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1) From: Bill Doman
My new IRoast from Sweet Maria's will be delivered next Tuesday. The bad
news is that Tuesday is the first of three days of chemo next week and I'll
be gone from seven am until after five and, judging by the last three
rounds, probably won't even want to unpack it at least until the next day.
But the two other sessions are only a couple hours in the afternoon, plus
the hour driving each way, so I'll probably break it in on Wednesday and
taste the first results Thursday. 
Thanks to Tom's review and all the posts on this list, I don't feel like I'm
flying totally blind. 
Bill

2) From: alfred
Bill: If if weren't for chemo and radiation and the Lord who made it, I
wouldn't be writing this. Three years ago next week, I was given just three
months. I'm now playing golf twice a week again and every day is so precious
Will pray for you and God bless

3) From: Jim and Tina Wheeler
Bill,
Good luck with the chemo.  I went through chemo and radiation over four
years ago and am still here to roast and taste coffee.  Although neither the
chemo or radiation is any fun, the end result is worth it.  My brother
finished his chemo and radiation last year.  Last night, he found out that
he is about to be a grandfather and plans to enjoy the experience.
Jim in Skull Valley

4) From: R.N.Kyle
Getting the new I Roast sounds great Bill, Chemo doesn't. good luck with
both.
RK

5) From: Ed Needham
How does the chemo affect your taste?
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Ed Needham
To Absurdity and Beyond!
homeroaster ... d.o.t ... com
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6) From: alfred
Ed: I have had three different chemotherapy chemicals over different periods
of  time. They all affected my taste and going out to dinner isn't the same
any longer.Your old favorites don't appeal at all. Your appetite suffers as
well.
Interestingly enough, the one thing that still tastes the best is coffee.

7) From: Ed Needham
So you're saying that it affects your taste perceptions 'permanently'???  I'm
glad that coffee taste was spared!
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Ed Needham
To Absurdity and Beyond!
homeroaster ... d.o.t ... com
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8) From: alfred
Ed: I don't know if everyone is the same with the after effects of chemo. In
my case, my taste or smell has never returned to normal.
The most expensive gourmet restaurant would be a waste of money on me.
However, I am still where they harvest the beans, rather than plant them so
I count my blessings  Thanks for your concern.

9) From: Jim and Tina Wheeler
Apparently not all of us have the same after-effects of chemo, just as there
is a wide variety of chemotherapys.  Chemo and radiation left me with some
temporary effects that faded with time.  Now, I enjoy cooking and eating a
wide variety of foods.  Some of my focus on food may be related to 70 days
in the hospital, including more than 60 days with no food by mouth.  Feeding
tube and IV feeding left me with a driving need for real food.
Our evening meal last night included antelope tenderloin in wine sauce, a
variety of vegetables and salad, and a glass of merlot with the meal.  After
dinner coffee was an Ethiopian roasted just past first crack.

10) From: John Blumel
On May 30, 2004, at 10:33pm, Jim and Tina Wheeler wrote:
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So, where would one be likely to find antelope tenderloin, other than 
out on the range?
John Blumel

11) From: Jean
Sounds lovely!

12) From: Jim and Tina Wheeler
We found ours out on the range, our range.  Skull Valley is in the west
desert of Utah and antelope hunting season is an annual event.  Some friends
visited yesterday and commented on the number of antelope and deer on the
road.  We have a deer trail about 100 meters north of our home.

13) From: John Blumel
On May 30, 2004, at 11:53pm, Jim and Tina Wheeler wrote:
<Snip>
Oh well, I suppose it was too much to hope that I could just go buy it 
somewhere.
John Blumel

14) From: Bill Doman
Ed, my experience has been very different from Alfred's. During each
three-day course of chemo and for a few days after, I've noticed that some
flavors either don't come through as strongly or are slightly "off". This
may be accentuated by the mild nausea I've had during that period. And
coffee is definitely one of the things that's affected; I don't enjoy my
usual Americanos at all but find a drip that's done a little weaker than my
norm fairly palatable. Within a week this has cleared up and everything
tastes "normal".
This is definitelt one more thing to add to my gratitude list. I'm the
primary cook in our household--by choice as it's something I've loved to do
since childhood. I can't imagine enjoying the cooking much without also
enjoying the eating. 
Bill

15) From: Bill Doman
I WISH my appetite suffered! The one thing I was really looking forward to
with cancer was the weight loss . I've gained five pounds. Between
differences in individuals and all the different chemo regimens out there,
I've come to think the only generalization that probably holds true is that
it's not what anyone would voluntarily choose to do on their vacation 
Bill

