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North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee November 21st 2020

Things are a’changin! All for the better. Yahooooo. I finally went to my first post-op visit for my new knee. It went just fine. They X-rayed my knee with its new device inside of it. Snappy...huh? The little, dark, oval piece you can see close to the artificial knee is my original kneecap (patella). I thought they would replace that but no....only if it had been highly diseased....mine was good....they did shave off the backside of it and put a button in the center. Hope I don’t lose my button! Button, Button..where’s the button? The pretty blue device is an example of what is inside my knee. The blue represents my bone. Our son, Tim, said it looks like a dust-buster! Haha. If I could kneel, maybe I could suck up the grime on our floor. ... read more
X-ray of my knee and new device
Display model of what the device looks like
Christa & X-ray Tech holding my new shirt

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando November 21st 2020

Central Florida—land of palm trees, cool breezes, and 5 short rainstorms every afternoon. Also home to the most theme parks in the world. On Saturday, I saw several palm trees, enjoyed the cool breezes, and only endured 2 of those rainstorms. And my faithful readers will be happy to know that I successfully avoided all the theme parks. In these Covid times, only one thing gets me to travel: college football. Yeah, I know I’m weird. But as long as it’s outdoors, and I’ve got my mask, and other people are being at least somewhat responsible with distancing and mask-wearing, I don’t feel too bad. But boy, has the 2020 college football season been weird. Tell me something I don’t know, right? All the prognosticators are saying that if a team from a lower conference has ... read more
Loved finding this retro bike in my short wanderings around the UCF campus
A bold move declaring themselves the 2017 National Champions
A very organized campus here at UCF

North America » United States November 17th 2020

JOHNNY'S JOURNEYS: NEW HAMPSHIRE, VERMONT and MAINE 2017 September 25, 2017 (Monday) I am wide awake with excitement when our alarm clock tells me it is 3:45. Seems like we have not forgotten any items. Bethany drove us to the Mobile airport and we arrived at 5:45. Using the self check-in kiosk was easy. TSA has us as “pre-screen” which meant not having to take off our shoes. A few minutes after 6:00 and we walk the familiar path towards the gates. There were thunderstorms to the east and I was fascinated by the lightning. I think I got some good video footage. It was unusual that the plane was only half-full. I was able to move and sit by my wife. Right on schedule, the sun rises at 6:26. I was pleased to snooze a ... read more

North America » United States » Mississippi » Oxford November 14th 2020

*No sharks or trains were harmed in the making of this blog. ¡Olé! Ole Miss, that is. While not my first time at the University of Mississippi, this weekend was the first time I spent more than 7 hours in the town of Oxford and the university. I hadn’t even planned on coming to this school this season, but when have things ever gone to plan for anyone in 2020? Still, I finally got to my first SEC game of the season, and it was a barnburner. So much for the SEC being known as the conference of defense. In reality, times are a-changin’, especially in the year of Covid. Truly, this trip was more of a mini-vacay than my typical football experiences this year. Football just provided an impetus to go somewhere. And once I ... read more
She may not be much to look at, but she's got it where it counts, kid. Oops, wrong movie.
The man, the myth, the legend: Lane Kiffin
My favorite artwork in all of Oxford is in a booth at the Ajax diner

North America » United States » Florida » Kissimmee November 4th 2020

Took longer than I thought to complete this medical blob.....haha....”blob”....of course, I meant blog. Senior moment or poor typing. Let’s go with the latter. Beside being in my recovery and recuperation mode, we have had other activity going on. Onward and upward we go. Each morning, I go outside to sit and visit with our friends. It’s so great having them around....as we have said before and Art reminds us “we are all family”. Our family really became complete when Sam & Sandy returned to their site next to us. Hooray! So good to see them and resume our lives where we left off several months ago. The day after I returned from the hospital, a sales rep showed up with a device called Kneehab. It was an electrical stimulator to wake up my thigh muscles.......wow!....they ... read more
Our wonderful friends
Sam the Cannon Man is back
Wonderful Friends

