I saw a neurologist, new to me, yesterday morning and I am much encouraged by the interaction between us. No, he does not have a cure for Parkinson’s disease, but he does have what I am seeking; the knowledge of the application of my DBS to my particular situation and, most importantly, the communication skills to make me a better informed Parkinson’s patient. I expect good things from our joint venture.

Yesterday evening, I attended the first meeting of the grief support group that I have signed on to for the next nine weeks. We spent the time telling our “grief” stories. All that passes between ourselves is considered confidential and I will respect that and the only comment I will make is that I believe I have the easiest “row to hoe”, over the next nine weeks. I was very touched by what I heard and I am doubly thankful for the love and support shown to me by my family.

My son came in from Lancaster today and we went shopping for a piece of brass from which we will fabricate a new valve for the big Lunkenheimer shop whistle that we are working on. We also priced a new 1/8 NPS tap and the asking price was $43.00 plus tax. We passed! I will borrow one from the vast numbers of new and old taps at the museum. My son needs one for the repair of the “Trial bike”  he recently bought. The 3″ dia. x 5″ long piece of brass cost $55 and weighed in at 10 lbs. Most of it will end up in the brass and copper scrap barrel that I maintain.


I am 89 years old and was married for 66 years. My wife passed away in 2016. I am a retired engineer and spent 35 years developing INS gyroscopes. I was a High School mentor in physics, a mountaineer, a model builder, a machinist and I have a degree in Physics. My interests include railroad history and photography, science history, cosmology, interesting people, and old engineering drawings. I place a high value on my friendships. I enjoying my life and I try look forward with a sense of anticipation and curiosity about what my future has in store for me.


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