What I Did On My Summer Vacation
What I mostly did, at least during August, was get my right hip replaced. The old model had been stiff, painful, and a damn nuisance, for somewhere between five and eight years. Eventually, it forced me to the routine use of a cane, which (impelled by vanity) I put off for as long as I could. I bought one that was cheap but reasonably good-looking, but when it started looking beat up, I was faced with the choice between buying a really nice but rather expensive one that would serve as a fashion statement rather than a mere mobility aid, and getting the underlying problem fixed. All my friends who had had replacements told me the latter was absolutely the way to go. Well, so far, I think they were right, and I should have had it done at least five years back.