The female DG’s blog focus has long been on “jogging at dawn,” first chronicled on First Blush, with the male DG doing the photo duties until his diagnosis of glioma four years ago curtailed his morning outings. She shifted to Gimpy and Grumpy a year ago, leading up to and following surgery to repair her partially torn Achilles tendon. Lately she’s been thinking that her dawn musings are vastly unimportant and that she’d return to chronicling how she and the male DG (dual gimpy and grumpy) are making every attempt to live each day. But she while she got off to an OK good start, she’s fallen short the last two days. And there were opportunities, such as today’s outing to photograph a spectacular new residence for InMenlo, which brought out the shutterbug in the male DG (post to go live next week). She meant to take photos of him taking photos.
So here she was on Friday evening without anything to post – after a pretty good day and early dinner at favorite restaurant Evvia – when she spotted on Facebook the musings of the man who took her place two days a week walking, if not jogging, at dawn. Scott has been an important anchor in their lives the past two years. That he thought to mark the anniversary of his and the male DG’s walking together, along with wonderful dog Lily, incredibly touching…
The dual gimps were up and out this morning – the female DJ for a jog through Menlo and Stanford, the male DG back to the path where he hit the pavement a month ago. While he recognizes his hamstring does not have the strength it had last year at this time, he also thinks the couple of recent tumbles have had negative effect on his psyche. Not only did he conquer the up and back today without incident (the female DJ caught up with him for the down hill), but he went back out for another walk with friend Scott later in the day.
The female DG debated whether or not to use this photo of the male DG, taken this morning as they retraced a part of the route on the Stanford campus that was part and parcel to their life together for so long. For almost 25 years, there were two Dawn Joggers accompanied by some combination of canine companions. And then it stopped, rather suddenly when the male DG was diagnosed with glioma. Both the tumor and its treatment affected his mobility on the left side.
All this is known to many, but the effect is ongoing. This past week the male DG has been in a slump, feeling he’s had it with all the, as he charaterizes, “friction.” Everything is hard, nothing is easy, and just trying to get through a day is a bitch. That’s the reality, and while only his body experiences it, it affects both of their lives.
So they try to ‘march on.’ They do have interesting adventures. They still aren’t afraid of a little rain when walking. But there is a wistfulness about it all and the female DG thinks this image captures that.
The DGs are staying at the Langham (formerlu the Huntington), a landmark hotel that just happens to place them along the long Saturday running route they used to do from their South Pasadena home. Demonstrating a half full approach (we can walk together – probably the first real walk since the female DG’s Achilles tendon surgery) rather than displaying a “oh-those-were-the-good-days-poor-us” attitude, they set out on a walk around the neighborhood which is lined with gracious homes, many of which were built in the early 20th century. They don’t know if they’re just lucky but the views to the mountains have been crystal clear ever since they arrived; a hotel concierge says that this is the way it is now, thanks to increased emissions controls. There were lots of Halloween decorations along the way, but none as elaborate as in the front gate and interior courtyard of one house on Oak Knoll Avenue that was chock a block with ghouls and ghosts in movie set proportions. And by the way, it’s looking like a spectacular night for party.