Dudes’ Day Out in OC / Survivors’ Symposium in Chi Town

I am a very lucky girl/boy (see post Come On, Man!) for many reasons, but a biggie reason is my fantastical friends.  Two of my bestest girly friends, Jae and Kristin, thought it would be fun celebrating my gender confusion/double DNA with a Dudes’ Day Out. Who the f am I to say no to that?

Off we went for a crayscrumptious morning meal at Eat Chow, in Newport Beach, CA.  When what to our wondering eyes should appear, but an entire menu section entitled Breakfast Beer!  Why not start Dudes’ Day off right with a stout?  We were committed to do this thing, so there was no other option.  Our hands were tied.  We had absolutely no way out.  We were dudes for the day.

See the word 'oatmeal'? Qualified breakfast food.
See the word ‘oatmeal’? Official breakfast food.

After stuffing ourselves, male style, with some burly eggs and brew, we bounced and motored to the “Testosterone Center” in Fountain Valley, home to Orange County’s largest reptile store, keepers of alligators, anacondas, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, scorpions, water dragons, skinks, venomous gila monsters, crocodile monitors, pythons, velociraptors (just checking to see if you’re paying attention) and cobras.  You’ll also find Turner’s Outdoorsman store there, specializing in handguns, shotguns, rifles, ammo, knives, crossbows, rods, reels and camo sh*t.  SO in our element.

Jae with a bullseye!
Jae with a bullseye!

Our target stop in Testo Center was Orange County Archery, where we planned to master these deadly medieval weapons.  Katniss Everdeen, but badasser.  We complained to the management that the lame paper targets were for pussies.  We wanted live game.  Something to get ya jacked up, like a vicious grizzly.  Everything was going swellingly ~ we were owning the actual dudes in the class.





My left arm is a war zone with the Four P’s

Then, just like a guy, my concentration took a left turn and I zapped my arm with the bow string. Bad.  Real bad.  Hurt like a mo fo. A very unladylike word came out of my mouth, which was apropos on Dudes’ Day Out. I got a gnarly, boy-like bruise.  Despite the near fatal injury, we had a dank time and decided to continue the festivities on the Newport Peninsula.



Jae, Krissy and I hit a few packed bars, most notably, Mutt Lynch’s, where we shoved some dudes out of our way, bellied up, ordered three drafts and carved our initials in the bar.

Making our male mark.
Cheers, Guys!

We blew into a couple more bars, crashing a random chick’s birthday party on The Blue Beet’s roof deck, then finished off Dudes’ Day Out by jay walking (had to break a law – we were dudes for the day) across Newport Blvd. to The Crab Cooker for some chowder.   There was a line for the ladies’ room, so I helped myself to the men’s room.  I identify with that, and it seems to be in fashion these days!

Part of the .033% who can take their pick.


In other news, Todd and I took a quick trip to the Windy City to attend the Bone Marrow Transplant Survivors’ Symposium.

Wrigley Field – another Bucket List item √
Rams are coming home with the #1 pick!

Our timing was perfecto, as our extra day was spent watching the Cubbies beat the Brewers, thanks to a grand slam, then later attending the NFL Draft 🙂  The symposium was a great event, offering workshops on various subjects related to life after transplant.  Some of the country’s top docs in the field lead the discussions.  I attended talks on Graft vs. Host Disease of the Skin, Graft vs. Host Disease of the Eyes, Art Therapy, Yoga and Meditation Therapy, and general Living Post Transplant.  I have to be honest, I think I was in the best health of all 300+ attendees.

My pal Andrea and her bitchen specks

IMG_0029_2Everyone I met had some pretty serious issues.  It solidified my belief that I’m a very, very lucky double DNA, girl/boy, gender confused chimera (look it up)!  We were all assigned to a small discussion group of about 10 patients, where I met the other 3 (at the entire symposium) that had battled aplastic anemia and some other cool patient peeps.  I really connected with Andrea, a young aplastic anemia warrior who was a recent transplantee.  She rocks!  I felt kinda guilty when we went around the circle telling of our woes.  MWAW – My Woes Are Wee.

