yesterday was the busiest day i’ve had in a long time. i left the house at 1:00 and was performing (SW3D for the last time) at 2:30. then i went to pioneer square to perform with BBWP for the utilikilts party, at 8:00, and on the way i sprained my ankle. i performed with BBWP anyway, buckets and all, despite the fact that my ankle was swollen to the size of a small pumpkin – “the show must go on” and all of that crap – and then i went back to the palladium for the late night show, from which i didn’t arrive home until 3:00 am, when i – finally – put an elastic bandage on it. when i woke up at 8:00 this morning, my ankle had turned 8 different shades of purple and green. i took the “anti-inflammatory” dose of ibuprophen, elevated my ankle and went back to sleep. i just woke up again, it’s almost noon, and i’ve got one more performance with the moisture festival, which is – of course – the “marathon”… of course, BBWP is performing again, as well as the fact that i’ve got almost 5 hours of performing with the band, where i can’t elevate my ankle anyway.

and on top of that, i don’t have any pot. i ran out about a week ago, and haven’t been able to get a fresh supply, because i’ve been so busy. today is gonna be wonderful… 8/

now i’m going to ice my ankle, take more ibuprophen, and sleep more.

but, you know, i wouldn’t have it any other way…

4 thoughts on “CRAP!”

  1. yes, i am very interested, thank you for sharing… 8)

    i knew that japanese people were a lot more reserved and conservative to others about what they believe, because i have one american friend who spent quite a bit of time in japan, and i have another friend whose wife is from japan. i get the impression that i wouldn’t fit in very well, because i’m so unabashed about the fact that i believe in things that most people don’t, in spite of the fact that most of what i believe is pretty straight forward hinduism… although, at the same time, i can understand their distrust of lutherans. my experience, especially with japanese lutherans, has left me somewhat skeptical myself. 8)

    my parents have concluded that i was in a cult a long time ago, and i suppose it’s true, although it is not a negative thing from my point of view… of course, being around my parents has always been a negative experience for me, so that is at least a partial explanation for why.

  2. I’m really glad your ankle is so much better. I’ve only known about Reiki for five years or so, and I can honestly say that I’ve never heard of “laser” Reiki.

    I thought you would be interested to know: Earlier this week I discussed your Reiki encounter with my Japanese friend Eri, who is really interested in the study and treatment of “ki.” It seems that in Japan, Reiki is not very well known and is treated rather suspiciously. I have noticed since coming to Japan that people in general tend to be very apprehensive about anything “religious” or “mystical” (which totally shocked me! I guess my preconceived notions about Japan were more romanticized and orientalized than I thought.) On the other hand, Reiki practice was founded in Japan and is based on Japanese concepts, so why should it be so unpopular? I’ve asked a lot of people about this phenomenon (not just about Reiki, but about spiritual practice in general), and, from what I gather, the 1995 Sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subways has a lot to do with this rampant suspicion. (As you may recall, those attacks were carried out by the religious cult Aum Shinriky?.) Anyway, it seems that this one incident was enough to make most of the Japanese public distrust everything from Lutherans to Reiki.

    My friend Eri is also a black belt in Aikido, and she uses a form of ki healing similar to Reiki in her Aikido practice and with her students. She said she tried using this treatment on her grandmother, who was having some back pain, a few years ago, but when the treatment actually worked her grandmother freaked out and called Eri’s mom asking if she was in some kind of cult. We’ve discussed the issue of ki on numerous occasions, and asked random passersby whether they believe in it, and so far the answer has always been “no,” accompanied by nervous laughter. I suppose there may be a lot of Japanese who do believe in things like Reiki, and are too afraid to seem weird or stupid by admitting it or discussing it. Regardless, I think this phenomenon is interesting and I will continue to investigate…

    I may actually be going to get Reiki treatment myself, because I’ve been having neck problems for a few months now. Eri knows someone who has a part-time Reiki practice in a town nearby, so I’ll let you know how that is if I go.

    LASER Reiki?? More like AWESOME Reiki.

  3. now here comes the really interesting part…

    before the marathon performance last night, i made the acquaintance of moz wright, the sword swallower(!) who was part of the moisture festival, who is also a reiki practitioner. he did “laser” reiki on my ankle before the BBWP opened the show. i immediately noticed that it felt a lot stronger (which is a good thing, as the BBWP perform on buckets) and by the end of the show, it was a lot better than i expected it would be. now, the morning after, it’s healed enough that i can take the elastic bandage off without a problem. there’s still some residual soreness, but all in all, it appears to be completely healed. i don’t know what “laser” reiki is, or how it is differentiated from “normal” reiki (this was my first “treatment” ever, which consisted of him seating me in a chair and walking around me making swishing noises and motioning with his hands) but i have sprained my ankle many times in the past, and i’ve never known it to heal that quickly. whatever magic-woogie-thing he did seemed to really work.

    this will be my 2nd utilikilt, and, you know, utilikilts are not just for men… 8)

  4. I hope your ankle gets better soon! That sounds pretty rough. At least you don’t have gangrene, though.

    Aside: If I was a dude I would totally wear a utilikilt, like, ALL THE TIME. That shit is fresh.

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