Category Archives: Ramblings

Hair Today

First, some background. A few weeks ago I did something to my sciatic nerve which made it painful to sit or move or do much of anything. It was healing nicely, but still not quite good enough to engage in my usual routine of going to the gym. I had hoped to do so on Friday before my scheduled haircut at Toni & Guy in Omote-Sando. In any case, I decided against going to Gold’s. This turned out to be one of the most fortuitous injuries I’ve ever had. Without an injury I would have been on a train almost an hour away from home at 14:45 on 11MAR11. Alone and frightened with absolutely no way to get home, and without the lifeline of a phone call. I know that I would not have been able to handle it with the well-practiced brave and stoic resolution we’re seeing in the Japanese all around us. I fell apart enough lurching my way into the emergency area outside where I stood shaking almost as much as the quake.
This brings us to today. I’ve been vacillating between frantic worry and fatalistic resignation for days. It was 04:00 this morning and there was no sleep in the immediate outlook. Passing the time going through old photos, I noticed that it was self-delusion in thinking that my hair has not been going for quite some years. My increasingly long hair had been bugging me even before the thankfully missed appointment (which itself was postponed a few weeks). It goes without saying that frivolities like hairdresser visits would not be happening anytime in the foreseeable future. So, sitting here in the midst of the worst disaster of the century, I pulled out the clippers. I had to use a regular razor after the clippers to make sure it was even at least. In the mirror it looks almost human-like, but in the picture I took … Perhaps this is more self-delusion but I think I look better in person than digitally rendered. I certainly hope so. Though this is the absolute last time and place on this planet for vanity … the result is … frightening.

Oops, They Did it Again

“Japan flirts with disaster after the fuel rods in the Fukushima No. 1 power station’s No. 2 reactor are fully exposed by workers who let a cooling pump run out of gas.” (JT) Oh, sorry, forgot?! All of this crap is really beyond belief. I keep seeing stories like this. The other day it was something about the explosion which happened because a vent door was left closed “FOR SOME REASON.” They used those words! Really!!?!? What exactly is going on if, despite the apparent cover-ups and downright lies, these things happen for some reason. Serious anger here. Really?!?! They try to cool the thing with seawater, but the seawater reservoir just all of a sudden, unexpectedly ran dry too. So, there is some problem finding a source for seawater? Oh. My. God.

Meanwhile (JT), “Train runs cut, store shelves empty, gas pumps dry as residents prepare for darkness” … and what a bleak darkness it is.

Coccyx’ed Up

For some reason I’m oddly fragile. If I wear a rough shirt, the seams can leave red marks that last for days. If the back of my hand rubs against the wallpaper next to the bed in my sleep, the skin scratches off. If I use the computer with my elbows on the desk, the elbows get sore and bruised.
Somehow I’ve done it again. This time I’ve inexplicably bruised or knotted up the muscles around my tailbone, misaligned my lower spine, or pinched the sciatic nerve. I noticed this because upon trying to get up in the morning I felt an extremely sharp stabbing pain. I’ve never given any thought to the centrality of this muscle group as the core basis for pretty much all movement. It is excruciating to sit, stand up, sit down, walk, etc. Lying on one side is about the only relief.
I suppose my “best by” date has simply expired – Apparently some time ago.