My work with Occupy Philadelphia beginning early last October meant that I had little time to enjoy hobbies like my toy trains. I missed exhibitions in Pittsburgh, York, and one or two other train shows that I usually attend. In addition, chores at home backed up and a pile of paperwork grew on my desk. Nevertheless, I felt that it was important to be a part of the Occupy movement and support the sturggle of so many good hearted young people in their effort to bring about economic and social justice. After the Occupy Philadelphia encampment was evicted by police in December, I began to catch up on everything. I still attend demonstrations in my capacity as a "street medic," but I have more time now.
Today is my 63rd birthday. My hisband Dan gave me this lovely painting of our kitten "Loki" that he painted last summer. What a nice gift to get. I was also contacted by the Yale Heart Study. They asked if I could help get the word out about this important study. If you have had a heart attack, please consider helping by participating in the study. See the box at the right. Meanwhile things are status quo here health wise. I have not noticed any significant changes in my condition...just a little fatigue that makes naps really something that I appreciate just about every day. I still continue to walk four to five miles a day. My next evaluation is in April. Meanwhile life goes on!
I'm an active, 68 year old guy who loves life. I have a great partner of 34 years. We are married. His name is Dan. I have two great pets, Loki the cat and Katie the dog. I've got lots of hobbies and interests. And I had Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease and an aortic aneurysm. In February 2015 I had surgery to replace my aortic valve, aortic root, ascending aorta and hemiarch replacement, plus two CABG grafts.