Ailing a bit, but determined not to miss a beat

A knee replacement and a new pacemaker don’t mean the columnist has stopped wanting to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.

Steve Lopez holds a knee replacement model during his pre-surgery appointment at the Keck-USC Hospital Medical Center in August. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times)

By Steve Lopez
September 9, 2012

Being stuck at home while recuperating from surgery is an uncommonly cruel fate. I like to go places and do things, but instead I am locked down, my left leg and brand new knee strapped into an electric flexing machine six hours a day, bending, straightening, bending, straightening.

Please, oh please, if there is a God — as people keep insisting — let there be a rolling blackout.

My one dispensation from this cruel monotony was a Labor Day outing to The Taste, an L.A. Times food festival where I was master of ceremonies and co-judge for the Firefighter Cook-off. It felt good to be out of the house, and to watch as Capt. Mark Curry’s pot stickers edged out firefighter Cruz Macias’ mole enchiladas, giving Curry, who hails from Station 29, bragging rights for a year.

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Dodger’s hope closer Kenley Jansen will return by middle of month

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Dodgers hope closer Kenley Jansen will return by middle of month

By Steve Dilbeck
September 4, 2012, 4:45 p.m.

Kenley Jansen hopes to be pitching again by the middle of the month, though surgery awaits his heart condition.

Jansen hasn’t pitched since Aug. 27 in Colorado, when he once again suffered an irregular heartbeat.

After consulting with another heart specialist Tuesday, the Dodgers announced he would remain on blood thinners another 10 days, and hopes to be able to pitch again by Sept. 17, which is an off day.

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