Archive for the ‘cystic’ Category

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

I spent most of Sunday, June 14th walking around the World Science Festival Street Fair in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park, amid the only sun most of us have seen all month.

What a renal blast. Here are a couple of highlights:

Me and Digit, a character from the PBS show Cyberchase.

Standing with two kids who kept pushing into my fabric, saying, "Squishie!", giggling, and running away.

Standing with three happy fans

Standing with three more happy fans

Hello from the Washington Square Park Arch

Thumbs up with Sid the Science Kid (also from PBS's Cyberchase)

With a friendly World Science Festival staffer

In front of the World Science Festival logo. Thanks, WSF - and particularly Peter Downing and Susan Magnano - for inviting me back this year! You do wonderful work, and I had a great time!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Today’s NY Post features a political cartoon by Sean Delonas that has to be seen to be believed.

Two cops have shot a chimp to death. One says, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”

Comparing our black president, the author of the current economic stimulus bill, to a rampaging chimpanzee that has been shot dead by two white cops is inexcusable. But publishing such a cartoon in New York City in 2009? That’s beyond belief.

I’m just a kidney, and I may well have been removed from the body of a white person. (I didn’t look, so happy was I to be out of that confined space — and so ignorant, then, of the impact of race.) But this cartoon’s racism is obvious even to me. And if it’s obvious to a *kidney,* then how did it ever get published?

Shame on Sean Delonas, and shame on every member of the Post editorial team who approved the publication of this cystic cartoon.  — Kenny

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

This is a horrific story. Doctors, police, elderly men taking advantage of young laborers, threatening them, anesthetizing them, stealing a kidney, then giving no post-operative care. Donating a kidney is hard enough with good care — without it, it’s gotta be horrendous.

Well, just try to get me, you cystic Dr. “Amit Kumar,” or whatever your current name is. Sure, it’s easy for you to pick on kidneys the size of a fist. But I’d like to see how brave you are when the kidney is taller than you!

I hate bullies ….

— Kenny

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

… with a book. OK! Magazine reports that “Entertainment Tonight” fashion maven Steven “Cojo” Cojocaru, who appeared on “Oprah” to talk about his shock at learning that his kidneys look like me, has written a book called “Glamour, Interrupted” to describe his cystic troubles.

Cojo tells his “Entertainment Tonight” interviewer, “I want to bring awareness to kidney disease.”

Sounds great, Cojo. We’d love to have your help. Maybe I can meet up with you on your next trip to New York. I’ll help you sell some books, man! It’ll give the press one more reason to cover the event! Drop me a line! — Let’s work together, Cojo!

— Kenny