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Friday Oct 31 #

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Struggling a bit with the new eye recovery, felt much more so like a large corneal abrasion than the other one did. So pretty miserable last night. Moderately better today but still headaches. The doc, on my morning visit (with the driving supplied by Gail, thankfully), pronounced the surgery "perfect". The word you want to hear.

And also managed to deal with a variety of people and issues and we now have a new water. :-) Seems like the old one lasted 24 years, much longer than expected. And the people handling the replacement couldn't have been better.

Thursday Oct 30 #

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Got the right eye done, this one with a fancier new lens to deal with a lot of astigmatism. At least that's the plan. Right now everything is very blurry and irritated.

And in other news, doing our best to keep the economy going, though not intentionally. Yesterday it was a flat tire about a mile from the Hartford airport as we on our way to drop off my brother, but it was close enough so he just grabbed his pack and hoofed it the rest of the way. So 4 new tires to be acquired.

And this morning, getting trash together to put out, I discovered that the contents of the water heater were on the basement floor. Splish, splash. So trying to arrange for a new one ASAP. I will say that when you're talking to someone and want them to drop everything and take care of you, it's a great ploy to say, I'd really like to decide on this right now, because I have to leave in an hour for eye surgery. :-)

Seemed to work anyway -- a proposal and contract was at the front door when we got home, and installation is tomorrow. I've been doing business with this company for 30+ years, and nice to see them respond the way they should. Some people do get the notion of customer service.

So back to the eyes, still need to let this one calm down, will be giving it medication for another month, hopefully it will work. And then the last step is new glasses and maybe new contacts. But we are getting there.

And one other development -- the bruised right arch from Sunday. Really hurt Sunday afternoon and night, could hardly walk, but after a lot of icing it was a good bit better on Monday. Still hurts a little, so I haven't run yet, trying to make sure it's healed. But there has been good progress.

And even this did not spoil the fact that Sunday's O' run was really fun.

Sunday Oct 26 #

orienteering 48:54 [3] 5.8 km (8:26 / km)
shoes: x-talon 212 #2

Day 2, M60, GreenX, 5.8 km, 205m climb.

After a little bit of a shaky start, a very fine run, except….

Except that about 5 minutes from the finish, coming downhill to #11 at a good rate of speed, landed on a pointy rock right in the middle of my right arch. Ouch and then more ouch.

Seems like a class 2 injury, where class 1 is it goes away after a minute or two, which means maybe a day or two of soreness will follow, class 2 is it doesn't go away, but not so bad that you can't keep running, which means a week or two at least of recovery time, and class 3 is when you can't even finish, in which case you are screwed.

So now I am hobbling around, the arch very sore, one assumes a deep bruise. Don't expect much activity this week. Other than getting my other eye done on Thursday.

The good news is that perhaps the rest will fix my sore hip (it's certainly not bothering me now), along with the psychological cure of having all my attention focused on the arch, so the hip can just be cool. This has worked many times in the past -- the best cure for an ailment is to get another ailment on a different part of the body.

Back to the orienteering. Overall a good effort, certainly a better effort than yesterday, and a good result. And the last part of the course, especially, was as much fun as I've had orienteering for quite a while. Thanks to Kseniya for the course setting, a much better course than what we had yesterday.

And it seemed to be a fine weekend overall. Good vibes. I think the secret was to make the map, or at least certain features on the map, virtually unreadable, and thereby focusing all the normal complaining needs onto just one area, so everything else gets off scott free. Brilliant strategy. From my point of view, a role player in the organization with one of the easy jobs, the weekend seemed to go just fine (as long as I stayed away from the map discussions).

And the forest is wonderful. Way better than Harriman. There will certainly be a Billygoat in its future.

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Map from Day 1. A bit of a strange course. Could have done without the climb up to 13. Click on map for a larger image.



And from day 2. Very nice course. But I have never seen a ruin printed so small, see #8, not anywhere close to so small. Just messing with me I assume, seeing if my new eye is really any good.

It ain't that good. :-)



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