Monthly Archives: October 2009

Grace encounters super heroes on Halloween

nate and grace1

According to her parents, Grace picked out her Halloween costume this year – a lady bug. That makes a bit of sense as she spent a summer worrying about “bugs” – at least every time she came to the DG’s house. Tonight, she learned a bit more about trick or treating – and that big kids dress up, too, including the DG’s godson, Nate (second from left with an expression that brings back the “little boy Nate” who they’ve watched grow into a fine young man) and his friend Chris, both dressed as super heroes. Grace was ok with getting her photo taken with the “big boys” as long as she was in her Mom’s arms. More than trick or treating, Grace loved giving out candy to other kids. A really nice evening spent with family and friends.

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What’s going on at 1100 Hillview Drive?

1100 Hillview Drive

As both DGs have commented on their respective blogs, Halloween was a big deal at 1100 Hillview Drive where the female DG grew up, a tradition that was carried on at John’s childhood home of 1428 Wayne Ave. in South Pasadena. One of the things that warmed the female DG’s heart was that the people who bought her parents house had carried on that tradition, increasing the front yard Halloween decor as the children grew. She’d been looking forward to taking Grace (who was a pumpkin last year) over for trick or treat this year but the home was sold over the summer. Now, not only is it vacant, but it looks like big changes are soon to come. So far, the ominous green fence hasn’t appeard – a sure sign of a tear down. It’s strange how proprietary she feels about a place she’s been inside just once in the past decade. But then again, it was the very first home she really knew. (Those of you coming here to see Grace in her Halloween costume, come back later tonight…)

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Physical therapy with an 80s twist

t_ HalloweenPhysical therapist T worked on the female DG’s big toe today, trying to get it to do more of what it’s supposed to do, like flex and bend.  So much of rehab is about fixing the other stuff that went south while the problem (Achilles tendon) was getting fixed, a fact that the male DG knows all too well.  But you gotta love T’s outfit – a perfectly, horrendously awful vintage 80s wedding dress. And a sign that Halloween is upon us.

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Being a “fast healer” has its pitfalls

OK, this will make the most sense to people who understand the female DG’s passion for the San Francisco Giants, one of whom was coming out of Dr. Lawrence Oloff’s office as she was coming in today. In fact, she almost bumped into him.

It was well publicized last July when a certain Giants shortstop (playing in Triple A Fresno) had surgery to repair a broken toe on his left foot by the team’s foot specialist, who just happened to be the female DG’s surgeon. Toes and tendons are different deals, but it seems both need time to heal.

So, while Oloff pronounced the female DG “well ahead of the curve,” he cautioned her to not “overdue,” advice he said he’d just given to a previous patient who was also a fast healer. Strength exercises are to continue but walking is to remain limited. She’s itching to walk and the male DG needs a walking partner on Tuesday and Thursday. Doesn’t walking build strength? (She is sensible enough to get an opinion from physical therapist extraordinaire, Heidi.) But then again, like the more famous patient, what she really wants is to be ready for spring training – or in her case, jogging at dawn.

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Gimpiness spreads to people and blogging

As the Dual G’s gain strength and mobility each in their own way, they seem to have developed a gimpiness about blogging. What is there to say when there is nothing to say? So the male DG bowed out last night by calling a bye, while the female DG just did nothing.

Some developments: There is talk of resurrecting the Dawn Patrol over the next few weeks, with the female DG pinch hitting for Scott and Lily (the former temporarily joining the gimp brigade). And she sees her surgeon Dr. Lawrence Oloff tomorrow morning, although she’s not expecting much to report from that visit as she doesn’t have much to report. The Achilles tendon is a daily reminder but gets better in weekly increments.

Meanwhile, in addition to Scott, friend Cathy has joined the gimp brigade with a broken bone in her foot. So two gimps up , two down.

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End of dashing about, patience a reality again

All of the great travels and visits with good and long time friends have been a bit of a smokescreen, the female DG realized today. As long as she was on the go, she didn’t have to think about how she yearned to get jogging again. The mile or so walk on Saturday resulted (or did it? was that really the cause?) in a bit of a cranky tendon on Sunday. Today it was back on the elliptical and visit with physical therapist T, who continues to marvel at how far along the  female DG is on the recovery curve. Guess she has that to be grateful for – the alternative is terrifying.

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From Bono to blues with a stop back in Little Rock

Bono Roadies

blues singerSometimes the female DG thinks she’s living a movie. Like on days like this when they wake up at The Langham in Pasadena  surrounded by U2 roadies and their gigantic buses (the band is playing at the Rose Bowl tonight where crowds are expected to be over 100,000). Then it was on to All Saints Pasadena – a big Episcopal church that overflows each Sunday with its message of the inclusive, compassionate Christ – where Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine, was speaking between the 9:00 and 11:15 services. So it was all the more natural to finish the morning with a blues brunch at the Firefly Bisto – a kind of punctuation mark to the DG’s recent southern travel. If it’s possible to be invigorated and exhausted at the same time, that’s how she feels (the male DG, too). But at least they’re not grumpy.

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