What a week. First of all thank you all for the emails, instant messages and phone calls asking about my mom. I'll begin with an update on her.
Mom's hip surgery was a great success. Yesterday is what I'd consider to be her first good day really. She sat in a chair for most of the day and took 20 steps using a walker. Her rehab included using a recumbent bike for 10 minutes as well. This is a great move forward for an 84 year old polio victim. In a funny way the surgeon said the new artificial hip was an upgrade from the one she's had her whole life due to the polio she got when she was just 3 years old.
We've had snow here in the greater Seattle area and when it falls, it's a big deal. I have about a foot of frozen snow on the ground now and it's still snowing. I always hear from people in the Midwest and other places who think it's ridiculous that Seattle virtually shuts down after a few inches of snow. The impact it makes on our region happens for a few reasons.
- We don't get snow very often, consequently we're not exactly prepared for it. In this greater metropolitan area of over 3 million people there are probably fewer than 30 snow plows.
- The Midwest is flat. Very flat. The whole time I've driven around in, or flown over the Midwest, all I can think about is how flat it is. Driving on flat terrain in the snow is simple. There are more hills around here than coffee houses.
- Seattle area drivers are idiots.
Here is an updated photo of me in the winter here.
As you can see in the photo, I'm obviously amused by recent events...anyway...
Christmas is upon us but to me honestly if feels like it has gone by already. My son has been a true treasure for me during this time and it reminds me of why so many aspects of Christmas are for children in particular. We do a blended spiritual/secular Christmas here at home using the Charles Spurgeon approach to the holidays...since everyone is thinking about the baby Jesus during this time we may as well not ignore it either. The account in the Gospel of Luke is beautiful and important to me on a deep level but I've not really made any attempt to connect it to the celebration of Christmas...but whatever...what can you do? As a libertarian there is only so much bucking the system you can do before you either go on a killing spree or just go along. For now I'll go along.
Have a Happy Christmas to all of you and thank you again for all of your kind words of encouragement and concern during this time.