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Thursday, February 24, 2005
ok, now we know why i did not get on that plane. had i gone, i would have returned to find my partner in the hospital with a shattered leg. as it was, i happened to be home when he called to say he was on the bus home from the ski place with his knee in a splint, and could i please meet him back in the city.
we endured the usual unbearable ER experiences, and 8 hours later we were snug in our hospital room.
from the window on that 7th floor one could see Wrigley Field, a few high-rise apartment buildings of the shabbier-than-Lakeshore-Drive-but-not-as-bad-as-South-Side variety, and the tree-lined streets of Lincoln Park. If you squinted through the interminable fog you could see people working out at the gym three blocks away. S, btw, is now home in bed, shoring up his energy to get back up on the shiny new walker they sold him.
i did not have any interesting birds during that entire 4 day stay in the hospital. even on my journeys back and forth from there, i only had 4 AMERICAN CROWS, many HOUSE SPARROWS and ROCK PIGEONS, and one thing i couldn't ID whose coloring matched either a MOURNING DOVE or a KESTREL, seated on top of a four-story parking garage column. It was probably a mourning dove, but i don't know for sure.
More exciting things are being spotted around the state, however. People have reported a GREAT GRAY OWL (strix nebulosa) outside of Madison, Wisconsin. I even saw the photo! that was awesome. Also, someone yesterday heard a PILEATED WOODPECKER in the woods along the Des Plaines river.
1:34 PM :: ::
  • Yikes -- my sympathies to your partner. Fate is a strange thing -- good that you were there for him.

    By Blogger Eva, at 7:57 PM  
  • M, your blog is so much fun to read...I'm sorry to hear about S. J says that he has seen Quest for Fire back when he was in jr high and he liked it...I suspect J and S may be male soul mates in a way... I mean, movie tastes are so specific. And, I like the habit you have gotten into of capitalizing the names of birds.---A

    By Blogger AmberFRIDA, at 3:33 PM  
  • Wait. S had to BUY a freakin' walker?!

    I guess there's no way the walker-makers could give that away for free.

    rainmakers and walkmakers, hee hee hee

    By Blogger AmberFRIDA, at 3:35 PM  
  • Thanks, guys. all the good thoughts really do help.
    and yes, nothing is free in medical-land, especially not walkers and crutches. Well actually the handy dandy urine catching jug WAS sort of just lying around...heh heh

    By Blogger mar-mar, at 4:17 PM  
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