North America » United States » California October 31st 2020

Lava Beds, California 10 2020 2020-10 California, Oregon DVD 0 2020-10 California, Oregon DVD 1 2020-10 California, Oregon DVD 2 2020-10 California, Oregon DVD 3 Chuyen di California va Oregon 10-15 to 21-2020 Mac dau toi da di den mien bac California va Oregon thang 8-2020 cach day 2 thang nhung thang nay toi muon di lai nua vi co rat nhieu noi ma lan truoc toi khong ghe qua duoc. Creater lake cua Oregon va nhung vung nui lua o bac California ma toi chua ghe qua duoc. 10-15-2020 Northern California Toi khoi hanh luc ... read more

North America » United States » California October 31st 2020

Lassen Volcano Peak Hiking, California 10 2020 Burney Falls, California 10 2020 Shasta Lake cave, California 10 2020 Shasta Dam, California 10 2020 Murphy vine town, California 10-2010 10-18-2020 Burney falls. California Co mot du khach noi la Burney Falls rat dep va gan cho khach san nen toi di den do sang nay. That su Falls nay rat dep mac dau la state park va co nhieu du khavh den day hon la o Lava Beds. Nuoc tu tren cao chay xuong giong suoi phia duoi rat dep va xung quang falls la cay la chuyen thanh mau vang. Toi di den Subway cave gan ... read more

North America » United States » California October 31st 2020

Convict Lake, California 10 2020 Falls season in California 10 2020 Yosemite 10 2020 10-21-2020 Mammoth Mountain Tu Mammoth lake den Mammoth mountain chi mat 10 phut. Toi di den noi du khach thuong den de di ski vao mua dong co nhung ski letf mang du khach len tren nui. Tinh co toi thay Volcanic Fault Line toi lien ghe qua de xem vi toi chua tung thay trong doi. fault nau 10 ft wide va 60 ft deep, dai .3 miles va lang nut xay ra cach day 160 nam vi cay moc tren lan nut nay duoc 160 tuoi. Xung quanh va duoi lang nut co nhieu tang da lon. Sau do toi di den Hot Creek on Mammoth mountain. O California chi co noi day va o Lassen Vilcano la co hot ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon October 31st 2020

Oregon Creator lake, Oregon 10-2020 10-17-2020 Creator Lake , Oregon Sang nay toi tro lai Lava Beds de xem nghung cave con lai va xem Tube lake. O Tube Lake toi thay co nhieu nguoi san vit troi tren lake Tube nenthinh thoang co tieng sung no. Tu day toi di thanh den Creator Lake i Oregon va di mat khoang 2 hrs. 400,000 nam truoc nui lua o day phun lenra vach nui do xuong thanh Creator Lake rong lon chua khoang5 ty gallons nuoc va sau toi da 1,943 ft. Nuoc trong ho boc hoi roi tuyet va mua do xuong lam ho nuoc can bang. O giua creator lake la ngon nui lua nho nam trong long ngon nui lua lon goi la Wizard island co mieng rong 300ft va sau 90 ft.. ... read more

North America » United States » Georgia » Atlanta » Midtown October 31st 2020

Perhaps some of my readers will have seen the url=https://www.ajc.com/sports/college/captivating-photo-georgia-tech-from-1918-and-the-story-behind/XOukYT9082wGyHDyP27XVL/now-famous photo of masked fans attending a football game at Georgia Tech in 1918, during the Spanish flu pandemic. This week, I wanted to see the same place as it confronted a new pandemic, just over a century later. As luck would have it, one of my favorite teams, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, were playing at Georgia Tech on Halloween afternoon. This game was on the calendar before the pandemic, but originally scheduled to take place at the Mercedes Benz Stadium instead, presumably to accommodate the larger crowd expected for Notre Dame. As such, it had been one of my must-see games before the pandemic, and since it’s the only game this season (so far, and most likely will continue to be) that regular fa... read more
Nice green space on the Tech campus
Pink for breast cancer awareness (sorry not sorry for not wearing Irish green)
Shame that it still needs to be said (peep the guy in the upper right)




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