AUG 18, 17 .. EVITA SAID IT ALL .. DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA

Like Evita.. I too plead with all of you supporting me..

Don’t Cry For Me..

DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT CRYING FOR ME..

This silly little health challenge, of possibly having kidney cancer, is but a bump on the road of my life.. Maybe a life ending bump on my road.. Maybe nothing.. Maybe absolutely nothing at all.. A visit to Mayo.. Some exploratory surgery.. And we shall see.. But nonetheless it is but a bump on a life road that has been amazing to me who has lived it.

Today was a great day. I felt just great today.

Changer called me and said.. “Cap let’s have lunch together with two other friends.” .. “Sure Changer.”

This is, at least to me, a brand new hotel and restaurant. It is located right beside my apartment building. In the above photo, in the background along the extreme left edge, you can see my apartment building. It took Changer and the others to find it and to invite me to join them. Patti was right with us. I talked to Patti many times during lunch and more than once, the group said louldly.. “Hi Patti.”.

That is ‘our’ table in the below photo. I was sitting second from the left on Changer’s right.

The First Course. Stir Fried Beef with Vegetables.

The Second Course. Stir Fried Mushrooms and other Vegetables. Changer said to me, “Cap! You have got to taste this! The Mushrooms are wonderful.”

The  First and the Second Courses.

The Third Course (on the right below) has arrived to join-the-fun.

The Fourth Course (on the right below) completes the lunch meal.

Look at the Fourth Course above and below. Before I could get my camera back-out to snap another photo, the Fourth Course was almost gone.

Below are two photos of Oldokh, a great friend. He and Deegi, together met me at the airport on July 16th, 2015. Oldokh is my very first Mongolian male friend and associate.


He was sitting on my right and it was him that attacked the Fourth Course with vim and with vigor.

Now, What Do I Say?

Oh My!! .. Burp!!

Oh No. Don’t Cry For Me. Now or ever.. No matter the outcome.

Then we returned downtown.

Do all.. Do any.. Of you remember the below two photos of The Choijin Lama Museum that I posted yesterday on blogspot?

http://bobbacaps.blogspot.com/2017/08/aug-17-17-from-ulaanbaatar-mongolia.html

I have been oogling and loving and treasuring this scene, snapped from the exterior of the museum, of The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower behind the Choijin Lama Museum for over two years. Isn’t it magnificent? Gullible, had we three gone to Millie’s in November of 2015, we would have walked right past this scene.

Today.. Mark it..

Today, Friday the 18 of August year 2017, I actually entered The Temple Museum of Choijin Lama  for my first time ever.

On the street, and in most literature, it is most commonly called the Choijin Lama Museum. In the below photo you can see its proper title.

I have paid my entry fee of 8,000 Mongolian Tug (US $ 3.28) and now am about to enter the interior grounds.

A photo of The Blue Sky Hotel and Tower from within the museum.

Can you now see why I am saying to you all.. Don’t Cry For Me.. At least not yet.

Smiling.

Over and Out for now.

Cap

“Yes ‘Zilla?” .. “Did I do what ‘Zilla?” .. “You are uncertain as to whether I traveled downtown, walked to the museum, paid my money, entered the grounds, spent a full hour within its confines, to only snap the above six photos?” .. “I snapped seventy three (73) photos ‘Zilla.” ..

“Am I going to do what?” .. “Yes Oh Yes.” .. “A full photo Post on blogspot  is coming in the immediate future my friend. Maybe as early as tomorrow or Sunday.”

What would I do without friends like you ‘Zilla? Never ever timid or afraid to speak your mind and ask the challenging questions.


AUG 17, 17 .. THE GAME IS SACRED .. THE GAME HAS RULES

I once read, this would have been back in the mid-1950’s, an article titled.. The Ten Commandments of Sports.

