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A Long Wednesday

Finally got in for the x-rays my doctor ordered. I hope they find something there, because my blood work came back "normal." On the other hand, the hormone therapy seems to be working (have been less exhausted and more focused the last few days -- even made it to the gym yesterday morning!), so tentative yay. Hip hurts worse, though, and arm about the same. I realize, yes, I'm getting older, but my mom didn't start having anonymous pains until she was in her 70's, and I don't remember Dad having them at all (he was 64 when he died). So I want them to go away.

We went to Rawhide, the last of the fake touristy "Old West" towns left in the Old West (not counting Tombstone, the real one), where we had a good time strolling up and down the street, checking out the old timey candy shop (yum!) and the general store, watching the gunfights, and then having a magnificent meat feast at the steak house, where a standard cut is a 16-oz T-bone (which I had) or the 20-oz Porterhouse (which tiny little framefolly had). Thus in the meat-induced coma, we stumbled back to the street to watch the nice little fireworks show, and then home.

I think this Rawhide is actually closer than the old one was, when it was way up in north Scottsdale (on valuable land which is now either under the Loop 202 or a subdivision or a shopping mall). The last time we went up there it seemed like it took years to get there, whereas now it's just south of the Valley on the Gila Indian Reservation, just past Ray Road.

Monday I camped out on the sofa and cleaned Craig Ferguson episodes off Tivo, very pleased he's now the regular host of the big Boston Pops celebration on the 4th, because their fireworks show combines every single one from the Phoenix area into every second of their show, PLUS classic Sousa and George M Cohan marches by the Pops AND Craig Ferguson! Can't get much better.

I have determined there are a few things I'd love to get to do someday, and one of them is celebrate the 4th right there, in the seat of Liberty -- Boston really knows how to celebrate the 4th of July! Also ring in the New Year in Times Square, and, also in New York, actually see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade live. (I realize these are things which are filled with headache-making crowds--the point is BEING there, just once!)

Bo has rained terrible doggy vengeance down upon his toys, after spending a productive day discovering the contents of all the waste baskets in the house. Now there is filling fluff from the sadly deflated canvas football all over the living room.

I guess no one wants to hear that it's actually "cool" here in Phoenix. It's been a pleasant 103 - 105 since last Friday (when we topped 113 again).

Oh, yes. And there were KITTENS at the Petsmart when we took Bo to look for said new toys. I was dead from the cute.

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Jul. 8th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
I just got back from seeing Craig do stand-up - from the front row! - about 45 minutes ago. I love him so much. *sigh*

Glad you had fun times in the faux Old West. Places like that really are enjoyable, imo. You just can't take the whole thing too seriously and then it's all fun.
Jul. 8th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Yes, he was tweeting from Stamford. He fell off the Alpine Slide in Vermont, apparently, and was in pain, but sounds like he did a good show, anyway. (Tweet read: "Thanks Stamford. You took away the pain. You too advil.")

I love those things! The more touristy, the better! (Not that I don't love Tombstone, too, but for different reasons -- and it's still pretty touristy, anyway.)

I even found myself a normally $70 shirt on clearance for $30; and discovered just why people like to buy things on the Indian Reservations ($29 shirt, plus tax, total $30.74).

Jul. 8th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
I saw the tweets when I got home. He talked about it, and he had a big blue wrap thing around his left arm. He also made a joke about his son, being half Scottish and half Jewish, saying they still had two hours left on their half-day pass and making him play 18 holes of mini-golf.
Jul. 8th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Hee hee hee! Well, I'm glad you had a good time! I am deeply jealous -- the last time he was in the Phoenix area, I was out of town! (Figures! I can't seem to coordinate his appearances in Vegas with my trips there!)

Jul. 8th, 2010 04:29 am (UTC)
I hope you do get to see him someday, because he's so damn good. This was the third time I've seen him do stand-up, and I'm seeing him again at Carnegie Hall in October. He swears like a mad thing, but otherwise it's very much like an extended monologue, in that he just talks. I'm sure he has some idea what he's going to talk about before he comes out, but the monologue is that way, too. I could listen to him for hours.
Jul. 9th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
Someday I'll coordinate things properly! Maybe the next time I know he's going to Vegas or something....

Jul. 8th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
hope the doc's figure it out

Rawhide sounds like fun
Jul. 9th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Not yet. Just got the call that my x-rays are likewise "normal." Comforting in one way, but annoying in many others. They do recommend PT, though. I'll have to look into it, and how much my insurance will cover.
Jul. 9th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
I flunked my PT and now it's back to the doc for MRI's for me
Jul. 9th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
I'm guessing I will need an MRI for my arm -- it's gone on too long and nothing really helps for long.

But I'll try PT. What the hell, I've tried everything else.
Jul. 9th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
and for most insurances you almost have to in order to get the mri (because nothing like making it worse first.)

but ditto with my arm. i can no longer raise it
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Well, mine's not THAT bad yet. It just hurts like a mo-fo at times when I lift something (usually when I'm not expecting it and have just lifted a heavy item I don't want to drop).
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:25 am (UTC)
mine started in the winter, as near as I can figure when I tried to pull on a blanket I was sitting on. how dumb is that
Jul. 9th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
I can't remember now when exactly it started, but apparently, going by doctor's records, I first went to him about it in September of 2006.

I do remember once driving down to Tucson and thinking how it hurt when I put my arm up over the back of the passenger seat...
Jul. 9th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
weird how this stuff happens
Jul. 8th, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
Yay for feeling better and normal bloodwork -- am sending good thoughts for the X-rays. [hugs]
Jul. 9th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Got a message this afternoon that my x-rays are, in fact, "normal," as well!

I'll have to look into PT, I guess. *hugs*!
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