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Exercising my inner fanboy [Sep. 22nd, 2016|09:44 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |gssky]

(1) I'm liking the anime series Hunter X Hunter. I don't generally binge-watch series, but I'm going through this, as my ex-wife put it when I mentioned it to her, like a hot knife through butter. If you watch it, you should start from the start - it is not the sort of series to pick up in the middle. It's a cruel, violent world, and the only thing that makes it redeemable is the main characters' stories, and the early episodes really set them up well. It's on Crunchyroll right now (as well as Cartoon Network), so get it while its hot.

(2) I think I'm going with the idea that Snokes is an old, but very much alive Mace Windu, and Finn is his son. Windu was, if I understand things correctly, a gray Jedi, and used both the light and dark side. Snokes certainly looks like an old guy who got hit by Force Lightning somewhere along the line.

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Privacy in the 21st Century [Sep. 20th, 2016|01:13 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |enquiring]

In the old days, I could have found someone's address by looking up their name in the correct phone book. These days, people are more circumspect about that sort of info, and so it takes the minutest amount of digging instead.

I was looking for an address I should have known. Searching the web, I found a couple of sites willing to give it to me for a fee, but they bolluxed each other up. The first one gave me the street number but blocked out the street name, the second gave the name but blocked the number. After that, google maps provided the zip code. :)

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We can rebuild him [Sep. 10th, 2016|09:09 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |happyhappy]

I have a consultation with the cataract surgeon Monday morning. I'm pretty sure that's just to schedule the surgery, not actually to do it yet. :)

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officially going plus [Sep. 8th, 2016|05:17 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |happyhappy]

Today was the first day I did things that I couldn't - or at least didn't - do the day I went into the hospital for my hip replacement:

(1) put on my right shoe all by myself
(2) started walking without a cane
(3) hit a bucket of golf balls at the driving range.

The thing is this - (1) sounds trivial comparatively speaking, but it's actually a fairly major milestone marker for a successful surgery.

My leg is still quite weak, and it's currently only a pipedream, but if things keep improving at the rate they've been improving at, I'm going to at least contemplate fighting at the event next weekend.

What a strange and wondrous journey its been.

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Kubo And The Two Strings [Sep. 7th, 2016|09:03 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |happyhappy]

I went and saw it today. I loved it - boy with serious storyteller props goes on The Hero's Journey. Visually stunning, compelling story, awesome sound. The 3D actually added to it I thought. It played to my eye as Miyazaki meets Samurai Jack. I found the ending a bit weak, but this story wasn't ever going to have a completely satisfying ending for me, I expect.

If you're an anime fan, it's hard to imagine you wouldn't like this one. Thank you, Jennifer Kobayashi, for putting me onto it.

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achievement unlocked [Sep. 6th, 2016|10:17 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |contentcontent]

Today my orthopedist both switched me from oxycodone to tramadol, and said I didn't have to wear the compression stockings anymore. Even with nothing else happening, those two things alone improved my day.

He was also quite pleased with the result of the surgery, and confirmed that as far as he knew, I did just set the land speed record for recovery from one of his jobs - and he does 300 of these a year. I see him again on 4 October.

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Wilder scheduling [Sep. 2nd, 2016|10:55 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |organized]

I'm going to show a bunch of Gene WIlder movies starting at noon on Sunday. Here's the schedule:

Noon: The Producers
14:30 Young Frankenstein
17:00 Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
19:00 Dinner
19:30 Blazing Saddles

Possible late night feature:

21:30 Start The Revolution WIthout Me

You're welcome to come for the whole thing, or any bit that you'd find fun. Please call first if you'd show up for Revolution, to make sure we actually run it.

Melville Keep is located at 12 Melville Avenue in Dorhester. My phone $ is (617)233-7823. I hope to see you soon!

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Gene Wilder marathon? [Sep. 2nd, 2016|10:25 am]
Tom Courtney
[mood |awake]

Anyone interested in coming over to see whatever Gene Wilder movies we can scrape up this weekend? I'm pretty sure we have Young Frankenstein, Willie Wonka, Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, and Blazing Saddles, at a minimum. I could do either Saturday or Sunday. Start time early afternoon, break for dinner, and continue until folks have had enough.

I'll make a decidion early this evening and get back to folks, depending on interest.

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daily progress report [Sep. 1st, 2016|12:25 pm]
Tom Courtney
[mood |jubilantjubilant]

I can now walk up and down stairs alternating steps - yesterday I had to bring one foot to the step, then the other foot to the same step. I still need to hold onto the railing, but that's a good idea regardless. I've stretched out the time between pain meds doses to six hour intervals. Also, I'm only taking 5 mg. of oxy at night. Tomorrow, I'm going to see if cutting down to 5 mg. of oxy during the day works. I know not to tough it out - pain is an enemy to healing, so I'm only cutting back if the result is still efficacious. My balance is good, but the leg is still definitely weak. The in-house care physical therapist talked about cutting my in-home care short and switching over to the rehab facility on Gallivan Blvd.; I told him I thought that would make sense once I can walk the mile and a half to get there, and he seemed to think that was reasonable.

It's been an amazing few days. We live in an age of wonders.

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Walk this way ... [Aug. 31st, 2016|10:43 am]
Tom Courtney
[mood |jubilantjubilant]

And the next line is generally, "If I could walk that way, I wouldn't need these bloody crutches."

Well, it turns out I don't. I know that I have a wonderful genetic inheritance in terms of physiology (thanks Mom), but when I woke up this morning, I discovered I could walk without crutches, and I only need a cane for the stairs. Moreover, when the PT specialist came by today, he gave me the green light - it's official, I am allowed to just use a cane, and for the moment, it's more a prop than a prop, if you get my meaning.

Still can't leap buildings in a single bound, though.

ETA: So the old vaudeville line was actually "If I could walk that way, I wouldn't need talcum power". Oh, Internet, with your fact-based assertions!

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