I tried to bring this article up on Google and failed miserably. Yes, there most certainly are many writings by this title, but I could not find the one I was looking for. One of its commandments was.. Thou Shalt Honor The Game. The philosophy behind this commandment was that participants must rise above the possible angst-of-a-moment during a game. Not to spoil or sully the game with ugly moments. Like THE Ten Commandments, few seem to live up to this one. There is a lot of poor sportsmanship visible in many games.

To Honor The Game one has to Honor The Rules.

One of the rules in baseball is this : The batter gets three (3) strikes.

Like many rules, this is not as clear as it seems because of foul balls.

When the batter has two (2) strikes, the batter can remain-alive-at-the-plate by ‘fouling off’ pitches.

THE GAME .. INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

No matter how I try to cut-the-cake..

Last November 25th, in the Dubai Airport, when I fell and broke-my-left-hip, flew to Mayo Clinic, had hip replacement surgery, STRIKE ONE was called on me. Pure and simple. No argument with the ‘Ref’ on the call.

This week, beginning on Monday, when I did not feel well, continuing into Tuesday when I made the decision to cancel my trip to visit Irkutsk in Russian Siberia, went to the medical clinic and hospital, saw a doctor, was examined hands-on and by ultrasound and CT Scan, and yesterday Wednesday received news that I have possible kidney cancer, STRIKE TWO was resoundingly called on me.

The first of the building blocks necessary for me to return to the United States and on to the Mayo Clinic Rochester Minnesota, has been set.

I have a paid-in-full ticket to fly from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, to Hong Kong, on Thursday, the 24th of August.

It was the very earliest flight I could get on Mongolian Airlines. This is the end of the High Summer Visitor Season and airline seats are difficult to find.

This brings into sharp focus the fact that, in terms of International Travel, the further you get from having just one flight home (were I in Hong Kong I would have just one flight home) the more challenging it will be should you encounter a major crisis and need to and want to get home.

Think of being in Ulan-Ude or Irkutsk Russian Siberia. First getting back here to Mongolia. Then to Hong Kong. Then to the U.S. I had no indecision or reservations about cancelling my trip to Irkutsk (due to happen tomorrow) the 18th of August.

Today’s Rhetorical Question :

  1. Do I have only one strike left? That being the notorious, STRIKE THREE YOU ARE OUT !!  Or..
  2. Am I now going to be in a ‘I can foul off a few pitches on the pitcher to gain some time’.

This is germane because, as recently as a few hours ago, I called Patti and told Patti that I was going to have a little chit-chat with my doctor about the fact that today, this morning, I am feeling just great, and was wondering IF all that had happened was I passed a kidney stone and if so, I was going to cancel my return flight.

Would the below series of events happen in the United States health care system?

  1. I called my SOS Medica Mongolia Clinic here in Ulaanbaatar. An operator answered saying that the office opens at 9am. She asked my name. Said that yes my doctor would be in today and told me someone would call me.
  2. Within a few minutes, my nurse from Tuesday, called me saying she was still at home, asked my concern, and she would look into it immediately when she got into the clinic.
  3. In short order I then, here at home, received a call from my doctor.

I said to my doctor : “IF I had a kidney stone and it passed, would that show in new Ultrasound or CT Scan procedures?”

My unspoken agenda to my doctor was simple : I am not ready.. I do NOT want.. to leave Mongolia. IF all there-was-to-this-drama was a kidney stone, let’s do some more investigating to see if the passage of a mere kidney stone was the issue, then I am staying.

My doctor said : “The CT Scan showed NO KIDNEY STONES !!”

STRIKE THREE on that theory Captain. You Are Out.

IF you want to see a fun post, go to:

http://bobbacaps.blogspot.com/2017/08/aug-17-17-from-ulaanbaatar-mongolia.html

So?

I am firmly intending to use my paid-in-full Mongolian Airlines Ticket and to leave Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and fly to Hong Kong next Thursday morning the 24th of August.

Have some fun. Click on the above link.

Thanks so much for you interest here.

Cap


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