January 31, 2004

I Had Physical Therapy Yesterday and

Who Me, Stop Driving?



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Well, I am walking on my ankle and using one of those walker contraptions. We’re renting it as opposed to buying it because it is going as soon as possible.

I WILL WALK UNAIDED AGAIN!

They put me through all kinds of exercises yesterday, and I am to do the exercises two times a day, morning and early evening. I still can’t drive because the range of motion is so poor, but I plan to be back to the old jalopy by the end of next week.

Ruth tells me that I shouldn’t go back to driving because I’m getting too old, and my reflexes are slowing down.

“The last time you drove with me in the car, I was scared to death,” she said.

Granted, I had gone through a red light. But, there were extenuating circumstances. We were driving through Ephrata, PA, a town I’m not familiar with. I had just seen a sign posting the speed limit (25 mph), and looked down to check my speed. I looked back up just in time to see the light turn from orange to red. I was already part way into the intersection and would have caused an accident had I stopped and backed up into the cars behind me. So, I kept going. And, (What luck!) a police car was parked on the other side of the street at the intersection. So, I just pulled over to my side of the street and waited for him to do a “U-ie” and park behind me. The ticket cost $128.00, and Ruth won’t let me forget it. I swear she’d be happiest If I’d just stop trying to do anything and give up!

Go South, Old Man, Go South!

Pun! Pun! Pun!




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Besides, after almost an entire month of the coldest arctic air masses on record I expect to look out my window and see dog sleds headed North on their way to Nome any day now. The Susquehanna River looks like an arctic ice flow. I know that people further North have it worse than we do. But, they too can move South, just as I would like to do.



* “Home Medical Equipment,” MaxCare, Maximum Health For Life, Acastadero, CA at “http://www.maxcareusa.com/equipment.html,” (January 31, 2004, 9:45 A.M. EST)

*2 The photograph above was taken from Arctic Scenes: Barrow, Top of the World, “http://northsun37.tripod.com/arctic.htm” (January 31, 2004, 9:31 A.M. EST)


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