Greetings Earthlings! Long time, no post. Jim has transitioned out of the boot. Here we have the indoor boot and the outdoor boot. We saw the surgeon Wednesday, he was his usual laconic self. He said Jim could transition out of the boot over the next one day to three weeks. We got home and Jim put on his other shoe - transition done! The down side of the visit was the surgeon telling us no road bike until May. Apparently it's not the stress of pedaling, but the possible disaster of having to put the foot down hard in a crash. So, there is no biking for him.
We've talked about getting a recumbent trike (difficult to fall off), but it would have to live outside. Our neighbors to the north are once again scaling the fences and stealing bikes, so one wonders how long until it would be gone. They're actually quite expensive. I think we'll probably troll a few pawn shops and maybe the Tanque Verde swap meet; maybe we'll find something cheap.
Here is Jim hugging Don the day after the boot came off. We were out on Jims' first walk.
Don is quite the accomplished wood worker. He made this for me in the wood shop. It's spalted maple and it is just lovely.
Today we had an outing. We drove by this ghost bike. It's not a great picture, moving car and shooting into the sun, but you can see how his family still tends to his memorial. The gentleman killed here was on his way to work a couple of years ago.
We went over to Lazy Days to look at RVs. It was good walking for Jim, with a few stairs thrown in. Jim is pointing at an Entegra Anthem. It's about a half million dollars. For that sum of money you get a huge bathroom. What you do not get is very much storage, anywhere to put groceries, and decent furniture. The couches are just intolerably uncomfortable. It's really depressing. One wonders how long we can drive our current RV, and I have to tell you we are not seeing anything out there that approaches the amount of storage we currently have. Despite our home's idiosyncracies, it's still better than what we're seeing on the market. I do not understand the current need for a gigantic full bath in the back, and a mid-ship half bath. How much time are we spending in the bathroom? I'd rather have that space for storage and living.
They're very tall and slightly sinister looking from the back.
We've signed up for a few months at LA Fitness. Jim can treadmill and stationary bike and I can stair master and we can both lift some weights. I'm riding some, there was a group ride today of about 24 miles. I'm so out of shape, it's just sad. It's not just the lack of quads, it's all the supporting structure that one loses, like the back and the triceps and all of that. Jim's return to riding will be way worse when the day comes.
That's what's happening in the Old Pueblo for us.