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Are you looking forward to the opening of the Hall of Athletics at Kansas University?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on January 19, 2006

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Photo of Eileen Chrisjohn

“Yes. I think it will be cool. I think it’s good for the community and students. It will be a nice, new attraction to the city.”

Photo of Laura Cooper

“Yes, I’m very excited about it. There have been a lot of great athletes who played for KU in all sports, but especially basketball. I think it’s great.”

Photo of Matt Spurlin

“I haven’t heard anything about it, but it’s absolutely something I’d want to go see. With all the tradition we have here I’m definitely looking forward to it.”

Photo of Sampson Yimer

“Yeah, absolutely. I’ve been a lifelong KU fan. It’s definitely a good addition to the fieldhouse.”

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imagold 12 years, 4 months ago

I wandered through it at last Saturday's game. Will be interesting to see it filled up, but I still am miffed at the addition directly on Allen Field House. It would have looked just as nice on the lawn as a stand-alone building.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 4 months ago

Why yes! I'm just sitting on pins and needles waiting for it to open up. I can hardly sleep at night. YEASH!

Gnome, Hope you get a good telephone call today! My hubby is also a bionic man. (No pacemaker but has stainless steel and Gortex in his ticker). He's doing quite well with it. Now we just found out that he has a fractured vertebre in his back. SIGH Nothing to do for it at his young age 'cept deal. Maybe in a few years they'll come up with something better than spinal fusion. They are always making advances.

Hope you all have a pleasant day. I don't think there will be a lot of posters today so feel free to ramble on in a state of Ceallach! Hee hee. Couldn't resist!

lunacydetector 12 years, 4 months ago

Superman, Batman and Robin, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman...i can't wait.

oh, it's Hall of Athletics?.....

never mind.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 4 months ago

I have a DVD with the coaches' films from the 1969 Orange bowl at home. I should open my own HOF since I've been an athletic supporter all my life. Course I was a cheerleader, but that counts, doesn't it???

Yes, we wore pleather jackets.

beatrice 12 years, 4 months ago

This early in the day, and already Pleather Bob makes an appearance, and Gootsie admits "I've been an athletic supporter all my life." This might be an interesting day around here.

On topic: Not really. People get too wrapped up in sports and allow it to control their actions and moods.

Oh, and Go Steelers!!!

Aquaman sleeps with the fishes.

Linda Aikins 12 years, 4 months ago

B, if I put a pole in my HOF, will you come perform? Shoes optional.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 4 months ago

TOB, we got it the first time! Seeking glory are you?:)

Gootsie, Like, Oh m' gosh! I was a cheerleader, too. Giggle We had to wear those itchy wool sweaters, though. Our saddle shoes were real leather, too. (But our Pom pons were plastic!)

Linda Aikins 12 years, 4 months ago

S_S - totally! Fer sure! Course when I was a'poming, it was "groovy, far out, right on, solid." But we get the point!

Yes - wool sweaters, short skirts, knee socks, and saddle oxfords. Those were the days!

bearded_gnome 12 years, 4 months ago

oh, yes, I'll rush right down to the new Hall of Fame, right after I get done watching the brand new "live grass growing watching in real time channel!" just can't tear my self away yet to go to some hall of fame... ZZZZZ!

yes, SS, my heart has little "mini umbrella" closing a hole in it, made of titanium, too.
am just wondering however, Sue, what did you do to break your man's vertibre? is there video?

yes, we're off to a great start today!

finally, would draw your attention to the article titled RE professor leaves legacy of hope. Rick was a truly great man and it is sad that he died at such a young age. He was a great professor in the classroom and working individually with students.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 4 months ago

Oh, I'm so impolite, I am grateful for your asking Sunflower_Sue! thanks. almost forgot...bad gnome.

acg 12 years, 4 months ago

TOB, child rearing is great, thanks for asking. I've never had so much fun. The baby is beautiful and getting cuter, and bigger, by the day. :)

Linda Aikins 12 years, 4 months ago

Hey Prospector, if I had Wilt's athletic supporter, what in the wide wide world of sports would be its household use? Hurry before this gets removed.

beatrice 12 years, 4 months ago

Use it as one of those bouncing swings for kids?

Gootsie -- I believe it was TOB who made the most money on the pole ... enough for bail, at least!

Linda Aikins 12 years, 4 months ago

I lost track. But it doesn't surprise me that it was a Bob. Thanks B!

sweetpeagj 12 years, 4 months ago

Sunflower far as a fusion goes they have a new procedure that they insert a synthetic disk and if it doesn't work they can remove it and try something else. I have two of them myself and it is the old metal fused ones that bother me the most. Try Dr. Anderson in KC at Heartland Hand and Spine. Wonderful top rated surgeon.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 4 months ago

Bearded Gnome, YES! we have pictures. They cost us a fortune and if you hold them up to the window, you can see the fracture, as well as the various bulging discs. I'll take no responsibility for any of it. Maybe he just hasn't been wearing the appropriate "supporter."

Titanium, huh? In parts alone, you are worth more than the rest of us. Show off!

