Last Wednesday afternoon, my doorbell rang. As soon as I stood up to answer it, I was hit by a massive charlie horse in my left calf. Since I knew it was FedEx delivering my tablet (which had been back to Toshiba for warranty work on a wonky sound chip), I tried to hobble to the door before the driver left & my Precioussss disappeared into an enormous warehouse.
Bad move. About 6 feet from the door, I fell & landed on my left shoulder & face. It took about 5 seconds to realize the shoulder was dislocated, & another 5 minutes to get to my feet (look, ma, no more charlie horse!) & go get my cell phone. The local ambulance crew showed up in gratifyingly short order & carted me off to the ER.[1.] At some point, Steve arrived as well. I was released a few hours later with a sling, some stitches above my eyebrow, & instructions to see my primary physician for followup.
The 1st appt. I could get for that was Monday. The PA who saw me said I should be having less pain & more range of motion. She called to get the x-rays the hospital didn't send to their office (despite me giving the ER the info) & got me in to see an orthopedist yesterday morning, who pointed out the fracture in the head of the humerus which was clearly visible in the x-ray -- & which nobody in the ER mentioned to me or Steve. He also made noises about possible surgery & sent me off for an MRI.
I go back to the orthopedist on Friday to discuss his findings. I'll probably know more then, but meanwhile we've already cancelled our trip to Boskone. PT is definitely in my near future, along with lots of meds. Driving, though, is *not.* Neither is LJing: I've been working on this since Monday.
Stay tuned for the next thrilling chapter!
[1.] And I still don’t know whether to be annoyed or glad that my insured-so-signature-required-for-delive
The problem is, it's been 15 years since I got them their last one & far fewer people now play physical CDs. There's only a fraction as many models available, and many of them have complicated & non-intuitive settings (from my parents' point of view). So far I've tried BJ's Wholesale & Best Buy, but I had to reject all 3 models they had between them for poor sound, complexity, or both. Target had about 4 options that looked like possibilities -- but *none* of them were connected to a power source. Apparently, the idea that customers want to listen to audio equipment before they, you know, pay money for it is as quaint & old fashioned as a CD.
I've got a list of other stores to check, but would appreciate help in shortening the search. So if anyone can recommend a store likely to have what I need, or, failing that, can recommend a specific make & model I can order online, I'd greatly appreciate it.
Meanwhile, I hope everyone's managing to enjoy the holiday season. At least some of the time.
Until today. TV is saying 6.0.
Landline & T-Mobile cellular are both out, but otherwise all well here. Except that the cats are thoroughly spooked.
ETA: the epicenter seems to be in Mineral, VA, near Charlottesville. Size has been decreased to 5.9.
- Current Music:"The Richter Scale"
Dave is a wonderful singer & guitarist, & a heck of a nice guy to boot. If you've never met or heard him, do yourself a favor & come on by.
