Week 3

Posted June 25, 2019 by joebowker
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Wednesday will be my three week anniversary of my knee surgery. Slowly improving. I am now going to outpatient physical therapy.

Yesterday, they started me with 10 minutes on the stationary bike. (Or as I call it the torture machines). Actually, it wasn’t too awful.

The incision site is healing nicely. All staples and terri strips removed.

Going forward, outpatient PT twice a week for the next four weeks and visit with surgeon in July. Still a lot of swelling but getting better.

Toy Story 4

Posted June 22, 2019 by joebowker
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This weekend my wife and I are caring for our two grand-children while Mom and Dad take a much needed R&R trip to Hawaii. So yesterday, we decided to take the kids to see Toy Story 4, which had just opened. Click here for the trailer.

We saw the movie at a Regal cinema in Ranch Palos Verdes that has wide, comfy seats that recline. Plenty of leg room. One of may favorite cinemas.

I was wondering to myself how did the writers and producers manage to come up with yet another “Toy Story” episode. I am also am wondering if they will manage to come up with a “Toy Story 5”.

So Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Annie Potts are once again astounding in their voicing of their characters.

So Tom Hanks again plays Woody, Tim Allen plays Buzz Light-Year and Annie Potts plays Bo Peep. So the theme is similar but different. Woody and Buzz are once again facing being left behind by children growing up and moving away. And they get right into action to save the situation.

The adults in the room liked it and the kids did too. Definitely worth going to see it.

Knee Update

Posted June 17, 2019 by joebowker
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So first, a big thank you to all of you that sent me get well messages either by email, facebook or snail mail. As you can see from my greeting card shelf, there have been many cards sent. Awesome. Thanks.

Second, today was my day to get the staples removed. Good to get that done.

Pain is beginning to subside (a little bit). I am trying to wean myself off of the narcotic pain meds and just stick to Tylenol. The narcotics have a side effect of constipation (not fun). Every day gets just a little bit better.

No more PT exercises until Wednesday’s outpatient PT appointment. Then my PT will give me new exercises to inflict pain.

Father’s Day

Posted June 16, 2019 by joebowker
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Well tomorrow is Father’s Day. So, I thought I would write about my Dad. My Dad died in early 1968 at the age of 6o something. He died of cardiac arrest.

I have often thought of how far we have come on heart health issues. My dad suffered a heart attack in the mid fifties. Back then, they didn’t have much treatment for heart disease. I don’t know much about what happened seeing as I was 7 or 8.

But I do remember this. My dad asked the doctor how he was going to make upstairs into our home. We lived in two family house in Brighton, MA and we occupied the second floor portion.

So the doctor’s answer was he should take it slow. Say one Hail Mary on each step. That would do it.

So fast forward ten years. He was scheduled for gall bladder surgery. He had excessive bleeding from the surgery and surgeons scheduled him for a return visit to the OR to try to find the source of the bleed. So he arrested on the table in OR. The surgeons revived him but he never regained consciousness and died about eight weeks later. Sigh.

He was a great father and I have always missed him.

In honor of Father’s Day here are a couple of my favorite photos of him.

Dad with his pipe. Sitting in his chair.

Mom and Dad. Berkshires. C 1950

1SE for May 2019

Posted May 31, 2019 by joebowker
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Here is my 1 Second Everyday for the month of May. Enjoy.

Booksmart

Posted May 31, 2019 by joebowker
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On Tuesday, Paula and I went to see the movie “Booksmart” based on several positive reviews. Also, we went out on Tuesday because the tickets were quite cheap ($5 per person for seniors). Can’t beat that with a stick. I know that Tuesdays are not a big night for going to the movies. But there were only three people (us included) that were in that theater.

The story is about two very smart high school seniors who decided that they had spent way too much time studying and that it was high time that they started to celebrate with the rest of their class.

So they manage to make their way to a party going on at someone’s fancy house where no parents were in attendance. There was much drinking and carrying on. By carrying on, I mean sex. Everyone was taking their clothes off. Rated R,  don’t you know.  It wouldn’t take much to make it X rated. So what parent on this good earth lets their teen age offspring throw a huge party and provide all the booze and drugs anyone might need.

I just didn’t like the movie. I’d give it one star out of 10. I’d give it zero if I could. What reasonable adult lets their teen age offspring have parties. Kids who do this, could end up very much dead.

So the movie started at 5 pm and done by 7 pm. Gave us time to go out for dinner. We went to “Burger City Grill” in Lomita. Excellent burgers with a glass of IPA to wash it down. I think that we will be making it a thing  to do movies on Tuesday evening from now on.

Henry Jones

Posted May 28, 2019 by joebowker
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During the past few weeks, Paula has been cleaning out her Mom’s bedroom of the many things that have been saved for many years. One of the more interesting artifacts was an article clipped out of a magazine about a pine marten named Henry Jones.

So when Paula was a young girl, her father would work as a park ranger up in Lassen National Park for each summer. During the rest of the year, Harold would work as a science teacher at a high school in Long Beach. On the day after school closed in June, her family would pack up and head north to Lassen.

So every year they would stay in a log cabin in the park. When Paula was about 8, they befriended a pine marten that her Dad named Henry Jones. Henry Jones would come back every summer for several years.

So there was a tree stump outside their kitchen window of the cabin at Summit Lake where the Stanley family would sit at their kitchen table and watch Henry eat the food that they had left. They also left some watermelon rinds that were popular with the deer in the area.

Why Henry Jones, you might ask? Well, the name Henry Jones came from a popular song from the 1940’s titled “Feed the Bones to Henry Jones, because Henry don’t eat no meat”. Here are the lyrics:

Tonight I’ll serve a supper, 
We’ll eat some food that’s rare. 
And at the head of the table, 
I’ll place brother Henry’s chair-
Invite all the local big dogs,
We’ll laugh and talk and eat, 
But we’ll’ save the bones for Henry Jones, 
‘cause he don’t eat no meat-

Today I’ll go to market- 
and buy a lot of fish, 
That will thrill Brother Henry, 
Because that’s his special dish.- 
Get a large can of molasses,
so we’ll have something sweet, 
But save the bones for Henry Jones, 
“cause he don’t eat no meat.

Henry is not a drinker, 
he rarely takes a nip, 
He don’t need a napkin, 
‘cause the things he eats don’t drip. 
One day we had a banquet, 
It really was a bake, 

They started off with some short ribs,
they finished off with a steak. 
But when the feat was over, 
brother henry just kept his seat, 
and we served the bones to Henry Jones,
‘cause he don’t eat no meat. 
To- he don’t eat no meat.

Songwriters: Daniel Barker / Henry Mccoy Jones / Michael H. Goldsen

The song was performed by Nat King Cole and Johnny Mercer in 1947. Click here to listen to the song on YouTube.
And finally, here is the copy of the article that we found in the bottom of one of Mary’s dresser drawers:
Click the following URL to read the article: Henry Jones