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    Re: I got a new hip

    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    It's a conservation thing.

    Goes like this:

    1. sprinkle some twigs and grass clippings in the bottom of a five-gallon bucket
    2. pull weeds, trim the lawn edge, and make a layer about an inch and a half thick
    3. follow with a layer of leaves, flower petals, grass clippings, shredded cardboard, and other biodegradables
    4. toss in one pile of Bammer's Best "fertilizer"
    5. repeat 3, 4, 3, 4, 3

    The bucket is then ready to be taken out to my conservation project's next planting zone to build up patches of actual soil and growing things. Each bucket is inverted, leaving weeds and grass at the top of an organic column; bucket loads are placed close together and the space in between filled with sand and shredded newspaper.

    Among these go "planting boxes", which are wooden frames nine inches on a side, where come next fall we can start transplanting native trees and bushes to thrive amidst the "enhanced soil".
    I have to admire your dedication to your garden.
    The best I do in the same vein is to toss everything organic into a compost heap and leave it.
    I have 5 years' worth that I just can't be bothered to do anything with. At least it provides a very nice home for a colony of ants!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeicsDom View Post
    I have to admire your dedication to your garden.
    The best I do in the same vein is to toss everything organic into a compost heap and leave it.
    I have 5 years' worth that I just can't be bothered to do anything with. At least it provides a very nice home for a colony of ants!
    It's not even a garden -- it's a project out in the sand dunes to get native trees and bushes started to improve stability, and in places to provide shade and wind protection to hiking trails.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

    --Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000

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    Re: I got a new hip

    I've learned two things today:

    On the way back from my pain management appointment, we stopped at a highway wayside by the beach, and I experimented with walking in dry sand. As long as I didn't get too frisky, I was fine.

    Just this early evening, we washed the main porch, and I learned that leaning on a broom to scrub the little valleys between the porch boards is NOT helpful in terms of hip pain.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    There likely are a LOT of lessons that you are learning.


    And I know, if I'll only be true, to this glorious quest . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonQuixote View Post
    There likely are a LOT of lessons that you are learning.
    Yeah.

    Like, the hospital's financial assistance doesn't extend to any of the specialists who actually did the operation.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    I hope your insurance is covering the lion's share.


    And I know, if I'll only be true, to this glorious quest . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonQuixote View Post
    I hope your insurance is covering the lion's share.
    It says 90%, but I don't know if that's before or after they adjust for allowed amount.


    edit: I just sent an email to the clinic the surgeon is from asking if they have an assistance program.
    Last edited by Kulindahr; April 28th, 2014 at 08:09 PM.

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    90% of their allowed amount.
    You would be responsible for 10% of the adjusted amount - not the gross amount.


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    Re: I got a new hip

    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    It's not even a garden -- it's a project out in the sand dunes to get native trees and bushes started to improve stability, and in places to provide shade and wind protection to hiking trails.
    In that case, even more commendable

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeicsDom View Post
    In that case, even more commendable
    In the future....

    It may qualify as a garden, because next year strawberries will go in among the trees, and the year after that, huckleberries. And the wild peas are looking good around the edges!

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    Re: I got a new hip

    The numbers are in, and . . . . wow.

    Total for all services related to the hip replacement: just over $38.5k

    my share: $480.71


    There goes my spending money for a while.

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    I know your money is tight - all things considered, it's a great deal.
    Doesn't make the payback any easier.

    Talk to them about a payment plan.


    And I know, if I'll only be true, to this glorious quest . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonQuixote View Post
    I know your money is tight - all things considered, it's a great deal.
    Doesn't make the payback any easier.

    Talk to them about a payment plan.
    Payment plans still mean I won't have the money to get the stonework on the mom's porch done.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    The numbers are in, and . . . . wow.

    Total for all services related to the hip replacement: just over $38.5k

    my share: $480.71
    I have no idea what my surgery cost. We don't see 'numbers'. We only see what OHIP doesn't pay for. Here in Ontario, the only thing I had to pay for was the ambulance call, and that was $45.

    Still, from $38k plus to $480 and change is quite the bargain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsdx View Post
    I have no idea what my surgery cost. We don't see 'numbers'. We only see what OHIP doesn't pay for. Here in Ontario, the only thing I had to pay for was the ambulance call, and that was $45.

