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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

70th Birthday Party

I was gone longer than expected.  My 70th BD party is still going on, as I yet have two friends from NYC who, along with a few old friends, are going out to play tomorrow.  And… I fractured my left wrist on Friday night (before the BIG Saturday party) at my dinner party for 14 of my 24 out of town guests.  We were cleaning up @ 9:30, closing down early to get enough rest for the BIG Saturday party, when I slipped on some grease on my wooden kitchen floor. The 7 eye witnesses swore I floated down to the floor like a feather, but I felt my left wrist take the brunt of the fall. I immediately iced & elevated the wrist. After 30 minutes debating among the 15 of us on whether or nor to hit the ER after 10pm on a Friday night, I decided I needed attention.  Good, but time consuming, call.  We didn't get home until after 3 am and I needed to be at my party @ 11!  Below is ER photo by Jerry Posner.

I fractured the wrist in two places, a T.  It will be in a splint another 2 weeks then a cast for about 4 weeks followed by a final splint.  On the bright side, I am right handed, the new splint frees my thumb & fingers, I am in no pain nor on any meds and I can still walk.  

The party was an unforgettable get-together  with 110 of my family & friends from the diverse paths of my life & all over the US.  I didn't stop smiling for hours.  I was showered with love and happy, funny, poignant memories and stories of our lives.  My son was the photographer who got pictures in spite of very challenging lighting and an unfamiliar camera.   

Me and Norman, my former partner and father to our son.  He was the masterful, entertaining M.C. for the afternoon.
Me with Katie and family.

Above is Pat giving me the beautiful Tony Lama belt with the horse buckle.  Below is me on Wednesday, wearing my beautiful new Tony Lama belt, gift from dear friends Pat Hooley & Jim Hookstra.  I am also sporting the latest in wrist splints.
Wielding a camera is not on the agenda for me any time soon, but next post I will regale you with some dazzling shots from the Jean Paul Gaultier show at our de Young Museum in San Francisco.  Happy trails, pard'ners.


  1. So sorry to hear about your wrist right before your party! That's how those things go sometimes, isn't it? I've broken my wrist 3 times from falls inside the home.
    Looks like you had a good time and you look great!

    1. Yes, my family & friends have made this a GREAT time during this whole month of celebrating. The wrist will heal and a lot worse could have happened. My main regret at this point is not being able to hold my professional camera.

  2. Oh, the broken wrist if not the fabulous party will make this birthday memorable for years to come. You need to have an artist friend paint the cast a la Frieda Kahlo. Looking forward to your Gaultier post.

    1. Today I had friends start signing the splint. I get a cast in another week. What a great idea to have it painted!

  3. Sorry to hear about the fractured wrist, but you handled it with such aplomb. Your sandals accessorize you ER outfit perfectly. It sounds like you celebration was everything you had hoped for and more. Couldn't be better than that. You are looking gorgeous at 70!