Friday, July 30, 2010

Nine Months and (happily) Counting

Tomorrow (Saturday, July 31, 2010) is exactly 9 months since DKW and I were married. I did a little research on line where folks were asking what to do to celebrate. One answer was "Awww, you must be young to celebrate by months - wait 3 months and celebrate a real anniversary." I went "Hmmph! I'll just say THANK YOU! I'm 55 and glad someone considers that young!" As far as what and when you celebrate - I've always thought that was up to the couple involved. Make no mistake - DKW and I have made plans to celebrate our first wedding anniversary - but 9 months is a milepost too.

Everyone have a great day!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

For One

Hi. When I make entries in my blog, I do so knowing that there will probably be several people reading - so I try to broaden my perspectives/presentations to the many. Today - however - is different. If you are not DKW you will probably want to just move along.

Since my wreck on June 11th, you have really stepped up - taking care not just of me, but our home and the myriad of tasks that an invalid and household entail. And at the same time being a newlywed! YOU ROCK! Your actions have only enforced the realization I came to last year. I LOVE YOU! I know at times I was not myself or loopy due to medication and was no help whatsoever dealing with things. I know I am not back to 100% (and won't be for a while) but I am trying and I promise that once I am allowed to walk again - I will try to make things easier for you and take back on some of the day to day stuff.

Have you realized that Saturday is our 9-month anniversary? Part of my reason for this entry today is so that my family members that read this will realize that we are now, and hopefully for the rest of my life ( I say mine because I fully expect you to outlive me) will be a team. One supporting the other - when one is not up to speed (like me at the moment). Sigh! - I look forward to our being able to fully enjoy our first anniversary together. With All my love..............................................................

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Ramblings and the Doctor

As anyone who knows me well knows, I have been a fan of the BBC sci fi show "Doctor Who" for over 30 years. And I'm happy to say the show still surprises me. The current season (showing on BBC America) ended this past Saturday night and I totally enjoyed it. I would rate Matt Smith (actor currently playing the Doctor) as my 2nd favorite all-time. I still rate Tom Baker as my favorite, but only because he was the Doctor when I first became aware of the show (way back in late 70's when it was on PBS ) and he continues to be the longest running doctor (he had the role from 1974-1981). Anyway, without giving away any of the plot. The show got me a little teary eyed at a couple of points. It dealt with the possible end of the universe and/or the death of the doctor and at one point the doctor says that "After we are gone, all that is left is the stories". With my near-fatal wreck a few weeks ago - that hit close to home. It also kinda made me realize that I want all my family and friends to have lots of, and very good, stories to remember me by when I'm gone. So watch out - I plan on a long, happy, and enjoyable life. Hope you're up to the ride!

Friday, July 23, 2010

SIX WEEKS & counting

The WRECK ocurred 6 weeks ago (6/11/2010) today. I still have issues with my (right) leg (not allowed to put weight on it). I'm hoping this status will change after I meet with my surgeon again on August 12th - Which is less than 2 weeks away - and the next big date on my recovery calendar. However, I am toying with the idea of trying to see if I can stand it to stop using the prescription pain medicine I am on. I am to the point I'm pretty much only taking 2 of them when I go to bed - so that I can sleep. So with the weekend upon us - I'm thinking it might be a good time to try it out. I'll let you know how it works out.
On an unrelated subject - recently had an article titled "28 Must-see New TV shows for the Fall" - So I took a look at the pictures and read the article. Of the 28 Shows, I saw 1 (ONE) that I plan to watch and I had made plans to watch it months ago. That one show is a remake of one I watched with my parents when I was a kid. And if you haven't figured it out -its the new "Hawaii Five-O". So in my humble opinion - while quite a few of my favorites have ended or been cancelled - there is very little on the horizon to replace them. Some of my shows which are no more are: Numbers, Ghost Whisperer, Heroes - which ironically was the only NBC show I watched, and quite a few on the SyFy network. Which rolls me onto another topic. Since SyFy changed its name from SciFi they have rapidly been degenerating as a network. At one time, once of my most watched channels (due to classic sci fi programming) it has degenerated into a cesspool of reality programmming and wrestling! The few quality science fiction programs they had (BattleStar Galactica, Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis) have ended - with a few exceptions (Eureka, Warehouse 13). Now you might say - what about Stargate:Universe - So, yeah - what about it? I had high hopes and while I will continue to watch - but so far it has been the disappointing little brother in the SG series. As far as "Sanctuary" - loved season 1, season 2 was tepid. A third season is promised for this fall - but unless it starts to wow me the way season 1 did - I may drop this one on my own. Sci Fi (which on its own became SyFy) is in my opinion rapidly becoming Sigh!Feh!

I've digressed enough!

Everyone have a great day!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

aHemmm! Take Note:

Just had to say it!

Honest - I promise..............

That eventually I will stop posting on my motorcycle wreck. But dude!! - It happened only 6 weeks ago (as of Friday 7/23) and the resulting damage (to myself as well as the bike) is still a very big part of my (and DKW's) life everyday.

