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LEP is risen from the near dead at 76.

by LEP Sun Dec 9th, 2012 at 03:45:26 AM EST

Well, I exagerate a bit; but I have been dragging my ass for the last couple of years due to my kidney disease so you haven't seen me commenting here.

However, a near miracle has happened! One month ago my kidney doctor put me on a new synthetic hormone (which hormone my kidney is no longer producing thus causing anemia) and rapidly I'm feeling like kicking ass again.
I've even made plans to go the US in March, something I haven't done for two years.

So tonight, I'm celerbrating my birthday with estHer who's returned home from Montaigu for the occasion-also to wash her clothes. (Believe it or not she's almost 19 and studying to be a sound technician.)

So I hope I'll be saying hello here more often and even walking aroud Paris and shooting some photos.

Cheers, Len

Hallelujah! - afew


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Hurrah, Hurrah!

Great news.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 06:32:25 AM EST
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'


I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 06:36:34 PM EST
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Slithy to the max.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Dec 12th, 2012 at 01:34:19 PM EST
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So nice to see you here again LEP.
Happy Birthday!!
by sgr2 on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 07:11:36 AM EST
Excellent news. Very many happy returns to you

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 08:16:11 AM EST
Happy Birthday and good to see you posting again. Keep on rising. :-)
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 08:56:19 AM EST

Senior revenge...

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 09:02:29 AM EST
Good thing for him they weren't carrying; Texas you know ;)

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 09:22:17 AM EST
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Well that'll learn 'em.
Best not mess with Texas.
Especially us old broads.
by sgr2 on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 11:04:23 AM EST
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Truthfully, I'm kinda surprised nobody started kickin'. That's more the Texas style. Nothing like kickin' a man when he's down.
by sgr2 on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 11:11:34 AM EST
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you were missed! great news about your recovery.

hi to esTher too, i remember her pix really fondly.

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 09:40:08 AM EST
I was meditating a mail to see if you were still able to smite a keyboard. Or at least ask how you were.

Now this is such good news I've got a nonstop grin!

Keep kicking ass, Len!

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 10:30:50 AM EST
Terrific news! I, too, was starting to get worried as I remembered your health was not too great those past couple of years.

Happy birthday! You really made my day...

Now that your gait has returned, we could try to have a Parisian lunch one of these days? (OK, maybe after the flu season).

by Bernard on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 11:01:02 AM EST
A lunch sounds great. I've had trouble walking these last two years, but I hope that will improve.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 11:39:09 AM EST
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Happy birthday and count me in for the lunch !

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 02:05:12 PM EST
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Excellent news!

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 11:15:03 AM EST
Having suffered serious limitations on my mobility for only a few months due to back problems, now greatly improved due to therapy and exercise, I can appreciate, to some extent, how you now must feel. Obviously serious disability affects one's mood, which is likely the chief reason for your noted absence from ET. The object now is to make it to 86 with good life quality. I am only six years behind you. Lead on!

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 12:28:01 PM EST

Good news. I bet there are some Americans saying "It's nothing to do with hormones, we were praying for him - you see how it works" :-)

Happy another year.

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 01:07:54 PM EST
Those would be my friends and neighbors you are talking about, Ted.  :-)

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Dec 9th, 2012 at 12:55:24 PM EST
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Well, one can't pick one's neighbours and one's friends one forgives the sin of credulity :-)

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Thu Dec 13th, 2012 at 06:47:03 PM EST
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It was because I was thinking about him when I saw the Pope.

Actually I saw the Pope on Saturday, after he had already recoverd, and the only thought on my mind was when the Pope finally come past so I can cross the street. But God moves in mysterious ways, so it probably worked.

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Mon Dec 10th, 2012 at 06:44:28 AM EST
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Who or what is this God that you mention?

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Mon Dec 10th, 2012 at 07:10:20 AM EST
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YaY!!!!!!

