Into the long weekend. Here we go.
1. The mother-in-law, Judy, has returned home! This is big news. She'll be receiving rehabilitation at home for a while, and then, I guess, maybe at a clinic. But watching her progress over the last 20 days or so has been absolutely stunning. And, if I can step back a pace, it's also been completely fascinating.
Judy had damage in her speech center, and so in the days immediately following her surgery, she couldn't say much. And then more words came, and she could sometimes communicate what she wanted, but not very often. It's this slow build up. You can tell all the words are on the hard drive, and her thoughts are complete, but she's having trouble accessing a lot of her vocabulary. So while she isn't slurring not is there any loss of that fashion, she might not remember a word like "California". Even after you say "California".
The really interesting bit is what is there. A lot of phrases are there completely intact, and if you want her to sing a song she knows, she can do it from beginning to end. I sat with her last week and a commercial came on which used "Blue Skies", and when it ended, she sang the whole song. She does this with great regularity. Apparently, songs and phrases are in an easy-to-reach part of the memory bank.
Anyway, Jamie went down today and worked with her and hung out. I think I'm going down Sunday. But it's great to have Judy home and I am sure my father-in-law, Dick, is pretty pleased to not be sitting on the couch or chair in the hospital. Kudos to him for all the hard work.
2. The RNC is on but I haven't watched a minute, just as I haven't watched a convention since high school, so no news there. I'm not really following the election except via Factcheck.org, and, people... it's not pretty coming from either side. Let's just say I think we had a good run with this "democracy" idea, but we may need to move onto the Philosopher-King model.
I would also pitch the notion that we just let a council of scientists who would judge you via videoconference rule us. The one flaw in this plan would be if they ignored crucial, planet-saving scientific evidence. Which would never happen.
3. The annual sale is on at Austin Books and Comics, so if you're in town and want half-off on back issues or to go raid the back-issue store, they're open all weekend.
I had dinner with PalKevin who does not read comics, but he wanted to go with me to ABC afterward, and it was fun walking around with him. I found out he's read all the John Carter books (we agreed to disagree on the movie), but I had a harder time actually selling him on any comics.
As a man who already owns a lot of comics, I do have a strategy. I basically knew of a bunch of back issues I wanted that I didn't want to pay full-price for, and I just waited until this week, and then I bought them. I didn't really look for anything new, and yet, somehow, I was able to spend money. I was a bit more impulsive at the Sidekick Store, but not too much. I realize I am getting picky about the conditions of my Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane issues, and I'm not ready to start with reader copies unless its a book I've just not seen out before.
Came home with a lot of Joe Kubert drawn comics, including Tor, Our Army at War and others. And I picked up the DC Christmas Special with the John Byrne drawn Enemy Ace story which I've had in reprints, but, you know. Enemy Ace.