October, 1995, Part 1

Okay, this is more of a continuing this blog where I left off, as the photos from October of 95 have been posted to flickr for quite some time, and I’m actually up to April of 96 in so far as scanning.

October 6, 1995: Football gave vs. Shawnee Mission North @ Haskell Stadium

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[Ironically, I went to one game that Lawrence High played at SM North, but I’ve been to North many times as a member of the Turkey Creek Division, NMRA, which had meetings and even a couple of train shows at North.

October 7-9, 1995 – Trains and the construction of a Highway and a Homecoming float.
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October 14-15, 1995 – Trains and Homecoming float, 2nd Weekend.
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October 17, 1995 – LHS Volleyball Quad
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New ride

Last Saturday, I bought this car, a 2013 Nissan Sentra from Academy Cars in Lawrence. This was also where I previously purchased the minivan I drove for 5 years. (It is also the only car dealership I’ve bought from: my other cars were purchased directly from the previous owner)

This vehicle has a few firsts for me:

  • First car not from the Big 3 (the cars I owned/been the main driver have been either GM cars or Chrysler minivans – I have also driven Ford vehicles occasionally)
  • “youngest” car I have driven (3 years/9200 miles vs. 5 years/50000)
  • First car with side airbags and stability control (safety features unheard of in 2001)
  • First car that gets over 30 MPG on the highway (averaging 35-40 on my work commute. 

Not a first:  this marks the third red vehicle in a row for me. 

Fast forward 

Sine I haven’t had posted a long form post in a month and a half, I’ll just get to the point. 

  • I returned to work on February 1, having been shifted to the day shift. At the same time I returned, one of my co-workers had to take a medical absence. I was put in his role, which also happened to be the role I started out in at this job — he went on vacation after my first day there. 
  • The Lawrence Model Railroad Club has its train show on February 20.  Because of my broken foot, I was not as much help as I was in the past. Our HO scale layout returned after a three year absence with a new passenger terminal. Attendance was up from last year, and the club intends to be back in 2017. 
  • I was cleared to start walking on the 23rd. They told me to remain on crutches for two weeks before trying to do full weight bearing. I still used the knee walker a bit during those two weeks. Afterwards, I started using a cane. At my appointment today, they want me to start walking in regular shoes (i.e., without the orthopedic boot) for brief periods, gradually working my way up to where I no longer need the boot. As of now, they have not suggested that I need to have formal physical therapy sessions. 
  • While my sister could not make it to the Lawrence train show, it just so happened that there was another, larger show two weeks later. Although she was thinking that there would be a scheduling conflict, it turned out that she could bring her son and nephew. I met up with her at the show. It also happened to be the last time I used the knee walker extensively.  The next day, I started using the cane around the house.

September 1995, part 3

Once I got the picture taking thing started 20 years ago, I just kept going. Thankfully, I should be a little more mobile, which is a good thing, since between the Sat-box, my PC, and Solar heating, I may have Nelly beat on heat generation.

The next photo set I blog will be from October of ’95.

September 14, 1995 – LHS Volleyball Quad


September 15, 1995 – Football vs. Shawnee Mission East (Haskell Stadium)

September 16, 1995: Free State High School construction underway

September 22, 1995: Football @ Olathe South

More on my foot

Five days post-surgery, and most of the pain has subsided. Although the doctor had prescribed Oxycontin and Hydrocodone, I’ve made minimal use of them. I only took 2, maybe 3, Oxy out of the 20 pills dispensed to me, and, even though I received two scripts for the Hydrocodone (one at the Urgent Care, the other from the foot Surgeon) I don’t have any plans to fill the second script. Otherwise, ibuprofen and caffeine are my drugs of choice.

September 1995, part 1

OK, in scanning my negatives, Started in June, went through to August, then switched and started from the Top in January.  I guess that means I resume in September, right?

August 23, 1995 – Fall Sports Jamboree @ Haskell Stadium


August 29, 1995 – LHS Soccer home opener

September 1, 1995 – LHS Football home opener

September 2, 1995 – Topeka Railroad Days

More to come…

Foot Status

My foot hurts, even after taking my prescribed pain medication. 

Surgery was successful, albeit much more extensive than anticipated. My left foot’s big toe was shattered. 

I also saw the out-of-pocket estimate. Oh boy. If I read my policy correctly, I’ve pretty much reached the out-of-pocket max for 2016 – and I still have 11 months to go.