All in the Family featured the curmudgeonly Archie Bunker. Archie was television’s most famous grouch, blunt, blustering, straightforward and untouched by the PC crowd. He was the archetype of the conservative male. Michael desprately tried to reeducate him, but he persisted in his breviloquence.

Looking back at the last 40 years, we realize: ARCHIE WAS RIGHT!



My over all health is improving after the surgery.  I seem to be healing up the way they expect. 

Physical therapy has gone well.  I expect that I will have one or two more visits with them next week.  Even though the arm is still sore, I have regained almost 100% of the range of motion that I should have.

The sutures came out on Friday and I convinced them to let me go back to work.  The doc only released me to "light duty" which is fine, at least I'm back to work.  Maybe in a couple of weeks when the pic line comes out, they'll give me a clean bill of health.

In the mean time I'm still taking pain meds.  Hopefully by the end of the week I'll start tapering off them again.  Hopefully I won't agitate the wound again.  I'm still dutifully mainlining antibiotics, which is a little weird but better than having something worse happen.

I'm not 100% yet but clearly I'm on the mend.

A special thanks to everyone, and I mean all of you who have called and emailed and left messages etc.  If means a great deal.  Mrs. Ipsa managed to get all of the early garden planting in on Saturday by herself, so no need for anyone to drop by and help out.  I do appreciate all the offers though.

Things are a little more strange than usual at work.  I'm still looking to leave, more now than ever.  By the grace of God, maybe that will happen this year.


  1. WaterBoy1:16 AM

    Good to hear that you are healing physically. Hope the rest of it is also going well.

    Got this in my inbox today:

    Spring storms boost Colorado’s snowpack

    Colorado’s snowpack got a big boost this past week with up to four feet of snow reported in some mountain areas. This leaves statewide snowpack averages in great shape as we close out winter.

    The current snowpack for the Arkansas River Basin is 103% of average, but key catchment basins are much higher. These numbers have water managers predicting a high water year for the Upper Arkansas River, which is great news for people who like to go whitewater rafting in Colorado.

    Just sayin'.

    1. I'd love to come down for a weekend. I'm not sure how to make it happen. It would be fun.

    2. WaterBoy5:01 PM

      Open invitation any time you can make it. We don't do as much rafting now since we got the boat, anyway, but you can come down for either.

  2. Susan8:33 AM

    Nice update Res, much appreciated. In order to not agitate your wound, just remember one thing. Your doctor's idea of "light duty" is always going to be different from yours. You are more likely to be a "well it isn't hurting so its okay" kind of a guy for the moment when a job needs doing. Then the next day you feel the consequences.

    So just ignore the lookie loos and listen to your doctor.

    Stay safe today and tomorrow any Midwest guys here. Supposed to be some severe weather moving into your areas.

    When my daughter lived in Colorado for 5 years, she told me that April is their heaviest snow month. If they don't get snowed in, then they get worried. So it is good to hear about your snow pack.

    1. I've already had one pain management incident caused by doing too much and not taking my pills. I've learned my lesson.

    2. Been married for 39 years now, and even though I have never met you, I knew you would need to have at least one of these. Good men always need one incident to understand reality.
      You guys loathe being forced to face weakness. I cannot blame you for that at all, but it is simply a fact of life we wives have noticed.

      Hence we loving spouses tend to be a tad forceful on the subject. We know our men and we love them for ALL their faults. I am truly glad that you did learn your lesson.

      For like Paul kicking at the goads and not accomplishing anything, you heal quicker when you follow the good doctor's advice instead of ignoring it.

    3. Susan,

      You don't happen to be a nurse, do you?