Good to see you around and congrats at adding another year to the tally

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 02:03:36 PM EST
exactly two years ago, you weren't keen on too much walking, so you didn' see much of the festival.

On this flimsy excuse, I dedicate this photo selection to you, Len : Fête de la Lumière in Lyon, last night and tonight.

This installation is people-powered. (Note for ASKOD : they aren't even being paid. Disgraceful.)

Corazon, by that Prada woman.

Hip moving pictures on the façades of the Place des Terreaux.

Japanese dolls, installation at the Hôtel de Ville.

Arty pictures projected on the facades of the west bank, and on the church of Notre Dame de Fourvière. Note the rather tacky "Merci Marie" advertising sign. But after all, it's her party.

The projections on the cathedral of Saint Jean are always good, rather kitsch this year but it works in motion.

We were nearly run down by a whole parade of bright animals.

The Célestins theatre  is another site that is always good. A painterly theme this year.

I first thought they were whales, but they look more like catfish.


It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 04:26:49 PM EST
Thanks for the great photos eurogreen.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 04:51:06 PM EST
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Wow, thanks a million. Those are wonderful.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Sun Dec 9th, 2012 at 12:23:54 PM EST
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Maybe lunch or something in late September?

paul spencer
by paul spencer (spencerinthegorge AT yahoo DOT com) on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 04:30:00 PM EST
I hope so Paul.

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 04:53:09 PM EST
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Good to see you back, Lenny.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Dec 8th, 2012 at 06:35:26 PM EST
Wow, that's awesome! Fantastic news!

Great to hear you're up and around. I hope you have a kick-ass birthday!

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Sun Dec 9th, 2012 at 06:11:07 AM EST
Great to see to you're kidden hormoniously again!

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Dec 9th, 2012 at 07:50:52 AM EST
Hello Len

Nice to see you are better!

Bad news though as the hormone in question is erothropeitein, aka EPO and if you win the Tour de France, you will be stripped of the title!

by stevesim on Sun Dec 9th, 2012 at 09:06:47 AM EST
;) I wish I could still balance on a bicycle and go half a block. (I might be able to go but I'm not sure I could stop).

Hey, Grandma Moses started late!
by LEP on Sun Dec 9th, 2012 at 09:26:16 AM EST
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I have one word for you: tricycle.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sun Dec 9th, 2012 at 10:03:24 AM EST
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EPO helped Lance Armstrong win, I am sure you will be going round the block soon!
by stevesim on Sun Dec 9th, 2012 at 10:27:49 AM EST
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I am just repeating myself- sorry, I was studying and fried my brain.

It takes 120 days or so to make enough blood to replace the blood you donate when you give blood, so I assume that you have to wait at least that long to see the results.

Mazeltov Len!

by stevesim on Sun Dec 9th, 2012 at 11:19:00 AM EST
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And I look forward to seeing you again. If the old LEP was any indication (you were holding up pretty well, all things considering) I'm sure the top health LEP is a sight to behold!
by redstar on Mon Dec 10th, 2012 at 07:46:49 AM EST
I just logged in for the first time in days, having arrived in Bangkok, and that's the first thing I saw. Good start.

I'm too late to say happy birthday, but great to have you back!

Cyrille

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Mon Dec 10th, 2012 at 06:12:11 PM EST
A rare logon to wish you well and a very happy year to come! And estHer is 19 now? Difficult to imagine.

"Leadership passes into empire; empire begets insolence; insolence brings ruin." William Carlos Williams
by Indianadem on Mon Dec 10th, 2012 at 11:44:30 PM EST
I'm late to the party but belated Happy Birthday! I'm very glad your health has improved.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Tue Dec 11th, 2012 at 05:47:47 AM EST
cheers for you! I hope you'll follow on the path of good health and celebration!


A free fox in a free henhouse!
by Xavier in Paris on Sat Dec 15th, 2012 at 05:21:48 PM EST


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