Weekend Open Mic

Weather: Summer arrives with warm temperatures and some rain this week, but nothing we’re not sued to around these parts.

The week:  We’re meeting friends for dinner Saturday evening and then doing some family stuff on Father’s Day. Nothing else planned for the week ahead.

My aching body: Last weekend we installed some underground water lines in our back yard so we could put some sprinklers and soaker hoses down to water plants. Early on in that project, I pulled a muscle in my back.  I should have stopped right then but I kept working by scooting and crawling around the back yard in quite a bit of pain.  I couldn’t stand up straight.  We continued working on it Sunday and got the main part done but had a bit more we wanted to do. 
Anyway the moral of the story is that I should not have kept working because I really screwed my back up. I got to where I thought I was not going to be able to get back up when I sat or laid down.  Luckily sitting or lying down wasn’t too uncomfortable.  I went to the doctor Wednesday and he gave me some meds and showed me some exercises to do. After 3 or 4 days I started to feel a tiny bit better but still couldn’t stand or walk for more than a short time or distance without really hurting.  I’ve been using a cane for stability, otherwise I’d be holding onto furniture or whatever was near just to move around the house. I rolled our two trash bins to the street Thursday night and had a rough time getting back to the house. I never knew my driveway was like Mount Everest. I was worn out.  My granddaughter came over Friday and cut the grass for me.  Thanks, KT! 
Anyway, I do seem to be improving a little each day now.  I still can’t stand up straight but I am a little “taller” each day. Hopefully, I’ll be back to my normal before too long.

TV: We finished Catastrophe (Prime) 8/10.  We started Last Tango In Halifax (Netflix) and are in the middle of season 2 of 5 but only 3 are available now.  It’s about two widowed childhood sweethearts fall for each other all over again when they are reunited over the Internet after nearly 60 years.

That’s it from B&P Headquarters in St. Louis. What’s going on in your world?


5 thoughts on “Weekend Open Mic”

  1. Sad day here in town. Horton Plaza is going bye bye. They’ve started demolishing it. The mall was notable for it’s unique Picasso-esque architecture. Wasn’t hard to get lost in that place. I’m still trying to find my car that I parked there sometime in 1995. If you’ve ever been there, you know what I mean. Horton Plaza also spurred the redevelopment of downtown back in the early eighties. From that sprung the modern Gaslamp Quarter, the convention center and the craziness that Comic-con became (not this year though!), and Petco Park.

    I miss Christmas at Horton. People watching, the decorations, strolling carolers in renaissance garb. It’s been quite a few years since the place had that kind of spirit though. Stores started closing, people quit visiting, maintenance was deferred, the place became an eyesore, it was time to say goodbye. I guess next up, we’ll be saying goodbye to The Murph/Qualcomm/SDCCU stadium, whatever name you remember it by. The sale of the land went through. San Diego State bought the property, to be used for a campus extension, a riverfront park, and a smaller stadium for the Aztecs and hopefully someday an MLS team.

    • Nice video remembrance. We’ve had several malls close in the last 10 years. Not sure how many of the last few left will survive the pandemic.

  2. So sorry to hear you wrenched your back! But you’re a trooper! Thank goodness you are feeling better.

  3. Sorry to hear about your pain, Jonco. I usually don’t like to give advice but please consider hiring contractors to do some of this work while you’re still alive because you can’t take it with you after you’re gone. We’re not getting any younger and pain is a bitch at our age so take care and consider spending a few bucks instead of doing it all yourself. JMHO.

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