16) From: Jim and Tina Wheeler
My weight stabilized during chemo, which was good because my hospital stay
caused my weight to drop from 220 to 135.  Spread on a 6'5" frame, the 135
was a bit too light.  Now, I am trying to drop below 200.
Agreed, chemo and radiation do not make good vacation destinations.
Jim in Skull Valley

17) From: gin
Hi Bill:
Good luck with the chemo, you are most likely going to wait to unpack your 
toys.
I got home last night from having a total right hip replaced. The good news 
it that I have the latest metal on metal, steel and titanium, to last 
longer, apparently used in younger more active people. The bad news is that 
I do not feel like playing with the new toy I got from Jeff Pawlam, the 
PID'd Gaggia.
I do however get to have a great cup of espresso. I drank Pepsi in the 
hospital for caffeine because the coffee was garbage.
ginny
speedy recovery Bill.

18) From: gin
Jean:
you can get french sliding door now, they both slide so you don't have to 
to have a stationary door.
g
At 08:33 AM 5/31/2004, you wrote:
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19) From: Bill Doman
Oh, boy, Ginny, that doesn't sound like a lot of fun.  I hope that you
recover quickly; do the docs tell you when you'll be up to "playing"
with your toys?
I know exactly what you mean about the hospital coffee--the week I was
in last February was pretty depressing until my wife started bringing
me thermos bottles of home-roast!  Consider:  I only am allowed
decaf--as bad as their hi-test is, trust me, the decaf is worse!
Sending healing thoughts your way,
Bill
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20) From: Allen Marsalis
At 08:33 AM 5/31/2004 -0700, gin wrote:
 >
 >I got home last night from having a total right hip replaced. The good news
 >it that I have the latest metal on metal, steel and titanium, to last
 >longer, apparently used in younger more active people. The bad news is that
 >I do not feel like playing with the new toy I got from Jeff Pawlam, the
 >PID'd Gaggia.
How about a "get well soon" Haiku?  :-)
Best of luck Ginny,
For spring-time recovery
Titanium rules!
Titanium was used to create the original Mercury space capsules,
by the way.  It is my favorite metal and I have a titanium watch
and titanium pen that seem to last forever.  It's a good thing
they don't make a titanium grinder or espresso machine or I'd
have to have one of those too!
 >
 >I do however get to have a great cup of espresso. I drank Pepsi in the
 >hospital for caffeine because the coffee was garbage.
 >
About 40 years ago, we used to drink hot Dr. Pepper with a slice
of lemon..  I even remember billboards advertising such (in the
winter of course).  I would prefer that over stale coffee.  :)
Allen
am

21) From: Sue Stevenson
Welcome back Ginny! I hope the surgery went well, and you have a speedy recovery! Sue
gin  wrote:Hi Bill:
Good luck with the chemo, you are most likely going to wait to unpack your 
toys.
I got home last night from having a total right hip replaced. The good news 
it that I have the latest metal on metal, steel and titanium, to last 
longer, apparently used in younger more active people. The bad news is that 
I do not feel like playing with the new toy I got from Jeff Pawlam, the 
PID'd Gaggia.
I do however get to have a great cup of espresso. I drank Pepsi in the 
hospital for caffeine because the coffee was garbage.
ginny
speedy recovery Bill.

22) From: Sue Stevenson
I hope this was a scheduled surgury and not related to some sort of trauma! 
Sue Stevenson  wrote:Welcome back Ginny! I hope the surgery went well, and you have a speedy recovery! Sue
gin  wrote: Hi Bill:
Good luck with the chemo, you are most likely going to wait to unpack your 
toys.
I got home last night from having a total right hip replaced. The good news 
it that I have the latest metal on metal, steel and titanium, to last 
longer, apparently used in younger more active people. The bad news is that 
I do not feel like playing with the new toy I got from Jeff Pawlam, the 
PID'd Gaggia.
I do however get to have a great cup of espresso. I drank Pepsi in the 
hospital for caffeine because the coffee was garbage.
ginny
speedy recovery Bill.

