Bad, Even Catastrophic News; But Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining; Elopement and Repertoire Defined; Fazza the First and Joo Kim Coming on the Journey; Breakfast With Personal Driver

The bad, bordering on catastrophic news is that I have to have knee replacement surgery on the left knee immediately after recovering from the right knee replacement. It was off to the surgeon yesterday, ably driven my Person Driver – the doctor is in Marin. An x-ray was taken and there I was – with no cartilage in the left knee – basic bone on bone. I guess there was some comfort in it – I was not imagining the pain. It was a definite ouch.situation.

I do admit to feeling great sadness, calling Jennifer and crying – but I just cried to voice mail as she did not answer her phone. I did not take it well in the beginning but as the expression goes every cloud has a silver lining. Meaning: Every cloud has a silver lining means that you should never feel hopeless because difficult times always lead to better days. Difficult times are like dark clouds that pass overhead and block the sun. Where does the idiom come from?

The origin of the idiom “every cloud has a silver lining” is most likely traceable to the year 1634, when John Milton Penned his masque Comus. In it, the quote appears as “Was I deceived or did a sable cloud Turn forth her silver lining on the night?

So some have already appeared, some silver linings. The able surgeon gave me a steroid shot so that I can comfortably go to London and to Dubai. But that does mean that I cannot have the surgery for three months after the injection and its effects do wear off after a bout a month. So I will have a good January but not a good February and March. But, as soon as I get back from my trip I call schedule the surgery so there will be the knowledge that relief is in sight. And unlike flakey Dr. Collarnder who kept rescheduling the surgery time and time again – wonderful Dr, Elizabeth Dailey is trustworthy. I do know what to anticipate, so that will be fine. I can hire my wonderful caregiver for the first couple of weeks and be taken care of again adroitly. I can go to Presidio Sports Medicine for physical therapy and actually do have a referral to go there when I come home from England and Dubai. Brian, my personal trainer, is on board for my London days.

And than there is this totally funny idea – it will slow me down a bit – I cannot get married to the Sultan until after recovery from the surgery. So If anything I will be a June bride. I am laughing.

Wise Man cautions me that in matters romantic I do need to slow down, . So there will definitely be no elopement. What does elopement mean? Elopement, colloquially speaking, is often used to refer to a marriage conducted in sudden and secretive fashion, usually involving a hurried flight away from one’s place of residence together with one’s beloved with the intention of getting married. Elopements, in which a couple runs away together and seeks the consent of their parents later, differ greatly from abductions and bride kidnapping in which there is no consent of the bride and/or groom.

There was actually an immediate silver lining as Personal Driver and I went to breakfast after hearing the bad news. We sat outside and had a long chat and I learned all sorts of things about him that I did not know before. He has a wife, and three children – his two sons are very well educated and are doing very well for themselves, his daughter is in high school. Apparently he shares his stories about me with his family and they are going to invite me to a party soon. So there! So there! So there! After breakfast we went and got all the remaining Vancouver things from storage, so that has been accomplished.

Then when rushing around my building I met a very interesting man, a lawyer. Then ran into him on the street. I actually woke up thinking of him. I mean, it would be convenient to have some one in your very own building. I do not know what floor he is on though. I suppose I could find out ad I know his first name.

Today is rather busy – meeting a new friend for coffee at Starbucks before going to the YMCA for water aerobics and a jacuzzi. Then coming home and getting packed for the trip. Readers will be comforted to know (and to see) that I bought a book about the treasures to be found in Dubai – not just the Kamastura treasure. So things are definitely coming together for the trip which is beginning to sound delightful.

Probably should stop writing and get ready, find bathing suit, get dressed and all of that. The pain has not gone away yet but probably will later in the day. I have decided that I will take Fazza the First (aka Bunny, aka Pink Ugly Nose) with me on this trip. I am also going to take Joo Kim, the bear that is also a neck brace. How funny – naming my animals after two multibillionaires who were/are in my life. Most people have never even met multibillionaires and I have two in my . The synonyms for that word are collection, stock, range, repertory; reserve, store, repository, supply, stockpile.How extremely funny, a stockpile, a reserve , a supply of multibillionaires. Such a weird life I lead. In a very interesting way, one replaced the other, the second has more money, an entire fleet or airplanes and a very charitable heart and soul.

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