Monday, November 29, 2010

Busy Week

At Thanksgiving, friends asked if I was still writing – aka blogging. I said, “No” for all the usual reasons: too busy, nothing to say (or really – can’t think of how to say it), can’t compete with all my Facebooking friends, etc.

Shana and I discussed this the next day and she didn’t want to hear any of my excuses. She said they were a “cop-out”. Shana is good with that tough-love approach. She’s probably the only person who doesn’t cut me any slack.

It’s crunch week for The Christmas Carol gang. We went from 1:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday (with an hour off for dinner). It was our first “technical” rehearsal, incorporating all the props, sounds, customers, etc. It went fairly well, though we totally botched a dance number. To our credit we kept dancing – though it had nothing to do with the choreographed steps we practiced for weeks. We recovered for the final segment.

Yesterday I had a passing moment of panic – this production will never work, we will never get all these scenes to flow. Why would anyone want to pay money to see this? Etc. This is only my third production, but I’ve encountered this pre-show panic with each one. The other two worked out fine so I’m confident this one will as well.

When discussing theater with my side of the family at Thanksgiving celebration #2, we started discussing where the acting/singing “gene” came from. Most agreed it came from the Gisselquist side. Paul’s oldest son asked if I had done any theater in high school. When I told him, “No”, he said, “Oh, you were like my Dad then.” True – Richfield High School was a big enough place that the jocks and the theater types never ran into each other – not unless they wanted to.

That led to an interesting comment from my mother. She recalled talking me out of a request by one of our pastors to sing the liturgy one Sunday morning. Back in my Lutheran heyday, I often read the lesson. At one point, my Mom recalls a pastor asking if I’d ever sing the liturgy. I vaguely recall this incident. My Mom recalls how she talked me out of it, “Oh, that’s something you don’t want to do.” Probably best she did – or I might have gone to seminary. It’s interesting how her fear of that event led her to convince me it was my fear also. That’s the story of my life, always taking the safe way.

Paraphrasing Robert Frost, my motto ought to be:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one most traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Major and John

Thank goodness the City of Roseville has decided to provide updates on Major's condition, as the story has slipped from the local news scene after this weekend's snow storm and Vikings loss.

Major's Health Update Monday, Nov15--U of M VMC

Major is doing GREAT! We took out his IV catheter, and he is eating well, very alert and happy. He enjoys seeing everyone, especially his partner, John.

Major still has no movement in his hind legs, but today we are going to start working with our rehabilitation technician to get him back on his feet. We will fit him with a “walk-about”, which support his hind end as we walk him around. He is very strong on his front legs, so this will help him to be more mobile. We will also do some work with a stability ball. As soon as his wounds heal, we can start with underwater treadmill therapy and other physical therapy.

Major continues to eat and drink with enthusiasm, and his antibiotics and pain medication are now administered by mouth, no more IV’s! His progress is amazing, GO MAJOR!!

Major is receiving excellent care, love and lots of attention at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Center.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Major Update

The family has been following closely the drama surrounding Major - the Roseville Police dog who is the partner of Officer John Jorgensen (married to my cousin Heather).

In attempt to stop a rash of thefts from vehicles, Maplewood Police had set up a trap of sorts. Roseville's finest, inlcuding John and Major were there as well. According to the StarTribune:

About 5 a.m. near English Street and Hwy. 36, a "bait car" inside the fenced-in lot at Truck Utilities set off an alert through the police broadcast system.

Police quickly arrested two suspects, while Major was unleashed by Officer John Jorgensen and joined in the search of the property for accomplices.

Soon after, officers "heard the dog yip," said Maplewood Deputy Chief Dave Kvam, "not as if it had made an apprehension, but as if it had been hurt."

After several minutes, Major, a seven-year veteran with the Roseville police force, was located and taken to the veterinarian medical center.

The crowbar was recovered at the scene.

Nice video at the link - the Vet said Major had a complete blood and plasma transfusion because he was hemorraging so badly.

Major and John sure keep busy. I posted about their most recent action in July. I first posted a story about them in 2008.

We continue to hope for the best.