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After my injury in Sept. and the rotator cuff surgery in Dec., I haven't been able to raisey arm to hold and play my fiddle, a sad state for a musician! Today for the first time since being injured I played during my band rehearsal. Yay me!! I had to rest my left elbow on a pad on my knee to be able to hold the fiddle, but it worked and I was able to play all of the sets. Of course, playing again after almost 6 months of not playing led to some interesting variations on some of the tunes, but I made it through the rehearsal!!!

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Wishing everyone on my flist has a very happy new year, and that it is better than last year. I know that won't be hard to do in my case, as I am now recuperating from my operation after the accident in September. My brother made it to the new year. Now if he can make it through this coming year, that would make it all the better.

Best wishes for everyone.
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I was injured in Sept, by a driver who didn't check carefully enough to make sure there were no pedestrians in the crosswalk. I was hit, and got a torn rotator cuff on my left shoulder.

Just had surgery done Thursday. Made it through the operation and am back at home. Percoset makes me very sleepy, which is good at this stage, as I'm sleeping in the recliner in the living room. Have to go back to my Doctors in about a week. Arm is in a fancy sling and cannot be used for quite some time now, probably find out about that at the Dr's.

Color me annoyed
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May you have the happiest of birthdays in your new digs. Way to go!!!
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Done finished voting. The line was longer than any other line I've seen at my polling station, but it only took about 30 min from the time I got into the line until I was finished. Yay!!!

If you haven't voted, get out and vote. They have to let everybody who is in line at closing time vote, so stay TF in line.

Go Obama!!!
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Today is election day in the US, as if anybody this side of Mars doesn't know that already. One of the things that I have noticed is that, after all of this campaign, I still don't know what John McCain and Caribu Barbie really stand for, other than not being Obama and Biden, but I have a pretty good idea of what Obama and Biden stand for, and I approve.

I urge all who can to get out an vote today, especially if you are going to vote for Obama. Go Obama.!!!


Oct. 26th, 2008 02:31 am
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This is a test of posting with the new ljapp for the iPhone.

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May you have the best of birthdays today, to be followed by many more with pics. (heheh)
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From Family:

They kiss again. Dawn emerges from the other room, carrying a bag.

DAWN: See ya later.

BUFFY: Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, where do you think you're going?

DAWN: I'm going to Melinda's for dinner.

BUFFY: Since when?

DAWN: Now-ish.

BUFFY: You can't. I-it's not safe for you to walk there.

DAWN: It's just across the street. What is the big deal, I'm just gonna go-

BUFFY: No. It's family night. (glances at Riley) And besides, Melinda's a bad influence. I don't like you hanging out with someone that ... short.

DAWN: (annoyed) I am so glad you're moving back into the house. This is the source of my gladness.

She stalks off. Buffy sighs.

BUFFY: She makes me crazy. (Walks past Riley into the living room)

RILEY: That's ... kinda the word I was searching for.

BUFFY: (sits on sofa) What? She shouldn't be going over there.

RILEY: Yeah, a lot of young people nowadays are experimenting with shortness. Gotta nip that in the bud.

BUFFY: She ... can't be running out whenever she'd like.

RILEY: (walks forward) It's more than that.

BUFFY: What do you mean?

RILEY: (sits next to her, shakes his head) You tell me.

BUFFY: We all have to be careful. This ... demon chick is ... exciting and new. I don't know what I'm up against.

Hmmmm. Glory = Sarah Palin?
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I left the motel in Winchester and continued down US 50. It was a little slow because of some trucks and farm equipment on the road. On the other hand, 50 goes through some of the Virginia wine and horse country. I came over a rise in the road, and found myself looking at a fine looking valley on the right side. Wished I could have stopped and taken a picture, but the road was not very conducive to that, as it didn't have a very large shoulder. If I ever go that way again, perhaps I'll have my camera at the ready.
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The longest and most adventurous day of riding came after I left Athens, OH.

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It's been a couple of days since I've updated the journal, so here goes the continuation of what had been going on.
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The long day at the event for me was yesterday. I got up early to get there at a reasonable time to see the seminars and things I wanted to see, and I was going to a party that night, which was scheduled to last until around 11 pm.

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Today was a beautiful day to go to the Vintage Motorcycle Days at the Mid-Ohio Sports Race Track in Lexington. It's about 40 miles from my hotel to the track, so it took me the better part of an hour to get there, but the ride was both nice and fast. The track is huge, and the event is huge. Somewhat overwhelming, in fact. I spent most of my time at the Triumph exhibit and at the seminars with Clement Salvadori, a writer for Rider Magazine, and Ted Simon.

