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Month

Days

Place

Who

Feb

1

Lynn comes to Visit from Utah

 

Feb

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Dave Sick Time - Physical therapy

 

Mar

3

Terri comes to Visit from London

 

Apr

1

Time to Sell the House

 

May

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Lyn submits paperwork for Weight Loss Surgery 

Lyn

 

May

1

Dave and Jesse to to Summer Semester Together

 

June

1

Contract Pending / Find a new Place to Live / Moving Sale

 

 

July

1

Move to the New Condo

 

Aug

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Lyn Home from her WLS Surgery

Lyn

 

Aug

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Settle in the Condo / Clogged Plumbing and Broken Computers

 

Sep

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Back to School

 

Oct

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Active at Church, Dinners, Karaoke

 

Nov

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Crabgrass Cowboys at Festival of Reading

  

 

Nov

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Peter and Theresa stop by

 

Dec

1

Lyn looking trim and feeling fit

 

Dec

1

Schools over of Dave and Jesse

 

Dec

1

Jesse was Paul Bunyan in the Christmas Parade

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Feb 2003

Lynn Comes to Visit one Saturday

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While Dave was home from work and getting his back pain worked out, we got a call from Lynn our old friend from Utah. We had not seen Lynn in 7 years, since we moved from Utah to Florida, and his surprise call was a great boost to our family morale. He was coming to Florida on a job interview, and would pass through our area on the way back to the airport. We were delighted when he stopped by, and Dave limped to his feet for these pictures.

Dave cheered up when Lynn visited
A memory from Lynn's visit to our house

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 Christmas 1994

San Antonio Trip

Lambing Day

Moving to Florida

Feb 2003

Dave Sick - Physical Therapy

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Dave was ill over Christmas, then had a vertigo attack his first day back at work in January. He eventually ended up home for all of February, attending physical therapy at the nearby Health South office. We found everybody there delightful, especially Clara, Michelle, and Dave.

Dave Physical Therapy - Feb 2-003

Ramps, like this one at the entrance door,
 were particularly difficult for Dave.

Dave Physical Therapy - Feb 2-003

Dave Physical Therapy - Feb 2-003

Dave and Dave at the recumbent cycle
Michelle gives Dave ultrasound

Clare runs a tight ship - Feb 2003

Dave doing leg lifts - Feb 2003

Clara uses few words to keep Dave jumping
The torture chamber: these weights added weeks of pain

March 2003

Terri Comes to Visit

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Dave had been off work for a month, and just able to walk some when Terry called. She would be teaching a class in Orlando and could come to spend the week-end with us. We all perked up and had fun visiting the pier, seeing some Improv, and showing her around our little town.

We all told stories and laughed till it hurt, and snacked on home made waffles and Greek Pastries from the bakery. If rained the entire time she was here (she brought the weather with her from London) and Dave crashed in bed from exhaustion when she left.

Terry Visit - Mar 03

Terri brought the rain from London

Terry Visit - Mar 03

Terry Visit - Mar 03

Homemade waffles for breakfast
Networking on our little LAN

April 2003

Time to Sell the House

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Between Dave being on disability, a balloon mortgage coming due and the Jesse going off to college in a couple years, we have been due to downsize our living arrangements. We've been talking about it for some time, and finally called some realtors to check us out and suggest a couple improvements so we might list it at the end of summer.

We were told, of course, all house sales dry up once school starts as families want to be settled by end of July. The time to sell was NOW (Apr-May-Jun) or we might have to wait out a slow period of six to eight months. The rest is history.

Our realtor showed a lot of confidence and knowledge

Time to Pack the House - Apr 2003

The Realtors all said the house was a "little cluttered": Definitely time to start packing boxes

Our first load of clutter to the air conditioned storage unit
Eric, our new friend
The sign goes up, this is official

The first moves to storage were crazy, and occurred in the middle of Dave's disability and Lyn's surgery prep. Jesse did all the heavy work for us. We simply put all the "A" items, obvious "keepers", into boxes by type. We had never used a self-storage before, so we took a couple of days and shopped around all the local ones. We stopped looking when we met Eric, who appeared just when we needed a friend. We took a dozen loads to Safeguard during the crazy  week that our first real estate walk throughs started to appear. Then brought half of it back for the garage sale.