    Still, from $38k plus to $480 and change is quite the bargain.
    Were you expected to rent crutches or pay out of pocket for drugs or ambulance if I might ask?
    Americans need to keep their guns so they can protect themselves from gun violence just like Nancy Lanza did. And like Chris Kyle did. And like Gabby Giffords did. And like Tom Clements did. And like Michael Piemonte. And Joseph Wilcox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsdx View Post
    I have no idea what my surgery cost. We don't see 'numbers'. We only see what OHIP doesn't pay for. Here in Ontario, the only thing I had to pay for was the ambulance call, and that was $45.

    Still, from $38k plus to $480 and change is quite the bargain.
    It's a "bargain" that's going to pinch hard.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    From the result after the word I did today, I judge that I'm capable of biking out via the beach to do some work on my project, but not hauling supplies, so I'll need a helper. Or I could bike out hauling supplies, and not be capable of returning.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    In the future....

    It may qualify as a garden, because next year strawberries will go in among the trees, and the year after that, huckleberries. And the wild peas are looking good around the edges!
    My garden is 120 ft long and divided into 3
    The middle section under the fruit trees is left fairly wild with long grass, bulbs and wild flowers
    The local wildlife love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bankside View Post
    Were you expected to rent crutches or pay out of pocket for drugs or ambulance if I might ask?
    No. A group called 'Home Care' supplied me with a walker and a commode which fit over my toilet. The commode had arms and allowed me to sit down and stand up much easier. Home Care paid the rent on each for one month. At the end of the rental, I sent the walker back. (My landlord had one that he let me use) but kept the commode for another month since I wasn't flexible enough to sit on the toilet. The extra month's rental cost me $11.

    My disability pension pays for prescription drugs and OHIP (Ontario's provincial health insurance plan) paid for everything except the ambulance ride. Even the physiotherapy was paid. So, my total cost for broken hip surgery and 1 week in hospital came to $56.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    It's a "bargain" that's going to pinch hard.
    It's a pinch, but, compared to having to pay back $38 k...

    I had a friend in Pennsylvania who came out of the hospital owing over $200,000. I can't even imagine how he paid that off, or how the hospital would expect anyone except Donald Trump to be able to pay it off.

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    I do find it incredible that people have to pay so much for medical treatment in the States.

    Our health system costs an absolute fortune in taxes here in France but for the individual, even without private insurance such as myself, the actual direct cost out of my pocket is negligible.

    A heart attack, nor cancer treatment would not put me on the streets as a pauper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsdx View Post
    No. A group called 'Home Care' supplied me with a walker and a commode which fit over my toilet. The commode had arms and allowed me to sit down and stand up much easier. Home Care paid the rent on each for one month.
    In the UK The International Red Cross supply home mobility aids on a short term when you come out of hospital

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpnice View Post
    I do find it incredible that people have to pay so much for medical treatment in the States.

    Our health system costs an absolute fortune in taxes here in France but for the individual, even without private insurance such as myself, the actual direct cost out of my pocket is negligible.
    Ditto in the UK
    And yet when Obama tries to set up something similar he gets shot down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeicsDom View Post
    In the UK The International Red Cross supply home mobility aids on a short term when you come out of hospital
    That would be a good idea here. The BPOE (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) used to loan out crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, and more, but after some stupid lawsuit they stopped. The only place I could find that provided crutches was the local Senior Center, and they can do it because they're protected by some obscure federal regulation clause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeicsDom View Post
    Ditto in the UK
    And yet when Obama tries to set up something similar he gets shot down.
    A truly ironic angle on that is that right-wingers scream "Socialism!" at the idea of the government providing something like that, and prattle on about the Founding Fathers, ignoring all the while that those same Founding Fathers practiced "socialism" when they subsidized the cost -- or paid outright -- of then-current military arms for citizens in moves to provide for having a well-regulated militia.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    That would be a good idea here. The BPOE (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) used to loan out crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, and more, but after some stupid lawsuit they stopped. The only place I could find that provided crutches was the local Senior Center, and they can do it because they're protected by some obscure federal regulation clause.
    I was issued with crutches by the hospital when I was discharged
    I returned them on my next appointment to the clinic

