Thursday, May 24, 2007

To Nistelrode and Back

Thursday, 24-May - VEGHEL - Wonderful sunny weather today--26 Deg C. This evening skated to Nistelrode--18 km round trip. Here are the rest of the pics. http://picasaweb.google.com/dale.weiss.planet/Skating_to_nistelrode

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Skating to Uden

Wednesday, 23-May - VEGHEL - Got home from work today at about 1530--still working half-days this week. Sat in the back yard (it was real nice and warm), took a picture of the roses--they remind me of my Aunt Bertha who lives in Livonia, Michigan, and that her birthday is coming up on 15-Jul. Roses are her favorite flowers. Took a nap, ate supper (macaroni mixed with sloppy joe hamburger meat---mmm, mmm) with Marij and Rosan. A little after 1900, went skating to Uden via Vorstenbosch. Round trip was 14 km--took about an hour. Here are the rest of the pics.
http://picasaweb.google.com/dale.weiss.planet/Skating_to_uden

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Saturday Fun on Wheels

Saturday, 19-May - VEGHEL- Went skating with the Fun on Wheels group. Each Saturday we meet at the Sligro in Veghel. We headed for Nijnsel and split in two groups: Bart, Marij, and Tonnie--Ronald, Tineke, and Dale. I stayed with Tineke and Ronald, because we would be working on technique, and we would be stopping to rest more than the other group. It was a beautiful spring day. We were good for about 18 km. Here are the rest of the pics.
http://skaterdale.mijnalbums.nl/

Skating in Veghel

Friday, 18-May - VEGHEL - It was a nice warm day. I still felt my bicycle seat from the day before so I went skating. I needed to gradually get back in shape to join my inline skating club friends. I skated to MOC www.moc.nl , my PC shop. I then headed for MacDonalds to say hi to Rosan, before returning home. I guess it was about 9 or 10 km in all.
http://picasaweb.google.com/dale.weiss.planet/SkatingInVeghel

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Vat Oe Fiets--Bicycling Tour

Thursday, 17-May-2007 - VEGHEL - It's Hemelvaart (Ascension Day), a national holiday. Today, Chris and I went on the annual Veghel bicycling tour "Vat Oe Fiets." That means "Grab your bicycle." We got started at 10:35 AM. It took us three and one half hours to ride 50 km--Chris was taking it easy on his dad. There were check point stops along the way where we could get our tour cards stamped and also get a snack and a drink. We missed two of the checkpoints. One mistake shortened the route by 3 km--we guessed at a fork in the road (instead of reading the directions). Luckily, it didn't take long before we got back on the route. Here are the rest of the pics. http://picasaweb.google.com/dale.weiss.planet/Vat_oe_fiets_2007

Monday, May 14, 2007

Mother's Day Birthday in Hellevoetsluis

Sunday, 13-May - VEGHEL and HELLEVOETSLUIS - Mother's Day. Had a pancake breakfast with Marij, Chris, and Rosan at home in Veghel. Then Marij and I went to Hellevoetsluis to celebrate Katherine's (14-May) and Martin's (20-May) 27th birthday, along with Henk, Joke, Sandra, Ronald, Lynn, and Femka. Here are the rest of the pics.
http://picasaweb.google.com/dale.weiss.planet/MotherS_day_birthday
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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Dale Skating Again

Tuesday, 8-May -VEGHEL - Started skating again last Saturday (6 km—see link). It's going good at work (this week 3 x 4 hrs). http://picasaweb.google.com/dale.weiss.planet/Za_05May2007_Dale_skating_again

Dale Recovering from Snowboard Injury

Saturday, 28-Apr 2007- VEGHEL - Sorry I haven't written for a while; I've been out of action, recovering from a snowboard injury on 29-Mar. I didn’t want to worry you, but now it’s time to get my friends farther away from Veghel up to speed. I called my Mom from the hospital, so she and my brothers and sister knew right away.

I started back to work this past Wed and Fri on a limited schedule I got from our company doctor (see below). Last Saturday jogged for 2km. Rode bicycle last Tues: Veghel-Erp-Keldonk-Veghel—14 km. Haven’t been on skates yet.

Had a CCT scan on 18-apr-2007. My neurologist her in Veghel said everything's okay. I can gradually resume normal activities. I've been taking it easy since I got back from Austria. That's hard to do with the warm summer weather we're having now. Marij and Rosan are taking good care of me. Until last week, I had a bed in the living room, and the head nurse (Marij) said not to spend any time a the PC--also hard to do. I got lots of e-mails, cards, and visits from friends here: ski vacation, volleyball, skaters.

I returned home on 3-Apr in an ambulance from a ski vacation in Austria. I got a concussion on 29-Mar while snowboarding (without a helmet). I was taken to the nearest hospital (St Johann—15 min from Waidring, our ski resort) with a tracked snow grader, mountain gondola, and
ambulance. The first CCT scan showed bleeding between the outer protective covering and the left frontal lobe (subdural hemorrhage). I needed to remain in a hospital, that could operate if needed, for observation for two or three days. Within 15 min, I was put on an emergency helicopter and flown to the University Hospital in Innsbruck (100 km away). A delegation from our skiing vacation group (52 men and women), Chris (my son) and a very good vriend, Guillaume, came to visit me in the hospital that evening. The next day I had a second CCT scan. This showed that the blood had receded--the danger had passed.

The entire time in Austria, I had dear angels looking over me--I'm really thankful for that.

Dale’s Limited work schedule

week days x hrs weekday
17 2 x 4 W F
18 3 x 4 M W F
19 3 x 4 M W F
20 5 x 4 M T W TH F
21 5 x 4 M T W TH F
22 5 x 6 M T W TH F
23 5 x 8 M T W TH F

Here are the photos of my ski vacation. Included are pics at the hospital in Innsbruck. How quickly a vacation can change into something else. Fortunately, I got a second chance to wear a helmet. I also got a second chance for a lot of other things.