No, I’m Not At WKRP in Cincinnati

Baby, if you’ve ever wondered,
Wondered whatever became of me,
I’m living on the air in Cincinnati,
Cincinnati, WKRP.

Apologies if you’ve been expecting the second part of First Person Revolutionary, or wondering where I’ve been.

Haven’t been feeling my best lately. My doctor has informed me I need to have a sort-0f-minor, sort-of-major surgery. I have a consultation coming up with the prospective surgeon next week — at which meeting I’m assuming we’ll set a date for the cutting.

Argh. That gall bladder and I have been friends for close to 60 years.

Back soon, I expect.


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  • Brett McCoy

    Ah, what a bummer. I was just thinking this morning that I hadn’t seen any posts from you in a bit. Hope everything works out!

  • Rod

    Had mine out a year ago…. get ready for an extended period of, how we say, intimate familiarity with your bathroom.

    However, no more of those doubling-over, am I having a heart attack pains.

    Good luck.

  • Gregory Marshall

    Good luck with the surgery.

    As for WKRP they had a great episode where a bunch of fundies were trying to get them to censor some of their music and the big guy (Gordon Jump) stood up to them. The song Imagine is what he used to defend his decision.

  • Nora

    I loved that show! And that’s my favorite episode. When I saw the headline, even before I opened your site, I said out loud “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.” It’s good I work alone.

    Oh, good luck on the surgery. I had mine out 40 years ago and I don’t miss it. I’m your age so was unusually young for that particular problem. And since it happened in the olden days, I was kept in the hospital for more than a week.

  • Laen

    I second that thought. In my head when I saw the WKRP, I thought the exact same line. Loved that show.

  • teawithbertrand

    @3 I remember that episode well. “First you censor a word, then you censor an idea.” I was a kid during WKRP’s run and that episode made a real impression on me.

  • Pope Bandar bin Turtle

    Oooookay, fine!

  • boadinum

    Best wishes, Hank. I was wondering what had become of you. I hope you’re back to your godless self very soon.

    WKRP was a pretty good show, wasn’t it?

  • lordshipmayhem

    As long as you’re not going to this hospital:

  • TB at BlueCollarWorkman

    OH man, good luck! I think there’s no such thing as a surgery that’s minor. But with gall bladder stuff, that does seem more routine. We’ll be waiting for you when you get back. :-)

  • Leslie

    I hope you’re able to have it done laproscopically. My husband had it done a few years ago and has never missed it. Get well soon!

  • davejohnson

    5000 whining atheists vs the Great Prophet

  • carolw

    My husband had his out laproscopically a few years ago, and it made a huge difference. He was suddenly not throwing up every day. You’ll be sore for a few days, so have a comfy couch or La-Z-Boy ready when you come home. Good luck. I’ll be thinking about you.

  • ednaz

    Yes, I was wondering.
    Please take good care of yourself. We’ll be here when you’re feeling good and godless again.

  • F

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, sir!

  • Stephanie Zvan

    Gah. And here I was going to bug you for new writing. I’ll have to hold off being selfish for another week or two, I guess.

    May your recovery be swift and easy, and may the surgery make much difference in your well-being, Hank.

  • Woof

    Don’t sweat it, Hank. I had mine yanked ~15 years ago. Mild pain meds post-op, and in 7 days I was up/out and doing yard work. (I wasn’t supposed to, but I was.)

  • Crudely Wrott

    Never watched a single episode. Not surprising since I swore off network TeeVee thirty some years ago. Except for M*A*S*H. My local cable serves up three in a row on weekdays, for which I am grateful.

    Take heart, Hank. You might even be lucky enough to get a Hawkeye Pierce type surgeon. If you do, will you share the video?

    I have a hunch that you’ll come through this like you’ve come through worse things. Good luck. Take a bullet to bite on.

  • douglaslm

    Had my gall bladder out years ago. In my personal experience I found that heart burn is the number one side effect. I just have to stay away from cucumbers and bananas, and take a daily Omeprazole.

  • lorimakesquilts

    I had mine out laparoscopically about five years ago, no problems. It did take about a year for my system to adjust to the change, during which I figured I would never be constipated again, but that has stopped. The only time I get reminded is if I eat a lot of greasy food. Full recovery took about 30 days, but I was up and about, carrying around a 25 pound kid after a week. Good luck, I expect you’ll be fine. :)

  • Lou Doench

    I was wondering as well Hank. Good luck and swift recovery. Also, as a Cincinnatian who grew up in the 70′s I was incredibly proud of WKRP. My Dad was the news director for WUBE, the hillbilly station as my mom dubbed it during the time WKRP was on, so I kind of knew a lot of those character types.

    My favorite episode after the Thanksgiving one you feature was this one.

  • BCat70

    I hadn’t thought of WKRP in years- loved that show!

    Goin to youtube to get a fix.

  • Leslie

    If you get MeTV they sometimes show WKRP. I caught a few episodes about a month ago. I loved that show.

  • Daniel Fincke

    Oh no, Hank! So sorry to read this! I hope you come out of this with a speedy recovery. Keep us all apprised!

  • Randomfactor

    Sigh. Bailey Quarters. Lives about 60 miles from me these days.

    Best of luck on your C-stectomy.

    • Woof

      Survey for Straight Men and Gay Women:

      [1] Mary Ann or Ginger?
      [2] Samantha or Jeannie?
      [3] Jennifer or Bailey?

      Requirements: You must be of a certain age, or spend way too much time watching syndicated shows on cable/satellite TV.

      There are no wrong answers. Correction – there are of course wrong answers, defined as those different from mine.

      • Randomfactor

        Mary Ann/Jeannie/Bailey. And as a bonus, Velma.

      • ‘Tis Himself

        Mary Ann or Ginger?

        So many people forget the feminine hotness that was Lovey Howell.

      • Midnight Rambler

        I only recognize one, but as an alternative:
        1) Stevie Nicks or Joan Jett?
        2) Violet or Corky?

        • teawithbertrand

          I guess I have to go with Stevie Nicks on that one.

          Who are Violet and Corky?

  • RW Ahrens

    Best of luck on the surgery. Sorry to hear that this has kept you from your preferred lifestyle! Hope it gets better quickly.

  • catlover

    So sorry that you have not been well. I was wondering why you had not yet graced us with Part 2 of your fascinating thoughts. I hope the surgery goes very well, and that your recovery is swift and uneventful.

  • Brianne Bilyeu

    Speedy recovery, Hank. And thanks for the trip down memory lane; I haven’t thought about WKRP in ages. Heh…turkeys.

  • jamesskaar

    i fixed my gall stone problem with a small dietary change. along with mine are reflux episodes, not having enough stomach acid, allowing low strength acid to migrate. some lemon juice with meals that normally give me heartburn.
    there’s a non-surgical treatment for gall stones, drinking alternating shots of veg oil then lemon juice or vinegar, waiting 20 minutes between doses, doing it a whole day. if you’ve had dish soap splashed into your mouth, you know what it’s like. after i did that, the lemon shots have kept them away.

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