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Knee Exercises and More Movies

On Monday, I had two appointments. In the morning, I went to the orthotist to see about getting my shoe orthotics replaced. One acts as a leg lift and the other will act as a brace of sorts stopping my right ankle from turning inward. This problem is probably only partially responsible for my frequent knee dislocations but if it even reduces the frequency, it's definitely worth it.

In the afternoon, I went to physical therapy and got several exercises, all some kind of leg lift, to strengthen my knee and other muscles such as my calfs. I do them twice daily. As you might imagine, the morning session yesterday was easier. In addition to exercises at home, I have to go in to see him twice a week.

Yesterday, I saw two movies we rented from Blockbuster. In the afternoon, I watched Aeon Flux which is quite far from The Devil Wears Prada as you'd imagine but I enjoyed that quite well. My problem watching science fiction movies is that I harp on originality a little too much. You really must forget all that because nothing is totally original any more.

In the evening, I watched Shopgirl with the parental units. It was quite good and if Steve Martin can get a novella made into a movie then surely there is hope I can at least get mine published someday. The movie was quite thought provoking. I never considered the hazard of having a cat in the room during sex...Also, I'm not sure I like serious Steve Martin. Martin as the straight man is great but serious? I'm not so sure... I do find it interesting that he had to write the serious role himself to get cast...

A word or two about the All-Star Game before I go: Ozzie should have had Papplebon at least ready to come into the game as Mariano almost blew it. Also, how cool was that when Big Papi, basically unaccustomed to playing first, saved A-Rod from getting an error? Who's Your Papi!?!

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