Still Here

Sorry about the quiet spell here, readers. Our lovely daughter (newly betrothed!) has been visiting us from Vienna over the “hols”, and it’s been good to disconnect from the wider world for a couple of weeks.

I’m sorry to say, also, that another hiatus is coming up soon. Some of you may remember that I had my left knee replaced last March. As it turns out the thing was botched: the end of my femur was apparently sawed off at the wrong angle, and so my lower leg is crooked by nine degrees or so (what the boffins call a “valgus deformity”). This is so far outside acceptable mechanical tolerances that I am having the job completely redone this coming Monday, and no doubt will again be as beaten-up and drug-addled as I was for several weeks the first time round.

It’s a pity, not least because there’s so much to comment on at the moment — from continuing chaos abroad, to Barack Obama’s petulant gestures and insulting remarks about “gun control” here at home — and normally I’d be raring to go after such a good long break. (I’ve also been doing some interesting reading.) But this thing needs doing, and I am glad to be getting it over with. I’ll be very busy this week getting my affairs in order at work, wrapping up the recording project I started last month, and attending to other clamant obligations, but will post as time permits. Thanks to all.


  1. Kevin Kim says

    Congratulations to your daughter, and I hope your new knee procedure will be performed at a very different medical facility. Happy New Year, by the way.

    Posted January 5, 2016 at 1:19 am | Permalink
  2. I wish you the best of luck, Malcolm, in your upcoming ordeal. Forget about His Rectal Petulance. Concentrate on making yourself whole again.

    Buck O’Fama.

    Posted January 5, 2016 at 1:20 am | Permalink
  3. Whitewall says

    Malcolm, congratulations to your whole family on the marriage of your daughter. Sorry to hear about the knee. Maybe the “saw bones” do this job “on the house” for you. Joint surgery in cold weather…that doesn’t help. We’ll watch General Secretary Obama for you.

    Posted January 5, 2016 at 7:07 am | Permalink
  4. pangur says

    It made my day today, listening to our passive-aggressive lame duck cry about guns. I eagerly await the disarming of the secret service as evidence that they’re not needed.

    Posted January 5, 2016 at 1:39 pm | Permalink
  5. BTW, congrats on your daughter’s betrothal (I assume that’s an engagement, not a marriage?).

    Is that the same daughter that was living in China a while ago?

    Posted January 6, 2016 at 1:20 am | Permalink
  6. Malcolm says

    Hi Henry,

    Engaged is correct (a very romantic proposal ten days ago on the walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge!)

    And yes, she has moved from Guangzhou to Vienna. (We were glad to see her get out of China!)

    Posted January 6, 2016 at 11:24 am | Permalink
  7. Whitewall says

    Hmm, guess I should have said pending marriage.

    Posted January 6, 2016 at 11:52 am | Permalink
  8. antiquarian says

    Congratulations and good luck, respectively, on your news items. We’ll hold down the fort.

    Posted January 6, 2016 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

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