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I am a survivor of two extremely rare diseases, thanks to over 100 blood transfusions and ultimately, a bone marrow transplant. My blog, joselynsbrawl.com, chronicles my adventures through medical offices, operating rooms, clinics, transfusion centers, hospital transplant floors, victory celebrations, and finally my bucket list items – all with a humorous and sometimes profane twist. My goal is to inspire others not to give up on life or anything else, and to understand that it’s actually possible to enjoy any experience, even battling a life-threatening illness (or two).

18 thoughts on “Dudes’ Day Out in OC / Survivors’ Symposium in Chi Town

  1. You are the BEST. I love this. Thanks for sharing and as always, for the laughs! XO

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  2. Absolutely love it! Been there with the archery woes!! Hurts like hell 😦
    So glad you are doing well. Best, The Churm’s


  3. You 3 make the most adorable dudes ever. Love your writing and your perspective. And what fab friends. Surely you just skipped the part where you used someone’s bathroom and left the toilet seat up. I hope that big ol archery bruise is the most serious health problem you have moving forward.


  4. So our good friend Jos is acting out. If you make a habit of acting out Dudes day you will be sent to your room without dinner!! If your bucket list includes using the men’s room we are in big trouble. Even Bruce Jenner gave that up. Love ya’ Jos and don’t ever change. Dude for a day and that’s as much change as your adoring fans can tolerate!!
    AND Blessings to Andrea. May she feel as good as she and her specs look. Love and blessings coming your way.


  5. Whoa, you really played MALE for the day. Aren’t you glad that our President give you permission to go into the Men” bathroom. I hope no rednecks gave you a dirty look. Now you must have a better impression of Robin Hood. I never saw Earl Flynn have a bruise on his elbow. Mutt Lynch is the best to close the day. I bet they asked for your driver’s license. Did the guard at the door ask you to verify that you were a male? Was it hard to become a FEMALE again when you got home? Glad you’re out on the town mixing it up. 📣☕📣 Emilie and Bob

    On Sat, May 14, 2016 at 12:27 PM, Joselyns Brawl with Shulmans Syndrome & Aplastic Anemia wrote:

    > joselynmiller posted: “I am a very lucky girl/boy (see post Come On, Man!) > for many reasons, but a biggie reason is my fantastical friends. Two of my > bestest girly friends, Jae and Kristin, thought it would be fun celebrating > my gender confusion/double DNA with a Dudes’ Day Ou” >


  6. Dudes day was the best ever with our shim! Love you Jos or should I call you Jose now? Can’t wait for our next Dudes day and lookingfoward to using the guys bathroom at our next bar!
    TTF, Jae or maybe I am Jim now


  7. I never thought I’d have a Girly Man for a niece, but you are a keeper. Way tougher than those girly men Arnold talked about. I’m not sure I could keep up, or for that matter Arnold could keep up, with the Dude Trio. For your next adventure you could join me on an elk hunt where I can teach you how to shoot a bow properly – that is one nasty bruise. It is fun to receive your messages and to hear about your bucket list adventures. Much better content than the years you were suffering. It is simply wonderful that you are having fun and enjoying your live again and sharing your experiences with the world.



  8. Jos, my darling!

    Thank you for this exciting Joselyn’s Brawl….. You sound and look wonderful, Sweetheart and I cheer you on.

    The left arm looks familiar eh?? even without a bow string.

    All is well….. Thank God you are doing well.

    I leave for Europe on June 8 …. return June 29… I will visit London,

    my lovely London, then meet Milly, Kevin, Olivia 10, Chloe 9, and Jack 4 in Paris. For five days we will be together ….. then I go on to Munchen and Kevin runs 100 K in Cortina d’Ampezzo and then on to Venice, etc….

    They are helping me with my trip as Milly told me, “MOm we want you to show the girls Paris”…

    I am thrilled… Your Mom sent me the most adorable plastic purse appx. 4 x 6 inches with PARIS written on it in Gold. Sooo adorable .

    My love to you and my darling “Toady”.

    Auntie Char

    Sent from Windows Mail


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