The Last of July

This may be the last for a bit. Doing some necessary things today, as tomorrow, early Friday morning, is the long-planned surgery at the big hospital down the street. And their plan is that they send me home late Friday evening, barring complications. But even so I expect I’ll be feeling a tad loopy for a few days. They’ll shove me out the door with a big bag of painkillers in my hand of course – they promised. I guess I’ll watch old movies on cable. I’ll feed the Just Above Sunset sites when I feel nominally observant again. So commentary will resume next week, sometime next week.

UPDATE – Sunday, July 31 – The surgery went well, although I missed most of it, as they put me out and I was effectively in Iowa or something. But now, here at home after whatever the heck that was, it seems best not to resume the daily columns just yet. Detailed discussion of the subtle implications of current events is hard to manage given the current regime of quite pleasant painkillers – wonderful little white pills. One’s mind does wander. And they tell me not to drive just yet – so no photo jaunts for a few days. The idea seems to be to move slowly. Yes, everything hurts. Oh well.

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About Alan

The editor is a former systems manager for a large California-based HMO, and a former senior systems manager for Northrop, Hughes-Raytheon, Computer Sciences Corporation, Perot Systems and other such organizations. One position was managing the financial and payroll systems for a large hospital chain. And somewhere in there was a two-year stint in Canada running the systems shop at a General Motors locomotive factory - in London, Ontario. That explains Canadian matters scattered through these pages. Otherwise, think large-scale HR, payroll, financial and manufacturing systems. A résumé is available if you wish. The editor has a graduate degree in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Duke University where he was a National Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and taught English and music in upstate New York in the seventies, and then in the early eighties moved to California and left teaching. The editor currently resides in Hollywood California, a block north of the Sunset Strip.
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10 Responses to The Last of July

  1. Joyce says:

    Wishing you an easy and speedy recovery – I will miss your posts while you recuperate. Just remember: pain medication is your friend; no one gets gold stars for suffering. I’m a nurse, so trust me on this.

  2. Katherine says:

    Get well soon

  3. Douglas Lungu says:

    Wish you well. Do not over analyse the surgeons they mean well.
    Quick recovery.

  4. Chris says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I really look forward to your articles.

  5. mike shupp says:

    Got my fingers crossed for you.

    That ain’t much return for the time I’ve spent reading your posts, let alone the work you put into writing them (and living a life that let you write them), but … what I can do.

    Take your time. Get better.

    • Alan says:

      Thanks. Working on the getting-better thing. Things just hurt now. But that’ll pass, and I’ll get my ass in gear pretty soon – “soon” being relative of course.

  6. Madman says:

    Please be patient and let Recovery run its course. The artificial Debt Ceiling crisis will be over by the time you recover — allowing focus on Meaningful Issues.

    • Alan says:

      That seems good advice. The House just passed whatever that thing was, and the Senate will do the same in the morning. And there’s nothing new here. Governments can finance their operations on revolving credit – forever. And unless they’re locked into someone else’s currency – like Greece and the Euro – they can coin new money until conditions improve. There is no debt crisis unless you say there is. You manage the debt as you go along. Sometimes it’s big and sometimes it isn’t. To make it a big deal right now was arbitrary. The world was lending us money at record-low rates, buying our Treasuries as a cool safe haven. All was well. And then there was this. And now it’s over. Sigh.

  7. Katherine says:

    i trust you are on the mend / maybe this will pique your interest :

    http://www.theatlantic.com/james-fallows/ specifically the pawn/pawned debate on Obama and his handling of the debt ceiling negotiations

    James Fallows is an everyday read for me (as are you) and the current discussion on whether Obama is pawn or was pawned or is a master is invigorating (Fallows doesnt have a comment thread but posts on key subjects from time to time)

    I bet you already read him !

    Looking forward to your return

  8. Richard T says:

    Just best wishes for a quick and full recovery from a UK reader.

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