May 2003

Lyn Started WLS Approval

Lyn

Lyn Submit WLS Test Pack - May 2003

Lyn's goal for Bariatric Weight Loss surgery took a definite step forward when she completed the ten testing requirements for Dr Barry Haicken to consider her case.

We attended several Saturday morning "Bypass Buddies" meetings (one of the ten requirements) and have become very confident that Dr Haicken's careful outlook and measured actions were what we wanted. The "open" (non-arthroscopic) Rouen-Y gastric bypass was our preferred choice for safety and success. The success stories at the meetings were inspirational and the various stories of complications (and Dr Haicken's steady resolution of them) gave us even more confidence in our choice.

We spent from February thru April getting blood tests, cardiac evaluation, gastro evaluation, sleep apnea study, pulmonary evaluation, psych evaluation, dietitian programs for protein and vitamin control.

With the pack complete, it can be submitted for insurance approval.

May 2003

Dave and Jesse go to College

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St Pete College - May 2000

Dave and Jesse start summer semester on Jesse's Birthday

Dave was anxious to get up and do something so he signed up for a class at the local community college for the summer semester (May-July). He met the prerequisites for 3rd semester calculus, exactly 25 years previously! But he knew the exercise (both physical and mental) would do him good.

Jesse was planning on taking the summer off, but volunteered to take a class that met at the same time so the two guys could drive over and back together. Unfortunately, the first day of class was May 20th, Jesse's 16th birthday.

Dave and Jesse go to School

Jesse's Birthday: Back to School
The boys head off to school

June 2003

Sell the House / Find a New Place to Live / Moving Sale

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The real estate agents were right, and spring was definitely the time to sell the house. The foot traffic was incredible, actually crazy, with two or three showings per day (with the ritual of stepping out to let them through) and one or two more agents just walking up to ring the bell. It became very busy when the house across the street was listed, with many more unscheduled drop-ins.

We received a good offer in the last week of May, just 3 weeks after listing it, and suddenly our research on a new place to live became rushed. We wanted to rent a condo from a local owner (apartments were too transient at our age) while Dave's job and health problems got worked out, so Lyn got on the phone and setup visits. We expected the pace to slow down after getting an offer, but between finding a new place, having a "Moving Sale" and finally moving, there was not even a moment to catch our breath.

The new buyers were flexible with a closing date (it was our Realtors "nephew"), so after we found a couple condos we liked, we picked June 30th to be our closing date (and June 21st as our "Moving Sale").

Contract Pending

April 24th - May 21st: We found a Buyer
We sign the lease - homeless no more!

Sign for Closing

It took over a week to pull together the moving sale, just as a tropical storm sat in the gulf and rained everyday (a dam broke in the next county!).

People showed up at 8am and we got three hours of sunshine as if a miracle. We sold a lot of stuff, and gave a lot to the Goodwill, but we still kept too much.

Closing day came, and when we showed up to sign the final papers we were surprised. For the first time ever, neither the buyer nor the agent showed up for the signing. And our agent was the"uncle" of the buyer! Hanky-Panky? You figure it out!

June 26th: Closing Papers: No Buyer / No Agent

Moving Sale

Moving Sale

June 27th: Moving sale between downpours
We got rid of so much - but should have been more

July 2003

Move to the Condo

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On June 28th, the movers appeared and took all "the big stuff". We used our little van to shuttle the rest. We completely underestimated how much "little stuff" we had, and we ended up making three and four trips daily, finishing at midnight on the last day. In the middle of all this, the van wouldn't start and needed a jump.

Jesse read about Bill Mahr (of "Politically Incorrect" fame) coming to town to give a show and wanted to go see it. We knew there would be some time to rest, so he and Dave got tickets (4th balcony) and they enjoyed an evening break mid-move.

One last tangle to resolve was several broken sprinklers at the old house. Dave tried to fix them by himself, but between the daily deluge and his lack of skill, we ended up hiring one last helper (Joe Heber, a  full-time charter boat captain that landscaped during the slow season). Joe was fun and the work was finally completed one day after official closing.

