Friday, June 22, 2007

Some of you have asked, "so, what do you do all day now that you're pretty much immobile?" While I am inside the house earning my law degree, Isabelle spends most of the afternoon watering my lawn and rose garden.

Law degree you ask? Well, I think after all of my hours of training, I am going to apply for an honorary small claims court judgeship. Here is my daily class schedule.

10:00 am - 11:00 am Divorce Court (taped)
10:00 am - 11:00 am Judge Joe Brown
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Judge Mathis
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Judge Alex (taped)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Judge Maria Lopez (taped)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Cristina's Court
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Judge Hatchett (taped)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm The People's Court
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Cops (bailiff training)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Judge Judy
4:00pm - 5:00 pm Dr. Phil (for family counseling)

Degree or not, I'm pretty sure I now know how to win a small claims case without looking like a total geek in front of millions of viewers. I miss "Rusty" the bailiff!
It's a photography blog, so I thought you deserved at least one photo. Here is a photo of Geronimo looking like me most of the day. This was taken from the backdoor, when I was able to manage about 3 minutes of painless standing.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Sorry for the late and limited posts from Memorial Day weekend, but during that weekend I managed to ignore warnings from Kelly as I was picking up a large flower pot and ended up in the emergency room with a back injury. Actually, it was a flar-up of a 10-year old reoccurring back problem. This time was different, and the pain was more than I have ever experienced before. I've been out of work for two weeks and pretty much confined to bed. In fact, I am updating my web blog from a recyliner and a laptop.

Besides the trip to the ER, Kelly has taken me to the doctors twice, and once came very close to calling the paramedics. She has been up at night with me, and she missed a few days of work too. I don't know what I would have done without her nursing me back to health 24-hours a day. Besides being a great wife, Kelly has always been there to help me through the long recoveries. Thank you Dear!!! Stephanie called to check on me each day, and she always offered to help if needed. Kyle, on the other hand, had a great time poking fun at me using a walker. He asked me if my next purchase was going to be a wheelchair. He was out of my throwing range! Just wait until I'm better!

I am finally on a combination of drugs that have eliminated most of the pain, and allows me to move and recover (morphine, motrin and valium). The pain was so bad that I averaged only 2-3 hours of broken sleep a night. Now, I am sleeping in a recliner for 5-6 hours a night. Kelly said my spine looks like the letter "S" but it is getting better. To top off my medical problems, I received a spider bite on my neck while sleeping in the chair. The bite swelled to an area about one inch round. So now I am on antibiotics for that. Hopefully, I am back on the road to better health.
As she does each year, Stephanie participated in the Strawberry Festival's talent contest, "Strawberry Idol." Stephanie sang so beautifully, and the whole family was there to cheer her on. Not much unlike "American Idol" there were some pretty strange singers on stage. Fortunately, we had Stephanie who REALLY can sing to entertain us. Thank you Stephanie for such a wonderful time!

Love,

Dad
Isabelle participated in the Strawberry Festival Baby Beauty Contest. There are three winning categories, most beautiful eyes, most beautiful hair, and most beautiful smile. Isabelle won the most beautiful smile category. The whole family was there to cheer her on to victory! The very cute outfit she is wearing was handmade by her Aunt Donna.

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After the Baby Beautiful contest it was time for some fun on the rides.
I had the opportunity this Memorial Day weekend, during the annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, to take some photographs of one of the many mounted police officers who helped patrol the festival grounds. Pictured is Brian of the Anaheim Police Department and his horse "Doc" as they report for duty at the Garden Grove Police Department.

Orange County is very fortunate to have a great group of peace officers and sheriff deputies who comprise the joint agency mounted peace officer task force. Local law enforcement agencies benefit from this valuable resource helping to control large crowds during festivals, concerts, protests, etc.