Clement mostly led an improvised seminar about why people were at a vintage motorcycle event and what the attraction of vintage motorcycles is. A major reason for me is that my bike is deliberately styled after vintage bikes of the 60's and 70's made by Triumph. In fact, Triumph calls one of their accessory lines as '68, a relatively heady time for Triumph what with the association of that company with the activities of Steve McQueen, in particular. (The bike McQueen - actually his stunt rider - jumped over the barbed wire fence in The Great Escape, was a Triumph made to look like a German motorcycle, because they didn't believe that a BMW could make the jump.) McQueen also rode a Triumph in the International Six Day Trials event around that time. So my little Bonnie Dubh is very similar in looks to the Triumph Bonnevilles of the 60's and 70's, but without the mechanical problems.

The second seminar was with Ted Simon, who basically showed a presentation he had made from photos he took during his two trips around the world. Today we got through the first portion which told of his trip from England through the Sudan. Lots of pictures that are not in his books, along with some extra details of his trips.

I brought his latest book to have autographed, and wound up buying another book and having that autographed too. Tomorrow I plan to carry Salvadori's book to get an autograph on that too. Just didn't want to be carrying too much with me all day. Fortunately, Triumph gave me a goody bag for signing up for a party tomorrow night, which included a small tote bag, which made things much easier.

Now if I can just figure out how to get to things at the track with out wearing my poor legs out with walking and such. I did a lot of walking today and am kinda wore out.

On the home front, found out that my brother is now back at home. Yea!!!!!

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As I indicated earlier in a post, my brother has improved and doesn't seem to be in imminent danger, so I have started on my trip. Right now, I'm in Wooster, Ohio at my motel. Last night I spent the night in Morgantown, WV.

I left home around 12 noon yesterday because the weather people indicated rain earlier. That, naturally, didn't happen, so I left. Alas, the rain came about the time I was approaching Frederick, on I-270. Much of the rest of the trip yesterday was in the rain, yech! While I did have rain gear, the only piece that I could put on in time was my rain jacket, which helped a lot, but my gloves, pants and boots kinda got wet by the end of the day. Walking around was kinda like sqwish, sqwish.

But I made it to Morgantown at a reasonable hour and found a place to stay. I set my alarm to wake me at 8:30, planning to leave for Wooster around 10. When I woke up, it was 9:30. Apparently my new alarm clock is so soft that I didn't hear it when it went off. Bummer. So I would up leaving around check-out time which was 11 am. Today, though, the weather was beautiful. Temps in the high 70's with bright sunny day and light fluffy clouds overhead. I asked my GPS unit, Karin (named after the voice I use) to send me the most direct way, which she did. Takes a bit longer than just going the Interstates, but got to see some interesting scenery and go through some towns instead of simply going around them. Had lunch at a place called Pig Fathers, which is a BBQ place in Washington, PA. Not too bad. I had a special openfaced pork sandwich and some BBQ beans. Tasty.

After lunch, we proceeded north and west, some on interstates and some on local roads. Got to see several Amish buggys on the road as I approached Wooster. There is a fairly large Amish community near here. All in all, a good day. Tomorrow, I go off to the race track in Lexington, about 40 miles away (hey, I decided to go late. That was as close as I could find a room) for the first day of the Vintage Motorcycle Days. I expect to meet Ted Simon there. Ted is an Englishman who has made two round-the-world trips by motorcycle. The first one was around 1973 and lasted 4 years. The second was about 30 years later. It will be interesting to see what he has to say. He was, in part, the inspiration for Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman's trip The Long Way Round which chronicled their trip from London to New York City, via Mongolia and Siberia. But those guys had support vehicles and camera crews. Ted didn't.

Anyway, should be interesting.

Bye for now.
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This morning I learned that my brother had improved to the point where he could have the ventilator tubes removed and he was eating chocolate and cookies (hmmmm, cookies!!!)

It looks like he is stable and is not in immediate danger and therefore I am going to take my trip to Ohio. I'm delayed by a day, so I will be traveling by interstate, which is what I had hoped to avoid, and I won't be able to meet Little Bit before the weekend, but I should see her on Monday in columbus.

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Ironically, the day I posted about my brother's progress, he went back to the hospital, which I didn't know until after I sent the post. It seemed to be minor at first, but this morning I got a call from my nephew in Florida, who is his representative for medical matters, that the Dr's. had called and said he was now in intensive care and that he had best get up here. He also told me that my brother was intubated, which he had not wanted, and a later call from him indicated that he was directing them to take the ventilation tubes out even before my nephew could arrive from Florida.
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It's been awhile since I've posted about general matters, or, for that matter, updated my journal.

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Here's hoping you both had the happiest of birthdays.
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This really isn't too much of a surprise. My father was in the Army so I've lived in many places and I've spent a great deal of my life in the mid west, or in the mid Atlantic region. Hee.

What American accent do you have?
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Neutral. Not Northern, Southern, or Western, just American. Your national American identity is more important to you than your local identity, because you don't really have a local identity to begin with.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?