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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Lunchtime at the Red Iguana -- 3/3/06

See the businesses that are helping out at

Today was an incredible day! Joseph had an outing! The hospital staff arranged an expedition into the real world, with lunch at Joseph's favorite resturant, The Red Iguana (736 W North Temple
It was a real adventure. Dad raced away from a meeting at the Church Office Building to take pictures of the festivities (Joseph may start calling him "Papa Rotzi"), then race back. It was a great time with good food and great company.
The 'Therapies' were there (Occupational, Physical, and Recreational) as well as Nursing. Mom and Matt and Bryant Smith were able to join in the food frolic.
The realities of handicapped parking were noted as the first try leaving the hospital van ended in a dead end as the wheelchair lift was blocked by a parked car and they had to move the van and try again. Joseph looked great and was a good sport about the attention and cameras (sorry kiddo).

At home the detailed preparations were made on Thursday night for the footings for the addition, which were poured today. It was a beautiful job (at least until the Grand-dogs put their paw prints on the surface, opps. . . let's bury the evidence). Thanks so much for all of you that are helping out, It's amazing to experience the outpouring of good will and service.
Joseph really enjoys the feedback comments you leave here on the blog and on the site.

1) Joseph and entourage enter the Red Iguana.
2) The head of the table supervises the affair.
3) Left to Right: Kasey and Andrea (Occupational Therapy) Kris (Recreational Therapy), Lisa (Nursing), Bryant and Matt Smith,
Misty (Physical Therapy) and Mom.
4) The crew prepare for pouring the footings for the addition (Joseph's bedroom and bathroom).
5) Tim, Gloria and Joseph Taggart.


Blogger Chrissie said...

Hey're looking slim! You lost weight?

So. This is not fair. I WANT MEXICAN FOOD NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *Chrissie rolls her eyes and goes off muttering about enchiladas...*

Mar 4, 2006, 3:22:00 AM  
Blogger Gym Rat said...

Hey! I'm not first noter for a change... I was beginning to think I was the only one reading any more.

How cool that you got to go out in the real world and eat "real" food. The Red Iguana is fabulous!

Mar 4, 2006, 5:56:00 AM  
Blogger Janice Auger said...

I'm actually a little jealous. Mexican is my favorite, but it's Bernie's LEAST favorite -- so I don't get my "fix" very often.

Hope you enjoyed the food, the company, and the sunshine !

See you soon. Bernie says Hi!

Mar 4, 2006, 8:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Joseph,
We are all rooting for you. Tell you Dad hi for me. I just retired last week from being his secretary. I am involved with the fund raiser next weekend. We had a great meeting today. Things are progressing nicely. Best wishes for your good recovery and health.

Love to you and your family,
Diane Doane

Mar 4, 2006, 4:28:00 PM  
Blogger Stephanie (Record) Davis said...

WOW! Thats awesome that you werea ble to get out! Being cooped inside sucks! But I'm with Bernie Auger, mexican food ewwwwwww!!!! Nice to see your doing so good!
Stephanie Davis

Mar 5, 2006, 5:06:00 AM  
Blogger James Bullough said...

I Love the Red Inuana!! Its good to see you out and about Joe. Hope all is going well.

Mar 5, 2006, 10:09:00 AM  
Blogger TORNER said...

Hi Joe,
You're looking great, maybe you can plan to come over to spain the sunniest paradise this summer!!!
Keep it up, if you don't come over I'll try to jump over there this year.
Quim Torner

Mar 5, 2006, 2:20:00 PM  
Blogger Luciana said...

Hi Joseph,
Now.. It's my turn to say: "Ohhh.. your mother is so sweet!"... I just loved talk to her... and to you..
We are very happy to see these news pictures of you looking so great !! We're keeping praying...
We love you and your family...
PS: A lot of kisses from my mamy...

Mar 5, 2006, 4:44:00 PM  
Blogger AbbyP said...

You lucky boy! I hope you had fun! I'm coming up today to see ya for a bit. I wanna hear all about the food... I hope you didn't have that spiney mango thing again ;-)
I love you!

Mar 6, 2006, 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger rach said...

Hey joe! Looking great! I bet it feels great to be out in the real world again! Seeing more than just the walls of the hospital. Hope you enjoyed the mexican! keep up the good work!

(i know you loved
this one so much)

Mar 6, 2006, 4:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this is a vote for who likes Mexican food (ok, or any other for that matter), count me in! Haven't been to the Red Iguana in some time, but sure makes me want to.

Joseph -- if you need help getting to and around Spain, just let me know, I am sure I could convince Estrella to go!

Glad to see that you are doing well. Hope to see you again soon.


Mar 6, 2006, 11:19:00 PM  

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