October 2011- Bob Herbst Blog
October First, I'm still in Orlando at the FLA. For two days now I have been helping out with Esophageal Speech sessions and joining Jeff Searl in break out sessions with the student SLP's. The kids, mostly young ladies are all eyes and ears. They have so many questions, luckily after being a lary for 14 years I have most of the answers. On October 3rd we reached Fort Pierce and settled in for 8 or 9 months.
On Wednesday I traveled to Stuart for the monthly LCC meeting at Martin Memorial Hospital. Russ Buhl and Charlie Nail presiding, both great guys. Two days later on Friday,Ron Leclair and family showed up. They went to Disney World and were looking at 3 days of rain, so they came south to be with us until the weather cleared up. The next day 11" of rain was recorded in Vero Beach and 8" in Fort Pierce. It was monsoon like. On Sunday the skies cleared and we took every one south to Lion Country Safari.If you have not been there you are missing the closest thing to a month long trip to the Serengeti. There is no place in the USA where so many African animals a can roam cage less. Only the Lions are caged and the area they are in probably covers 4 or 5 acres. You drive your car slowly through different parts of "Africa" and it is wonderful. I did get yelled at for having my arm out the window..OOPS. Rhinos, Giraffes, Gazelles, Musk Oxen,Wildebeest etc abound. Ron, Rylee, Alex, and Maryann left for Epcot the next day with sunny skies over head.
Fridays are golf days with the geezers. I am officially a geezer now myself. We have a great couples league that meets every Friday at 1:00pm for 9 holes and usually goes out in groups for early dinner. Mark and Bonnie, Mary and Jim, Marion and Frank, Ed and Vera, Clara and Walter, Dave and Una are just a few couples. Dave is 94 years old and Clara is 97.. They almost always beat me i'm embarrassed to say, but proud of them. They both have their cold beer after each round. Amazing...
On Sunday I sat on my balcony and looked out at Mother Natures, National Geographic, The Indian River(the Inter Coastal waterway). In just about three hours I counted 1 Hawk, 3 Ospreys,1 Bald Eagle, 3 Dolphin, 6 or 7 Manatees, a Terrapin Turtle and dozens of jumping Mullet.I feel blessed to have this as my back yard. Wednesday was a relay for life meeting in Vero Beach. On Thursday the 27th I met Russ Buhl and Charlie Nail in Stuart FL at Murray Middle School to talk to 5 classes about smoking, drugs and alcohol. The kids were very attentive and the teacher was very happy. On the last day of October my $6,000 roof top AC/Heat pump suffered a melt down and ARS installed a new unit. So I'm all set for another ten years I hope. October is done.
September 2011- Bob Herbst Blog
September first, I underwent my favorite activity a colonoscopy NOT...I was starving for 3 days. The next few days were fairly quiet. Les had her back go out and we drove 60 miles to get her something called Prolotherapy. Prolotherapy involves sticking a 6 inch needle into her lower back containing a form of cortisone and novacaine, that causes scar tissue, strengthens weakened ligaments and tendons and almost instantly relieves pain. This happens to her every few years. It is like a miracle. She crawls into the office with my help and walks out upright on her own.
On Wednesday Sept 7th We headed to North Truro Cape Cod Massachusetts. We met Lesley's sisters Jackie,and Cheryl and their other halves Marty and Joseph. We hit every restaurant and bar in Province town. We have been going there for years, I owned a small cottage just out of town on the bay for over 20 years. On Tuesday we ordered a 11.7 pound Lobster that the fish monger steamed cracked and bagged for us to take back to the cottage.
All six of us gorged on it. Huge lobsters are not tough, if anything they are sweeter than the little ones. Every tiny appendage on a lobster of this size has meat worth going after. It took almost 3 hours to devour this monster with drawn butter and lemon, mmmmmmm..
On Sept 24th we held our annual New Haven Lost Cord Club picnic, at my home in New Haven. Frank Prochilo, Larry Garbarino, his wife Bea, Sal his daughter, SLP Deb Weiss, and the whole gang had a great time, great food and great weather.The next day we started packing for our yearly trek to Fort Pierce.
We heard that our close friend and neighbor Marie Cronin in Florida was just diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, terrible news. Saturday we started driving south. First stop was in Silver Spring Md at the home of our friends Herb and Sally Simon. We went to a very old, very nice restaurant and had Venison. After a great visit the next morning we headed to Myrtle Beach to spend 2 days with The Bernie and Marge Rissell family. The South Carolina Low Country has its own flavor, food, and beauty. Oysters,Clams, Crabs and Shrimp are all there freshly plucked right out of the Ocean. After our sea food feasts we headed down to Orlando to to attend the FLA. The FLA is a terrific regional Laryngectomee conference. Most of our Vendors were there, as were Tony and Laura Talmich, Russ and Wendy Buhl, Charlie and Ellie Nail, Nancy and Charlie Blair, Bob Smiley, Earl Mogk, , Jeff Searl etc etc. It was a wonderful event, and closed out the month of September.