23) From: Barbara Greenspon
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Ginny --
Hope you heal quickly and well.  Take extra moments to savor your 
coffee.
My best,
Barbara
On May 31, 2004, at 1:18 PM, Sue Stevenson wrote:
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Ginny --
Hope you heal quickly and well.  Take extra moments to savor your
coffee.  
My best,
Barbara
On May 31, 2004, at 1:18 PM, Sue Stevenson wrote:
Welcome back Ginny! I hope the surgery went well, and you
have a speedy recovery! Sue
Helveticagin
< wrote:
 Hi Bill:
Good luck with the chemo, you are most likely going to wait to unpack
your
 toys.
I got home last night from having a total right hip replaced. The good
news
 it that I have the latest metal on metal, steel and titanium, to last
 longer, apparently used in younger more active people. The bad news
is that
 I do not feel like playing with the new toy I got from Jeff Pawlam,
the
 PID'd Gaggia.
I do however get to have a great cup of espresso. I drank Pepsi in the
 hospital for caffeine because the coffee was garbage.
ginny
speedy recovery Bill.

24) From: Gene Smith
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news
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Summer beckons all
Titanium and steely
Bionic Ginny!
Don't just get well, Gin...get better!
Gene Smith
riding the wild learning curve, in Houston

25) From: alfred
Bill:
I don't know your type of cancer. In my case over three years it has been
lung cancer, brain tumor, and prostate cancer. I have had chemotherapy three
times and radiation three times.The chemo sessions were up to fifteen weeks
over six months  I now am on maintenance on a chemo pill called Iressa. One
a day at sixty dollars per pill. Medicare doesn't cover it.
You have all seen on TV the many side effects of chemotherapy. Well they are
all true so suck it up and get treated!
Results: Prayers are number one
The wonderful medical research, number 2
 Today I just returned from 18 holes of golf  I am 76
 I could have gone more and will play again on Wednesday
Outside of the taste thing and smells etc. which I believe will come back I
am very grateful.
Oh a sidelight. You end up as naked as a new born babe, head and body. If
you ever had hair anywhere, it is just a memory.
My oncologist  says it saddens him when some people refuse chemo due to the
side effects.

26) From: alfred
While in the hospital, I inquired about this replacement surgery.
with a particular part of me in mind.
After the examination, the doctor said that they might help but they can't
replace a Volkswagen with a Rolls Royce

27) From: Pecan Jim Gundlach
On May 31, 2004, at 10:33 AM, gin wrote:
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Gin,
     Get better soon, I've had good luck with titanium in computers, 
chain saw bars, glasses frames, and fountain pens lately.   Hope yours 
works as well.
Jim Gundlach

28) From: R.N.Kyle
snip from Alfred:
<Snip>
WOW $60 a day. I guess that makes buying 5 lb bags of greens from SM a drop
in the bucket. Glad you are doing well and are able to enjoy life.
BTW does good homeroasted coffee help your golf score:O)??
RK

29) From: alfred
My homeroasted coffee is like playing scratch golf.
With golf I'm a high handicapper but with coffee?
I'm ready for the PGA tour!

30) From: Dave Huddle
Allen,
I remember this also.  We drank it around 1961-62.  For some reason,
the memory of this drink is tied to a memory of the place where I lived
then.
Dave
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31) From: Allen Marsalis
It is always good to read a reply like this, because it lets
me know that I am indeed a sane person.  :-)  Few people ever
nod up and down when I mention "hot Dr. Pepper" if you know
what I mean..
And I agree that the memory of a drink can span decades.  Your
time line coincides with my memory as well. 1962-ish..
Of course Dr. Pepper back then didn't taste like Dr. Pepper of
today.  I think the formula changed when they moved from the
"10, 2 and 4" bottle over to the new logo.  Was it prune juice
that they removed?  Or was it coffee extract?  
Allen
am
At 12:35 PM 6/1/2004 -0400, Dave Huddle wrote:
 >Allen,
 >
 >I remember this also.  We drank it around 1961-62.  For some reason,
 >the memory of this drink is tied to a memory of the place where I lived
 >then.
 >
 >Dave
 >
 >
 >>
 >> About 40 years ago, we used to drink hot Dr. Pepper with a slice
 >> of lemon..  I even remember billboards advertising such (in the
 >> winter of course).  I would prefer that over stale coffee.  :)
 >>
 >> Allen
 >> am
 >
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32) From: Gene Smith
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Some of us can remember the marketing attempt to make Dr. Pepper a hot
beverage, without ever having actually done that madcap thing.  One of the
biggest changes since that period was the shift from sugar to corn syrup.
If you doubt it makes a taste difference, grab yourself a Mexican coke -
some markets will have them in the imported food section - and taste for
yourself.
As for the swine in Atlanta...I usually drink diet coke, but had a sip of my
daughter's Coke 'Classic' the other day.  Tasted just like the nasty stuff
they foisted off as New Coke a few years back.  My taste buds say that they
knuckled under to public pressure at the time, and have been slowly changing
their formula back to the more Pepsi-like New Coke ever since.
Shameful...just shameful.
Set the Wayback Machine for 1956, Sherman, and we'll go get the real thing.
Gene Smith
riding the wild learning curve, in Houston

