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Thrilling Days of Convalescence (Part 3 in a series)


I got a call from the surgeon’s office this morning and they have scheduled my parathyroid gland surgery for April 28th. I still haven’t decided whether this is good or bad news, so I guess I’ll just classify it as news. The only relief I’m getting so far is that we’ve finally set a date.

I also received a call from the kidney doctor’s office—I had an appointment with her on Monday—that my lab work came back and that she’s going to put me on some medication…including potassium, which I got plenty of while in the hospital. The neat thing about this is that the office calls in what you need to the local pharmacy and all I have to do is stop by and pick it up.

Anne Baxter in The Blue Gardenia (1953)

I don’t know if I mentioned it yesterday but Mom and I sat down in front of TCM yesterday to catch The Blue Gardenia (1953). It’s not a particularly strong Fritz Lang picture but it’s kind of hard to dislike a movie with a cast that features Richard Conte, Anne Baxter, Ann “Maisie” Sothern, Raymond Burr, Jeff Donnell, Richard Erdman, George “Superman” Reeves, and Nat “King” Cole. I forgot to mention that Saturday found us enjoying The Killers (1946)—my mother nearly fell off the couch when she saw William Conrad (“He’s so thin!”). (Faithful TDOY readers are probably aware that Conrad has one of my all-time favorite movie lines in Killers: “They eat the dinner. They all come here and eat the big dinner.”) I’m now trying to initiate Mom into the Charles McGraw cult after seeing Killers and Side Street (1950); we watched The Narrow Margin (1952) that same night and she got a kick out of it (as well as figuring out the plot twist) as well. Next up (when I can find it): Armored Car Robbery (1950).

cash3Last night, I had a dream that I went into a MacDonald’s and purchased two regular cheeseburgers and an order of fries and it cost me $2.64. So this morning when my father came over for breakfast, I asked him to play 2-6-4 in Georgia’s Cash 3 lottery. This is the very first time I’ve ever done such a thing, and while I’ll probably lose the dollar investment it’s something I simply had to do.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to see if I cleaned up in the Cash 3…

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