06: You Win! Plus Funny Cop Stories

Hey everybody.
First of all let me apologize right now if my last update was too preachy for anyone. For those of you who were inspired or motivated by it, I’m glad. If my situation and perspective can help improve anyone else’s, I’m all for it.

So, here’s the news we’ve all been waiting for… Biopsy results!

But first, a funny cop story.

A couple of years ago, a friend of a friend was driving back at night from a Halloween party dressed in costume as a turkey. He gets pulled over by a cop, who seeing the driver dressed as turkey, asks if he’s been drinking. “No sir”
So the cop says, “Did you know that you have been driving without your lights on?”
And our friend says: “Did you know that turkeys can see in the dark?”
Got off scott free too.

And now back to those biopsy results:

But first, another funny cop story.

Just kidding. Don’t you just love email drama? Ok, here’s the deal: 85% in remission. Eighty-Five Percent In Remission! I’d like to take all the credit, but there are so many people to thank. And if you believe in the power of prayer, good vibes and positive energy, like I do, then please know this is as much your victory as it is mine. I can’t thank you enough. I can’t. But whatever y’all are doing, keep doing it We’re in the home stretch. Only 15% more to go baby!

For those of you who are wondering, remission is great, but still not a cure. So far the only cure for CML is a bone marrow transplant-yeccch! But, given how well I’ve responded to the treatment I’m on now, my docs are hopeful I can achieve a complete remission in 3-6 months and keep it in remission for a long while. This means I have time on my side  as far as experimental new therapies and procedures are concerned.

It also means I can accept a fantastic job offer I was made last week. Yep. Those of you who remember that I came to North Carolina for three months, three years ago, probably won’t believe me. But I swear, I’m outa here for real. Heading to the Big Apple.

This wasn’t an easy decision. Most of you know about my jones to get back to San Francisco, and I even got called by a great agency there – Goodby, Silverstein & Partners (Got Milk?) about a job, but in the end NYC was the place to be. For now.

The place I’m going to work is called Bartle, Bogle Hegarty. Their London office is considered by many to be among the best advertising agencies in the world. Of course, since they hired me to work in their new New York office, that one must be pretty good too. 😉 You have to know how excited I am. This is a great career and lifestyle move, and after getting calls from other top agencies like Goodby and Weiden & Kennedy in Portland (Nike) I truly feel like the gamble I took in coming here three years ago has paid off.

Except for the getting Leukemia part.

But, even that has had it’s upsides. I will give you my new phone number and address info as soon as I have it.

And now, another funny cop story:

A friend of a friend was driving home one night and got pulled over by a cop. The cop comes up to his car and asks to see his license and registration. Smelling alcohol on our friends breath he asks if he has been drinking. “Officer, I’m so drunk I can’t even walk,” he says. So the cop asks: “Then what the hell are you doing driving a motor vehicle?” And our annoyed friend replies: “I just told you I couldn’t walk.” True story.

Hope y’all had a great New Year. Who’d have thought partying like it was 1999 would become so passe?

Best wishes, and keep those good vibes coming!

-ET

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