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A Tale of Two Thanksgivings

Yes, I know it’s been over three months since my last post (boy does that sound like going to confession). I could give a litany of reasons, but it comes down to not sitting down and taking the time to do it.

So let’s travel by montage from the last post to this one: Burning Man, Global 360 bought by OpenText, the San Diego County power blackout, two small parts in the melodrama at PowPac, square dance weekend in Denver, Frank and Kevin staying with us, San Diego Burning Man Decompression weekend, square dance caller class, square dance Fiesta weekend in San Diego, motorhome purchase, Silver Strand Half Marathon, LA Auto show….and it’s Thanksgiving weekend.

The thing I left out of that list is John getting a diagnosis of prostate cancer. We’ve been watching his PSA levels for a while and this year his doctor said he should have a biopsy. The bad news is that is came back positive. The good news is that it looks pretty much contained. The hope is that after surgery he will be cured.

I’ve been putting off writing that paragraph. First, I didn’t want to write anything before he had a chance to tell people himself. Then I didn’t want to write it until we knew the date of the surgery. Then I guess I didn’t want to write it because I didn’t like having it on paper (or the net equivalent).

I suggested that he talk with our friend Martha who survived breast cancer. He thought that was a good idea, so we decided to spend this weekend apart. He gets some alone time on the drive to and from the Bay Area, as well as some time with her. He’s also getting to spend some time showing Jim from Chico around San Francisco and he’s staying with Cal & Richard, who are taking him to the Disney Family Museum.

As luck would have it, I found a motorhome I liked last month, so I’m taking the weekend to do a shakedown cruise on the motorhome. On the way into town I stopped to do something I’ve never done in Palm Springs – I rode the Tramway. They were having a special “Ride & Dine”, so my Thanksgiving dinner was at the top of the mountain.

We’re both back on Sunday. We have three weekends together that we’re intending to be a little busy before John’s surgery. We’re hoping our real Thanksgiving is when we get the results of that.

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