So, the surgery went well and my shoulder is back together again.
It was cool to see the bandage taken off a couple days later -- the two inch incision was stapled closed, and looked like something out of Star Trek -- I looked like mini-Borg. Fortunately, the 20 or so staples came out very easily.... no, I didn't take pictures before or after.
Today's second check-up went well. I am now approved to lift half a cat. Either that, or a whole cat, using both arms. No skiing. No riding.
For now, the focus is on range-of-motion. Then, in two weeks, I'll begin strength training. I'd intended to focus on "getting into shape" in 2007... I guess this was one way to start! ;-)