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Been back home for several days after being away for several weeks, mostly to help Kris during her initial recovery phase from knee surgery. Kris has done a great job so far, and it looks like her surgery and outcome will be quite good. All that with no complaining--which is something, because this is no easy stuff. Many people are getting their knees replaced these days, and while it may be routine surgery from the side of the orthopod, from the patient side it's anything but routine. There is pain, and there is a prolonged recovery period, it's not fun, and patients who are not fully committed to doing their exercises and therapy and basically doing everything they can do to get a good outcome may well end up with a knee joint that was no better than what they started out with.

It also reinforced the idea for me that in so many ways, we are all much better off for staying in the best shape we can. Besides all the well known daily mental and physical benefits, if you should have the misfortune of having some serious illness or injury, you are much better off in terms of your chances of a speedier, better recovery if you you were in good shape going in.

I came back to find the dregs of winter in place. There is no snow in the valley itself, and while there is plenty of snow in the forest in the Laramie Range, with portions of the ski trail net still getting groomed, I have no idea why that's still happening--you'd have to be pretty desperate to want to keep skiing with what is left. The ski trails have many bare spots, and the snow is pretty dirty. So I've been running and biking, and am now looking forward to some warmer and sunnier days. But around here, you never know--we have another 5-6 weeks where big snow storms are nothing unusual to get, and a single big storm would totally reset skiing conditions.

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