33) From: Ben Treichel
gin wrote:
<Snip>
Good lord Gin, I hope you don't have to fight to hard for recovery. 
(That was the serious part)
FYI, When i first read this I was afraid where that AL tamper went. Glad 
to see you listed the materials. ;-)
However, it would have been worth 1,000,000 CSA points if you had. :-D
Ben

34) From: Peter R. Barnes
I'm not old enough to remember what Dr. Pepper used to taste like in the US=
, but during my first few trips to the UK ('90-'92) I have a distinct mem=
ory of buying Dr. Pepper and seeing it labeled as "carbonated prune juice=
 plus other fruit juices".  No longer.  It tasted different then too.
cheers
peter

35) From: Douglas Boutell
--- Gene Smith  wrote:
<Snip>
Gene,
If you want the good old Dr Pepper!!! drive to Dublin,
Tx ,they still make it with real sugar.
Doug
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36) From: Rick Farris
I've seen several "specials" on TV about Dr Pepper, and without exception
the Dr Pepper people claim that the idea of prune juice being a component of
DP is an urban legend and that (in the US, at least) it has never had it and
never will.
-- Rick
P.S. I just searched snopes and here's what they say about the urban legend:
"Dr Pepper doesn't contain any prune juice, but this rumor is remarkably
long-lived, having been with us since about 1930. 
The rumor about prune juice being part of the beverage's formula is
addressed in a brochure put out by the company. "There are 23 flavors and
other ingredients (none of which are prunes) that produce the inimitable
taste of Dr Pepper." And that's it. No prunes, but they are keeping quiet
about what's in there. 
The company may have inadvertently encouraged the spread of the prune rumor
by cloaking its product's formula in secrecy. The Dr Pepper recipe is
allegedly divided into two parts, each of which is locked up in a different
Dallas bank so that no single person can ever be in possession of the whole
formula. (Coca-Cola is rumored to follow a similar policy.) 
Though the exact formulation is not known to the public, the company is
adamant that Dr Pepper doesn't now contain prune juice, nor did it at any
time in the beverage's history."
[RF]

37) From: R.N.Kyle
I can remember DR. Pepper. I also remember getting on a bus $0.10 and going
to Dundaulk Maryland to the Strand Theater. to see a movie cost $0.25 they
had a drink machine in there that dispensed a iced drink, it had a selection
knob that allowed you to select 4 or 5 different flavors. I used to rotate
it back and forth while the drink was being dispensed, If memory serves me
well, it tasted allot like Dr. Pepper.
The old man
RK

38) From: Peter Barnes
Of course, of course.  My taste memory is better than my visual memory.  
When I said "carbonated prune juice" I should have said "carbonated 
fruit juice".  The prune juice came into it because of discussions with 
several friends who thought (as did I) that prune juice was a key part 
of those "fruits".  If you look now, though, there's no reference to 
"carbonated fruit juice" at all.  So it goes.
Memory can be a funny thing sometime.  No matter how distinct we think 
it is.
cheers
peter
Rick Farris wrote:
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39) From: Lesley Albjerg
I was in Winnipeg when Dr. Pepper  was reintroduced.  My brother and I were  about 12 years old.  We loved the stuff!  My dad was at a conference and my brother and I drank about 10 bottles each of the stuff in  one afternoon because it was so good!  About 5 hours latter the runs hit like there was no tomorrow!  I didn't have a DP for about 6 years after that happened.  It used to have prune juice in it!
 
Les
"Peter R. Barnes"  wrote:
I'm not old enough to remember what Dr. Pepper used to taste like in the US, but during my first few trips to the UK ('90-'92) I have a distinct memory of buying Dr. Pepper and seeing it labeled as "carbonated prune juice plus other fruit juices". No longer. It tasted different then too.
cheers
peter

40) From: Craig Shields
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Aw, man!  I thought this urban legend would have died
out by now.http://www.snopes.com/business/secret/drpepper.aspTime to run.  Bill Gates has offered me $1000 to
forward an e-mail to all my friends.  :)
Cheers;
Craig
PS...And I'm a Pepper, too
PPS...Sorry if I'm snippy.  My new I-roast arrived
last night, but the warehouse guy accidentally locked
it up for the night, so I had no new toy to play with.
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