Archive for the 'Life' Category

Tarzan update

Friday, August 24th, 2007

I went to the doctor again today. It’s been a week since the operation to take the screw out of my shoulder. Here’s what he told me: the shoulder has finished healing from the original injury. All that’s left now is to see that the incision heals and does not get infected. Unless something goes [...]

My next date with the knife

Friday, August 17th, 2007

By the time most of you read this, I’ll be at the hospital to get the screw taken out of my shoulder. I expect this operation to be much quicker and simpler than the operation to put the screw in. They only need a small incision and have no ligaments to repair or reattach. I’m [...]

You have to know us to find this amusing

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

As I was walking down the hall at work just now, I complained that it is “Raining? Again?”
A co-worker asked “So, have to started building your ark yet?”
“No,” I replied, “but we have started collecting animals.”
Well, it was funny at the time.

Tarzan update

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Went to see the doctor today. He said the ligaments in the shoulder are healing well and that it’s about time for the hardware to come out. He also looked at the range of motion I have in the right arm and said that physical therapy will probably not be necessary. (I know, though, that [...]

Back to the grind

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

I started back to work yesterday. Didn’t get in at my usual early hour because I had to check in through the company nurse before resuming my duties. I had to show her my doctor’s permission slip, then she printed another permission form, signed it, and sent me to my boss.
Of course, everybody wants to [...]

An update on Tarzan’s condition

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Wendy took me to the doctor today for a one-week checkup on my shoulder. The doctor inspected the incision and said it was healing well. Then a nurse removed the stitches (3) and staples (14). I’ve never had staples before, and Wendy and I had wondered how they were removed. The nurse had a little [...]

your clavicle should not look like mine

Friday, May 18th, 2007

no, i’m not doing my ee cummings imitation; i’m having to type using only my left hand.
what you see below is an x-ray of my right shoulder, taken last wednesday night at an urgent care center near home. the clavicle is the collarbone and it’s supposed to be secured to the shoulder blade by a [...]

Spam in denial

Friday, April 27th, 2007

I don’t usually pay much attention to spam, but tonight I happened to notice one that I find highly amusing. I told the tale over at TechBlog.

A crazy day at JSC

Friday, April 20th, 2007

You have probably heard about the shooting that occurred today in Building 44 at Johnson Space Center. Because I’m a NASA contractor, and I sometimes work at JSC (”on-site” as we say), everybody has been calling to make sure I’m OK. I am.
Some of you have questions about where Building 44 is in relation to [...]

Welcome home, Dad

Friday, March 30th, 2007

I don’t usually go for the sappy stuff, but this one is something special. If it doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, you must be made of stone:

Dads are just great people. I wish more Daddys and Mommas were coming home to their families.

Weekend project

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Genna asked me to build her some flower boxes to use beneath her jumps. These boxes won’t ever hold real flowers, just plastic flowers. The boxes are used as shown on this page; they help the horse see the “ground line” and (I suppose) to judge the height of the jump. Genna will paint the [...]

Thirty years of Rumours

Sunday, February 4th, 2007

It was thirty years ago today that Fleetwood Mac released Rumours. Can it really have been three decades? It seems like only yesterday that Jerry and I were standing around at some party, listening to Rumours and gazing at the image of Stevie Nicks on the back cover. It was a good album for good [...]