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Mark Cutler

You'll get there. Heck, I can even dance now. Ellen and I have done some really hectic dancing on occasion. One is coming up this weekend at Monterey where we will be treated to music by Barry Melton - he was the Fish in Country Joe and the Fish. Later he became a public defender and death penalty lawyer, so he comes to Monterey every year, but it is a special treat when he plays his electric guitar for all.

Anyway, any limitation I have is in my feet, not my artificial hip. You will be amazed at how your hip will work - but prepare for some down time after the surgery. I came home from the hospital after just a day or two, but soon realized it was too soon and I went back in for about 10 days of physical therapy at a skilled nursing facility. After that, a gradual healing process, but before you know it, you will feel like you're forty again.


Well, it's now nearly March, and you're much closer to contra dancing ~ something I'd never heard of (or seen!) until you posted the links. Thanks! I am so not a dancer, myself, but I can't wait to see a video post with you showing off your dancing skills.

I also relate to wanting to do something unrestrained by your ailing hip. For me, it's my knee. (My doctors still don't know exactly what's wrong with it, which doesn't inspire me much.) I have taken our 5th grade students to DC (from SoCal) every year for the last 8 years, a week of walking everywhere at a relatively fast pace, just to fit in the wonders of DC, Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg. This year I'm not going. I know I can't keep up with the pace of the tour, and I don't want to go and spend most days in the hotel waiting for the group to get back. (Although, to be honest, I'd not much mind not having to hike through Arlington Cemetary a ninth time!)

I've put you on my prayer list, for (1) good, non-slippery late March weather, (2) a wildly successful surgery and uncomplicated recovery, and (3) a joyous return to dancing, any style you want, by year's end.

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