of energy.

If you haven't seen it, here is Patrick's obituary from the SF Chronicle.  As mentioned, there is a fund set up for Patrick's kids. For more information about that and for all subsequent Landers updates, please see:

The memorial service Tuesday at AT&T park was unbelievable. It's not my place to go into detail here, but let me just say, that I have gained a tremendous respect for the Giants organization. They did this thing right. Also, knowing that Patrick got to experience the 2010 World Series win takes a little bit of the sting out of the NLCS for me. Just another reminder how Patrick and I will be forever tied: I was diagnosed the day after the parade, which I actually attended. I was sick, he was partying. Nuts.

I will share one photo of the big screen at the Park (which flickered through the camera -- click it for hi-res.) It was surreal to enter the lower level, and sit with 800+ people and a couple dozen seagulls, in an otherwise deserted stadium strangely setup for football:

Patrick Lander Memorial Service at AT&T Park

As I mentioned, I'm having a high energy week -- hopefully, I've turned a corner. My counts are continuing in the right direction, and my team is extremely pleased. I'm down to 0.35mg of the Tacrolimus and will drop to 0.3mg next week. Platelets are up to 130, and everything else looks good. I still have cold/numb feet, but I'm learning to just deal with it. I also have quite a bit of muscle soreness, but again, nothing I can't handle.

I'm going full-tilt at work, usually leaving the house at 7:30a and returning at 7p on a typical day. When I first went back to work, I'd be in bed by 8:30p every night. Yet, here I am at around 9pm, blogging away. And I still want to watch the third period of the Flyers/Habs game.

Heather and the kids are doing great. Our good friend Eyan did a photo shoot a couple weeks ago at China Camp. I have this picture spanning two 1920x1200 monitors at work:

Floyd likes 'em up in the zone - click for super-hi-res

Here's one more of the whole family:

Heather, Orion, me, and Floyd  - November 26, 2011

We'll post the best of the best (with honors) to flickr at some point. Speaking of movie quotes. Don't forget to watch Trading Places this holiday season. And look at that "S" car go!

One last tidbit: last night there was a pajama holiday party at Little Arrows (Floyd's pre-school). There were a ton of kids and parents there -- the place was literally jam packed. Some guy with a guitar printed a bunch of Christmas tunes with chords and lyrics and the two of us totally rocked out while dozens of parents sung along. It was killer. After the holiday tunes, we jammed out a few classics like Cripple Creek and a wonderful three-chord Dylan tune I didn't know. Lots of good vocals backing us up. I forget how fun it is to jam with people who can play. I see another band in the future. Just a matter of time.

Kicking more ass every day,


Thursday, December 8, 2011

And My Friends They Come Around

Blogging Tunes: CFL All-hands webcast

I really don't know how to write this blog entry.  When this craziness first started for my family last November, it was all about us.  I was the center of a screwed-up universe where we didn't know if I was going to live or die. During my battle and throughout my continued recovery, I have gotten deeply involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and have met (and am working with) some incredibly strong people fighting their own incredible battles.  My universe has expanded and it seems that I have found a mission of sorts.

This is a picture of me and one of the most amazing fighters I met this year.  It was taken just before the Light the Night walk in San Francisco.

jg and Patrick

The fighter is Patrick Landers and it is with deep sorrow and pain that I reluctantly report that Patrick lost his battle with Lymphoma on Monday due to complications following his bone marrow transplant.  He is survived by his wife Christine and his two boys: Aidan and Ty. Words cannot express the emotions I feel as I write this, but I guess this will have to do: not fair; sad; pissed off; sucks; hate cancer; not fair; sorrow; not fair; anger; not fair; fight.

Over the next several weeks, we expect some kind of Landers Foundation to be created through the San Francisco Giants.  We hope that you will play a part.  Oliver Demuth and I will lead the charge.  If you are interested in contributing, please visit this blog often for updates.  I will post updates related to the Foundation as well as info on how you can help Christine and the Landers family.

A Note about Light the Night. For the 2011 walk, the San Francisco Giants Love for Landers team raised over $85k for Light the Night, blowing away second place who raised $58k.  For more information about Light the Night, please visit: main site | san francisco chapter

Not in a kicking mood,


Thursday, September 29, 2011

In the Light You Will Find the Road

Blogging Tunes: - Groove Salad

Heather, Floyd, and Orion have been in Massachusetts for the past 9 days -- the house is strangely quiet.  I miss them, but I don't miss the chaos.  Solitude is therapeutic sometimes.

So I've pretty much been focusing 100% on work.  It's really amazing to be back.  I feel like I'm picking it right back up and accomplishing a lot.  I've also been heavily involved in this year's annual Light the Night Walk -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual big fund raiser to fight against blood cancer.

In fact, I'm Captain for Team Salesforce this year.  I'm trying to raise $100k by getting scores of people to walk and fund raise.

Want to walk with us?  Click here!

I've been doing these kickoff prezos, telling my story, and rallying the company to support the LLS. I've never really had a cause before.  Now I have one.

Light the Night Kickoff at Salesforce on 9/29

In case you're wondering, anyone can join our team -- you don't have to be a Salesforce employee.  You just have to walk 2 miles (flat, easy, super inspiring, fun for the whole family) and raise a little money (it's soooo easy -- you get your own personal online fundraising page with a URL you can mail to your friends.)  Here's a short video of what it's all about.  C'mon, watch the first 60 seconds of it.  Kareem's in it!