Our stuff was finally in the tiny condo, but it was July 15th before we could actually sit on sofas without boxes stacked in front of them. And It turns out that moving locally is just an exercise of writing checks to strangers.

Time to Move

Final Cleanup

The truck pulled up at 8am
Lyn cleaned as the house cleared out

Movers took the big stuffMike and Jimmy (JD) worked by the hour and took all the couches, beds, and dressers for us. We knew we were living  in our new home when Lyn's piano went in the front door.

We had moved a lot of boxes and bags before the movers, and we had three days when they were done. It was quite a surprise to us, when you start packing cans of tuna, extension cords, and office supplies; just how much "stuff" has to be moved. We moved two full vans each day, and made three trips the last day, and we finished right around midnight. We moved Figment first, so we could vacuum and clean, and it took over two weeks to get all the boxes put away in the new condo.

The muscle behind the move

The real muscle behind our move

We carried all the small and expensive things (blender, computers) and breakable things (grandfather clock, china). We also shuttled all the bulky, stupid things (bags of shoes, laundry, pots and pans). But it turned out that there were a lot of trips. The van died on our second to last day, and needed a jump to start. The rain caused havoc with the brakes, and we will need to replace it by the time Jesse gets his licence in September.

Our realtor turned into a real jerk in the end, as it came to light that he actually had an interest in buying our house. Instead of helping at closing, he raised holy hell about our move out instead.

Dave did his best to help carry, but his back pain had flared up (coincidence?) from overexertion during his physical therapy exactly one week before we started hauling. So while he tried to help, he mostly held doors and gave directions. Without Jesse to do most of the lifting, we would still be moving to this very day.

The van needed a jumpstart

Jump Start the Van

Fix the broken Sprinklers

Fix the Sprinklers

Now it is home

Two Full weeks to organize

The next day Figgy made the move
The condo was a wreck for two full weeks

We are pretty much settled in our new home, but there is still a lot of adjustment. We use the new pool and Jacuzzi almost every day that it doesn't rain. In the middle of moving, Lyn got "the call" from Dr Haicken's office that the insurance was approved and her WLS surgery was scheduled for August 1st. That was one month away and right on schedule for us, just in time to be settled in our new home for her recovery.

Dave started to feel better, but then hurt himself again, and finally had to drop out of his summer class since he couldn't keep up with the homework through all of the distractions of the move. Jesse settled in and did lots of setup and put away work and got an "A" in his summer class. We volunteered to build a web site for our new church (just 3 blocks from our new home), and Lyn volunteered as summer fill-in while the secretary was on vacation. It was a great way to meet everybody at church and learn their names. Also, we were happy to meet a plethora of new woodland neighbors, as our stucco walls were covered with dozens of salamanders and our trees were full of grey squirrels and noisy blue jays. We named our large lizard friend "Thor", and the rest of the crowd Odin, Loki, Frigg, etc. But we ran out of Norse gods long before we ran out of salamanders.

Our New Condo

Our new neighbor

Our new home - just steps from the carport
Our new neighbor - Thor

Aug 2003

Lyn's Surgery & Recovery

Lyn

Lyn went in for surgery on August 1st and Dr Haicken outdid himself. She is writing her story on her page, but everybody should know that she is home and recovering.

After 5 days in the hospital (1 in ICU, 4 to break the fever) she came home to us. For the record, day 3-5 were the most painful, with each day getting easier to bear after that.

The eighth day after surgery was the monthly meeting of Dr Haicken's Bypass Buddies.  Lyn's buddy Russ challenged her to get out and go to the meeting. Russ had his surgery five months earlier and is doing great with 100 lb loss so far. Everyone was happy to see Lyn out and about and it did Lyn a world of good to get to see her compatriots.

Russ and Lyn met at Bypass Buddies - Aug 2003

Russ and Lyn - True Bypass Buddies!

Christine and Lyn - Aug 2003

Chris took out Lyn's staples and tracked her progress
Cathy had WLS the same day and met Lyn at Dr Haicken's

Carol, our home visit nurse, was delightful. 
She was from Castle Combe in the UK and we had actually met her father on our vacation in 1985.
Lyn's final visit to Dr Haicken's on Aug 25th.
Here is Chris snipping the last suture.
It was now OK for Lyn to get in the pool and Jacuzzi.

