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Be Here Now

9/3/15, 7:29 AM

Well, this endeavor certainly stumbled. I have a laptop, explicitly so I can maintain some continuity on the web when I'm away from home; but it didn't seem to work out that way for past couple of months.

When last we met, I had just moved in with my girlfriend because Bodhi, my Golden Retriever, had ruptured a ligament in his left knee. He has since had a surgical repair called Tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy (TPLO). The surgery seems to have been successful as Bodhi is now able to successfully go up and down the stairs to my condo with little difficulty. There are many months of recovery ahead, but it looks like we're going to be okay.

While staying with Mitzi, I was spending much of my time here at my condo because we'd had a catastrophic fire in one of the buildings, causing a loss of twenty homes. For the past several years, I've been the president of the condominium association's board of directors. For the most part, I enjoy the role. I like where I live, and I like to think I'm contributing to keeping it a nice place. We've struggled with a number of challenges due to the nature of the conversion, the collapse of the housing bubble, and the influx of investor-owners and the concomitant rise in the percentage of tenant residents. We've been able to meet most of those challenges, though seldom can you make everyone happy. But this fire has been one of the biggest, and most novel, challenges we've faced. It's certainly been an education for me.

The combined distractions of Bodhi's injury and the consequences of the fire seemed to have left me with little in the way of energy to write, apart from the occasional Facebook status updates.

Bodhi and I returned to Action Dave's Cool-Guy Bachelor Pad™ yesterday, and so now I'm trying to get back into what once was a "normal" routine. So here I am!

I must say that I am indebted beyond words for the graciousness and hospitality of my wonderful girlfriend, Mitzi. Bodhi, despite his nine years, remains a very, VERY energetic animal, and he loves Mitzi. There was always a certain element of chaos whenever Mitzi appeared. Add to that the shedding, and an incredible amount of water slobbering all over the place whenever Bodhi wants to quench his thirst, and it takes a special kind of woman to put up with all that. I really don't know what we'd have done without her help.