Last night, I was watching one of my favorite reality shows (Deadliest Catch) and a good part of the broadcast was dedicated to Captain Phil Harris's Life and passing (at age 52). (Google it - if you aren't familiar with the show) Anyway Phil was also a biker - I had some interesting thoughts/dreams last night and actually firmed up a few decisions that I had been vacillating on. One of the biggest is, is that I have firmly decided that when I have recovered and my leg is strong enough I am definitely getting going to get another motorcyle. Its something that I enjoy doing and don't see why I should stop. Size, type, etc. are still up in the air. Probably will be a bit smaller than the bike that was wrecked. I no longer am looking for a bike for long trips. The new bike should be big enough to keep up with interstate traffic speed but I am not looking for a long distance vehicle. The new bike will be primarily for my work commute (10 miles one way) and the occasional trip to Columbus (MS) Air Force Base - which is 30 miles or so away. Anyway, one bike I have been looking at quite a bit is the QLink Tour 250. I think it looks good and you can get it with a windscreen and hard (lockable) saddlebags. Its also very affordable. It comes in 3 colors, but I'm leaning towards the red (more visible) one. The closest dealer for this bike is T-Town Motorsports which is 75 miles away in Tuscaloosa, but thats okay. Maybe DKW and I could make a day-trip of it some time and stop by on the way to visit the Fabulous F & mate in Birmingham when I have recovered. Anyway - all of this is dependent on my recovery. But I am actually looking forward to the time I am recovered and can ride again. Makes me happy thinking about it.

Everyone have a great day!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Back to the Grind (kind of).....

Last week I actually started back to work (half-days) and am continuing it this week. I honestly did not think that working at a desk for 4 or 5 hours would be taxing. But I was wrong - when I've put in my time - I'm ready to go home. But this is a full week for me. I have therapy schedule for 3 (M-W-F) afternoons. Have a doctor's appointment Tuesday afternoon and Thursday - well that's gonna be a ME day. No work - no appointments - Rest my leg and maybe watch some more of my megaset of UFO on dvd. (Look it up on if you don't know what this is). My sweetie has her own obligations to meet Thursday but will be in touch.

Since the wreck (on June 11th) - people I've talked to generally fall into 2 categories: (1) When are you going to get another motorcyle? and (2) You're lucky to be alive - You're not nuts enough to ever look at another motorcycle are you? Well - let me address both groups: As far as group #1 - the answer is "I don't know" - I have been back & forth as to whether I'm going to get another bike. Since I have no memory of the wreck and 2 weeks or so after - I also have no memory of the most intense of the pain I went through. So I don't associate the pain with my motorcycle - though I know that's what happened. As far as group #2 is concerned - I generally tend to either ignore them or ask if they ever had a car wreck and if so - are they still driving? Same thing as far as DKW and I are concerned. So if you are at all interested - just stay tuned.

If you were to twist my arm right now though and demand an answer - I would say that "Yeah, probably at some time in the future I will get another motorcycle." Here is my reasoning. (1) I love riding a bike. Live is short enough. Why not do something I enjoy. (2) I figure the new bike will be just for going back and forth to work (10 miles) and around town or the occasional trip to Columbus (MS) - about 30 miles. (#3) If my leg heals enough to allow it - why not ride?

Anyway - no decision will be made until my leg heals, my surgeon (who by the way falls into category 2) gives the official OK, and all the legal/insurance stuff is settled.

In the mean time, I have a good woman taking care of me and monitoring my medication. I feel truly blessed to have her. I do love ya DKW!

Everyone have a great day!

Friday, July 16, 2010

More = blah, blah from me.

Well, my last post was 2 weeks ago and I do (vaguely) remember making it. I'm still having issues with my memory from time to time - but I think its getting better. The 46 staples were taken out of my knee on July 8th and I've started back to work (part-time) and therapy this week. The therapists seem pleased with my progress. So I guess I should be pleased. Anyway - this is pretty much how things will go until I go back and see the surgeon again - and I don't do that until August 12th. I know there was more I wanted to write - but I'm feeling tired. Everyone have a great day!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Every Day is a gift.................

I know that everyone has heard that (my title for this entry) before, but I can now make the case that in my life it is very true. Three weeks ago (on June 11th, date of my last entry) I was in a very serious wreck and am really blessed to still be alive. I still do not have any memory whatsoever of the events (and may never have) but thanks to my wife (and other family members) this is what happened: I got off work at Mississippi State University, put on my helmet and hopped on my motorcycle (2004 Suzuki Volusia 800) to head home because my wife and I were supposed to go to the home where my mother stays for what they were calling a family cookout. Approximately 1 mile from home, as I was passing the Longview community, an older gentleman (going towards town) failed to see me and made a left turn into my lane and according to witnesses when he did this I had less than 10 feet to react. Since my speed at the time was estimated at 45 mph - I really had no time to react and slammed into the man's car. My bike is totalled. I fractured my kneecap (horizontally) and had a tibial plateau fracture. I had a vertebral fracture of the C7 vertebra and a concussion due to a hard head blow. I also had some major "road rash" on my arms. I'm still suffering from what is called "post concussive syndrome" which is why I still have problems remembering things. Anything prior to the accident I can usually rememember with no problem, but post-accident I'm still having memory problems. I think I'm going to call this an entry. Just wanted to explain why I haven't been on in a while, but my leg is starting to hurt and I need to go lay back down. I get the staples out of my leg next week - maybe I can post a new entry then. I'm gonna get my sweetie to proof this for me and post it. Thanks. Everyone have a great day!