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    Knee Surgery

    by In the mists of prehistory, back in the second half of the 1980s when I was young and not so bright, I had a wrestling injury (not an officially sanctioned event) that dislocated my left knee cap. I got my friends to help me stand up, slammed it back into place myself, and we carried on. Did I mention the ‘not so bright’ part? At any rate, I limped for a while, but the pain eventually went away, and I continued life as normal. But I’d done some damage and, up to some point, continued to. Somewhere in my very early twenties, every so often my kneecap would pop…

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    Men of a Certain Age

    by So, post visit to the orthopedic specialist, and the verdict is essentially the same as the prognosis I had for the last run of imaging when I was forty-ish, although little more advanced. I have generalized arthritis spread through that knee, more advanced than his average for my age, but I think I’d probably known that for quite a while, and that’s just a bonus. The right knee, of course, is currently healthy, and not even really a trace of arthritis as yet. So there’s that. There are also definitely the floaty bits that were there before, they haven’t really ground down, although they may or may not have…

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    Taking Things for Granted

    by Human beings tend to take a lot of things for granted. It’s not a matter of faith or knowledge or hope or anything, but an underlying assumption that what is right now will always be. How we reconcile that in our own heads with another well-known axiom that change is constant is a question somebody far smarter than me is going to have to answer. I can make guesses on things based on my experience, but what it really needs is a whole lot of experts on human psychology, biology, and probably at least one or two other fields. But the fact remains that we take a ton of…