Archive for May, 2009

A Man goes shopping for shoes

May 15, 2009

I approach the shop with my boys. They go running around, doing the weights, the basketball, the golf.

I sneak to the shoe section. I admire the display. Sniff the fragrant aroma of new shoes. I think of all the lost years. Ah, squash shoes…

Normally I would have gone for the cheap (R299) Prince or Hi-Tec. But, I say I have a bad back, and look further up the rack (it seems to increase with price, except for the really smart balck Hi-Tecs). A smooth talking Adidas, white with blue trimmings, catches my eye. Comfort rating ****. It’s spongier than the cheapies. I drool.

I have done my reconnaisance. I have circled the prey. It’s time to move on. Don’t let them know that you want to buy.  Who knows? they might be considering a sale:). Next week: the wife comes with.

This was just the first trip…

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Back to back: basics. Skiers beware!

May 11, 2009

Goto https://the1rod.wordpress.com/2007/12/10/rodski/ for the pics.

My back has been giving me problems since late-2007. I tried massage therapy, physio (with needles stuck in), pilates. Some relief, but on-going problems when I sat down. In my line of work, that is bad.

Eventually, last month I went to see Mark Preyser, a chiropractor. He ‘aligned’ me with some crunching. It turns out that my left hip had started tilting backwards, and my right hip had rolled forward to compensate. This must have caused my back discomfort especially when I sat. I used to get a numbness in my butt, especially on the left side, when I drove for longer than 30 minutes. I had no idea what had caused it, thinking recently that it must be ‘Sitting Disease’, which I read about in a bicycling magazine.

But listening to Mark talk about how injured his back, I got to thinking that I probably injured myself while trying to ski in Söldern, Austria in 2007.   I remember several occassion with my legs over my head while tripping on the kiddie slopes:).  He says it sometimes doesn’t hurt straight away, but only shows up later in a different guise. I was having too much fun probably to notice any pain.

Recently a famous actress died after a skiiing accident which seemed at first to be slight. So, I guess, falling on snow is dangerous, even with my fat African ass:)

My beard makes me feel more like a woman…

May 8, 2009

I get out the shower nowadays, and i don’t know what to do with myself. All that grooming time is no longer necessary.

It’s a bit like the empty nest syndrome I felt to some extent last year with Noah and Jody both at school.

Now it’s only about ten minutes of free time, I guess, but it is still a void. I guess it’s more like a full nest syndrome since my beard is a possible home for birds. Very small birds…

Children are like dogs

May 4, 2009

They are best left to run with their own kind.

In a pack. Minimum amount of attention is required from the owners.

Just add water.

Feed them now and again.