I’ve got blisters on mah fingeeeeers!

Hmm. What band wrote that ‘lyric’? I don’t know the answer, so someone tell me please.

The leg seems worse: stiffer, more painful. I’ve got a burning sensation in it. Travelling was HELL today. It’s raining (Holland is partly flooded by the way… very unusual) and it’s dangerous out there. The crutches slip on the floors at Central Station. I’m not going through that tomorrow. Waiting outside in the rain way too long for that damn train-taxi – trying to balance on my one leg. I’ll catch a death o’ cold. My good leg is hurting from the strain too.

I called the MD… and was told I was half an hour too late. Please call between 11 and 11.30. Fuck that. MD’s are useless. They don’t want to see you, they make you pay hot rice for a consultation by phone, they never take you seriously…

My hands are sore & full of blisters from the damn crutches, eventhough I’m wearing my cycling gloves. People were amazingly rude today – bumping in to me, not waiting for me to get on or off the train, not helping me get on or off the train, not waiting for to get on the escalator. It is totally amazing and it deserves a new column in ‘Flat’.

The boys in Arcanum are happy with the site… it just needs a few changes here and there. So that’s a load off my back. Now I can work on some stuff for gavinfriday.com .

SBS

Sunday B… you get the drift. Not much you can do with a bad leg, is there? Amazing how you can take walking for granted.

The fever went up to around 38,7 and then subsided during the night. Woke up feeling better and I could even stand on the leg… a bit. But I was soon back to the crutches. My hands are getting sore from them.

I watched boring television all day and read some more of Bridget Jones’s Diary. After ordering spaghetti and garlic bread & tiramisu from the take away (it sounds better than it tastes) I finally finished work on the Arcanum site. It isn’t ready to go live yet – the boys in the band are checking it out for bugs and updates. It’s a simple but effective site, I think. I originally wanted to invest some more time and effort into it, but I then stuck to the k.i.s.s. rule. (Cause I’m lazy). I hope the fans are happy with it.

Knackered!

Hmm. I’m not sure that was a good idea. Going to work on crutches? I guess if you stick to it long enough, your arms get strong enough to get you anywhere. But I was struggling. And the escalators at Utrecht central station were kaput.

‘s Funny how some people are *so* helpful. And others make a point of bumping in to you, or *not* helping you out when you could obviously use some.

The muscle seems to be relaxing a bit now. I might be back on both feet by the end of the weekend, if I take it slow. I hope so, because I’m a bit too impatient for all this and I’m tired of living on bread.

Just watching a bit of the MTV awards. This years winners are a joke. Natalie Imbruglia my arse. Aerosmith… pullease – yes, they’re dedicated pros… but they’re not exactly the avant garde of popular music. Will Smith – he’s just so… so… so fucking Cosby! Backstreet Boys… godalmighty. Hmm… ok, I admit it, that Backstreet’s Back song was kind of catchy. Best performance of the night must be Ghetto Superstar… Wyclef Jean and Pras and whatever their names are.

Madonna can’t sing, but at least she makes great records :). I hated her very first hit over here, “Like a Virgin”, but have come to appreciate her since then. I think she’s very very cool and smart. My favourite Madonna singles are ‘Deeper and Deeper’ and ‘Justify My Love’.

Anyone out there a ‘lists’ person? I’m not so bad now, but I used to scribble down lists all the bloody time. Best books, best singles, best albums, etc. It’s a trainspotter kind of affliction.

Well, I was scribbling down my favourite performers the other day:

Gavin Friday, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, George Michael, Frank Sinatra, Marc Almond, Tom Jones, Mario Lanza, Robbie Williams, David Bowie and Sinead O’Connor. I stopped there and wondered what the significance of that list was.

Well, I don’t know. Perhaps that I like men more than women’s voices… unless they’re bald?

I installed a new script on the site, which makes it possible for people to add their own links. Check it out.

Crutches

Crutches

Well, I don’t know what the hell that valium was for. I really didn’t need it. Us women… we’re used to pain. ;-)

But I still can’t walk properly (and should give the leg a good rest) so I’ve got to go get crutches. They’re on the other side of town basically – and I’ll have to rent them at 6 guilders a day, or something. Not too bad. It’s getting there that is the problem. Taxi… but then there’s a market going on right now, so it’s going to be a bit crowded.

later…

It was a bit of a trek, but I managed to get the crutches. They’re actually 6 guilders a week – they’re going to make a HUGE profit on that! I’d forgotten how difficult walking with crutches is and I’m pretty tired from the excursion. But I’m back in work tomorrow, my company will take care of transportation from the station

So, I didn’t get to do much today – a little work on the Fatima Mansions site, that’s all.

A lot of people have said I should get a second opinion and perhaps go see a physiotherapist. That would mean I’d have to see my GP first… a lot of hassle and bills.

Excuse me while I stumble down to the shops to get a bottle of pop.

