Hooray we finally obtained our factory space! The fabulous new space is right next door so I will be able to work hard and keep the store open simultaneously. We begin moving our presses and sewing machines, welding units, anvil, work tables etc. Monday. I can hardly wait! I have revised some of the web work and will do even more, check out the links to the right-> We finally got that projector in the store so movie nights and video games are go.
I want to begin a monthly letter and will be placing "Subscribe" buttons here and there. You can find the first one toward the bottom of the sidebar over there. Please sign up I promise no hassling will occur. After we set up the Factory new products will flood out -Shoes, Bags, Wallets, Noisy Units, Shirts, Toaster Ovens... wait no ovens. Any hoo some of you will be super excited to be informed of fresh new VEGAN goodies. We also want to start offering special discounts to subscribers, locals, and hagglers.
I will be going in for supremely major surgery Nov 16th so expect some closures and delays. I am however lucky enough to be the very person to undergo major head cloning implant. Well that may be news, I don't know. If you want to know more please click "The Situation" above and to the right. Good news- they will Not have to use my other leg like last time so yay! Maybe I will snowboard again some day?
Till the 16th I'm working my ass off to fill web orders and get the Factory up and running. I will be in the store quite often till then and I look forward to social calls so come on by.
It has been a very wild ride since we first opened the store way back in September of 20?? Such a blur I have no idea someone help me out here. Another opportunity to express my unending gratitude; thank you all for so much help, when we opened the store we also found out I had a giant cancer tumor in my head. You have carried me all the way through this- well almost all the way I have one more surgery to go (so they say) and then we can put the tired episode behind.
So many surgeries means so many scarves! Muscles may atrophy but hey I can knit a thing or two while I can't do anything else. I don't count a single stitch and I don't use a single plan other than 'follow my intuition'
Melinda has been so amazing through all of this and it turns out she is an incredible model.
St Johns has been really incredible and warm to HVB in out fabulous new location. I love being able to walk to work with Fezzy just a few blocks from the house and being a block away from Proper Eats is super delicious!
Our new store is right against my favorite bit of architecture: the St Johns Bridge. Built as a prototype for the Golden Gate Bridge by the same team It is just too fabulous with super high Gothic arches I just love it. You can see pictures all over the web from the tourists who come here from all over the world to see it and the lakes out here. I had no idea!
There you have it. New scarves and HVB is still going strong with our new and informative Brochure that Marci worked so hard on. My windows face the open sunset with no other buildings to obscure every great sunset- I love it, wide open just trees, bushes and sunsets.
An endless list of reasons not to write this is trying to stare me down. Need more sleep, too much pain, emotional imbalance, and it goes and goes but oh well. About an hour ago I realized that I lived through it. No really it hit me hard looking into my sweet heroic wife's eyes crying happily that I could have died as easily as I lived.
Maybe a month ago my biopsy for my congested sinuses came back with all kinds of amazing results. Malignant. I only want to give an update here in case someone heard something like the rumors I've heard, I can't write or talk or walk yet but I have to do some thing. It all happened so fast but in slow motion very much monochromatic with bursts of muted color. Red. So much red. Melinda is so strong and loving and we have each other and nothing else is that big. She carried me all the way up the hill and out of danger. I want to spy on her movement till time is no longer time, her face is the focal point of surrounding good things. Good finds a place to rest in her beautiful face. She saved me from the sea of red now only in my routine nightmares.
I have been home from hospital now two weeks. Two weeks in hospital. ICU HELL. The food they kept putting in my tube was vegan only in that it had no animal milks or parts but it was not vegan the way I'm vegan. Ingredient one: water. Oh well water is good for sure but in "food" i would prefer water to be "juices" that come from FOOD. Lets see... ingredient two: Corn Syrup, yeah that shit I avoid in my real life! At home I don't need insulin cause I eat very well- vegans really have it good if they are doing it right which is most of us. Every six hours they poke holes in my fingers then come back with a shot of insulin and that pissed me off more than anything in the world. It could easily be avoided if they actually had FOOD the shit in the can they put in my tummy tube has a big Nestle logo. Enough of the rant here is what the operations entailed roughly.
I was out while for twelve hours lots of people I love and who love me waited while two teams worked on me. One team cutting down the length of my lower leg to remove my tibia save a couple inches on each end. Attached to the bone are a sizable muscle and 4x6 inch bit of skin. While this is happening the other team separated my facial skin from my cheeks and upper jaw so they could cut out and remove my cheekbones, upper jaw, and sinus area with the fist sized cancer. I really am not ready for this level of detail. for more or less info veganPDX on fb.