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeicsDom View Post
    I was issued with crutches by the hospital when I was discharged
    I returned them on my next appointment to the clinic
    I got crutches a few weeks before the surgery, the hip pain was so bad. I think I'll be done with them by the end of the week.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    Bammer will soon be going walkies!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeicsDom View Post
    Ditto in the UK
    And yet when Obama tries to set up something similar he gets shot down.
    But one does have to remember that it is financed by our taxes and costs an absolute fortune and is therefore unbelievably out of budget.
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    It costs much less of a fortune than user-pay, administered by a morass of ineffective competing marketing rackets.
    Americans need to keep their guns so they can protect themselves from gun violence just like Nancy Lanza did. And like Chris Kyle did. And like Gabby Giffords did. And like Tom Clements did. And like Michael Piemonte. And Joseph Wilcox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    I got crutches a few weeks before the surgery, the hip pain was so bad. I think I'll be done with them by the end of the week.
    I agree. Basically they are a very short term confidence booster to help you adjust to having a balanced gait again

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpnice View Post
    But one does have to remember that it is financed by our taxes and costs an absolute fortune and is therefore unbelievably out of budget.
    Ditto here. But the alternative is unthinkable to us

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    I discovered today just how difficult and painful it can be to trim one's toenails on a hip-replaced leg. I hope you have better luck, or, at least, a friend who will do it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unloadonme View Post
    Bammer will soon be going walkies!
    Just as Bammer is finally getting used to me being on crutches, I'm hardly using them.

    Yesterday I got bold and went for a bike ride on the beach -- with the tide on the way out, there was lots of hard, smooth surface. Bammer was as excited as I've ever seen him, running circles around me as I pedaled along in low gear, then running alongside me, obviously proud of being right by his 'papa', then dashing off to jump on a wave....

    I overdid it a bit on the hip -- the damned Air Force flyboys tore down all the trail markers again, which made it hard as heck to locate the spot we were hauling some "Bammer buckets" for. So I trudged at a snail's pace back and forth across the dune ridges looking for the right place, though I finally found it only by stumbling across a trail a quarter mile from where we were supposed to be, taking it back toward the woods and turning onto a trail (still under improvement) that parallels the beach until I found the one we needed. But it wasn't the operated hip that gave me the real trouble, it was my right hip, which by the time we got the compost placed and properly surrounded with sand to hold in the moisture, would barely hold me up -- so I suspect I'll be going in for another new hip in less than a year.

    But this morning I just felt exhausted; that was the most exertion I've done since several weeks before the surgery! Now I'm merely lethargic, but that's the weather: It just ISN'T supposed to get up to 85 F in April!

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    I agree. Basically they are a very short term confidence booster to help you adjust to having a balanced gait again
    For me they've been essential -- I couldn't get five feet without them. But then that was mostly true before the surgery, my hip had gotten so bad. The biggest reason was that after the trauma of the surgery, my hip could literally just give way, as it had done more than once beforehand; happily, that part of it is over! But after a long time with weight on the hip, I get balance problems, so the crutches are there to help with balance but also to take pressure off the hip. I couldn't have made it into the house last night without them, or around inside once I made it.

    The quarter mile through the dunes yesterday was only possible without crutches because I was always right by soft places to fall, and Bammer was there to get me back up. Though I didn't actually fall, I slid and let myself just lie against the slope a couple of times, and did need my faithful 'hound' to get me back to my feet.

    Shortly I'll be venturing out again today, into weather I think is setting a record high for May Day! The good part: biking along the beach means that if my hip does start to throb, or if I feel too hot, I can literally go soak in the nice 52 F water (the surf itself is actually a degree or two colder).

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    I discovered today just how difficult and painful it can be to trim one's toenails on a hip-replaced leg. I hope you have better luck, or, at least, a friend who will do it for you.
    I was just contemplating that today. I may just go with sandals until I can reach those little extremities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    But it wasn't the operated hip that gave me the real trouble, it was my right hip, which by the time we got the compost placed and properly surrounded with sand to hold in the moisture, would barely hold me up -- so I suspect I'll be going in for another new hip in less than a year.
    The problem will be that you will be adjusting your gait as the new hip gets more comfortable. That will place uneven pressure ont he old hip and accelerate its deterioration.
    A 12 month gap between hips is about average
    When you get the second one done the recovery time will be markedly improved.

