Pharma-Scrabble

I’m sure you’ve noticed the proliferation of advertising for prescription drugs on the TV in recent years. Gone are the days when the name of a drug might give you some understanding of what it does. The names are often a meaningless and atypical grouping of letters (with frequent use of “bohemian” letters like J, V, X, Y & Z) that are intended to make the drug name stand out but instead makes them all start sounding the same.

Over the past several weeks I’ve been keeping track of the drugs (mostly prescription but a few over-the-counter) advertised on broadcast TV during prime time. I’ve come up with 31 different drugs although I’m sure I’ve missed some.

In looking over the names it occurred to me that many of them would be great Scrabble or Words-with-Friends words (if proper names were allowed) so I tallied the scores each would bring, not counting any double/triple letter/word bonuses.  Any thing above 15 is a respectable score but some drug companies are just not trying very hard to win the game and use too many low scoring vowels and consonants in too short names.  A few load the deck, using hardly any vowels and extra “bohemian” consonants.

Of course, their scoring potential aside, I doubt you could tell me what more than a handful of these drugs are for.

The addition of the X saves the day with a score of 19

Score = 8    Too short, too many low scoring vowels

Score = 13

Score = 20

Score = 17

Score = 16

Score = 18

Score = 11

Score = 13

Score = 15

Score = 18

Score = 16

Score = 15

Score = 16

Score = 11

Score = 17

Score = 21

Score = 15

Score = 12

Score = 12

Score = 12

Score = 14

Score = 14

Score = 14

Score = 10

Score = 21

Score = 14

The winner at 39 points. Too bad there aren’t two Xs in Scrabble

Score = 24  Good job of packing the high scoring letters into a short name

Score = 17

Score = 20

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65 Days to 65: Another Boomer gets Closer

Woo-hoo!!!

Woo-hoo!!!

As of today, February 27, it is exactly 65 days till I am 65. Even if I hid all of the calendars I knew this was getting closer because everyday five (or more) pamphlets from insurance companies and/or medicare show up in my mailbox to remind me. Now that I am in the home stretch I think I might just put the recycle bin outside next to the mailbox and save myself a trip. Now I’m not going to rant or reminisce for 65 days or you will all seek me out and stomp my computer into teeny pieces. I don’t think I really will rant at all because you know it’s not so bad, turning 65. Instead I will give you a peek at what makes me tick, gets me up in the morning, makes me smile, makes me shake my head in dismay and then on the fateful day unload my list of things I’ve learned in 65 years ala “Dave Barry’s 25 things I have learned in fifty years.” I am sure you have seen his list at some time. It periodically circulates on Facebook as 16 things it took me 50+ years to learn. While trying to locate the original list I found out, through Snopes, that the list posted by everyone and their 2nd cousin twice removed is not Dave’s actual list. You can find the real one in Dave’s book, “Dave Barry Turns 50.”

But I digress. This post is just lists and pictures of some of the stuff I love, like, think is cool, makes life great. So in the immortal voice of Julie Andrews, “These are a few of my favorite things.”

In no particular order: My Husband, my Son, Family.
(well, yes there is a little order, they wouldn’t be happy to come after brussels sprouts)

1) Drawing of Curt by Yumiko 2) Curt's self portrait  3) Me & Curt & Beano the parakeet -needlework by me.

1) Drawing of Curt by Yumiko 2) Curt’s self portrait 3) Me & Curt & Beano the parakeet -needlework pillow by me.

Then comes wine (Sauvignon blanc), summer, books, birds, bird-watching, cats, socks, bacon and vampires.

1) Not sure what this is but I love it, it has a spout and looks like it's from Metropolis. 2) vampires and graphic novels, yay!  3) Weird bird thing, I use it as a soapdish.

1) Not sure what this is but I love it, it has a spout and looks like it’s from Flash Gordon.
2) vampires and graphic novels, yay!
3) Weird bird thing, I use it as a soap dish.

Things like fresh sheets..and pillowcases, being warm, driving on dry streets, a great cup of tea, fresh bread…with butter, and looking at the stars, make me say Yes!.

1) Cool shapes  2) Found in a field in rural England  3) My taste in music is pretty eclectic

1) Cool cup shapes 2) Sign found in a field in rural England 3) My taste in music is all over the map.

I read fantasy, science fiction,thrillers, horror. I love brussels sprouts (there they are), libraries, bookstores, health insurance and art, artists and making art.

1) Fiber piece by me based on a drawing by my son  2) Painting by Nathan (age 8) 3) Fire by Mauda  3)

1) Fiber piece by me based on a drawing by my son
2) Painting by Nathan (age 8)
3) Fuego by Maura Vasquez

I enjoy blogging, knitting, and then there is my latest passion for bookbinding.
Friends, laughter, Movies watched in a theater, football, a really great sandwich.

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!
And Halloween is the all time best holiday!

1) Pumpkin/snowman head. Good decoration for Oct - January  2) Words to Live By  3) Evil Nurse - don't ask.

1) Pumpkin/snowman head. Good decoration from October to January
2) Words to Live By
3) Evil Nurse – don’t ask.

So there is your peek into my world, see you in thirty days with the things that drive me crazy. Hey, like the button says, “I’m not dead yet” –Monty Python and the Holy Grail