In 1995 I went to the Kaiser hospital in Santa Clara due to challenges with my knees.
The doctor who I saw took X rays and said my knees had very little cartilage and that I would qualify for handicapped parking due to the condition of the knees. Said that I was not interested in having a handicapped parking permit.
When I go to a store such as the Safeway on Hamilton Avenue and the Orchard Supply near San Carlos Street,
both in San Jose, I park a far distance from the store and walk from there, in order to get exercise.
For some time I have been interested in Rhododendron occidentale.
I am a long time contributor to the Seed Exchange of the American Rhododendron Society
The plant hunter Mike Creel, the codiscoverer of R. eastmanii, called me the Indiana Jones of Rhododendron occidentale.
The only area I have not explored is the Cascades and Sierras.
If I had a TARDIS
instead of a Taurus, would be able to explore this area.
Over the years, the pain in my knees would come and go, and be within the manageable range.