August 2011- Bob Herbst Blog
August 1st found my mother at Midstate Hospital with a swallowing problem. She has experienced it throughout her life and thank goodness she was dilated and released after 4 days. On Wednesday August 3rd I visited a child hood sweetheart that I had not seen in over thirty years. The poor girl was placed into a nursing home for alzheimers before she turned 60. It was a sad, but precious visit. I held her hand, she spoke no words but there was a searching with her eyes into mine. While I whispered that she was always sweet and beautiful, i received a range of facial expressions. The expressions ran from a blank empty stare, to raised eyebrows of concern and puzzlement, to a tiny smile combined with a firmer hand clasp. Her eyes went weary, I kissed her cheek and it felt like I was in slow motion moving to the door. I turned at the door and mouthed the words "I will be back" and blew a kiss, hoping that the message was received.
The next day after looking at new flat screen TV's (our old one had just died), Lesley and I went to lunch at a Long Horn steak house. While having my chopped sirloin with mashed and lots of gravy, we found ourselves watching a young man in military uniform having lunch with what appeared to be his 50 year old mother and his 3 to 4 year old daughter. It was obvious they were enjoying each other.I got our waitress and said please put their bill on my tab. We are big supporters of our troops, wounded warriors, Navy seals etc. We finished up our meal and paid both tabs. We walked past their table and shook the soldiers hand thanking him for his service, Les went to the ladies room, and I to the car. Lesley came out with the trio and the mother and Les were crying and hugging. The soldier was on his last day of leave and was handing his daughter to his mom for safe keeping until his next return. I shook his hand and thanked him again.
On Friday Aug 12th we went from my New Haven home to Southington Ct for a cook out with Ron Leclair our IAL web master and his family. Alex his son, and Rylee his daughter, are now true water babies. You can barely get them out of the pool for dinner. Mary Ann a very pretty lady and a good cook worked with Les inside while Ron and I cooked steaks outside.Wine and beer flowed freely. I love spending time with Ron, we have almost a thirty year friendship.
Saturday the 13th my sister Julie and my son's fiance Amie went kayaking right off the sea wall in front of the house and headed east out toward Light house and the pier. After a long trip they returned and my son Adam took Julie's kayak and he and Amie headed west toward a Quinnipiac River restaurant. Lesley and I drove to the restaurant and waited, and waited, and waited for them to join us. There are two forks out of Long Island Sound and they took the wrong one. We waited an hour longer than expected for them to get their bearings and finally row up to the right destination.
On monday the 15th Les and i drove to NYC to pick up Terrie Hall and her daughter Dana. Terrie was chosen by the CDC to be in the now famous anti smoking commercial. While Terrie was being filmed we took Dana and Brandon Carmichael my friend who lost his lower legs to Buergers Disease which was caused directly to his addiction to smoking on a tour of NYC. Brandon was also chosen by the CDC for its anti smoking campaign. The next day Brandon was being filmed we repeated the tour with Terrie. We saw South Sea Seaport, Trump Plaza, Steuben Glass, FAO Schwartz, Wall Street, China town, Little Italy, the Park Plaza, and horse and carriage rides through Central Park. Thursday the girls had a craving for Lobster, so we went to City Lobster for a wonderful last supper.
On Monday August 22nd, Les and I drove to Old Orchard Beach Maine to see her sister Jackie and Husband Marty.The next 4 days were spent exploring Maine, going the beach, and playing golf (we don't keep score with them, they are still learning the game) Jackie tees up her ball on every shot, on the fairway, on the green (Marty pretends he doesn't see her doing it).
After leaving Maine we headed back to New Haven just in time to frantically board up the house in preparation for the impending Hurricane Irene.We did board up the house, because we directly face Long Island Sound and the winds were hitting 60 MPH. The mayor evacuated the area, but we being stubborn, fearless and not very bright decided to ride it out with 6 other neighbors. We held a two day Hurricane cocktail party on the front porch and only had to chase down a few chairs and a couple hundred tree branches. The Mayor of New Haven pulled into our drive way, to let me know that he had the entire area evacuated. I congratulated him and said "keep up the good work". He stormed off the porch. The next day he returned to show his disdain for us not abandoning ship.I offered him a bloody mary, and he stormed off in a huff.Two days later I removed the boarding from the windows and August 2011 was now in the history books. Bob