Sunday, July 31, 2011
A few years ago I learned that in Texas when one is incapacitated due to sickness or injury you are "stoved up." I am definitely stoved up. The third day after my surgery (today) has been the worst. Half my face looked like Richard Nixon's...all jowly and swollen. The pain isn't bad because I'm on serious pain meds for the next few days. Which basically renders me useless. I get dizzy when I attempt to walk around. So I am pretty bored. But the doctor says everything is going according to plan and I should be back to normal in a few days.
You can see that in my forced free time I finally have made some updates to the old Internet Lounge. I've added my twitter feed to the front page. Yes, I finally broke down. Once I had internet access on my phone I decided to tweet. You can also see a few pics from my flickr site to the right without having to actually go to the site. I'm sure more changes will be in order depending on how long I'm laid low by hydrocodone. It's about time. I haven't made any changes to the template and design to my blog since I started it five years ago.
I have also been able to keep minute by minute tabs on the debt ceiling crisis. What idiocy on both sides. I want to vote them all, Democrats and Republicans, outta there. Ridiculous posturing that jeopardized my savings bonds! I emailed and tweeted all my reps with groggy exhortations to man up and get something done. I'm sure my pain med fueled rants made the difference.
Photo: Me and JDW lobbying at the Texas State Capitol in Austin
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Been a busy three weeks. First, the annual family reunion trek to Indiana. Then we were back in DFW for a few days before we headed south to San Antonio. We spent two and a half days in San Antone where we spent all our time either at Seaworld or the hotel. We fed dolphins, sea lions and exotic birds. We rode rides and saw all the shows including two different Shamu shows. I had never seen an orca show and it was spectacular.
Then we drove to Austin and spent two nights watching the famous evening bat migrations at the Congress Avenue Bridge. Our hotel, the Radisson was right next to the bridge and was the perfect place for bat viewing. The first night we watched from a hillside beneath the hotel. The second night (pictured above) we watched from the bridge itself. It's an amazing sight to behold. As soon as the sun ducks down behind the horizon millions of bats fly out looking for their evening meal of insects. Hundreds of people watch the event from the bridge, river bank and in all sorts of watercraft.
We also spent time in Austin tooling around Congress Avenue. We visited the state capitol building, went to the ArtHouse at the Jones Center ( a new modern art gallery) and ate at many great restaurants including The Shady Grove ( a former RV park), The Green Mesquite BBQ, Berry Austin (for yogurt), Hey Cupcake! (best cupcakes in the world) down in SoCo, Annie's Cafe and a small pizza joint next to Patagonia...one of my favorite stores. On they way back to DFW we stopped at the massive outlet mall in Round Rock to shop.
Then we got back to DFW in time for me to have my fourth oral surgery in two years. This time they harvested a small part of my jawbone and grafted it to the upper left gum line to shore up for two future tooth implants. I've had no pain but the meds have pretty much left me useless save for blogging, tweeting and facebooking. I should be back up and around in a few days. This should be the last of the surgeries. Once I have the two implants done my former British style teeth will be distant memory.
Pictures of our trip can be found on my Flickr site HERE.
BTW, I am on twitter now. You can find me at @DavidWhite007.