Thursday, September 11, 2008

Either I'm getting old...

... or my knees and legs are just getting tired.

It's probably residual from the bike thing last weekend, and the fact that I [stupidly] wore the Evil Birks* this past week when I went to get my pedicure. I'm going to throw them away when I get home.

I'm like Homer Simpson with that week old sandwich. Oh, birkenstocks, I can't stay mad at you...

The flight was actually very nice, lots of room and I got a nice amount of knitting done. As I was standing up to grab my bag my knee went OUT and the walk to the baggage claim was pretty awful. But I was able to do some stretching down by the luggage conveyor (to the amusement of many fellow travelers) and my leg reverted to its previous tamed state.

The luggage actually wasn't that much of a bear to handle, it all went on a cart pretty well, and I also packed one of those fold-able, wheeled carriers so I can get the big box of books into the convention center tomorrow.

On to the hotel where I tried to check in, but no rooms yet (I'd requested early check in, but they said there'd be nothing until later) so I drove over the Columbia to McMenamins for a nice lunch, then to Mon Ami's for a nice crepe, and to Unraveled for a nice circular needle. It was all very nice. When I went back to the hotel I wasn't nuts about the first room they gave me (it overlooked the highway and a construction site) so they were kind enough to move me so I had a nicer vew.

Nine, one, oh - you know...
It was odd to fly today - 911 - of course no one talked about it, mentioned it, but I'm sure we were all very aware of it.

On MSNBC they're running the TODAY show from 9/11/01. I remember sitting in my home office, watching it, Gerry hovering over my shoulder and Hannah and Max upstairs asleep. Now here I am, sitting and working on my computer and watching the same thing again - so surreal - I'm so nauseus all over again.

We lost TV soon after the second plane hit, we didn't have cable and when the antenna went down at WTC2 a lot of folks lost their reception. I know it's minor, but turning on that TV and getting nothing but static was so surreal, like a scene in every end-of-the-world movie.

Strolling By The River
I escaped the 911-thon and went for a walk this evening along the Columbia, I'm right on the river and watched the sunset reflect off of Mt. Hood - very lovely. I do wish I had my bike, it would be fun to ride around here.

I'm going to bury myself in a biography of Queen Victoria's daughters - I don't want to think about recent history tonight.

*The management does not intend to implicate every pair of birkenstocks, just the one pair that I wore WAY too long, evidently compressing them and turning them into an instrument of torture when worn by my particular feet. Any resemblance to any other pair of evil birks, real or imaginary, is entirely unintentional. I feel your pain.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Birks! The last time I wore them, my knees reverted to a very sad state of health. My physical therapist banned them from my closet and from my feet. Imagine, if you can, living in Oregon and not wearing Birks. sigh. I miss them, but my knees are better.
Marina in Eugene

September 12, 2008 12:36 AM  
Blogger Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

I love the little paragraph at the bottom about your evil birks you made me giggle;)Hugs Darcy

September 12, 2008 3:09 AM  
Blogger shoeboots said...

As a former sales girl for birkenstocks shoes, and a native Oregonian (state shoe, practically!) I feel compelled to remind you that every piece of a Birk is replaceable. Soles, cork, leather uppers... just find a shoe sales shop near you (shouldn't be hard in Portland!) and they can hook you up with a baggie to mail them out in. Just a thought.

Have fun in P-town! It's a lovely city, with lots of great people. It's also named one of the most bike-friendly places in the US, too!

September 12, 2008 5:12 AM  
Blogger Janice in GA said...

When you ride our bike, make SURE that your seat is adjusted appropriately. Many people ride with their seats too low, and that's hard on the knees. Your leg should have only a little bend in the knee when the pedal is at the bottom.

Check with a bike store if you're not sure. Proper adjustment can make a WORLD of difference for aging knees. Ask me how I know this (says the ACL replacement/cartilege repair former patient.) :)

September 12, 2008 9:14 AM  
Blogger Katherine said...

I can't watch any of the 9/11 films. I turn it off or leave the room when it comes on.

September 12, 2008 10:04 AM  
Blogger evie said...

Hope you feel much better very soon.

I've had to get rid of my birks, my crocs and several other shoes all because of plantar fasciitis! I am now on a hunt for somewhat stylish looking shoes with good support and am being disappointed at every shoe store. I miss the days of being able to put on any shoe and take off.

My cortisone shot only lasted 3 months and now I'm back to hobbling around. Stretching hasn't really helped. I am kind of stunned at how quickly my physical ability has deteriorated because I can't go walking.

I guess it is time for physical therapy and night splints, ugh!

My advice is don't ignore the pain because it can definitely get worse...

September 12, 2008 10:05 AM  
Anonymous MicheleLB said...

Now if you hang out in Portland, you have to wear Keens. They changed the rule a few years ago. ;-)

Hope you have a grand weekend. I'm away, or I'd love to meet you. Next time!

September 12, 2008 11:14 AM  
Anonymous texasdawn said...

You foot pain people have to try SAS shoes. They are not sold over the internet but you can still research them. Most styles are very orthopedic, old-ladyish but I got some cute sandals and wedges when I was pregnant last year. Birks are ugly anyways. LOVED the disclaimer. You have a great sense of humour.

September 12, 2008 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Martha said...

I just gotta say my Birks HELP my plantar fasciitis. Go Birks! Every foot has its own preference though.

September 13, 2008 8:07 AM  
OpenID mwknitter said...

My Birks make my ankles & knees hurt too. My solution - Crocs. I have a couple pairs of the sandals & some slides that I just found at a Crocs outlet store. They are not as cool as Birks but they are much more cushy - with support. They have some kind of special material in the insole that sort of molds to your foot. Super comfy with arch supports! Also I am religious about keeping my hamstrings & quads in good shape - I do the elliptical trainer & the leg machines at the health club. My SO was sitting in a plane on the tarmac at O'Hare when he called me to see if I knew what was going on. They could sense that the crew was upset about something but no one said a word to them (of course). I told him that it was unlikely he'd be flying anywhere that day. Oddly the one thing I remember about 9/11 & what was upsetting to me was the lack of planes overhead (with the exception of the occasional military jet). We live halfway between O'Hare & Midway & there are always planes overhead. We don't even notice them most of the time - they are just part of the ambient noise. But having that sound missing was creepy & a constant reminder of what had happened.

September 13, 2008 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Kate said...

Oh, I turned on that repeat of 9-11 coverage on MSNBC also. It was mesmerizing, but I sobbed for about half an hour. That surprised me. I turned it off. I guess it is still a raw spot. Birks--love 'em, but I stopped wearing mine because I wear them to the nubbins and then they are not so comfy then. At the moment Softwalk and Crocs. I want happy feet.

September 13, 2008 8:22 PM  
Anonymous twinsetellen said...

I love my Crocs and my Birks, but the shoes I wear when my plantar fascitis flares are Naots. They also have the advantage of looking dressy enough for work.

September 14, 2008 9:49 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

CHACOS!!!! Love those shoes.

And, yes, Keens or Privos.

September 14, 2008 11:37 PM  

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