Archive for July, 2006

This is a story about a miraculous and annoying man, Dr. Lloyd Glauberman. Mary has nicknamed him Dr. Gloyd, though I still like to refer to him by his full name of Dr. Lloyd Glauberman, which I always pronounce “Globberman” because I like the way it sounds, rather than “Glow” (rhymes with how) berman” which could also be the way it is pronounced, I have no idea, but I just love saying Dr. Lloyd Globberman.

Anyway, my wonderful acupuncturist, Rick DeTroye, lent me a Dr. Gloyd CD about a year or so ago. It was called Feeling Better, and Rick thought it might help me because it seemed like every winter I got some cold that turned into something worse and ended up lasting 2 or 3 months. Dr. Gloyd does something called Hypno-peripheral processing. You have to listen to his CD with headphones on because you get different things in each ear. Feeling Better consists of 4 stories. They are told in a slow, droning way by Dr. Gloyd and they are the most stupid stories I have ever heard. Within each story is two more stories; you hear one in each ear and halfway through, the stories switch ears. Every once in a while or maybe more than every once in a while, words from the stories combine to provide a “subliminal” message. For example, one story is talking about the Planet Ree and the other is talking about a space mission so you hear “Go into Ree Mission” The first time I listened to Dr. Gloyd I could not believe how irritating and stupid and annoying it was. But… the next day I felt better!

You’re supposed to listen to Dr. Gloyd for two weeks to get the full effect. I did this and really felt stronger and better able to ward off all the winter colds flying about. So this was all a year ago.

Then, about 3 or 4 months ago, my upper back started hurting. I figured it would go away, but it didn’t, and as my stress increased (which there is a bit of starting a new business) the pain did too. I got several massages from my massage therapist extraordinaire, Krystee Sidwell, (more on her in a later post, I promise) and went to a chiropractor but nothing seemed to help. I decided that my body was sending me a message, which was “Nothing will work until you deal with your stress.”

So I decided to start listening to Dr. Gloyd again. I started on July 4 and spend two weeks with him and then decided to order a second set of CDS. This time I wanted one to deal specifically with anxiety. I’ve been listening to that one for almost two weeks now and I swear I’m calmer. Also my back pain is only in the one spot where there’s an actual rib out rather than in my entire upper back, so I’m going to give the chiropractor one more shot at me. And that’s all for now.

I’m not a smoker, and I’m fairly sensitive to cigarette smoke.  My partner accuses me of being obnoxious whenever anyone lights up nearby me (I think she’s referring to my crinkled up nose and my hand frantically attempting to wave the smoke away from me, and though I would never wish to use the word obnoxious as a descriptor of myself I provide this info as some sort of full disclosure or something.)

Anyway… here’s some news. If you’re a smoker you’ll want to avoid these hotels and if you’re not a smoker, you’ll love them: Marriott has just announced that starting in September all of its hotels in North America will be 100% smoke-free. This includes 10 different brand-names: Marriott, JW Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance, Courtyard, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Fairfield Inn, TownePlace Suites and Marriott ExecuStay.  Under the policy, smoking will not be allowed in guest rooms, restaurants, lounges, meetings rooms, public space and employee work areas.

In January, Westin instituted a non-smoking policy at all of its properties in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.  Sandals and Beaches resorts also went non-smoking in May.

Addendum – May 2007.  Comfort Suites are also now smoke-free.  For the full blog entry, click here.

Planet Out recently awarded Crystal the 2006 PlanetOut Travel Award for best cruise company.

Here’s the quote from Planet Out: “This top-rated ultra-premium cruise line boasts many loyal gay guests who keep returning to its three ships for the cocooning luxury and impeccable, gay-friendly service, bolstered by acclaimed gourmet cuisine and sophisticated onboard entertainment. Besides numerous specialized gay tour bookings, Crystal has also been active in the Human Rights Campaign, AIDS Assistance Program and Desert AIDS Project for the past several years”

Runners up were Carnival, NCL, Royal Caribbean, and our favorite Regent Seven Seas.

Earlier this week Travel & Leisure Magazine readers voted Crystal the “World’s Best Large-Ship Cruise Line”And

I promise you, we will sail on Crystal soon so I can give you my own extremely biased opinion!  I’ve been intrigued by this cruise line for some time.

For all you doggie lovers out there, thought you might be interested in our experience with Dog Appeasing Pheromones (DAP). Our dog, Schautzie, is getting old and a bit paranoid and crazy. She often has these “fits” in the middle of day where she just starts trembling in what appears to be fear and is basically inconsolable. Our vet recommended trying DAP which we bought in the form of a diffuser that you plug into the wall. I quote from the Foster and Smith web site: “Dog Appeasing Pheromones (DAP) mimic the pheromones the mother dog produces as she is nursing her pups. When your puppy or dog senses this pheromone, even later in life, he is brought back to his peaceful nursing days.”

We picked up our DAP from the vet on July 3 and plugged it in on July 4, a day when many dogs are terrified. We usually are up (and by we, I mean Mary) until 1 or 2 am on the fourth and New Year’s Eve trying to comfort the dog. Tuesday night, with the DAP plugged in, Schautzie was concerned, but not trembling and once we gave her some CALMS, she actually went to sleep. Fairly miraculous, I’d say. Now we just follow her from room to room plugging in the DAP whenever she seems to be distressed.