F 1 D 0 - 2003 01 08 at 0200 Things that hurt. I took a fridge for a walk recently. At the time it made sense to me. I didn't think my back would like me forcing it into the back of a truck, driving only a few short blocks, and then forcing it out again, only to heave it up a few steps. So, we strapped it to a dolly using a special nylon belt with a turnbuckle ratchet, and connected it to the thing in a solid fashion. Once done, I walked it. I thought One Block. I thought Wrong. It was four. There are things, even once they're on wheels, which remain heavy. Even minor changes, such as a driveway's angle to the roadway were something I felt instantly. I found new muscles. On the exterior of my arms, just behind my wrists toward the elbow are the muscles which ached most from holding the dolly. I knew in advance I wasn't interested in hurting my back, so I managed hurting my achilles instead. I'd bend my knees, and holding with all of my might, uttered the grunt of strength, and moved the fridge up one single step. Instead of engaging my back, I used a bent knee, and straightened the leg out. This seemed sensible. Ann has advised me that how I feel may not be correctly attributed to this moving thing. She was in similar pain for a few days. Marc, the next door neighbour had similar complaints too. Is it possible I've got some kind of Norwalk or whatever flu virus is going around? It doesn't feel like sickness. I'm not aching like sick. But joints hurt suddenly. Actually, last night I thought I was dreaming, when my left hand was hurting. Finger joints, wrist joints, elbow joints. All hurt suddenly last night. No reason for it, and only in my left hand. Since I'd recently done this moving, I decided this was just payback for too much working and not enough rests. This payback continues in a weak achilles tonight. Walking hurts more sometimes than other times. I don't want this. I want invisible joints. I'm now medicated. Aspirin and Ibuprofen. I wasn't very motivated at the Bluegrass music tonight. I tried playing a song without a name when it was my turn, but I was hardly heard. I normally consider this inability to be heard over the normal din a travesty, and I keep playing until things change. But tonight I was just as happy to let other people lead. During the break was another matter. I felt right at home while everyone is making noises to make my own, and managed leading a lot of music. Happily, a few people came over and showed me some things about holding and playing guitar. "Down Up Down Up Down Up. Eat it. Sleep it. Breathe it. Down Up Down Up." Reaallly?, I ask. "Yes, really. Once you have it under control, use the down stroke for things aligned with quarter notes, and the up stroke for things aligned with the (other) eighth notes." Anyway, I was encouraged. I hope whatever is paining me will vanish by tomorrow at 8pm, when my next opportunity to lead a class happens. My dance card is filling up! Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm for team teaching aerobics. Tuesdays at 8pm for Bluegrass. Fridays at 7pm for Scottish. Sundays at 7pm for English. And specifically for this week, I have to meet with the coordinator of the Complex on Friday at 2pm, to learn the rules for living. The food for tonight was a curry. I like using Ottogi (brand) Korean curry powder. It is like an instant product for making a thick sauce. Just add this stuff to cold water, and mix it up. It thickens and behaves like a good restaurant sauce mix. Well, I couldn't find it in time. So instead I used 1 pkg "chicken" noodle soup 5c water 4 cloves garlic, sliced roughly 1 onion sliced thinly 3 carrots chopped into very large pieces 2 tb Indian Curry Masala 2 tb garlic 4 oz raisins, divided 9 oz frozen meat 3 medium potatoes, sliced into half inch coin Once the water was boiling, I added the package of soup. After a few minutes, I whizzed with an electic hand blender. I added the garlic, and whizzed it again. I added the carrots, onion, half the raisins and all of the frozen meat. I sliced the onion as fine as I could, and added that. I tasted for salt, and added a lot. I tasted it and found I'd overdosed it. So salt isn't in the list. Add enough so that the taste is right, but not beyond that. Perhaps a round teaspoon. I got three eggplant sliced into 1.5 inch "coins" but I've not added that yet. The curry seemed fine without any more stuff. I tasted the curry, and found it still salt heavy. I sliced the three potatoes, and added them. Thinish 1/4 inch slices. Once these were soft, I could tell the salt was getting better. Anything not added? Add it. Taste for garlic and onion. If it needs more, slice in more! The whole house is fragrant from Curry. It came out very nice. That's all I know.