Gootsie...use it as a salad spinner. You may want to go outside first as the water tends to spray in all directions while whirling overhead.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 4 months ago

sweetpea, thanks for the thought. My hubby has a fractured vertebre. Although he has many a bulging disc, what causes the pain is the break and that can't be fixed. (Not yet, anyway.) Current plan of action is just to ride out the pain until he can't function anymore. It was actually nice to get a surgeon that suggested we avoid often does that happen? (But hubby isn't even 40 yet.) Luckily, he has lots of nice muscles surrounding said vertebre holding it from moving too much. We're adding Pilates to our daily regimen and hopefully that might help. He functions quite well. (Better than most of us on our "good" days):O)

bearded_gnome 12 years, 4 months ago

Sunflower_sue, I meant, do you have video of his breaking it?

nice to have a surgeon suggest avoiding surgery, sounds like a very reputable doc. so, does anything increase his pain? and, is he doing some new exercises to strengthen that part of his back?

yes, titanium, and they had to get a "childrens mercy cardiologist" in for the procedure, because almost every time this is fixed its in a kid under 3, not a grown man of 42...but I have an amazing medical history.
and the titanium umbrella is just one of many bionic parts in my body.

the test was fine, pacemaker is doing just fine. that's another interesting device. when I go to the doctor's office, they put a pad over my chest where the pacemaker is, and communicate with it, at 175KHz. they download a couple dozen pages of data from it on my annual check. .

if the sports hall of fame had a Wilt's Women Wall, I suspect that money would no longer be a problem for the museum. you'd have people paying to see it, to see if their mother was one it, to see if they might be Wilt's lovechild ... the possibilities are endless! wow, what a moneymaker! it would probably force KU to build yet another parking garage in that area of campus.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 4 months ago

Super Gnome, Yeah, I knew what you meant by naughty boy! Do tell of those "other" bionic parts of yours.

As far as his pain...believe it or not, he hurts the most "at rest." I don't know if it's mind over matter but he's a typical male. What I mean by that, and maybe you can explain it to me, is: Why can men have an anvil dropped on their head and seem to not notice, but if they get a hang-nail, oh my gosh, the sky is falling?!?

Oh, and I hope to have him doing Pilates soon. Now THAT would make a funny video!

Linda Aikins 12 years, 4 months ago

Regarding the discussions on assisted suicide and when the end is really close..

Beaten comatose girl breathes on her own SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A severely beaten and comatose 11-year-old girl is now breathing on her own, officials said Thursday, two days after Massachusetts' highest court ruled the state had the authority to remove her from life support.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 4 months ago

having an anvil dropped on you, now that's manly pain. so, we automatically can summon up courage and feel like we are courageously facing down the world when we confront the pain of hitting the thumb with a hammer, while pounding nails...or getting an anvil dropped on your foot, or having a steer step on your face because you didn't roll outa the way in time. examples of manly pain.

but get a hand afflicted with a hangnail, no courage necessary, no test of manly virtue.
there's your pain explained.

wish the new KU holl of fame had a rodeo that would be interesting!

some of what's in me, well, I have a shunt with a magnetically operated valve to maintain proper cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure. I have a perminent I.V. site under the skin of my chest. the pacemaker and titanium umbrella you already know about. if I described the other stuff, I'd probably be identifying meself, but there's actually more.

avhjmlk 12 years, 4 months ago

Good Lord, gnome! How ever do you get through airport security!?!?

avhjmlk 12 years, 4 months ago

(I have visions of the Travelocity Roaming Gnome in my head, by the way)

sunflower_sue 12 years, 4 months ago

SuperGnome, Thanks for clearing that up for us women. You are a bionic man among men. And you have a beard (like my own bionic man) and that's a plus in my book! (Well trimmed, of course.) Now somebody's going to run with that one.;)

oldfashiongirl 12 years, 4 months ago

Sun sue,

I really have empathy for your husband and would like to give you a different perspective on handling his spine condition. My daughter in 1988 was 33 years old and was having awful pain in her back and was waiting for me to return home from a church trip to China. I took her to see the surgeon the next day and surgery was scheduled. They got rid of the pain, in fact the casing that encloses the spinal cord was like Kleenex tissues with hundreds of holes in it. She had no feeling in her legs, but limped and scuffed along and did very well for her condition.

11years later I had a call left on my phone that she was in grocery store and could not walk. She had made an appointment with another surgeon and wanted me to come right away-800 miles away. She managed to get home and I went the next day. He did another surgery on her back in March of 1999 and she could not stand or walk. In May 1999 the same surgeon tried a third time to fix it, but he did not. She has to wear heavy duty leg supports, uses 2 canes to get around the house. She went back to work at CPA office 6 months later and has to use a walker to get around her office.

We had her car retrofitted with hand brakes and gas pedal, as she cannot feel how hard she is depressing brake or giving gas. Her life is completely changed and how happy we would have been if he had not recommended surgery. I don't know how the pain would have been handled. He was going to put some nuts and bolts in her vertebrae and she was so worried but he decided not to go that route.

Of course the decision is with you and your husband, but I would say no surgery on his back. God bless and good luck to you both.

sunflower_sue 12 years, 4 months ago

Oldfashionedgal, Thanks for the thoughts and well wishes. NO surgery is our plan for a long time (and our surgeon's plan as well). I'm sorry your daughter has had such a tough go at it. I empathize with you as well, as I have a brother with severe physical disabilities. It's tough to watch someone that's in pain and know that there's nothing you can do to help them.

Several years ago I adopted the motto "You never know what a day will bring," and I try not to forget that.

Good night all. God bless!

bearded_gnome 12 years, 4 months ago

thanks all and good night.

and, AVHJ... the travelocity gnome represents us gnomes about as well as Britney spears represents you women...indeed. and I was a gnome before there was a travelocity...

get through airport security...why they have a special procedure for people like me, hahahaha.

bearded_gnome 12 years, 4 months ago

how about, an athletic supporters' hall of fame?

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