One year ago today.

On October 10, 2017, USMNT lost 2-1 away to Trinidad & Tobago and as a result, they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1986…

Today on the one year anniversary of the darkest day in U.S. Soccer history, the US Soccer Federation released this statement… 

“Today we look forward. With the march towards 2022 underway and the 2026 FIFA World Cup in North America as our guidepost, the U.S. Men’s National Team has embarked on a new journey. The hallmarks of the culture remain, with perseverance, grit and dogged determination fueled by the pride to represent the United States and each and every one of you. We take nothing for granted. The path ahead will be paved with successes and informed by setbacks. We will build strength through commitment and character, accepting challenges and rising every time we fall. We will be aggressive and play without fear, for history demonstrates that fortune favors the bold.

“Like any grand project, ours is a work in progress. We cannot do it alone. Pioneering a new path forward takes the will of a generation full of optimism and hope, bound by the belief that there is nothing we cannot achieve if we are united in the cause. This is the American spirit, from which is born the American dream. It is time to take our destiny in our own hands and turn that dream into a reality. And do it together. The future is US.”

Blah. Blah. Blah. The National Team has a whole bunch of bright talented youngsters that are starting to emerge from the ranks. But they still haven’t even hired a new coach for the National Team. I hope things start to get better soon for our team, and they can get thing s back to where they were and then start figuring out how to take things to the next level. But they sure are taking their sweet time. 😀🇺🇸⚽️❤️

It’s a sign.

One of my favorite signs of all time around Cincinnati is the one I get to see almost every day. It’s a sign for Word Play Cincy‘s Urban Legend Typewriters

At Urban Legend Typewriters, they sell refurbished typewriters of all ages and also offer cleaning and repair services so you can make sure your typewriter is always in top condition. 100% of the proceeds go to supporting Word Play’s students and programs…

Check out which typewriters are currently for sale! 😀❤️

It’s a sign.

Seen and noted in Northside. 😀🦖❤️

It’s a sign.

For the seventeenth edition of the Do Northside House Tour 2018

It’s unfortunate that I think we have an FC|C match on that day. Maybe we’ll be able to check out this next year. 😀🏡❤️

It’s a sign.

It’s almost that time of year again. 😀🇩🇪🍺❤️

Physical therapy helps a lot.

I had physical therapy this morning and afterwards, my hips felt a lot better…

My hips always feel better after physical therapy. Unfortunately, I only have a few more sessions of physical therapy. 😀🏥❤️

This is what I’ve waiting for.

This morning was my very first physical therapy with two new hips. I’ve been waiting so long for this moment. I’m very excited to start working on making both legs stronger…

I look forward to the day when I can walk again without any pain or discomfort. And hopefully, that day is quickly approaching very soon. Taken with Instagram. 😀🏥❤️

Lunch at someplace other than Arnolds.

We had lunch at nada today for a coworker celebration. Usually, we always have these sort of things at Arnold’s. It’s almost as if someone at work has a minority share in the ownership of the Arnold’s or something with the frequency we have group lunches there. It was really refreshing to go somewhere else. Anywhere else. And I haven’t been to nada in ages

I ordered the little nada sliders with steamed onion, cheese, jalapeño and sweet chili-glazed fries with crema. It was really good. I had forgotten how much I liked their little slider burgers…

Genifer and I will have to go check out their Vacation Vibes Wednesdays after work someday in the not too distant future. 😀🇲🇽🍔❤️

Happy National Chili Dog Day!

We stopped at Skyline in Clifton on the way home from work to get some delicious Skyline cheese coneys for dinner tonight to celebrate National Chili Dog Day

I wanted my cheese coneys to look like this when I got them home…

But instead, they looked like this. They looked kind of sad. But they still tasted delicious! So we’ll just say they looked as pretty as these. 😀🧀🌭❤️

Physical therapy.

Late this afternoon I rode the Metro 24 bus from work downtown up one of Cincinnati’s many hills into Mount Auburn to make my way back again to The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center. Metro made it a piece of cake to get up to The Christ Hospital. The bus ride was super easy and dropped me off right in front of the hospital. I was back at the Joint & Spine Center because today was my scheduled physical therapy re-evaluation of my left hip replacement after the revision surgery. They do evaluation testing to get baseline measurements for the current range of motion of my hip. Those numbers are then submitted to the insurance company to determine approximately how many physical therapy sessions it will take to get today’s baseline measurements to return to as close as possible to the full range of motion for my hip…

Genifer met me at therapy so she didn’t have to come all the way downtown just to turn around and take me right back in the direction she just came from.

Everything went really well with the therapy. The therapist I was working with today said that the baseline measurements looked very good. And gave me some new exercises to do at home to strengthen my hip. The physical therapist also told me that he had been working at The Christ Hospital for the last ten years and during that time my hip revision surgery was just the third one that he had heard of at The Christ Hospital. So I guess what happened to me was a very, very rare occurrence.

Now, I have the first six sessions of physical therapy scheduled for my hip starting next Wednesday. I can’t wait to get back into therapy and really start the strengthening my hip so my hip can start to get back to normal. For the first time in years, I can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel. Finally. 😀🏥❤️