November 26th, 2006

In case you're wondering why I'm standing as I type this, it's because my back's gone out again. My chiropractor has explained it to me thusly: there's probably some frayed ligament-type stuff in my lower spine, which leads to instability, which -- given the right combination of torque and exhaustion -- leads to a muscle getting overloaded, which leads to that muscle spasming, which leads to a nerve getting pinched, which leads the nerve to send a signal back to that muscle -- and hey, maybe some other muscles, too! -- to spasm some more, which ...

Well, you get the general idea.

The extra drag of this is that I'm in the middle of visiting a bunch of college campuses, as I work on my upcoming stage monologue about democracy. This week I'll be at the University of San Francisco, attending classes, meeting with faculty and students, and -- on Friday -- improvising on stage for a couple of hours. I've been looking forward to this campus visit for months, and now I can barely tie my own shoes.

My hopes rest in the three "I's": ice, ibuprofen, and ... I forgot the third "I." Irony? Impishness? The International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU)? Damn, now my brain's slipping, too. ...

If you're at USF this week, be very afraid.

Entry Filed under: let's digress

1 Comment

  • 1. Sue T.  |  November 27th, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    Feel better, Josh!! I’m looking forward to your new monologue.

    I was disappointed to note that TJKS is not airing tonight due to the pledge drive. Personally, only a new episode of your show would make me whip out my credit card. Are you listening, KQED? How about… Josh interviews Suze Orman or Dr. Perricone? Or you could sit down with the surviving members of the Grateful Dead or the Bee Gees. Special pledge premiums, such as front-row tickets to one of your shows or “Wandering Josh” messenger bags, could be offered.

    I’ve never understood why KQED thinks something like “The Boomer’s Guide to a Great Retirement” (airing tonight in the JKS time slot) would bring in more money than its regular offerings, which presumably have a loyal following.

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