Sunday, June 25, 2006


More briefness.

Dad is doing well in recuperating from having the defibrillator installed, and thankfully the thing hasn't gone off yet. When it does, he will probably feel like he is getting kicked in the chest by a mule. His condition mostly remains unchanged.

One of my very best friends, Mike, who was the best man at Kit and my wedding and who I have known for 37 years, had open heart surgery Friday morning. He had been having pains in his chest and he thought it was his stomach causing the trouble, but when his doctor had him take a stress test, a blockage was detected. Mike went to Boise to see the doctors there, and I'm not sure if he had been told he was going to need a stint, but once the doctors in Boise saw him... it was decided he needed a double bypass.

My 11-year-old niece Megan (from Emmett, ID, near Boise) fell off a running horse a few days ago and broke her elbow and her pelvis. She also had a concussion, with some nasty bruises and abrasions on her head.

Yesterday, Kit and the girls and I took a trip to Boise to visit first Megan and then Mike, and to take some get-well gifts to both. They both seem to be doing well in their recoveries. Megan won't be able to bear weight on her right leg or use her left arm for a few weeks, and Mike will be in the hospital for another week before his older brother Rick brings him back to La Grande. He will not be able to use his arms much for about a month, and won't be able to drive for a while. Rick will stay with him here in LG for about a month, and then some other friends and I will be helping him out. He should be able to return to work by late September or early October if all goes well.

I'm at my parents' house, using Dad's computer. Ours is still in the shop, and I'm not expecting it back until Monday at the earliest, Wednesday at the latest.

There were some mundane political rantings here but I got rid of them. The other stuff above is far more important.


Blogger J. Marquis said...

I'm glad your friend discovered his problem in time. It's amazing what they can do for heart problems these days.

It will be interesting to see if the "cut and run" stuff works in the November election. I guess it all depends on how close we are to winning over there...or if it's even a possible outcome.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

If the Al-Zarqawi killing was nothing more than a blip on the radar, "cut and run" isn't going to carry much weight... but if U.S. casualties are drastically reduced, maybe the righty doofii will be able to use the war as an advantage... sigh...

5:13 PM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

I'm sorry to put it this bluntly, but I don't know how to avoid it: I'm glad your friend decided to see his doctor before he ended up seeing a medical examiner before his time. I wish your niece and him a speedy and complete recovery.

I was one of only about 20% of voters in the Alabama primary election who voted against the "gay marriage ban" amendment to the Alabama Constitution of 1901, and I'm disgusted but unsurprised that the gay marriage ban amendment was passed. What do god-fearing Christians think gay people will do if they get the right to marry? Sue and sue and sue until they get the constitutional right to demand that the wedding march for all couples, gay and straight, be changed to Village People songs and that all straight couples be required to give an oath of allegiance to the institution of gay marriage as a condition on their marriage license? Are they afraid that little Johnny who was caught making out with Jane will now suddenly be "converted" to start making out with some tattooed leatherboy named Butch?

As for the rest, I'm sure you can agree with me in admitting that the Democratic Party has thusfar suffered from numerous instances of tactical ineptitude. How else do you explain the Democratic Party failing to gain traction when the GOP's poll numbers are so low? There's only so much the Democratic Party at large can blame on the GOP's power before the time comes for them to finally look in the mirror.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Right on, MC. What you said! Thanks for the well-wishes!

These shouldn't be frustrating times in which to be a Democrat, but they are. I feel like we in the Democratic party, through a lack of unified purpose and strategy, are reducing ourselves to waiting for a political miracle, and sadly, I'm not one who has much faith in miracles. The pictures of Bush screwing a goat on the White House lawn will probably never materialize, literally OR figuratively.

9:19 AM  
Blogger GTX said...

Hum, quiet riot...
I like that!

6:25 AM  
Blogger Damien said...

I think everyone is keeping an eye on how Dub will try and spin the war just prior to the mid terms,
Obviously the closer we get to November the more spin they'll try to generate.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

The reason I think we need to withdraw from Iraq is that the people who put us there never intended for us to withdraw. They play politics like a game of Risk, and you can't invade country Y if you don't have support troops in the countries next to Y.

6:01 PM  

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