Missing In Action
Yes, I have been MIA for a while now. Some unexpected health issues got in the way of “life”. I am at that age where things can go to hell-in-a-handbasket if you don’t stay on top of them. Fortunately, I appear to be on the mend. Certainly the long-term prognosis is good. I’ll know more about it all in the next few days. My Chinese hospital experience was once again both tragic and hilarious. I might write about it all at some point. I am by now a grizzled veteran of the Chinese hospital system, it may actually make for an interesting read. That being said, I haven’t been allowed to go out shooting for about three weeks and I am having big-time withdrawal! I did manage to take a few floral shots in the house one afternoon last week. The macro thing is not my forte’ but I am getting better with practice. Macro photography can be kinda’ fun, both shooting and processing. I dunno what these little purple jobs are but they are much smaller than they look here, each flower is about the size of a quarter. Fresh flowers, both cut and potted are ridiculously cheap here in Liuzhou so I often have plants at home. I dunno’ why I haven’t practiced more than I have. It’s a good thing they are cheap because I usually manage to kill off the potted plants in short order. The Yellow Barrel Cactus may actually make it.
Golden Barrel Cactus
So, it is nice to be home. I’ll return to work on Wednesday, have some more tests Friday and go from there. I hope to get my interview with photographer Mark Hobbs edited and posted here in the next day or so. Sorry that’s taken so long but hey, even at 51 I am still learning that here is really only so much I am actually in control of!
March Madness is upon us, well, upon many of you back home anyway. I can’t watch the games here but even if I could, I am just not much into the tournament now that UK is officially out of it (for the first time in 17 years). The 2008-2009 edition of University of Kentucky basketball is on life support. The Cats will meet Lon Kruger’s UNLV squad in the first round of the NI freakin’ T, as a number 4 seed. A number 4 seed in the NIT. THAT, was difficult to type. I still haved a “wait and see” attitude about Billy Clyde Gillispie. The coach won’t be fired this off-season, nor should he be. Still, I find myself wondering if he is the right guy for the job. I hope he can prove me (and countless others) wrong. A good showing in the NIT would be a step in the right direction. In the meantime, Billy and I are still legally separated.
Thanks to everyone who sent a note to check in on me. I’ll try and get caught up with each of you this week.