This Party is Out of Hip.

Donn James

We had a going away/surprise/any excuse for a party function at the offices yesterday that I missed. It wasn’t a surprise that I missed it as apparently I’m too much of a party animal so they’ve taken to holding these on Thursday afternoons when they know I’ll be gone and oddly, I can’t even argue with their logic. I would certainly question the integrity of any party to which I’m invited.
And just to prove that no occasion to party is beneath us, the soiree was for a young man limping off to have a hip replaced. Until now I thought the party we had for him a couple of years ago when he left to have a knee replaced was the real low point. I don’t know how many of these I can miss but if he keeps coming apart like a five dollar watch, we’re going to need more paper plates. When did we become a society so out of things to do that we’ve begun to celebrate hospital stays? It’s bad enough we celebrate Talk like a Pirate day; do I now have to bake a cake every time someone breaks a nail? I’m having a colonoscopy next week but I don’t expect to see any balloons or glitter although when I wake up…somebody better have a cookie or be ready to live with the consequences.
Make no mistake…he needs this surgery and thankfully his body is still under warranty so he has to get it done now before he exceeds the mile limit. I can hear him walking up the stairs now and he sounds just like the burro I rode in the Grand Canyon. Seriously, right now he couldn’t sneak up on Helen Keller. After this surgery he can’t take stairs for a while and he’ll have to take his medical records every time he flies because when he limps through an airport scanner, it will go off like a Geiger counter in Chernobyl. On the plus side, he’s looking forward to the full-body pat down.
I’m told the event itself was a spectacle of hot dogs, popcorn and sugar…the trifecta of cholesterol hell. Many in the crowd thought he teared up when surprised by everyone. In reality, he teared up because in an embarrassing lack of sensitivity, he was now upstairs and they decided to have the function downstairs so while the thought of having to negotiate 21 stairs for a hot dog would have brought tears to the eyes of many a hardy soul, even more so for a guy who already walks like Yoda. I’ve included a shot of the dessert table just to demonstrate the economical attitude of my co-workers who plied him with sugar thinking, “You’re going to be in the hospital anyway. They can treat you for diabetes at the same time.”
Everyone did band together and get him a walker which will be of no value on the stairs except to give him something else to carry and I donated the tennis balls for it…just in case our insurance doesn’t cover them. They also got him the game Operation but since he’s having it done at the VA, I think he’s going to use it to test the doctors before they do the real thing because I know the guy who was the real life model for the game and the doctors usually scraped the edges when they were pulling parts out of him. In fact, the last time they successfully removed his elbow, his spleen gave them a standing ovation.

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