April 12th, 2008
The three pieces appearing above were written over the past week on a borrowed Mac laptop in my room at the VA nursing home. (Thank you Rick Kerr for the loan).
My room, at Land’s End in San Francisco, is high above Ocean Beach, looking south. It has a view that perhaps could be matched at an $800 a night Pebble Beach hotel. So if any of the writing in this batch (April 12th) strikes you as inspired, some credit goes to the sand, the waves, the brave guys and girls kiting along the beach, and the warm (yes, it’s hard to believe, but warm) breeze riffling through my thinning white hair.
My physical progress: I am getting my training prosthetic this coming week. I was recently hospitalized for a week with yet another of the drug-resistant staph infections that have visited me since I came into the hospital on December 14th, 2007. Yes, with the exception of a few days in early February, I have been in the hospital for four months. The good news is that for the first time in all these months, I have no open wounds on my leg. They have all healed. If a new infection doesn’t well up from deep within my stump in a couple weeks, I’m probably home free.
Right now, I’m home for a few hours. I probably wouldn’t have taken a day pass today except I felt it was time to get something up on the blog again. I haven’t been able to access the putative wireless network at the VA. Not yet anyway. So I bummed a ride home just to do this.
And I did it because I’m a blogger, dammit. I owe it to the hundred million other bloggers in the world to carry my share of the load.