Hip out … and back in!

Woke up yesterday and my leg felt strange. Tried to straighten it and it ached. Then I tried to bend it and it hurt … really hurt! I ended up going to the hospital because my hip had dislocated. Luckily, the doctors were able to put it back – they sedated me and pulled on it hard until it was back in where it was supposed to be.

Two pics: one while dislocated and one after it was put back.

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The Mutt is Gone

The Mutt passed away yesterday – February 19, 2011.

It was sudden. She had a brain aneurysm that burst, leading to a hemorrhagic stroke. It happened at 8:25 on Friday night. 12 hours later, she was gone.

The Mutt was the most loving mother in the whole world. Her family was her life – she would do anything for us.

I am at my father’s home now to help him with taking care of things. He is in shock and disbelief (my parents were married for 49 years), but so far, he is doing ok. My two brothers and sister will be coming in the next couple of days.

We will miss The Mutt very, very much.

Note: “The Mutt” is what many people (especially me and my siblings) call my mother. It comes from “mutter” in German, which means “mother”.

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Fun Drawing Site

Can make artistic faces … like Picasso 🙂


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Hip Revision

Well … less than 6 hours until I have to head to the hospital for my hip revision surgery. A bit anxious, but not too nervous. My doctor (Dr. Henry Finn) is a great hip specialist, so I am sure he will do a good job.

Two weeks ago, I had a CT scan done of my hip and pelvis region.  From that, an exact model of my hip/pelvis was created (I am serious … I saw it … I held the model in my hands).  So, the doctor already knows what he will see when he gets inside.

Hopefully, I will only need to stay in the hospital a couple days.

Wish me luck!!


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New Google Voice Phone Number


Can call it, and it will ring at my home and on my iPad.  And you can text/SMS to it too!!

Gotta love Google 🙂

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Better Relationships

Quote of the day:

"Relationships and marriage are hard work. The No. 1 indicator of divorce is not conflict. The No. 1
indicator of divorce is the AVOIDANCE of conflict."  – Doyle Hamilton (a
pastoral counselor)

Hamilton said relationship skill-building is a major movement. The theory is that if people explore topics
such as communication, relationship balance, family origins, expectations and
life goals, then they can learn to better relate and
communicate their issues.

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Meaning in our lives

Reading this very interesting book: "Tuesdays with Morrie". 

It is about this old man, who is dying. He knows his time is short and he spends many of his last days talking to one of his students from years ago (Morrie used to be a teacher).  Because of his life experiences and because he knows he does not have much time left, he provides many insightful thoughts and comments on life.

One quote:

"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they are busy doing things they think are important. This is because they are chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."

I think there is much truth in what this old man said.

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