On Tuesday I go under the knife for an aortic valve replacement, and I deeply thank all who have wished me well, both the first time (the operation was originally scheduled for Dec. 17) and this time. Nobody wants his chest jig-sawed open or folks wandering around inside his rib cage – even talented folks. And I have every high regard for my cardio surgeon, James Fingleton, along with his team, and all the fine people who operate Rhode Island Hospital at the highest standards. (Though whoever decided to demolish that nice old building a couple of years ago, well, I wish coal in his stocking next year.)
For those who consider my vacation from my blog to be their vacation from my blog, bad news! I have figured out (I think) how to post in advance so that I don’t have to write any blog posts during my hospital stay. I have lined up five posts, old favorites, scheduled for every other day between Tuesday, Jan. 28 and Wednesday, Feb. 5. The catch is that for those who get my blog by email, they will have to visit my blog to see the substitute posts. Luckily, that is very easy. Just type “Architecture Here and There” in Google and links to AHAT will automatically appear. Beijing and the Kremlin may learn of your interest in my blog, but who cares!
Anyway, thank you for your kind thoughts, and be assured that normalcy will resume in a week or so.