Jacksonville Road Trip · · PAGE 288.
December 14, 2008: After taking the
photos of the hospital helicopter, I walked over to the west end of the top level parking
deck to get this view from the Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville. One lonely
sea gull is flying over the river in the photo below.
Jacksonville is the home to several major branch offices of insurance
companies. The building in the middle from the photo above reveals itself to the
telephoto lens as the Blue Cross Blue Shield facilities. Although I did not take a
photo, the Aetna building is directly behind my position as I took both of the photos seen
here. That expressway overpass at the left side of the photo is the beginning of
Interstate highway 10 as it begins its long route to the Pacific Ocean at Santa Monica,
California. That distance is 2,459 miles if you stay on I-10 all the way without
taking I-12 to bypass north of New Orleans, or the other routes around downtown San
December 15, 2008: By Monday, the number of tubes and wires is getting less as our patient gets better. I learned something about open-heart surgery and "cabbage" -- coronary artery bypass and graft (CABG). The heart surgeon came by to visit and introduced himself to our patient with "You don't know me, but I know you very well. I held your heart in my hands on Friday evening." He described the procedure he performed and was the first to talk about the "Miracle Woman" who defied all the odds and came through with no damage to the heart muscle.
December 16, 2008: Tuesday was a day for me to do
some things to make life easier when our patient gets home. I changed out the shower
head for a shower massage hand-held sprayer on a five-foot-long hose. I also found
this sturdy stool with a wide-stance of its legs to use in the shower. The shape of
the seat is a rectangle suitable to sit on while allowing one leg to remain essentially
straight after the recent hip surgery.
This lovely flower arrangement from very good California friends was delivered
today. Thank you!
By Thursday evening, our patient was moved to regular quarters from the coronary ICU.
December 19, 2008: With the crisis past, I
had to get back home and take care of the usual things there. With no rush to get
home, I took the direct route on US and Georgia highways north from Jacksonville back to
the Chattanooga, Tennessee area. I was driving in Georgia on US 341 between McRae
and Hawkinsville when I spotted this bit of artwork on the side of the road. Could
this bit of angling artwork be a metaphor for being in a "rat race" even when we
try to take some time off. The large-mouth bass is made completely from metal, as is
the eagle in the center. The fisherman appeared to be a store mannequin in a
hand-made boat with a real electric trolling motor on his water craft. The entire
structure is subject to movement by the prevailing winds.
Just below and to the right of the fisherman is this old satellite antenna
serving as an umbrella. Unfortunately, the mesh panels won't stop the rain.
With the oxygen and acetylene tanks located here, this could be where the artist
Just west of the fisherman stands this "horse and wagon" ready to
deliver water to the fields.
A few "sun flowers" stand ready to absorb some rays.
This "artillery piece" serves a more practical purpose for US mail
deliveries. It's wheels are made from a new style of cable reel made from composite
materials instead of wood.
I was happy to have found the roadside artisan and taken the photos above.
I continued up the road a mile or so when something odd caught my eye and I had to
turn around and come back to make sure I was not having a joke played on me and all the
other folks passing by. Yes, it is an orange tree in Georgia. How it survives
the frost in winter is a mystery to me. I asked the lady who lives here. The
tree was there when they bought the place and they do nothing to protect it in winter.
The nearest orange groves in Florida are 300 miles south of this location.
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