Tomorrow I am going to call my doctor's office and see if I can't get an appointment to get this knee checked out. It is better than it was on Thursday, but still not right. On Thursday, every once in a while I would be walking along and the knee would feel like it was going to go out from under me. I got the same feeling when standing up, except it was also hurt. Now I am walking OK, but it still hurts a little when I am descending stairs. Last night, it really hurt twice. Once at the mall, when I side-stepped quickly to get out of some one's way, and once when getting out of the back seat of Joe's car. I don't think my gout has decided to try my knee this time, because this doesn't hurt like gout does. The discomfort is confined to the font left portion of my knee, bottom half of the joint. I don't know what it is. So I'm going to go to the doctor.
Depending what the doctor says, I may wind up withdrawing my name from consideration for a TDY next month. Actually, I may just do that anyway, because it hasn't yet been decided who's going, and if I pull out now, they will be able to select another candidate from the pool of volunteers, rather than scrambling to find someone else if I back out later. If my knee's acting up on me, I will not be able to perform as effectively on the trip, which would involve much walking around and assorted other stuff. So, yeah, I may just say, "hurt myself; may not be the best person, so talk me of the list." That would be the best for all involved. It sucks.
Yesterday I went to Border's because I had a coupon for 25% off one item. I bought five items:
- Manga: Hellsing - Volumes 1 and 2
- Music: Led Zeppelin - Mothership, and Death Cab for Cutie - We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes
- Film: Howl's Moving Castle
There's little rationale behind my selections. I just finished the first three volumes of the Hellsing Ultimate OVA (completely disregarding the results of my recent poll) and thought I might like the manga. When I saw the Led Zeppelin on the shelf, I realized I didn't actually have any of their stuff, which struck me as wrong. As for the DC album, I'd heard of the band and heard one song, which I liked, so I decided to buy an album. I have no clue if the song I liked is on this one, but I've had good luck lately with random uninformed music purchases, so I took the plunge. As for Howl, I figured I should own at least one of Miyazaki's works.
I tore through the Hellsing in a matter of hours yesterday, so today I went out and bought volumes 3 and 4. I notice volume 6 of Gunslinger Girl is on the shelves now, so I have to pick that up at some point.
Had dinner with the gang last night. We went to Gordon Biersch. A few folks were less than happy with their food. Mine was surprisingly good, especially considering my sole criterion for ordering the dish was that it came with regular old fries and not garlic fries (yuk!). I find it's hard to go wrong with steak and pommes frites.
Three months until my birthday. I turn 30, this year, and need to decide what, if anything to do to celebrate. I could have a party at my place, but that would involve set-up and cleaning, so I am leaning against that. I think I might get some friends together for dinner. Smallish number, like maybe ten or so. I think a nice dinner followed by movies and drinks back at home might be a good plan. For me, I think anime and sake would be the best possible plan. If I opt for the latter, I already know where I want to go to eat.
So much to think about. I think I'm going to go watch Fullmetal Alchemist, now.