Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Erection Problems

You know when you're a kid in high school and you have a feeling about somebody? (no... not those kind of feelings). A feeling that deep down there is something inherently wrong about them? Like the fact that they drove a Merkur XR4Ti and that they probably strangled kitty cats for fun? One of those guys that sort of, but not quite, intimidated you, but not for any logical reason? You couldn't ever really justify it, but something was just a little off.

Most of the time you graduate and move on and never think of them again. And then sometimes... years and years later, you look at the headlines in your hometown paper and a name pops out at you. You're reminded of that person and find all of your premonitions of skeeviness realized.

From today's Daytona Beach News Journal.

LaCour mum on 73-count federal indictment
Staff Writer

No comment. That's all Daytona Beach native Jeffrey LaCour and his Orlando attorney, Cheney Mason, would say about accusations LaCour and 10 others sold 44 million doses of prescription drugs illegally over the Internet in three years, which prosecutors say netted $77 million.

LaCour, 60, of South Daytona promised to make a statement Tuesday about the 73-count indictment filed by federal prosecutors last week but, on the advice of his attorney, rescinded.

LaCour was indicted, along with his son, Jude LaCour, 35, formerly of Daytona Beach, on charges of money laundering in addition to the drug sales over the Internet.

A third Volusia County man, Hudsen Smith, 36, of DeLand was indicted with eight others, seven of them doctors, from across the country.

Jeffrey LaCour and Smith were arrested Friday, court documents show.

Smith, who was reached by phone Friday, declined to comment. Neither Jude LaCour nor his attorney in Pennsylvania could be reached.

The elder LaCour was released on $50,000 bail. No bail amount was listed for Smith.

Jude LaCour's files are sealed.

The LaCours and Smith recruited doctors and pharmacies to review health questionnaires and fill bogus prescriptions, according to the indictment.

The FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the Food and Drug Administration investigated this case.


Yes... I went to high school with the guy who has been spamming you all these years about your erection problems. I can't wait to see how this pans out.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Wistariahurst in Bloom

Bruce Barone has a photography exhibit up at the Wistariahurst Museum and was photographing residents of Holyoke today and displaying prints in the gallery space. Some of the images from the exhibit can be seen here.

The Wistariahurst was in full bloom with wistaria blossoms, from whence it gets its name.

If you've never been there and are going to be in the Pioneer Valley, you should make plans to stop and see it. It was the home of William Skinner and his family, owners of a large silk mill.

The heirs gave Wistariahurst to the City of Holyoke in 1959 and it has been an historical museum since.

The main, semi-circular drive above is constructed entirely of local mudstone, which is the fossilized remnant of an ancient lake shore. Nearly every stone has ripple marks and quite a number of them have footprints of Eubrontes, the name given for classification of the unknown dinosaur that made the tracks and other related species.

Some think that they may have been created by Dilophosaurus. You can see more of the fossils at Dinosaur Footprints, a small park on the western bank of the Connecticut River between Holyoke and Northampton.

So where was I going with all of this? Oh yeah... we got our portrait taken.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Mickey's Come Undone


I'll admit it... I read Postsecret every Sunday.

But lately it just doesn't seem as edgy.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Eye Photo #1

I had an interesting patient sent to me for a photograph yesterday. A girl came in complaining of something obstructing her vision.

I'll say... It was a little difficult to get the photo as she was very photophobic and had to be repositioned after every shot.

The Dx? Anterior chamber cyst. It is behind the cornea (clear part of the eye) but in front of the iris. From what I've read, it's relatively rare.


Anonymous Portraits

Last night was the opening reception for my friend and next door neighbor Denis Luzuriaga's exhibit Anonymous Portraits.

It's a great show. If you live in the area (and even if you don't) you should stop in to take a look. The exhibit is on display in Open Square, a mixed use facility composed of retail and office space, artist and dance studios, a cafe, and residential space.

My favorite piece?


The exhibit runs from May 2nd through July 4th.

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Blythe said something interesting the other day.

Take off your glasses to read the Bible.

That's my girl.

I'm not sure what she meant, but it's something to think about. And probably good advice too.