Captain’s Log 5,648
Good pal Mage had her hip replaced yesterday and she is doing well. I know some of you read her, and this is the “official” report. She was in surgery about 2 hours but they were able to make her legs the same length – and her new hip joint is nice and smooth. According to Geezer (hub unit), she was awake but groggy yesterday afternoon. Today she will sprint around the racetrack. I am planning to visit her after the big picnic tomorrow. I spent time with Mage and Geezer earlier in the week as kind of a good luck energy time. Love those two. They always make me laugh.
It was too hot to set to writing immediately after work last night, so I took Sally out on a little adventure so the house could cool down. She has been fascinated with the idea of…..geocaching! She warmed up finding two that I had already hidden for Highway 80. Then, we set off to find a real one. She was good. She spotted it very quickly. And these are hard to spot. They are called nano caches.
Teeny weenie chili beanie
The hard part about these is getting the log book to fit back inside when you are finished writing. The trick is to put the wound up paper into the lid first. Otherwise……..such a tiny thing can cause a lot of trouble for you.
It was in a lovely spot too. Called the Gates of Talmadge. It is named after the Talmadge sisters (Norma, Natalie and Constance), who were silent film stars. In 1927, the Talmadge sisters opened the Talmadge Park real estate development, which contains streets named for each of them.
Houses in Talmadge cost a fortune. A two-bedroom, one-bath averages about $550,000. And the neighborhood borders on a really bad part of town. Four blocks away from these gates is a drug war zone.
When I lived in Saint Paul (on Summit Avenue in a walk-out basement apartment), the drug wars started about three blocks away. But we were always safe and secure. I used to walk the dog at night, etc.
Typical house on Summit Avenue – the longest avenue of restored turn of the century homes in the United States
What a difference a few blocks can make.
Off to the salt mines. Last minute preparations for the picnic tomorrow and meeting with the auditor about the end of our fiscal year. It’s always something.