Aug-2003

Settle into the New Condo

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With Lyn home recovering for surgery and school set to begin for Dave and Jesse on August 25th, our lives still went on. Dave completed a couple projects at the condo that we wanted done right away, but got lost in the pre-surgery rush. Jesse visited Dennis Apple for his final annual Home School approval test. Jesse boasted that he had finally memorized how to spell "soliloquy" since he knew it was the last word on Florida's annual vocabulary list. Also, Silver's FAT table mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the Sobig virus craze (over 200 dummy e-mails per day). Jesse finished installing our 120 gb drive into Gold, swapped over the corrupted filespace, reformatted Silvers extra partitions, then reinstalled them from backup. And all of this done between the hours of midnight and 4am on three consecutive nights. And then the sink backed up!

Jesse and Dennis Apple: One final yearly home school test
Jesse at 3am recovering Silver's destroyed FAT table

Dave ignored his doctor's orders and paid the price: 
he was laid up for days for trying this stunt 
to "see if he was OK" (he wasn't)
Dave teaches Jesse the joys of home ownership
as Jesse installs some uncooperative ceiling tiles 
under Dave's experienced guidance

Surprise! The kitchen sink backed up (not our fault!)
Charlie Brown came after Labor Day week-end

Sep-2003

Back to School

Dave / Jesse

Back to School - Sep 2003In September, Dave and Jesse both returned to school. Dave tried again with linear algebra after dropping it over the summer. He also took two education classes toward his goal of becoming a public school teacher. Back to School - Sep 2003While doing that, he sat for two of the Florida teacher certification exams and passed them both. Jesse tackled his most ambitious semester ever with Calculus, Java Programming, Abnormal Psychology and Chemistry (with lab). Even to look at the stack of his books is daunting, and the semester load was just too much. In the end, he maintained his 4.0 average, but consumed all of his attention on exams, quizzes, and papers. We all agreed to scale back his next semester if he survived this one.

Oct-2003

Active at Our New Church

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We threw ourselves into our little neighborhood church

Lyn was the organist and always concentrating

Now you know who changes the sign out front

With Dave being grounded from travel, we wanted to become active in a local church. To our luck, very near our new condo was a small congregation ideally suited for our talents. Within a month, Dave had reactivated their three year old website and Lyn was playing the organ and piano for the choir. Dave began to implement some standard business disciplines, review their data systems, and create a unified marketing product position.

The little church was in desperate need of about 5 to 10 new young families to reach a critical mass. There were not enough hands to cook the meals or tend the nursery. But any more than that would require building an addition or an entire set of logistics for parking, additional services, etc.

Like all little churches, there was no consensus. Some had visions of grandeur, others saw only the past and considered each change to be an insult to the long deceased person that last touched that item. Discussions of trim and style clashed between "leave it alone", "just paint it white", ultra modern, and back to basics.

In many ways the little church was a microcosm of the conflict across Florida between active peoples trying to accomplish life's daily tasks, of the generations from World War II, the baby boom, and later. Retirees, active seniors, parents with children, young adults, all perceive the same situation quite differently. This conflict appears at tax referendums and school board meetings. Why wouldn't it rise up when a question of how much to charge each type of person for church dinner is asked?

Instead of gaining those families, we lost them. They had lost several before our arrival, and a few more while we were there. Of course older members died off or went north for summer with some not to return. In the end, we did not return either. Oh well.

We accepted responsibility for "Family Ministries" which ran the social functions and meals that were neither for seniors or kids. The weekly dinners were a chore, once the novelty of using the industrial sized kitchen wore off. After a few months, it was easy to question if these activities were accomplishing higher order goals that could not be met at any of several dozen local restaurants.

We got to participate in several Karaoke nights, using a K-J from a local club but in a smoke-free, family-friendly environment. We all had fun trying to build cross generational bonds between the church's seniors and kids. Unfortunately, we met limited success.

Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas service afterglow were memorable for the scale of their production. It was fun to take normally intimate and familial acts and scale them up for groups of around 100 (remember, a small congregation). Dave, enjoyed pretending to be an industrial engineer again as he had the 6 turkeys carved or the 12 gallons of punch prepared.

Just Bring 'em On

Karaoke Night #1 - singing "Margaritaville"
"Take Me Out to the Ballgame" sung "acapulco" (no music)

Nov 2003

Crabgrass Cowboys

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Our church group decided to put together a car-pool visit to the "Festival of Reading". To our surprise, the closing act would be the "Crabgrass Cowboys" our long lost friends that we had not seen since we first became their web publishers. We've been trying to cross paths for over four years now, but each time something came up for us or them to prevent it. But today we saw their one-hour gig and had the time of our life. What a crew!

Finally! We meet up again with Hapi McKenzie and Patty Pfister: The Crabgrass Cowboys!

Nov-2003

Peter & Theresa Visit

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To our surpise, Dave's friends from San Francisco were in Florida visiting relatives, and stopped to visit us. They brought wedding pictures, and told us stories about their four receptions and their trip to Germany. It so cheered Dave up after he was sad to not be able to travel to see their wedding. Dave had worked with Peter several times and last visited them in San Francisco last December. Lyn had to practice with the chior at church, so Dave and Jesse took them to the beach for warm gulf water (not cold San Francisco Bay water) and then to lunch at our favorite beach restaurant. Jesse was able to spend time with them telling stories about himself and getting to see and hear positive happy life stories.

Peter and Theresa Visit - Nov 2003

Lyn got to visit some, but had chior practice at church

Peter and Theresa Visit - Nov 2003

Peter and Theresa Visit - Nov 2003

Dave, Theresa, and Peter in the gulf
Peter and Theresa finally got to meet Jesse

Dec-2003

Lyn Looking Trim and Getting Active

Lyn

Lyn - Dec 2003

Lyn - Dec 2003

Lyn - Dec 2003

By December, Lyn's August Weight Loss Surgery was really showing results. Her scar had healed, and she was adjusted to the diet and vitamin requirements. She was exercising regularly and beginning to feel a new pep and vigor. Dave was continuing his rehab but would constantly overdo and end up in extreme pain the next day.

Dec-2003

Schools Out for Dave and Jesse

Dave / Jesse

With Christmas came end of term for Dave and Jesse. Jesse continued his record of straight A's. Dave had to retake the Linear Algebra class that he withdrew from over the summer. That class would permit him a certificate to teach high school mathematics in Florida under the "alternative certification" program. Dave had volunteered with several teachers, required for his education classes, making very good contacts and receiving good insights into what it takes to be a teacher.

Schools Out - Dec 2003

Dec-2003

Paul Bunyan in the Holiday Parade

Jesse

In December, the teen group marched in our local "Christmas Parade". In Florida, the mild weather and highest time of activity are at the holidays so we have come accustomed to our new tradition. This was the first time any of us has actually marched in a parade. The library theme was story book characters, and during the brainstorming session Jesse was chosen to be "Paul Bunyan". His broad shoulders and six inch height advantage earned him instant acclaim. The parade was full of Boy and Girl scouts, ballerinas and karate students, fire engine and even a group of riding lawn mowers. The solders and VFW troops were joined by local bagpipe bands and high school and middle school bands too. And every float singing Christmas carols. Of course all the spectators were bundled up in sweaters and sweatshirts and having to sip hot coffee all day on account of the chilly weather. It had dipped all the way down into the mid 50's.  Welcome to Florida.

Christmas Parade - Dec 2003

Christmas Parade - Dec 2003

Jesse was Paul Bunyan, Bryan was Woody from Toy Story. Where's Waldo? At the Library of Course!
The Library staff presented a truckload of characters that anyone could recognize from favorite childhood books.

Lyn at the Christmas Parade - Dec 2003

Christmas Parade - Dec 2003

Dave at the Christmas Parade - Dec 2003

Lyn ready for the parade
These clowns brought a rip-roaring good time
Palm trees at Christmas

After the parade, we drove Jesse over to church for an afternoon practice of his role as a shepherd in the church Christmas pageant, another first for our family this Christmas .

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