    PS Just in case you need to fly they will set off security. I just love being patted down

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    I was just contemplating that today. I may just go with sandals until I can reach those little extremities.
    Oddly I can reach my left foot (second new hip) to cut my nails but have tremendous difficulty reaching the other
    But with some concerted thought I found a way round it, more or less

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeicsDom View Post
    The problem will be that you will be adjusting your gait as the new hip gets more comfortable. That will place uneven pressure ont he old hip and accelerate its deterioration.
    A 12 month gap between hips is about average
    When you get the second one done the recovery time will be markedly improved.

    PS Just in case you need to fly they will set off security. I just love being patted down
    I prefer not to be treated like a criminal just to get from one place to another, so I will likely never fly again.

    The new hip has just given a few little twinges today -- and the incision is itching like crazy! Oh -- and only one suture remains, which reminds me I want to ask why I can't get in a pool once those are all gone and there aren't any holes left.

    Actually for a while I expect the old hip to feel better, because I got so used to putting more pressure on it to help the other. Now that the other is the stronger one, I'm already finding myself favoring the bad one... which is the one thing that made the operated hip ache today at all.

    The other thing that is a problem is that the lift material I've put in keeps getting mashed thinner, especially in the heel, and that keeps making me walk crooked. Fortunately I have a nice supply of thin material; I just made a new heel insert before going to the pharmacy for more oxycodone... which pretty soon I won't be taking because of the operation but because of the other hip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeicsDom View Post
    Oddly I can reach my left foot (second new hip) to cut my nails but have tremendous difficulty reaching the other
    But with some concerted thought I found a way round it, more or less
    I used to be limber enough to chew them off....

    Bammer's nails stay short because of all the running on pavement and gravel and beach -- too bad human nails don't work that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    I just made a new heel insert before going to the pharmacy for more oxycodone...
    Has that stuff blocked you up at all? I was given percocet in the hospital and a supply to bring home with me. That oxy blocked me up like crazy. I was given laxatives and suppositories every day. Even then, I had only 2 BMs in 8 days. It was just as bad when I got home. Took ages to get my system back to a movement a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsdx View Post
    Has that stuff blocked you up at all? I was given percocet in the hospital and a supply to bring home with me. That oxy blocked me up like crazy. I was given laxatives and suppositories every day. Even then, I had only 2 BMs in 8 days. It was just as bad when I got home. Took ages to get my system back to a movement a day.
    I have goodies to go with them. With the vicodin, I had to take twice as much as was prescribed, and I was still miserable. With the oxies and the other two prescriptions I'm actually more comfortable and regular than before.

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    Thanks for keeping us up to speed on your recovery, Kuli.

    You, Neil, and LeicsDom are providing valuable information should some of us ever find ourselves in similar positions.


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    and the incision is itching like crazy! Oh -- and only one suture remains, which reminds me I want to ask why I can't get in a pool once those are all gone and there aren't any holes left.
    The itching is a good sign. It means the wound is healing
    Hm not sure about the pool problem. I was told I could swim as soon as the wound was healed. My only issue at that time was getting in and out of the pool because it only had regular steps

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonQuixote View Post
    Thanks for keeping us up to speed on your recovery, Kuli.

    You, Neil, and LeicsDom are providing valuable information should some of us ever find ourselves in similar positions.
    Oft times first hand experience is more useful than all the theoretical info from professionals

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    I prefer not to be treated like a criminal just to get from one place to another, so I will likely never fly again.
    I guess over here we are used to having to fly to get anywhere.
    If it is something that I have to endure I feel I might as well have some fun with it. If I am bored I can have a great time subtly winding the staff up, especially if it is a hunky guy

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    There's that inimitable British sense of humour.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LeicsDom View Post
    The itching is a good sign. It means the wound is healing
    Hm not sure about the pool problem. I was told I could swim as soon as the wound was healed. My only issue at that time was getting in and out of the pool because it only had regular steps
    Getting in a pool is easy -- just a nice shallow dive.
    I'm not sure what sort of exit arrangement the new pool at the Y has, though.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

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    Getting in a pool is easy -- just a nice shallow dive.
    I'm not sure what sort of exit arrangement the new pool at the Y has, though.
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    There's that inimitable British sense of humour.
    If there is a silver lining to be found, I will find it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    Getting in a pool is easy -- just a nice shallow dive.
    I'm not sure what sort of exit arrangement the new pool at the Y has, though.
    I have never been brave enough to dive

    I found that getting out, up a ladder, was not as hard as I thought.
    Getting in that way was very nerve wracking for me

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