Next time you see me

As the old blues song goes, “Next time you see me, things won’t be the same.” I’ll have a new left knee. This week, in preparation, I’ve been to the hospital for joint class and final prep with the surgeon. And phone calls – many phone calls. The hospital is very thorough about this.

I’m not anxious about this at all – the knee has gotten much worse, so it’ll be a relief to switch it out for some metal and plastic. Although it did take the surgeon to say (finally, when was i going to hear this?) “you know, it’s really going to hurt afterward.” Thanks, Doc, everyone I know who’s had it done tells me the same thing.

I’m thinking about starting a pain jounral to talk about what’s happening with my knee – I might post it to the webpage here at I’ll certainly have the time on my hands – might be a useful journey for others.

Let’s not think about knee pain on this Veteran’s Day weekend. Instead, let’s listen to some music, which this week includes Roxy Music, David Bowie, Scott Walker, Serge Gainsbourg, the Beatles, Badfinger, Nilsson, John Lennon, John Prine, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Samantha Fish, and Ellen McIlwaine.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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