Von B bites the dust

&%$@fekgrumbledamnfekfekfek%$^#!!!

I’ve got a great big bandage around my leg. I was 2-1 down in the first set when I had a whiplash in my leg. Felt like someone hit a tennisball right on my calf. There I was, eating gravel. Everybody was very nice, I was carried back to the club house, given tea and a bag of ice for my leg. Then they got me a taxi and I had it take me straight to the hospital I used to work in. It’s near my house so I thought that would be the most practical.

In the taxi the leg began to get real stiff – and it started to hurt a bit more. At the First Aid center they made me wait half an hour… not too bad actually. Diognosis (or is that ‘anamnesis’ ?) took about a minute. Squeeze here and there. OUCH. Right, a whiplash. Very nice feller who looked like that Irish actor… erm… what’s his name, he’s the bastard father in ‘Family’, came in to put a supportive bandage on the leg. Doctor prescribed some valium. Got 2 tablets for tonight. It doesn’t hurt *that* much now but they told me it would later on. I gather I’m not too squeamish… the migraines have probably upped my pain level by a mile.

Bugger. Bugger. Bugger.

You know there are two types of persons in the world. Mazzelman and Nebbishman. I’m definitely Nebbishman. Girl. Whatever. It was going to be an interesting match. The girl was really good, or had been a really good player & was just getting back into tennis. Played district, C1 class. I would have lost, but it would have been interesting. If only they hadn’t made us play outside. I was hoping for indoors, I’d even bought shoes for it. Bugger.

Hmm… will I pop that valium now, or will I be a really tough girrrl and stick it out without?

Let’s try get on my trackbottoms first. Still in my tennis shorts …

Page 60-three girl

That IQ interview is out. The picture is ok I suppose. My hair looks funny. ‘So what’s new,’ my colleague J. said. Har har.

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Game – set – match

I’ve played a lot of sports in my life. Granted, not much of it in the last 15 years, but I was a regular ‘jock’ in my schooldays. I was on just about every school team, except field hockey. I played softball, basketball, volleyball, handball, football (soccer). At one point, I was aiming to become a P.E. teacher.

There’s nothing quite like hitting a home run or scoring a goal. I guess it releases all kinds of chemicals to make you feel good.

I started playing tennis at the age of 12, and played reguarly until I went to college when I was 20.

In my last year at school, I tore some tendons in my ankle. It was during the finals of the district basketball competition. I had broken through their defence on their half, but was sandwiched by two of them as I was coming down from the lay up. When I hit the floor I felt my ankle twist.

I lost my cool after that. After the operation, the ankle stayed stiff and I kept being afraid I’d twist it again. I stopped playing sports shortly after I went to college. Joined a softball team, but didn’t like the people and I couldn’t get over the ankle thing. Last thing I did was the University tennis championships around 1983. Guess what, I won. But only 3 women competed so it wasn’t that big a deal.

I picked up tennis again this year, at last – it felt good to be doing sports again, but I’m very unfit and my bones and muscles ache a little too much. I play with an ex-colleague, who’s only starting out. She’s fit, but she’s still learning how to play so it kind of evens out. We didn’t play an awful lot, maybe once every two weeks. But I felt confident enough to sign up for the Broadcasting Open. I played my first match today.

I still had stabs of pain in my head, the lingering migraine, but I went anyway. We had to play indoors, because it had rained all night and the outdoors courts were flooded.

During warm up I found out my opponent hit the ball a lot harder than my sparring partner. She told me she played regularly, at least 3 times a week, and she’d gone on tennis camps twice. I’d never played indoors before, so it took getting used to the strange surface and the way the balls skidded instead of bounced. But I like the fast ball, and the better my opponent is, the better I play.

I didn’t really feel like playing or winning – it’s the laziness in me, I didn’t want to have go out to the courts again (they’re on the edge of Hilversum, the town that I work in).

This meant that I was totally relaxed, I didn’t feel much pressure. I usually don’t play that well in matches, the pressure makes my muscles tense and I have never been very good concentrating, or keeping my temper.

So I was 0-3 down in the first set when my arm started warming up. I won the first set easily after that, 6-3. Then I lost it because I am so unfit. I started trembling and sweating and my limbs wouldn’t do what I wanted them to do. I lost the second set very quickly, 0-6!

When I was 0-2 down in the first set, my body started pulling itself together. It got back to 2-2, 3-3, 4-4 and then I started floating. I mean that I was playing without a care in the world, hitting that ball instinctively. All my first serves were in during the last game. In, and hard. My opponent had problems returning them. I won 6-4.

I love playing tennis. I’ve never had lessons, never played competition. But I’m good at it. It comes naturally, like most ball games. When the ball hits that sweet spot just right – especially when it’s your backhand and you can drive that ball cross court, on the line, I tell you… it’s the sexiest thing on earth.

I’m looking forward to my second match, on Monday.