July 2009

It takes all kinds!

Two communal loves of mine are libraries and live music.  I am delighted to note the combination of both for a fundraiser for the St. Joseph County Public Library.  If you have never seen and heard Billy “Stix” Nicks play drums, then you must!  This is a wonderful opportunity to do so, while also supporting the most excellent services and programs SJCPL provides.  HT to the SJCPL Blog post by Linda.

Additionally, tomorrow (Friday, July 24, 2009) from 11:30am to 1:30pm, you can catch the phenomenal rhythms of Billy Nicks and the ambiance of downtown South Bend at Motown Plays Fridays By the Fountain.

Bill “Stix” Nicks with Motown Dance Party at Fridays by the Fountain
Sponsored by Transpo
The Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend Tribune and Sunny 101.5 are pleased to present the outdoor summer series, “Fridays by the Fountain”. Join us in the Jon R. Hunt Plaza in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center this Friday for a fantastic way to begin your weekend! The concert is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and runs from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

MOTOWN DANCE PARTY plays Motown and Soul the way they were meant to be – a class act with professional musicians and first-rate singers; all performing with passion and dedication. Drummer Bill “Stix” Nicks was a member of Jr. Walker and the Allstars, recorded at the original Motown studio in Detroit and played at the famed Apollo Theater in New York and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. Bill has played with blues and jazz greats The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, The Fifth Dimension, Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Picket, Louis Armstrong, Sammy Davis Jr., and Pinetop Perkins.

Lunch will be available to purchase from downtown vendors The Morris Bistro, Papa John’s, and State Cafe … or bring a brown bag lunch, a chair or blanket and relax on the lawn. Since 2001, Fridays by the Fountain has attracted a wide audience to the plaza. Local business people, young families and senior citizens alike have come to enjoy the free concerts, outdoor dining opportunities & the restored fountain. Visit our website!
Location: Hunt Plaza at Morris Performing Arts Center, 211 N. Michigan Street, South Bend, IN


Go ahead and call it a comeback:  I won’t knock you out.

There’s a lot to be said for an operating autonomous nervous system!

Probably having a lot to do with deft handling of several surprise situations during my road test*, I’ve got a green light to drive again.

This transition back is the sweetest of several I’ve made, I must say. (Most likely due to recency effects–I have always been most grateful for the bigger picture survival opportunity from day to day.)

Re-construction continues on many scales! Can we fix it? Yes we can!

* These situations reminded me of the initial trip back from Indy after my surgery, and the just-mopped slippery floor we encountered when taking a restroom break at a busy fast-food establishment.

Largely thanks to my family, I’m still feeling good and happily unpacking and attending to simple stuff tonight. (They did the labor-intensive stuff all week! I am confident I’ll be pulling my weight soon.)

I should have written down the many song/lyrics ideas I had during our time together. Well, I thought they were funny…

I’m still flashing back to C and D’s re-enactment of the scene from “Titanic,” on the wooden ship at the playground. Then there was L with his fire in the hole, and exclaiming he was in the hole on the beach. Nephew A provided lots of comic relief moments, but now my night meds are kicking in, I’m winding down, and you really had to be there for most.

So splendid to share time with my family when they aren’t stressed in a hospital setting. And it’s needed, too, so we all can heal! And it’s kind of weird, but an accepted reality I’m at peace with: I need to condition them to my expanding capabilities–and be more sensitive to accounting for their perspectives through my actions (rather than trying to talk them through, just show them). I’m thankful we have this opportunity!

It’ll be a first going through the whole three hour gauntlet of testing. So worth it to get back to self-directed routines. Flashbacks to driver’s ed sessions are fun memories, thanks to Mr. M. Man that was a long time ago! Well not in geologic time, but still.

I’m filling time here. Transmission problems sidetracked our caravan anout 45 mins from home. And I’m in the fuzz from a combo of smoke inhalation and going no sound (ABI battery is protesting the shortened night charge times when it usually gets trickle time to top-off). And I suppose _I_ am functioning on less than ideal sleep too.No worries. Right?

For unfamiliar territory and unknown walking distances while still building balance and stamina, I’m advocating the wheelchair over the walker. It’s great for stability and utility (e.g. carrying bag and towel to/from the showers at the campground, a place to sit and rest at anytime–I don’t know how people can stand the back bar on the rolling walkers that have a makeshift “seat,” not to mention trying to keep larger items from falling).

As my friend Yoda would say, “Quite handy wheelchairs are!” This is another thing I’ve made my own. Mobility aids rock! Just like I found I walked more, and more correctly, using a cane while regaining walking and balance in the late 90s and since then, I now acknowledge the leaps allowed by expanding the situations I even consider pulling out wheels. Bonus: pushing L out on the pier after he had a full day yesterday, allowing me to get a good work-out in, with the insurance of a place to rest if needed. It’s empowering to return and take the hill to finish strongly!

A little INXS in my head today. Nice. Been awhile. Fun video too.

Vacation’s been grand, even with the sprinkles, occasional downpours, and cooler temps. (Ten percent chance of precipitation? Ha!)