Superman is dead but Macy’s lives forever

Haha, well maybe not dead, but not lasting as long as I’d hoped! I woke up this morning with the beginnings of my first mouth sore forming on the tip of my tongue. I’ve been fortunate to avoid them this long, but it looks like that is starting to change!

WOOOHOOOO!!!!! I just got a call from the front desk here at the Hope Lodge. My name was pulled in the raffle for tickets to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! We won two tickets to the 34th Street Grandstands!!! I am ridiculously excited! Haha

I have been taking it easy today. I woke up at 11, which was nice. I usually wake up around 7 just because I’m aching or whatever, but have gotten pretty tired as a result of all those early mornings! I went and grabbed some pizza from the place next door for lunch and ate in the kitchen on our floor here at the Hope Lodge. While there I started talking with one of the other residents who was in there, a guy named Joe and his wife. Joe looked to be in his 50s or 60s and has leukemia.

We swapped stories and he was telling me some of the things I could expect. He was really skinny and said that he was about 135 right now, but his usual weight is around 160 and he was in good shape before all of this started. (Luckily I have spent the past 5 years packing on the pounds, so I have about a 20lb buffer built up! haha) He also told me that this is likely just the beginning of the mouth sores. Apparently your body just stops healing itself the further you get along with these treatments, so that should be fun!

On a completely unrelated note, I have been thinking a lot about how to make the most of my time up here. I think I am going to get a nice tripod and start doing a series of night shots of some of the beautiful architecture around New York City. I have started looking around online and making list of buildings I would like to photograph at night. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know and I’ll add it to the list!

We are going to see Memphis on Broadway in just a minute, so I’m going to start getting ready. Gotta take advantage before my blood counts completely tank again!

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12 Responses to Superman is dead but Macy’s lives forever

  1. Ross says:

    The Waldorf-Astoria is a pretty suite art deco stand-out.

  2. Joan Gregory says:

    Looks like the rain is not scheduled to come till Thursday night. It is going to be cold. You better buy and extra glove.

  3. Tom A. says:

    Have fun at the parade and can’t wait to see your photos of the city!

  4. Robley Shirey says:

    I’m a ” in my pj’s with a cup of coffee” parade watcher….I will be looking for you in the grandstand! Have a great time!

    • Rob says:

      Haha, I don’t blame you one bit! I’m sure we’ll be thinking of your warm and cozy seat about 3 hours into the cold! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

  5. Ted says:

    Rob – I work with your Dad and have been getting his periodic updates, which are inspiring. But then I started reading your blog last week, which is even more inspiring…and quite humorous. You have a huge army of people praying for you. Thank you for returning these prayers with courage, confidence and wit. Happy Thanksgiving and God bless.


    • Rob says:

      Thanks Ted! I have no doubt that what courage I have springs from the incredible support of everyone who has reached out and is lifting us up during this time. Thank you for the wonderful note and I hope that you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Maria Garza says:

    Hello, Rob. I worked for your dad in Houston many years ago and have stayed in touch over the years – it’s always great to see him. I was alerted to your situation and blog from another colleague and I just wanted to let you know that you have yet another member in your prayer army. I wish you and your family all the best this Thanksgiving. And I wanted to leave you with my favorite affirmation which I like to recite as a reminder that all will be well. All the best to you, and Enjoy the Parade!

    It shall be well with you from this day forth.
    You will succeed in all you set out to accomplish.
    You have been destined to make it and you will achieve all your goals.
    For the remainder of your life, victory and prosperity will be in abundance.
    Today, God has confirmed only JOY for you and he will always be present for you.

    • Rob says:

      Thank you so much for the kind note Maria! The power of prayer is a miraculous thing to behold and I truly appreciate you adding your voice on my behalf. I hope that this finds you well and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

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