Blogger’s blues

The good thing is that a few weeks ago, we got our 2-year-project book finally off to the printers. The bad thing is that just a few days after this momentous event, I stepped off a ladder wrongly, found myself in air fast approaching ground zero, shot arm out to take weight and save face from hitting ground AND weight of fall transferred from outstretched arm to shoulder and tore muscles. Not been fun. So many body parts have to work when you think about it, and malfunction or injury of any of dozens of joints, muscles, tendons or ligaments can fuck up your life plenty. Even worse I went for an MRI and got acute claustrophobia when they started sliding me headfirst into the scanning chamber, where I was going to be for 55 minutes. No way Jose. A bunch of people have told me yes you can do this whereas I explain I am never going to do that no way nohow. Any more than I could go into the Viet Cong tunnels. I need air and space. So I’m roaming in Deutschland this week with an injured wing and will pursue fixing it (hopefully without surgery) when I get home. And things were going so good…

And second in the bummers-of-late department (and then I can get on to the good stuff, which just started happening this afternoon in Bad Homburg {25 miles north of Frankfurt}): The major US airlines are just fucking inhuman. They are pushing people to extremes. Bad air, bad food, crowding, all to the point of inhumanity. Like TV commercials, they’re just shoving it down our throats. (Thank god for JetBlue and Virgin, but their routes are limited.)

Got out of the airport, caught train (smooth, electric, on time) to Bad Homburg, showered, cannabinoided, ahh!, started walking around shooting pics of old half-timbered buildings, store window displays, leaves and 200-year-old trees in the spectacular park, bought some homeopathic (12x) pills for tissue repair in an apothecary that dates back to 1901, and started feeling better and righter with the world. I was just roaming around for 2-3 hours, it’s a kind of (photographer’s) freedom I don’t exercise at home, where I don’t dawdle. Out on the road, I am a camera. Now I just have to get the time t post them…

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

15 Responses to Blogger’s blues

  1. Sorry to hear about the arm, that really sucks! But at least it is just soft tissue damage. It's crazy to think that of all your crazy adventures skateboarding down the mountain and hiking into canyons it is a step latter that bites you like this.

    Stay comfortable and get better soon!

  2. Falling is no big deal when you are young but falling for Geezers is a death defying act. I'm a lot more careful than I used to be. It's not that I worry about the fall. It's the hospital I worry about because they take you there, then you get sick and die of causes unrelated to the fall.

  3. I'm not a doctor, I don't even play one on TV but I would suggest that you enjoy your well deserved time off and hopefully your body will heal itself all in good time. PS Looking forward to seeing the new book.

  4. Lloyd, sorry you got banged up.

    But happy you get to be in Germany.

    I've gone back and forth from Oklahoma to Vienna for eight years now, 16 trips, the most recent just finished after 11 weeks.

    I wish everyone could see Europe and get a picture in their heads of what a civilized society looks like. It all may tumble down when / if the Euro implodes or the EU breaks up or whatever, but for a few short years there was a place on this planet where the good of the people came before the good of the military-industrial complex and the goddamned billionaires.

    Enjoy your time in Frankfurt, und verkaufen viele Bücher (sell many books)!

  5. Speedy recovery! As I age I am having to confront the body (deteriorating) thing so I read with interest your story. As for flying, I gave it up many years ago for so many reasons but at the top of the list is the inhumanity of it all. After my last flight I was sick for a week with a sinus infection. The last part of your post was more like it. I hope we will reap the results in your blog.

  6. Hey Lloyd – sorry to about the injury but sounds like you are on the mend. Truly the best part of travel is the different sense of time and the indulgence to roam, be invisible, and see something new around every corner. Hope it continues to go well. Surely you have seen this, but just in case.

    http://youtu.be/HSKyHmjyrkA

  7. Sounds like a tough week or so. Hope the charms of Germany can give you some R&R and things go well there. I remember reading your post a good while back about your flight to Ireland with Ryan Air, it seems some things just don't improve when it comes to squashing folks into transport and making money.

  8. Hi Lloyd, hope your having a good time in Germany to make up for your aches and pains. I totally agree with your take on airlines nowadays. I'm due to fly on RyanAir next week to France for a few days. RyanAir, big budget airline in the UK, have not got the best reputation for customer care. Problem is to drive would take 2 days instead of 2 hours!

    Hope your heal fast!

  9. Lloyd I hope you feel better soon. If you really need a MRI, there are open ones that are not claustrophobic. Request one of those if needed. Hope you heal fast and well. Patty

  10. Hello Lloyd
    Welcome to Europe and enjoy your german stay ! It's rough for a Blue Heron, getting its wing injured. I hope you can tend it and fly again soon, and I hope you'll have time to visit the Gutenberg Press, our Mother. The smells of ink and the jangle of lead letters are our lost paradise !

  11. Did the ladder fall thing in May. No point to the mri or surgery until after a year of physical therapy.At that point, you can decide if you can live with what you can get back with the conservative approach. Lots of ice, stretching and when you can stand it, load bearing exercise. Good luck. P.S. Right now Iv'e got about 90% mobility and strength. Still working at it but could live with this if necessary.

  12. Ouch! Tend it as best you can, you've got a lot to do with that arm! Having torn and broken a few ligaments and bones, I can only say, the time it takes to care for it pays well later on, even though it truly sucks. Glad you didn't let it stop your trip, it sounds like it's already got healing going on. Enjoy your time, the stories and photos will come; we're not going anywhere!

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