TODAY'S POSTING IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE COLORS BLACK AND BLUE!
I was moving gently through the crowd to get to the front of the line and the area reserved for the aged, decrepit and easily unbalanced on their pins. A young woman with a toddler in a push-chair pushed me from behind with the chair, caught me in the ankle and sent me flying in a heap down the ramp in a painful, crumpled mess, face down at the bottom. Forfunately, there was no blood spilled and I didn't break anything as my hands sprang to protect face and head. I have some very painful and swollen fingers, black and blue chin and muscles down the back and shoulders - just what I needed when I planned to try and get back to my studio after six months absence due to another fall! A crowd of people helped me up and sat me down. Once I had determined that nothing serious was wrong except bumps and bruises and bruised ego, I moved slowly to the front of the line. The young woman with the push-chair and toddler was no longer to be seen. It could have been much more serious. I smashed my spectacles frames, but fortunately not the lenses - the second pair in a week!
When they opened the final set of doors to the open air, we were almost blown back into the building that we were leaving. Once the windblasted passengers were all aboard and stoked up with seasickness pills, we left the dock for open and very angry water. The boat crept along being buffeted by 90 mph winds and just about made it down the final ramp and on to the boat. I had managed to be the first one on board, found a seniors' sitting area took a couple of seasickness pills and fell asleep. The ferry ride was just on twice the usual time because of the winds. It normally takes 2 hours and 45 minutes and when the weather is fine is a beautiful ride up the Washington coast with snowcapped mountains.
Miraculously the weather changed to fine and sunny for the last half hour along the Vancouver Island coastline and we pulled in to the harbor with little inclement weather to be seen. I was about the last off the boat and through the Customs and Immigration. My wife Judi was waiting to take me home. Bliss at last. I had hoped that the fall might have reversed my non-stop headaches but no such luck, and today started the 27th week of them. I spent most of the day in hospital trying to find out the causes of the various problems that have kept me out of action. My medical tests continue tomorrow, so I'm hoping that I might be coming close to a solution of the bug that has been sapping my energy for a year now. I was hoping to have a posting on the K - 12 Exhibition from NCECA today, but spent the day undergoing tests instead. I will try to get at it tomorrow for the posting on Friday. I will leave you with a couple of images of student work.
Must hit the sack now, Best wishes, Robin