My Dad is Cooler Than Yours

Here’s why I’ve been MIA for a bit: In addition to my gallery show, I’ve been focused on my 78-year-old father’s comfort because someone recently sawed his sternum in half.

He’s back home now, chilling on the couch watching golf with a bowl of ice cream. He still has a lot of follow-ups and rehab ahead of him. I’ve been taking notes and will write a more detailed account of his ordeal – perhaps titled, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting Open-Heart Surgery” – for others who may have to go through a similar procedure.

One guy who’s in that boat: Mick Jagger. The Rolling Stones had to cancel their most recent tour because Jagger is getting a heart valve replaced. Because he’s a copycat. My dad is hipper than Jagger.

In all seriousness, though, the whole process is kind of a big deal, and like everything else in life, it wasn’t quite what I expected. But here are two definites for you:

  1. We can’t praise University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics enough.
  2. Is. Fucking. Amazing.

Thanks to everyone for their support and well-wishing. Stay tuned.


Banner image is from Wikipedia and shows the oldest part of the UI hospital, built in the late 1920s.