Relevant info below, cut & pasted from the local housefilk mailing list:
Decadent Dave Clement is visiting, but he has commitments that require to be back to Winnipeg before Contata, so we're having a pre-Contata house filk this weekend. Sunday June 26, 2011 starting @ 2:00pm Directions appended below. Steven Joel Z. >From the West: o Take I-70 east to I-695. o Take I-695 towards Towson to exit 18 (essentially, you're going north but given that 695 is a beltway, the direction labels are never really useful). o Take the exit 18 ramp towards Randallstown. This is the second ramp. This will place you on Liberty road heading west. o Continue on Liberty Road directions. >From the North: o Take I-95 (or I-83) south to I-695 towards Towson. o Take I-695 (outer loop) to exit 18 (essentially, you're going west but given that 695 is a beltway, the direction labels are never really useful). o Take the exit 18 ramp towards Randallstown. This is the first ramp. This will place you on Liberty road heading west. o Continue on Liberty Road directions. >From the South: o Take I-95 (or BW Parkway or I-97) north to I-695 towards Towson. o Take I-695 (inner loop) to exit 18 (essentially, you're going west but given that 695 is a beltway, the direction labels are never really useful). o Take the exit 18 ramp towards Randallstown. This is the second ramp. This will place you on Liberty road heading west. o Continue on Liberty Road directions. >From the East: I have no real idea. Pick your favorite route to I-695. Pick your favorite direction on I-695. On the outer loop, follow the "From the North" directions. Otherwise follow the "From the South" directions. >From Baltimore City: There are so many ways to get to beltway! Pick one and take the beltway to the west of the city. On the outer loop, follow the "From the North" directions. Otherwise follow the "From the South" directions. Examples: Take I-83 north to the beltway inner loop. Take I-395 to I-95 south. Take I-95 to beltway outer loop. Take I-95 south to the beltway outer loop. For the truly ambitious, find your way to Liberty Heights Rd. Take this west. Eventually it will become Liberty Road and pass under the beltway heading west. From here, follow the Liberty Road directions. >Liberty Road west (outwardbound from I-695): o Take Liberty Road, outward bound from I-695 about two (2) miles to Brenbrook Rd. This is at a stop light. o Turn right onto Brenbrook. Take Brenbrook straight through the teensy traffic circle at Chruch Lane and back to Meadow Heights Rd at the second intersection with 4-way stop signs. o Turn left onto Meadow Heights. Go two short blocks to the stop sign. We're the house immediately to your right when you stop at that stop sign. 8914 Meadow Heights Road Randallstown, MD (410)521-2882 (410)521-0770 (443)791-1102 (my cell #)
"IMO cats are what women aspire to be: smart, graceful, strong, independent, beautiful, etc. I tell all female friends and family to run (don't walk) away from any man who hates cats."
-- Sheila N. on care2.com, Feb 21, 2011
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My husband stevemb & I went to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner with our friends the_sheryl & gorgeousgary. While waiting for a table, we were all checking LJ on our phones. One post in my flist mentioned that it was the birthday of John Simm, the actor who plays the Master.
Not ten seconds later, the hostess called for "Saxon, party of 2!"
No, I couldn't spot him. He was probably using a perception filter to avoid being caught dining anywhere so proletarian on his birthday, of all days.
(Post title is the most evil pizza I could think of in roughly 5 seconds.)
Ganked from markbernstein, </div> & many others.
Edited to add attribution.
1st, it's the birthday of my dear husband stevemb . Happy birthday, sweetheart. I love you.
2nd, it's the 40th anniversary of the single greatest achievement of the human race, the Apollo 11 moon landing. It's hard to believe now how quickly it was followed by the abandonment of our hard-won dreams.
That tragedy was so complete a mere 10 years later that this sonnet appeared in the July 1979 issue of Analog magazine. My copy is long since a casualty of a moldy self-storage cube and to my shame, I cannot recall the author's name. (The only link Google could find is defunct.) But the words will be with me forever:
July 20, 1969
Lke Vikings leaving runes and little more
Taking the lesser light where God had placed it
To show ourselves just what a heaven's for
They loped like diving-suited kangaroos
Over that sterile world of one night stands
Driving golf balls and moon buggies to amuse
The children, while the stars slipped through our hands
They're gone now to their shrinks and shrunken space
The praise is theirs; 'tis ours to wonder why
The world's still flat, and dreams are out of grace
So I, believing less each summer, pry open
That lost last year to see the bright
Earth-jewel, smooth and blue, in velvet night
Don't think I'm knocking the space shuttle program. It too was a great accomplishment and has taught us much. However, I can't help believing that it has been a diversion and a detour from what we really should have been doing.
But the years of neglect may finally be ending. We need to leverage all the attention space is getting right now so that once the economy turns around, the campaign to again venture further than Earth orbit can begin. And the return on investment will be immense.
2 things happened in the early 1990s: we finally exhausted the technical and economic benefits of the Apollo program, and we entered a serious recession. This was not a coincidence. The unforseeable scientific and technological discoveries and spinoffs that a new space program will yield will more than repay any cost. And the benefits to our national psyche could be even greater.
To help remember how those glory days 40 years ago felt, here are 2 music videos:
Fire in the Sky
It's time once more to boldly go.
