Life In The Slow Lane...
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San Diego, CA, United States
This is a commentary about the slow lane, about the slowing of time since I suffered a severe brain injury while skateboarding with my dog. This is a blog about recovery; about our '82 VW Westfalia. It's about writing, surfing, camping, married life, bleeding ulcers that make you feel old at 32; about family, friends, and my dog Artie; it's about cruising in fourth gear, getting passed by every car and learning to appreciate every second of it.

Monday, January 31, 2011

On Your Marks, Get set...Click

I've been trying to get in better physical shape. I vowed to start exercising every day. So far, it's been an empty promise. The fatigue is constantly with me. It prevents me from adding any more to the already exhausting day to day. A couple weeks ago I told myself that I wasn't going to let it win.

I was proud of myself when I got the old skate shoes out, the surf trunks, and an old cut-off concert tee for a nice little jog around the block. A few strides into it a mild headache would arrive. The ache came from the top of my head, not in the temple like it usually does. Apart from the headache, I would hear little clicking noises, like the sound your neck makes when it cracks. With each stride, as my foot landed on the pavement, there sounded the click.

The other day I asked my doctor about the headache and the clicking noise. He told me that the headache is a result of my skull getting removed. And then he told me the clicking sound is most likely the two pieces of my skull rubbing together, I guess kind of like a fault line in the earth's plates.

He said that I should avoid any "high impact" exercises such as running. He recommended a spinning class.

Nothing against spinning, but it's something that I just can't bring myself to. I can't be that dude.


  1. HEY, pansy! I take spinning! And there are dudes toughing it out in every class because they're too. It just so happens, I kick their asses. But at least they show up. Come on out and let me kick your ass. It'll be fun!

  2. Aaryn B!

    I'm sorry but I hate gyms. I don't know, I guess I'll give it a try. But the moment I see some orange-skinned dude staring at himself in the mirror this pansy is out!

  3. well if you decide to give it a whirl, make sure you choose the right outfit for the job:

  4. Fraulein!

    I think a matching headband would make the outfit complete! Thanks for the great fashion tip.

  5. I picture Will Ferrell at a 'spin class'! How about just walking or swimming?