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I Do Feel Sympathy…

…but come on!

Who the hell in their right mind would be vain enough to allow a man to perform costmetic surgery on themselves…in a basement…on a freaking massage table…next to the washer and dryer?

I mean, it’s tragic what happened. It shouldn’t have happened. And I’ll be very curious to find out what type of 30-day work visa the Brazilian man could possibly have received from the U.S. government (I’m guessing it wasn’t to peform illegal and unlicensed surgeries in somebody’s condominium basement). But I wouldn’t let a person pierce my ear in such an environment – let alone perform a surgical procedure.

For those of you out-of-state readers (yes, I have a few), a Brazilian doctor has apparently come to Framingham, Massachusetts periodically for the past few years and performed illegal plastic surgeries (nose jobs, liposuction, botox, breast augmentation, lip enhancements) during each 30 day visit. Apparently, the local Brazilian community lines up at the door for his services (there were four waiting when this 24year old patient was rushed to the hospital and died this week).


In other local news – it appears we’re to expect the hottest weather in years (possibly decades) over the next two days. By tomorrow the temperature could exceed 100 degrees and, with the humidity, it will feel like 114-117 degrees. Of course, this bit of news is also for my out-of-state readers. The local readers are already aware and are ready to kill me for reminding them.


  1. Comment by karyn on August 1, 2006 10:39 am

    ……So…wait… are you telling my my noontime appointment has been cancelled?

    Yeah. The heat. I know it’s worse where you are; it’s no day at the beach here. (No pun intended, although it is a good one.)

    How are you coping? Filling your shorts with ice chips and crunching around in flip flops?

  2. Comment by snarl on August 1, 2006 10:41 am

    I can’t wear flip-flops! I don’t like things between my toes.

    Which really sucks because I find flip-flops with jeans (or shorts) very sexy.

  3. Comment by karyn on August 1, 2006 10:45 am

    Tsk. Well ok, fill your shorts with ice chips and wear sandals…jesus, you’re work.

  4. Comment by chrispy on August 1, 2006 11:56 am

    living in the ghetto, we know people who have had plastic surgery via doctors who are here in the US “on vacation”. these doctors usually have an office to go to (“a friend of a friend knows a doctor in private practice who wont squeal to the cops, they just want a cut” type of scenario). ive never heard of people dying, however, i have heard of botched liposuctions. apparently, theres quite a following in black market plastic surgeries. if you think the US has the market cornered on the beauty culture, consider latin america, where some countries have state subsidized layaway plans for people looking to have plastic surgeries!
    ::: and you poor thing, you must be withering in this heat and humidity! i really really think you have to get over your fear of the flip flop…at the very least consider a pair of “dressy” tevas. even better, go down to your local bodega and find some of those cheapy strap sandals that the old latino men wear. for your feet and in honor of fidel!

  5. Comment by Lise on August 1, 2006 1:30 pm

    I’m with you on the flip-flops – can’t stand things between my toes. There must be a name for people with that affliction. And while tevas look fine on others I feel like a dork in mine. Just made the mistake of walking to Broadway Market & back – DO NOT GO OUTSIDE, KARL!! I’ve heard of others, around here, dying before in these back-door operations – I agree w/ you but I guess if you want it and don’t have money this is what you do. There’s a whole cultural network set up, but yes, you’d think anyone w/ any sense would take one look and run. Nip/Tuck did a bunch on shows on this – now that was gross viewing!

  6. Comment by Dave in Chicago (2) on August 5, 2006 2:43 am

    Karyn, you cracks the shit out of me. Usually because it’s what I was thinking, but you put it so creatively. ;-P

    Smooches, Poodle. (that was for Karl)

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