If you want to walk with us, just sign up here:
To sponsor our Team, go here:
If you want to sponsor me, go here:

Other than gearing up for the MLB postseason, there really hasn't been much besides work. One fun thing: pcal came up to hang last Saturday and we went to the Marin Pinball Expo. We played a bunch of different games for a few hours.  Of course, they had my favorite machine ever, Earthshaker.  It was on the end of a row, so you can see the side art:

Head for the shelter!  Oooo! Gimmie shelter!
The High Speed wasn't in good shape, but the Cyclone ("Riiiide, the ferris wheel!") was. Surprisingly absent were Pinbot and Taxi -- two of my other favs.  More than half the floor were sported way old games (from the 50s and 60s).  It was cool to see the history, but I really didn't care about playing those.

I also rode about 9 miles on Tuesday -- round trip to Little Arrows to play piano for the kiddos. It actually wasn't bad, and I made good time.  It was hot though -- I think morning/evening rides to/from the Ferry are going to be doable soon.  Maybe next week.

That's it for now.  Go Phillies.

Ass, meet foot.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gonna Take a Lot to Drag Me Away From You

Blogging Tunes: ARI@PHI (ESPN); Baseball Tonight

Short outline-form update.

Health Update:

  • Energy level up from last week -- I feel pretty good -- probably 70%
  • Still need 9+ hours of sleep per night
  • Hickman Line removed last week -- I am no longer a Borg
  • Radiology appointment tomorrow (kidney stone / lythotripsy follow-up)
  • Increasing conditioning very slowly: mostly daily walks
  • Still taking Tac, Acyclovir, VFend, and Magnesium Oxide... oh, and flowmax
  • Weight is up slightly, but not quite where it needs to be: 147lbs, need to get to 155.
Got a big-ol' steak after my Hickman Line was removed

Work Update:
  • Official return-to-work date set for: Monday September 19, 2011
  • Planning transition and priorities for September
  • Hoping to attend a day or two of Dreamforce

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Light the Night Update:
  • Light the Night fundraising has begun. The San Francisco walk is on Thursday October 20, 2011.  Note that 10/20 is Game 2 of the World Series (see mlb playoff schedule). If I can miss a game to walk, you can donate on my behalf -- and yes, I'm saying that the Phillies will be in it.
  • You can sponsor me by donating on my LLS LTN fundraising page by clicking here
  • Please forward the above link to anyone who you think might want to donate

Music Update:

OK, can't really do this section in outline form. The big news is that we took Floyd to his first Phish show (in Golden Gate Park) last Friday (see: setlist and reviews).  We actually saw The Original Meters and MGMT too.  We got there pretty early and set up our area well back from the second speaker stacks.  The Meters were pretty good and MGMT was interesting, but Phish stole the night with two rockin' sets.

Floyd had an amazing time, stayed up for the entire show (til 10pm) and then promptly passed out in the stroller as we were walking out.  The pics and movies tell the whole story:

Early on, the Stomp Rocket provided hours of entertainment for Floyd

Great view of Trey and boys from daddy's shoulders

Tens of thousands way up front -- we were fine back here

Floyd dances to Axilla I

Floyd dances to Mound

We got visits from Auntie Na Na and Jason, Jmomo, and Adam K. from Salesforce. Thanks for stopping by, everyone.

Spending all day in the park was another big test. I definitely needed to sleep in a bit on Saturday, but I wasn't nearly as wrecked as the previous weekend -- a great sign for handling a "full day."

This show has been playing non-stop on Floyd's iPod since Sunday -- his new favorite song is Suzy Greenberg.  Setlist wise, I think I would have rather seen the Chicago run, but hey, I'll take what I can get.

In other music news, I've played two Little Arrows gigs since the last post.  Here are the setlists:

8/9/11 - Little Arrows Piano Enrichment

Hello Song >
The Thin Ice >
Bathtub Gin >
Ship Of Fools
Scarlet Begonias >
Fire On The Mountain
Throwing Stones
Russian Lullaby
Goodbye Song

Lots of Dead in honor of the anniversary of Jerry's passing.  RIP Jer.  

8/16/11 - Little Arrows Piano Enrichment

Hello Song >
Good Times Roll* >
Suzy Greenberg >
Africa* >
Mike's Song* >
A Trick of the Tail
Mississippi Half Step >
Goodbye Song

*First Time played

I'm using this weekly gig as an opportunity to learn a bunch more songs (and not just play all Grateful Dead). The Toto song kinda came out of nowhere when my pal, ejsphilly mentioned Tuesday morning that he'd been playing around with it. After looking at the (barely usable) chords on the internet, listening to the tune, and talking with Rob M, I think we have a pretty good chart now.  You can find it here if you're so inclined (use narrow margins so it will fit on one page.) Also, Rob transcribed the melody of the solo:

Hurry boy it's waiting there for you...

A couple cute pics before I sign off:

O entranced by an excavator

The boys painting in the backyard

Once again, please make sure to visit my LLS LTN fundraising page!

Its ass is beaten and bruised,