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David's Bad Week - 2008 Edition

My mom passed away a few days before Christmas.

She had been sick, and we all had an opportunity to say goodbye.  There's comfort in that.  I flew down to be with my dad for a few days between Christmas and my birthday, to make some arrangements.  We're all heading down again soon.

Oh: I was going to write a post about my birthday along the lines of this:  I've finally arrived at the answer!  (That is, the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.)  The actual answer, of course, is: Chop wood, carry water.

I flew back to my wife and kids, and I had the bright idea of going to the California Academy of Sciences on the Monday between Christmas and New Years, because a lot of people still have to work that day.

I wasn't the only one with that bright idea.  The CalAcademy employee controlling the lines outside said it was busier than it had been on the weekend.  The special member entrance line took hours to get through, just like the regular entrance.

Once we eventually got in, my wife asked, "You didn't park in a 2-hour zone, did you?"  Of course I had.  So I left, re-parked the car a long ways away and jogged back to queue up in the re-admission line.  On that way back, my foot twisted a little, and my kneecap fell out to the side.  (A "displaced patella".  Displaced patellas are painful.)




Evidently a ligament saw fit to tear off some bone when it couldn't bear the strain. This will put me out of commission for a few weeks. It's hard to say how much this sucks for someone who is supposed to be Daddy!

I limped back, and the CalAcademy was now only allowing people to enter when the same number of people left.  Cell phone reception inside the academy is awful, so my wife had to walk to a spot where she could make an outgoing call every half-hour to see how far along in the line I was.  I got in around lunchtime.

We did all get to see the planetarium show, and it was duly awesome.  (And Ai Otsuka's "Planetarium" was in the car on the way to the CalAcademy. I couldn't resist.)

On the way back from the CalAcademy an accident on the lower deck of the Bay Bridge brought traffic to a stop.  My son just about lost his mind with the hating of being stuck in traffic for what felt like an eternity.

Oh, there's more.  I can't bring myself to write it at this point.  I'm glad that that week is over.

Mou ichido: Bad Week Owari.

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narilka
Dec. 31st, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
*hugs!*
dblume
Dec. 31st, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Thanks. What scares my wife the most is that we really have two things here. What's the third? Did I overlook it, or is it still coming?
zannah
Dec. 31st, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
:( Ow ow ow. As someone with knee pain, that looks.... ow. I hope next week is a much better week for you!
dblume
Dec. 31st, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Seriously with the ow. Thanks so much for understanding. The photo doesn't really do it justice. If you could actually see the knees in real life, you'd appreciate just how much swelling has gone on.
pastilla
Dec. 31st, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
Our bodies have such subtle ways of telling us they don't like the stress. GEEEEEEEEZ.

I am so sorry for you. That looks bloody awful.
pastilla
Dec. 31st, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
P.S.
Anxiously awaiting the "Wait, there's more" part of this post.
dblume
Dec. 31st, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
As much as I love Nurse Mary, could I impose upon you for a rotating purple birthday cake, too?

Also, see my reply to davidd below about an assumption I made about you two. I wonder if I was right.
pastilla
Jan. 1st, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
:: sound of literary allusion whooshing by ::

As usual user is on his toes.

Many happier returns.
pastilla
Jan. 1st, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
Ummm . . . I meant davidd is on his toes . . .

(Seething jealousy is revealed through html)
pastilla
Jan. 1st, 2009 04:32 am (UTC)
Revelation: Women are distracted by male patella, even dislocated ones.
davidd
Dec. 31st, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
Let's try that again, less anonymously
Rock climbing is off-limits for a while, then, huh?

So sorry to hear about your miserable museum day, especially following what went before.

A "happy birthday" wish, in addition to being late, would be rather pale, wouldn't it? How about, "Happier New Year"?
dblume
Dec. 31st, 2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Let's try that again, less anonymously
Yay! You remember that I rock climb! Yep, that's one of the biggest problems with the injury.

I presumed that you and pastilla would be the first to get the Douglas Adams reference and know my age. (And I still presume you were.)

Here's to a Happier New Year!
tpederson
Dec. 31st, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC)
Dude I really feel for you. I hope the new year brings you some much improved weeks.
dblume
Dec. 31st, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks P. We could all benefit from some changes in 2009. I've got hope aplenty.
sjonsvenson
Dec. 31st, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
I had my patella cut in my accident. A couple of weeks is optimistic. A couple of weeks to look normal, a couple of months before you can run as if nothing happened.
Good luck anyway.
dblume
Dec. 31st, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
I remember your accident. This palls in comparison. You're right, though, it'll take some time before I'm more than 85% in that leg again.
dotgirl
Dec. 31st, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss.
dblume
Dec. 31st, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I know it looks callous of me to lump my mother's passing in with other, smaller issues.

That's mostly because we're dealing with that with family and friends in person. I want this journal to be lighter, although I'll touch on real life issues occasionally.

So, again, thanks. I appreciate it.
collisions
Jan. 1st, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
Holy crap! Bad Week indeed. You get some points on a sheet somewhere just for continuing to chop wood and carry water through it all. (By the way, is that from the Republic of Tea's Gunpowder Green tea container?)

Aaaanyway - conserve fidem.
dblume
Jan. 1st, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
That chop wood, carry water phrase? It's an old Zen proverb. It goes something like this:

A Zen Master was asked how his life changed when he became enlightened. He replied "Before enlightenment, I would carry water and chop wood. After enlightenment, I carry water and chop wood."

I've seen it shortened to this:

Before enlightenment: Chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment: Chop wood, carry water.
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