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Posted: 15 December 2012 07:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Anyone ever try Tiramisu? I discovered it from a recipe and challenged it because it was a coffee flavored treat. It’s the best treat I’ve ever had. Ice cream, coffee liqueur, these ‘lady finger’ things, a cheese, and cocoa. Alcohol, coffee, cream and sugar!!

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Posted: 15 December 2012 08:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Oh my, yes!  This sounds like a perfect treat for me!  I will be doing my home-made cookies with chocolate chips and I will put together some of your good things to go with it.  My grandmother had a long list of “good things” and it is only a natural idea to carry on.  I woke up this morning with very sore throat and may medicate this with your suggestion.  I do not drink or smoke any more but I do enjoy any combination of coffee, chocolate and a touch of da booze.  Thank you

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Posted: 15 December 2012 10:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Thevillageatheist - 13 December 2012 04:04 PM

Isomnia runs in our family, Jack. Not much I can do about it. And Starbucks is overrated and overpriced, although it’s still better than any of the other coffeehouse chains.


Now there’s a genetic study waiting to happen! I’ve never heard of it running in a family. A neurological trait? Yes I agree about Starbucks. We use it a special treat verrrry sparingly and it’s hard for me to pay over three dollars for a cup of coffee even if it is delicious. BTW George, I had a beer a while back at a local eatery that was a Czech brew and just remembered to ask you about it. I believe it was called Urquel Pilsner? I may have misspelled it. I asked for Groelsch and the guy brought me this brew which was pretty smoothe tasting for a lighter beer. Ever heard of it?

 

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In at least one family insomnia is fatal.

D.T. Max is a science writer and the author of The Family That Couldn’t Sleep: A Medical Mystery. He’s written for The New York Times and the New Yorker, and he joins us today from our NPR studios in Washington. Welcome to the program.

Mr. D.T. MAX (Author, The Family That Couldn’t Sleep): Thanks very much.

FLATOW: This sounds like a really unusual disease. They really die because they can’t sleep.

Mr. MAX: That’s essentially right. It’s a disease, fatal familial insomnia. The name sort of puts it all on the table. It’s a progressive, inherited condition, characterized by eventually a total insomnia - leading within about nine months time to death.

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Posted: 15 December 2012 12:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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That’s great, Jack. Thanks for sharing.  smirk

The fact is, it is my wife who is more bothered by me not sleeping. It creates problems when one person sleeps only half of the time compared to his spouse. But at least I get more things done. By the time my family wakes up, I am back from a bakery with fresh bread, freshly squeezed orange juice and yes, I do grind my own coffee as well. What else am I gonna do with all that time?

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Posted: 15 December 2012 08:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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That’s great, Jack. Thanks for sharing. 

The fact is, it is my wife who is more bothered by me not sleeping. It creates problems when one person sleeps only half of the time compared to his spouse. But at least I get more things done. By the time my family wakes up, I am back from a bakery with fresh bread, freshly squeezed orange juice and yes, I do grind my own coffee as well. What else am I gonna do with all that time?

That was CT’s post George and I’ve never heard of the malady but I guess it is possible to be genetically inclined to insomnia. However, apnea is common in my family on my father’s side. My dad has a mild tendency, my grandfather (paternal) had it, I have it and use a cpap machine, and our son has it as well. Mine was so bad that my wife banished me to the couch for waking her up. I had three sleep studies at a local hospital and sure enough, even though it wasn’t life threatening (unless you count my wife’s threats to choke me for keeping her up) I still had to use the machine. BTW my doc says that unless you have at least 5 hours of uninterrupted sleep to obtain REM, you haven’t sufficiently rested. But you insomniacs are in good company eg. Thomas Edison was a chronic insomniac who only napped between inventions and he had over 500 patents. Also he is labeled a deist but I doubt he even cared about religion at all. Anyway, keep on grinding. It could be good for you, epidemilogologically of course!

 

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Posted: 16 December 2012 05:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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George - 15 December 2012 12:18 PM

What else am I gonna do with all that time?

Reading Dennett?

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Posted: 16 December 2012 05:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Thanks for this thread.  I have discovered this last week that I’m hearing noises in my left ear.  Some times the noise is loud enough to wake me.  I’m also having some problems with my balance and it seems as if my horizontal locating eye involvement is missing when I stand up quickly or reach for something.  My primary doctor is on vacation and his assistant has suggested I find an ear specialist.  I found a good one and it is a matter of getting a referral and making an appointment. 

I had an old friend from my neighborhood in Calabasas offer to drive up yesterday and help me transport the toys for Christmas to the YMCA and I took her out to dinner for driving here from the Valley.  I had a couple of balance losses in the restaurant.  She will stay here with me until my daughter flies in Monday.  I have a baby sitter until I find an ear doctor. 

This is a new experience for me.  I live very close to the best Jewish Deli and we had a great dinner.  I will survive…....Knock-wurst to die for is just what the doctor ordered. 

I’m on my second cup of Keurig “Green Mountain - Dark Magic”  coffee.  Life is good!

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Posted: 16 December 2012 08:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Oops, Jack, sorry. I guess your avatars look similar.  grin

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Posted: 16 December 2012 08:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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GdB - 16 December 2012 05:48 AM
George - 15 December 2012 12:18 PM

What else am I gonna do with all that time?

Reading Dennett?

I think I would rather stick to the griding of coffee.

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Posted: 16 December 2012 08:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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Okay, let’s get this meeting off..ficicially started…

My name is Sc..sc..scott and I am a c..c..coffee-holic.
Now let’s bow our heads:

C..caffeine grants me the serenity
T..to accept the things I..I c..c.cannot change,
The c..c..courage to ch..ch..change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.

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Posted: 16 December 2012 08:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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Th-th-thanks for the ser-ser-serenity ple-ple-pledge.  I will watch Meet the Press, take a nap and then watch the 49er Patrkot ‘s game I will bake some sugar cookies and maybe take another nap.  I’m a bundle of nerves.

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Posted: 16 December 2012 10:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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Oops, Jack, sorry. I guess your avatars look similar. 


I don’t know about that George but I’m pretty sure that we live in the same state! His avatar looks like Neil Armstrong while mine’s a Mammoth. Hmmm, could be that they’re both dark in color?

 

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Posted: 16 December 2012 11:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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My name is Sc..sc..scott and I am a c..c..coffee-holic.
Now let’s bow our heads:


Ok Scott. Change this to chocolate and I’ll pull up a folding chair and sit with ya’ all. But I’ll be passing around a whitman’s Sampler. So sue me it’s Xmas!

 

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Posted: 16 December 2012 11:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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Thevillageatheist - 16 December 2012 10:56 AM

Oops, Jack, sorry. I guess your avatars look similar. 


I don’t know about that George but I’m pretty sure that we live in the same state! His avatar looks like Neil Armstrong while mine’s a Mammoth. Hmmm, could be that they’re both dark in color?

 

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Yeah, it’s the colour of both images that got me confused. And is it Armstrong? I always thought it was Gagarin. I guess they all look the same in the space suits.

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Posted: 16 December 2012 12:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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Anyone here familiar with Sam Harris?  I attended a conference where I met Daniel Dennett and Sam Harris.  I was impressed with these two gentlemen.

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