Monthly Archives: March 2008

Mojo Interviews Tony James and Mick Jones

Mojo Interviews Tony James and Mick Jones

Fri 03.14.08 – SXSW Day 8 – Mick Jones is a great live interview, very funny. Photo taken by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N82.
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My thoughts on this Interview with Tony James and Mick Jones of Carbon/Silicon from my Twitter stream:
msjen: is wandering around Flatstock before the 2pm Mick Jones panel.
msjen: Amusingly, there was a line to get into the Mick Jones interview. Now that Joe Strummer is RIP, I guess Mick is the elder stateman.
msjen: Tony James on SXSW: “It is amazing, it is like they took Glastonbury and dropped it into a city.”
msjen: Tony James, still hot… Mick Jones has a beer with him.
msjen: Mick Jones on pubs: “They are all gastropubs. The no smoking thing has ruined it for everyone. It is a class thing.”
msjen: Mick Jones is on fire – cracking jokes & acting them out. “I don’t want to talk about anything.” Takes a pull on the beer.
msjen: Mick Jones on what he learned from the blues while growing up: “You have to live it before you can sing about it.”
msjen: Tony James to Mick: “Do you know your username?” Mick: “goingpostal?” Tony to audience: “Mick Jones, the man with no username.”
msjen: Mick Jones on mp3s vs. cds: “The problem is you can’t roll a joint on it or make a line.”
msjen: Mick Jones now is telling the audience Texas history. Tony, “How do you KNOW all this stuff?”

Mefloquine: 42 Days Into It and I am Over It

While I am *supposed* to take my anti-malaria pills, Mefloquine, for another 2 weeks, I am over it and done. I will not be taking my pill tomorrow due to 3 weeks of mild building up to medium bad reactions on a daily basis.
The first week or so, the only reaction I had to the medication was feeling like I was on 5 shots of expresso at any given time and not sleeping more than 5 hours a night. By the end of the second week on the drug, I was having occasional nightmares and feeling agitated. The last two weeks I have continued sleeping badly, having nightmares, feeling agitated and upset over small things, etc.
When I was in India, all of the non-US travellers I met were NOT taking any anti-malarial preventive medication and were very surprised that my doctor put me on it. Since I have returned, several British friends told me to throw the mefloquine away and only to take it when I actually get sick, as they had more reactions from the medicine than any other sickness they may have experienced in India.
When I was so tummy sick earlier this week, I had more folks email me or tell me in person here at SXSW that I should go off the mefloquine, as it may be contributing to my tummy illness.
So, this morning I called the Kaiser Permanente Advice Nurse to see what they thought about my reaction to the medication and if I could speak to a pharmacist, but as usual the Kaiser Advice Nurse was THOROUGHLY unhelpful. And wanted me to come into an LA doctor appointment, I told her that I was in Austin, and then she got exasperated with me and said that Kaiser could not help if I was not at home and why did I not call when I was in India (Uh… $1.50+ per minute phone charges to be put on hold for 20 mins. I think not).
She told me to go to the emergency center in Austin. I pointed out that they might not know much more than she did and would it not be better to leave a message for the doctor who prescribed the medication to me or the pharmacist at Kaiser? No, she said, I should go to urgent care here and not take any more of the medication until I can get into Kaiser next week. WTF?!?!? End of call.
When I get back I am changing health insurance. I hate Kaiser. In the meantime, as to not have more insomnia, nightmares, tummy and emotional agitation, I am not taking my pill in the morning. Larium, I am over you.