Okay, so it's not an official milestone. These things don't always coincide....
So back in mid October my mom calls me up and says she thinks her (artificial) knee is acting quirky because her left leg is feeling numb. Can I go with her and dad to the hospital to have it checked out? Says I: sure. Turns out that's not the problem at all. She had a blood clot in her leg cutting off circulation. And if she had waited one (1) more day to tend to it she would have lost that leg below the knee. My mom is 89. She's enjoyed good health for all those years. It's nothing less than amazing, but something she came to assume.
Long story short, because of that seemingly simple problem my mom had to leave Las Vegas and move to Phoenix where a better physical therapy (for her post-op recovery) treatment center was located. Of course, that means my dad went there as well. And there they will stay, safely provided for by my niece and her family. They are in good hands.
What I'm leading up to is this: for the first time in 13 years I'm on my own again, alone in a town without any family nearby. Boo hoo for me? NO. I've been here before in the past, so it's no big deal.
Except this time, as opposed to those past times, I have a different family to take comfort in, now more so than ever. That family is my phun family, a family I've embraced with great passion for several years now since discovering this place. YOU are as much my family and friends as any I've ever had. And I mean that sincerely and without reservation.
So thank you Chuck and Steve and Allen, Charlie and Anja; Matt and Michael; Dave and Tam; Aftab and Damien; Ron and Vance; Sandy and Dave; Charlie and Emery; Daniel and Ashkay; John and Mark and John again; Nick and Sean; Stevie and Ian; Kerry and Eric; David and Kieks; Jim and Jamie; Daniel and Magnus...
If I failed to mention your name, or worse yet, neglected to learn it in the first place, shame on me. You've all been wonderful friends!
AND SO I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST, AND RAISE A GLASS TO YOUR HEALTH THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!
CHEERS, SALUD, SKOL, A VOTRE SANTE!