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Archive for February, 2006

Time to kill?

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

As I start feeling better, I’ve been reading blogs and forums about Airstreams. Here’s a couple of my recent and old favorites

  1. Tour of America
    The musings of the editor of Airstream Life as he and his family tour America and live and work out of an Airstream. I not only subscribed “Airstream Life”, but ordered all the past issues as they each had an article I wanted to read. I figure they’ll be a good addition to the trailer. Gotta have some dust collectors.
  2. Digital RV
    Rich wrote the book I wanted to write – “The Digital RV”. I also ordered this and it looks like a great resource. The forums are starting to get active and are worth reviewing.
  3. Vintage Airstream Podcast
    These first three are a little incestuous as they all refer to each other, but each offers a different flavor. These podcasts remind me of Click-n-Clack on some level. I really enjoyed Tim playing some songs from the “Trailer Park Troubadours“.
  4. Airstream Knowledge Forums
    This is where I hung out for years learning as much as I could vicariously from other owners. Now that I have something to practice on, I think it will be even more valuable.

Absentee Blogger

Sunday, February 19th, 2006

So, the last post was 2 weeks before I broke my back (10/15/05) on a railroad track while on a 50 mile training ride to see my mom in Endicott. The first part of the ride was great with the fall colors on the hills and the smell of autumn in the air, but then it started raining and THEN I hit the railroad crossing with its narrow angle to the road and elevated slippery rails. AND it turns out there was actually a train 5-10 minutes out, on a leaf-peeping tour. The track is only used a few times a year. The tourists waved to the crying lady sitting along side of the road amidst the corn fields – to them I was taking a break from my bike ride and part of the quaint scenary, not knowing I had just crawled off the tracks with a broken L5.

After 8 weeks of seeing multiple doctors, having multiple x-rays, CT’s, and MRI’s, I had surgery in December, performed by Dr. Seth Zeidman – a wonderful and competant neurosurgeon with a staff of angels in Rochester, NY.
Lateral labelled viewAfter a major back reconstruction with anesthesia and blood loss complications, I’m now over 2 months post-op with several months of recovery a head of me. I started PT last week and am amazed how little it takes to exhaust me.

I often look out the window at my neglected little Airstream sitting in the driveway covered with snow. I’m sure there’ll be more damage to the floor from the leaky spots, but she’s waited this long for some tender loving care, I guess she can wait a few more months.

I categorized this post under “Trips” cuz this last 4+ months has been a real trip. One I could have done without, but everywhere you go, there you are (whole and healthy or not).

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