- Current Mood: melancholy
- Current Music:"To Touch the Stars" CD
Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your icons that I want to hear about. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee...
And filkerdave's nominees are:
I use this one for give-me-that-old-time-SF-religion or fandom-in-general posts. It looks quite a bit like a nightlight I bought in the Kennedy Space Center gift shop on my last visit.
This one is used for topics & situations that recreate it in real life. Hurts to watch a bit -- I spent entirely too much of my life nearly convinced I was Charlie Brown's avatar. Not nearly as applicable to my life in general as it used to be, thank all good Powers.
I have a real fondness for When Fandoms Collide moments. And boy, could I have used a Dalek Patronus back in my school days. It doesn't get used a whole lot because it seldom seems on topic; I may well delete it soon.
This also gets used for generic fannish comments, especially those pertaining to a certain decade. It reminds me of:
1. 1970s architecture. I remember several con hotels that had similar features.
2. 1970s spaceship/space station interiors. At least in the movies with higher budgets.
I really, really wish it didn't use the profanity "sci-fi." (As the old saying goes, anyone who calls it sci-fi immdiately proves that they don't know what they're talking about.) The image brings back enough happy memories that I wince & use it anyway.
This is Wendy from Middleman. I could say that I snagged this one to signify lack of fulfillment or motivation. Or I could be honest & admit that its main reason to be in my collection is so I can spring it on cadhla sometime.
Now the grownups can get on with repairing all the damage he & his committed. It's going to be a busy 4 or 8 years...
Done at GAFilk during open filking. Yea, verily doth this casbah rock!
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OUT OF HOW MANY AVAILABLE ICON SPACES: 195
IF YOU COULD BUY SPACE FOR MORE, WOULD YOU: Ask me again in a year -- I've only had the permanent account for 2 months.
DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: Most of them make different statements.
WHICH FANDOM DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: Doctor Who
AND THE SECOND MOST: Tie: Classic Star Trek and Babylon 5.
WHICH SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: Tenth Doctor & Rose, but more because I like the icons themselves than for the ship.
ARE YOUR ICONS MADE MOSTLY BY OTHER PEOPLE: Yes.
DO YOU MAKE ICONS: Yes.
ARE THEY ANY GOOD: I've gotten some nice comments on them. I haven't tried anything too complex, though.
ANIMATED ICONS ARE: Something I'd like to make someday.
BIGGEST ICON PEEVE: Illegible text. If it can't be read at normal icon size, either fix it or forget it.
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We took her to an emergency veterinary clinic where the vet on duty confirmed my suspicion that there was nothing to be done except let her go. Steve & I held her as she was euthanized.
Satin was the last survivor of the 3 cats my late husband Pat & I had. (Some of you reading this will remember Pyanfar & Kami.) We adopted her in February 1991 from someone who rescued her from the streets of Baltimore but was unable to keep her. We thought she was 3 or 4 months old until the vet we took her to said, "See those teeth? She's 10 to 12 months old." Malnutrition probably accounted for that as well as the sad fact that she was a cat of very tiny brain, though built on a Siamese chassis and possessing the classic Siamese voice. The Siamese genes also prevented her from being deaf despite having one blue eye and one yellow eye. (She got her name because we thought at first she also had the Siamese single coat. It turned out malnutrition was responsible for that, too -- she really should have been named Velvet or Plush.)
But oh, she had a tremendous purr and a loving heart.
In a way, it was Satin who got Steve & me together. A few years ago, I needed to move with very little notice & ended up in a situation where having both my cats would not be feasible. I had to keep Kami with me to ensure he got proper care for some ongoing medical issues, so I tried to find someone who could look after Satin temporarily.
My longtime friend Steve agreed to take her in. Of course, I had to come visit every few days, which meant Steve & I spent significant time alone together for the first time. We've been married 18 months.
Goodbye and thank you, little girl. Go sit in Pat's lap & give him & Py & Kami my love. We'll miss you.
- Current Mood: sad
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Hate won't drive us down to dust again