Day 703: Go Ham

Do any of my readers have associations with the phrase “Go Ham?”

Here are some clues about “Go Ham.”

Clue # 1: Yesterday, I met Danise


who works at a Cardiac Rehab facility at YET ANOTHER HOSPITAL in the Boston USA area. At my first visit to that cardiac rehab facility, yesterday afternoon, Danise suggested I “go ham” after she set me up on one of the exercise machines there.

Clue #2:

My use of upper-case letters in that previous paragraph. I don’t know about you, but I use upper case letters when I’m having strong feelings about something. For example, I  have spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME at hospitals in my life. These days, I work at one Boston-area hospital, get my medical care at another, will be getting a second opinion at a third one (where I spent a lot of time as a child, dealing with cardiac issues), and now am going to cardiac rehab (suggested by my current medical team) at a fourth hospital.


Clue #3.

Although this might be a red (or a spiral) herring, I keep seeing ham, everywhere, these days.

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My 16-year-old son, who is not spiraled but IS red,  is rehearsing in another play,  and did you know that actors are called hams, in these parts?  I’LL BE SEEING HIM IN THAT PLAY IN 10 DAYS.

Clue #4.

An online definition (AND IT’S ABOUT TIME!)

go ham


to act in an outrageous manner.
If I don’t get my money I’m about to go ham.

to party excitedly; “go crazy”.

I shall leave it to you to check out the full definition of “go ham” at the online slang dictionary, if you choose. (Depending upon your feelings about language, you might go ham when you see it.)

Clue #4.

My timing is off, these days, which MAKES ME GO HAM. For example:

  • my pacemaker doesn’t speed up as much as it should when I exercise, which is due to my being in atrial fibrillation ALL OF THE TIME,
  • tomorrow, my friend Deb and I are going to NYC to see Sting‘s The Last Ship on Broadway and STING IS JOINING THE CAST NEXT TUESDAY.
  • I’ve missed opportunities to make timely associations in these posts, including:


… which would have been a GREAT image for “a race of men in the trees” in this post from a few days ago AND last night’s episode of Top Chef BOSTON included a visit to the same Restaurant Depot I recently visited with my ex-sister-in-law and son over Thanksgiving weekend (featured photographically in this here post).

Speaking of my timing, if I don’t wrap up this post soon, I’ll be late for a talk called “My Journey to Peace” at the hospital where I work, this morning.

#5.  I HAVE TO KEEP A FOOD DIARY FOR CARDIAC REHAB, which makes me go ham.


What would be a good, hammy song choice for “Go Ham”?

PRINCE going HAM on “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Fix Ur Life Up” (among other things) at the 2013 Billboard Awards, found here on YOUTube.

Many thanks to Danise, my son, Deb, Sting, Prince, hams everywhere, and to you — of course! — for going or not going ham today.

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29 thoughts on “Day 703: Go Ham

  1. yeoldefoole

    Well THAT was fun!!! AND, I learned something NEW today. Let’s see if I can use it in a sentence, or a poem?

    You say I
    don’t give a damn?
    Back off, babe,
    I’m goin’ ham!


  2. Must be an East Coast thing, LOL! Have a great day Ann!

  3. Keep hamming it up Ann 😉

  4. Ann, I have never heard ‘go ham’ in my life! Nice to learn something new. I was thinking it was like saying ‘go postal’ but that only has a negative connotation and going ham seems to lend itself either way.

    Sending warm thoughts and prayers regarding your health my friend!

    Diana xo

  5. Love this phrase! I will have to begin using it.
    I also love the snowman up a tree.
    I also love that you are getting cardiac rehab even though yet another hospital makes you go ham. And I love that Denise is there to help you out!

  6. Never heard of “go ham,” Ann, not even from the people who stay in their little rooms in the houses with the huge antenna and talk to people all over the world via radio.

    That Sting timing sure sucks.

    Too many hospitals would give me a tic.

    But you do need all this log-filling and careful cardiac care to figure out what’s what, so I guess a little ham may go a long way.

  7. I’ve never heard of go ham, it’s rather useful. In the UK it is only used about bad overdone acting as in ‘he’s hamming it up’, and she’s a ham actress.

  8. I ham afraid that I have no associations with this curious phrase.

  9. I’m hamming it up over here, the live showing of, Peter Pan is on. Christopher Walken is playing Captain Hook. Every time he shows up in a scene I’m ready for him to go ham and begin an SNL skit. 🙂

    I love the cookie, but I sincerely appreciate the snowman. You’re precious and oh so thoughtful. (It is adorable!)

    • Because I work late on Thursdays, I forgot about this new, hammy production of “Peter Pan.” Thanks to you, I’m going to watch the rest of it, right now!

      (Oh, by the way, that’s not a cookie. It’s actually a healthy “morning round,” which I had for breakfast.) (But thanks to you, I’m going to make sure I have cookie, very soon!)

  10. Sorry Ann, I’m a vegetarian LOL and so are my horses ;D

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