Curiously Strong Peppermint Gum

I have recently discovered that Wrigley’s has discontinued Altoids Gum. Now, I find the Pepperment gum to be a wonderful way of stopping a headache, so this makes me very sad. I’ve just gotten a supply through, but they will eventually run out. So, here’s my question: I need a strong Peppermint gum, not sweet, relatively hard, to use when I can’t get Altoids gum anymore. Suggestions?


Getting High

As you may have noted from my recent posts, I’m in Colorado Springs on business. Now, I’ve been out to the Springs before, and the altitude here never affected me. But this trip is is just killing me. I’ve had a headache that rarely goes away (including a bad migraine last night, and mini-migraines almost daily)… when I’ve been going 2-3 weeks between migraines at home. I’ve seen my appitite disappearing (tonight I didn’t even finish an 8oz steak at Outback). I’ve had the odd breathing issues (especially today after a fire evacuation drill at the site I was at: four stories of staircases up and down… the up elevators hadn’t returned to normal after the drill). I’ve been tired, but having a hell of a time sleeping.

I’m beginning to think it is the altitude. A local travel magazine indicated that altitude related symptoms include fatigue, headache, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, nausea, and difficulty sleeping. Before you ask: yes, I’ve been attempting to drink plenty of liquids. Still, I will be really glad when I fly home on Thursday.


Today’s Lunch: Leftovers. Yum.

It’s lunch time. That means it is time for some chum:

  • From the “So I Guess That Remake of Dallas Is Out” Department: The New York Times is reporting that conspicuous consumption is out. No longer do we attempt to impress our friends and neighbors with the latest and greatest toy. Instead, we make do and compete to be the most thrifty. In fact, USA Today is reporting that the number of web searches that included the word “coupon” rose 161%. Folks are out to save, not spend, no matter how our president encourages us to revive the economy by spending. Perhaps he should wear a bit more bling to set an example?
  • From the “He May Know Your Name, But He Doesn’t Care” Department: It appears that Eddie Doyle, the real-life bartender at the real-life Boston equivalent of Cheers, has been laid off after 35 years due to the economy. Additionally, good luck on getting that Maytag refrigerator that was just recalled repaired. I hear the Maytag Repairman may also be getting a notice for lack of work.
  • From the “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know” Department: Confirming something migraine suffers could have told you, migraine frequency goes up in hot weather. It also appears to go up (but by a lesser amount) when the barometric pressure is low. I guess it has to be “just right” for us to not have headaches. Sigh.

Wednesday at ACSAC

And now the conference is half over, in terms of overall days. The day didn’t start well, at least for me — I woke with a bad migraine. Still, I strugged down to make sure all the rooms were set and the AV was right, then skipped the plenary to wait for the meds to hit. Came down at the break, and the rest of the day went well, although we overestimated slightly on our meal counts. Still, I’ve had nary a complaint. The staff is excellent, the food is great, and the sessions are running smooth.Tomorrow is another technical day, and then a half-day and the special event.