Thursday, June 21, 2007


I had a really nice birthday.  My mom called me this morning, David called me this afternoon, Stanley sent me a package, I got a card from my good friend Johnny and my longtime friend from New Mexico, Rick, called me.  I met Rick several years ago online and we became fast friends, we never seem to run out of things to talk about.  When I move to Santa Cruz Rick promise that he would come to my house warming party.

Yesterday I had an appointment with Dr. Yim and as usual he was very impressed with the progress in my right arm.  He said it's about time to go back to Stanford to do more research study so I'm just waiting for Lisa to call or e-mail me.

Tomorrow I'm going over to Valley Medical.  Sue called me and asked me if I would bring my van over for a couple of the recovering injury people to try out.  This way they can see if they can fit in a minivan comfortably or if they need to get a full-size van.  Later that evening my uncle and aunt, Ellen, Rex and Sandy and possibly another couple are going to come over and play cards.  We're going out to eat first and then probably come back here.  It is always so much fun to play cards with them.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Keith Urban

Keith Urban sure does know how to put on a good show, he is definitely a crowd pleaser.  Whenever he comes to San Jose I make sure I get tickets and I am never disappointed.  The concert was Friday and by the time I got home and in bed it was 3 a.m. so needless to say I didn't do anything on Saturday and today I'm taking it easy also.

There's a restaurant at the HP Pavilion and I always wanted to try it.  It looked like a really nice place but I was not very thrilled with my meal.  I ordered a bacon wrapped fillet and although it looked nice it was overcooked and the sauce that they put on it tasted like a combination between soy sauce and barbecue sauce.  The vegetables were good and the garlic mashed potatoes were also good.  I think I would have rather had a hot dog from the concession stand.

Tomorrow is my birthday and after that the next couple of weeks are going to be really busy.  David is coming here next weekend or the weekend after to cook me breakfast for my birthday.  He always tries to come down when he can to make us a special meal for our birthdays.

On the 26th Modesto David and Deziree are going to come down and stay for a few days.  I'm trying to think of things so that will not get bored.  Pleasanton has a county fair and that is always fun.  I have been going for the last couple of years because the one here is only for like three days and not very exciting.  It's always really hot too because it's at the beginning of August.  I think my mom and Deziree are going to drive David back to Modesto because they're having a birthday party on the 30th for Janet, I don't think I'm going to go unless the weather cools down.

In July everybody will be here, Stanley and his family and David and his family, I can hardly wait for that.  We're going to go see the new Harry Potter movie on IMAX and there's a restaurant right across the street that have been wanting to try.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Progress in Santa Cruz

Today is going to be a nice relaxing day.  I have a lot of movies that I got from pay-per-view and after my morning attendant leaves I'm going to watch them.

Yesterday I went to OT at Valley Medical and Lynn said that I am doing so well she already discharged me.  The grip on my right hand is so amazing I cannot help but lift everything I can, it is really a great feeling.

When I met Tom in the park the other day he was really amazed at how much I can move my arms for my level of injury.  It really motivates me to do the best that I can.  Lisa from Stanford wants me to do more testing probably next month, her and her staff are so cool is nice to hang out with them.

Tomorrow I'm going to Santa Cruz in the morning to take pictures of the progress on my new house.  I have not seen it since it got started but I hear they are making a lot of progress.  After that I was supposed to go to OT with Lynn but since she discharged me I don't have to go so I probably just go to the lake and cruise around for awhile.

This weekend is going to be pretty slow.  Saturday I don't have anything planned but I think on Sunday my mom and I are going to go to the movies and out to eat.  We used to do it once a week but then both of our lives got pretty busy and we haven't done it for a while.

I cannot wait to move to Santa Cruz.  I met someone yesterday at Valley Medical that lives there, in fact right up the street from where I'm going to live.  My houses on a cul-de-sac and from what I hear everybody there is very friendly and they have a lot of block parties and barbecues.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Deziree visiting

This was a really nice weekend.  Deziree came down from Georgia for the weekend and to go to a book signing at Barnes & Noble.  Saturday we just kind of hung around and watched movies.  Sunday we went to Eastridge Mall and saw Spiderman 3 and ate mall food.  My favorite is the Chinese Gourmet and I always get the same thing, Chow Main, eggplant and tofu and orange chicken.  My mom and Deziree got a sandwich from Subway.  Deziree went back home on Monday, it always seems to go by really fast.

At the end of June my nephew David and Deziree are coming down for a week so I'm trying to find entertaining things to do.  Last year we went to the Pleasanton Fair to see Carrot Top, I have gone there to see him for the last four or five years.

In July, about the middle of the month, both of my brothers and their families will be here and I am so excited.  We're going to go see the new Harry Potter movie at the IMAX theater downtown.  There is a restaurant right across the street that have been wanting to go to for a long time so that will be the perfect opportunity.

Today Brodie is that the groomers so it's going to feel kind of weird going anywhere without her.  I'm going downtown to pick up some pants that I had made and then to Costco and then grocery shopping.

Tomorrow and Friday I have OT with Lynn at Valley Medical.  Yesterday Brodie had a vet appointment and we got there early so I went to Almaden Lake to cruise around for awhile.  A guy on a bicycle stopped to ask me about the park because he had just moved here from Colorado.  I got to talking to him and found out we know a lot of the same people at Valley Medical.  He does films about spinal cord and head injury.  He was a very nice man and hopefully I will see him again.