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Big Rose Bowl Showdown Today!

Since Pattie and I are both University of Wisconsin grads, we are especially excited about today’s Rose Bowl game.

For the second year in a row, our UW Badgers are Big Ten football champions and playing in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  Last year they lost to second ranked TCU.  This year Wisconsin plays the Pac 12 champion Oregon Ducks.

And for the second year in a row, we did not make the trip west for the game.

We had traveled to see six Badger bowl games in a row until last year.  But medical complication and the travel costs–close to $3000 each–discouraged us from attending again this year.

Anyone else notice how high last minute air fares have climbed now that airlines book fewer flights and they are always full?

That’s OK.  We will have the best seats in the house, watching the game on TV.

In the meantime, yesterday we took advantage of being “stuck” down here in Florida and hit the beach!

Note my stylish, floppy “fishing hat.”  I’ve learned my lesson!   Got to keep the sun off my face, neck and especially those ears…

What a beautiful day to spend with my lovely wife and our “son,” Finnegan!

NOTE:  Want to see more pictures from our New Year’s Day Gulf Coast adventure?  Visit OurIslandDog.com

On the way home we stopped-off at Pattie’s sister’s house to watch the Green Bay Packers beat the Detroit Lions in the last game of the season.

15-1.  Not a bad year for the Packers.  Not a bad year for Wisconsin football all the way around!

HEY!  If that makes me happy and takes my mind off my current multiple myeloma battle, GREAT!  Whatever works, right?

What?  Me worry?  After driving an hour each way down to Moffitt Cancer Center for a blood draw Tuesday, the results of my SPEP test (measures M-protein levels) should have been ready Friday afternoon.

But alas, the Moffitt pathologist who interprets the results must have taken some holiday time off, so no results until later this week.

Will my numbers continue to head in the right direction after six more weeks of RVD (Revlimid,Velcade and dexamethasone) therapy?

I sure hope so!  This RVD regimen has been a lot harder for me to tolerate since my transplant this summer.

But for now, everything is coming up roses!

On Wisconsin!  Beat those Ducks!

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat