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Am I Ironman?

As many of you know, it turns out the flu I thought I had was actually classic shunt malfunction symptoms (horrible headaches and chills) that was always told to look for.  In 35 years, I had never experienced them and really am not looking forward to ever experiencing them again!  Again, this discovery came from going to a different doctor.  This time, instead of my eye doctor, it was my primary care physician.  According to this blog's archives, I was apparently irked, the first time I went to see her after moving to Portland,  she wanted me to touch base with the neurosurgery office.  My shunt has now malfunctioned twice since.  [Insert morbid laugh here].  The medical opinion is that this malfunction occurred because 35 years worth of scar tissue was impeding the flow of cerebral fluid into my abdomen.   Overall, I really don't feel as bad as the incident last summer.  My aunt says I'm an "old pro."  Lucky me, huh? I'm currently recuperating at my parents but I'm planning on returning to Portland in a couple days. We'll see.

I had mentioned on here I was having difficulty switching my health insurance policy.  The new Maine policy kicked in just in time for this.  Woo Hoo.

Saw Ironman 3 this weekend.  Overall, a totally kickass movie filled with action and humor.  The inclusion of Advanced Idea Mechanics was sweet. Making Extremis a Super Solidier formula ties in with both Captain America and Hulk in this cinematic universe so that was also awesome as was Tony suffering from the PTSD after-effects from The Avengers.  As I figured, this was a better conclusion to a superhero trilogy than Dark Knight Rises with less plot holes and the changes from the comics honestly irked me less for whatever reason. Though the ending was just as final, the more open ended nature allows for continuation without some made up character taking on the Ironman-tle. (Though, in this case, they have Rhodey to legitimately do just that...) 

As I mentioned on Facebook, I don't have nitpicks but there are a couple things I may have added. Using The Mandarin as a fake villain was a great and somehow, not clique-feeling, plot twist but The Mandarin is too great a villain to just blow off like that. I myself would have stuck in a line that the real one is still out there.  Just from a geek point of view perhaps, I would have loved to have Pepper in armor more.          

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