Counted the Stars

Counted the stars on the 4th of July
Wishing we were rockets bursting in the sky
Talking about redemption and leaving things behind
As the sun sinks west of the Mendocino county line

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Notable event anniversary

5 years ago today part 3.
Arrived at Via Christi Saint Francis Medical Center at 0530.
Got admitted. Went up to the surgical floor. 
Out of the clothes and into the gown. 
Belly was shaved.
Warm up shot.
Kissed Sharon.
Rolled to Pre Op.
IV in each arm.
Second warm up shot.
The last thing I remember was going through the double doors into the OR.
Woke up in the rolling bed going down a passageway surrounded by people.
Got to the room.
Doc and a small squad of nurses doing checks.
One nurse said that I needed to get up and walk!
The answer is not repeatable in mixed company. I assure you of that.
The surgery started at 0800. It was all done by 0945.
Left Kidney had been removed. The Fancy word is nephrectomy.
When I was released 4 days later, Doc Farha told me the pathology said that it was cancer.
Smack! Upside the head.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I wonder what could have been

As that mass that was found on my left kidney was considered large, I wonder if a procedure like this would have been practical.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Baseball - California League

The Lancaster Jethawks are in the California League Championship Series versus the Visalia Rawhide.
Jethawks lead 2 games to 1 in the best of five.
Tonight could be the night for a possible celebration.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Number 60.
Damn. I made it.
After the fun and games five years ago.......Today is a big deal of sorts.
I decided to treat myself.
Good Brew and a Good Cigar.
Yeah, I earned it!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

5 years ago today

On the 10th of September, 2009, I saw the urologist.
Determination was to remove the left kidney.
The one that had the large mass was going away.....
Further post on the relevant matter on the appropriate date.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Bayou Renaissance Man: Lafayette's ship is about to return

Bayou Renaissance Man: Lafayette's ship is about to return: I'm not sure how many of my readers are maritime enthusiasts, but for those who are, a fifteen-year project in France is about to come ...

Pretty Cool!

An Evening in The Desert

Taken with the smart phone from the rear patio.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA and a Good Cigar

Having a good cigar and a fine malt beverage on the Verandah at Casa de Sharon y Glenn.
We went to Lancaster to take in game 1 of the California League Southern Division playoffs at The Hangar aka Jethawks Stadium. It was a splendid evening in the Desert.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

5 Years Ago, The Scan

Five years ago today, I went to see my Doc about some digestive issues and such...........
Doc said Scan to confirm suspicions...............
Good News: Diverticulitis. Plan of attack with dietary changes and antibiotics.....
Bad News: There is a "Large Mass" on your left kidney.........................
The mind begins to race..........................
The rest of the process will be posted on the relevant dates....................

I will not go down and tell my children I didn't have the courage, the conviction, the commitment or the character to fight for this country...Don't go home and let your children down~~ LTC Allen West

Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus

‎"Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.("Therefore, he who desires peace, let him prepare for war")" from "Epitoma Rei Militaris," by Vegetius (Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus)