Friday, January 1, 2010


Thought I'd add to my earlier post that I don't mean to be glib about my recovery vs. others' suffering. I know I'm a lucky man and that others aren't so lucky and in no way did I or do I mean to diminish the difficulties of anyone's pain, of any kind. May anyone who is in any kind of deep pain at this moment find the peace of acceptance and love in their hearts to help them through it.

As for me, [seven weeks after brain surgery this first day of the new year] just wanted to share a photo I finally figured out how to take on my computer several days ago. Seeing the result made me wonder why they haven't made these computer photo-booth thingees work so that the image comes out correctly instead of mirror reversed. (That's the canvas back of one of those movie set elevated chairs from the only time I was given my own named chair on a TV show (that flopped—BERRENGERS) and yes, that's a little soul patch my youngest talked me into cultivating after the operation. I'm growing fond of it.)

[PS: My oldest son, Miles, sent me the flipped version of this photo, so it can be done if you know how (though I still think the computer with all its other bells and whistles should do it automatically), so here's that version. Now the thing I notice that doesn't match reality is how distorted the scale is—my hands look larger than they are and the movie chair back name thing looks much smaller etc. than real life here in my little alcove I call my office.]


Butch in Waukegan said...

In Photo Booth, under the Edit menu, there is Flip Photo (Command F) that makes it right reading.

Lally said...

I don't know if it's the brain surgery or just me but I couldn't get that to work Butch. I'll try again some other day.

Elisabeth said...

Is that what they call it, that whiskery bit below your lip, a soul patch? That's a cute expression, to use a term my children throw around.

It's good to see you up and about. You don't look like a man who seven weeks ago endured brain surgery. I'm not sure how such a man might look, but you look very well.

JIm said...

Loyeen, my wife, likes a beard. I have have had a few times over the last 18 years and notice that latter attempts have resulted in a color simular to your soul patch. I no longer attempt beard growth. I have plenty of reminders of the advance of age other than the color of a beard.

PS. I notice that it is becoming a bit brisk in the world with this latest winter being supposedly the coldest in the last 40 years. You may be able to fill in with your old job at Cameron Field skating pond. However, score keepers may not be needed for spring training for the South Orange Giants, since the fields may have late snows if current conditions are any indication. Other than the soul patch, you look great and healthy. Those praying nuns did a hell of a job. Congadulations and I wish you continued and increasing health.