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Breaking away from socio-political angst [Oct. 5th, 2015|01:02 pm]
Young Geoffrey
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As the Canucks among you will know, Canada is in the midst of a federal election, one in which the ruling Facists Conservatives have taken off the gloves and are using blatant lies (did you know that marijuana is "infinitely worse" than tobacco? Well, now you do! If a Prime Minister asserts it, it must be true, right?) and out-right racism (anti-Muslim xenophobia dressed up in women's rights lipstick) to divide and conquer. With two weeks to go until election day, the fear-mongering and hate-stirring seems to have moved the necessary 10% or so of voters so that Harper's thugs can taste victory. In a first-past-the-post system, 35% of the vote might be enough to secure a majority in Parliament.

  Image: Photo of my right thigh, rear, about one week after tearing my hamstring.

All of which is to say, rage and despair are the primary emotions I'm feeling when I look at the world around me; and that's just in Canada.

Worse (or better?), I still haven't managed to finish that fucking long-promised review of last year's be-damned Doctor Who Christmas Special. That despite having watched the stupid thing at least four times by this point, maybe more. And it's already three episodes into the new series and I have yet to watch a single one of them. And I realized the other day that I'm not missing the show at all.

Sigh ...

On the up-side, I have fully-recovered from the torn hamstring I suffered last spring (that's the ugly pic above and to the right) and in fact finished my latest "season" with the bloody well-organized Ottawa Footy-Sevens yesterday, with a double-header. I'll guestimate that I spend close to an hour-and-a-half of the tours hours on the field — which, I hasten to add, isn't why we lost both games.

But fun was had, and (as I've said before) the fact that I even can more or less hold my own with people who probably average 20 or 25 years younger than I am still thrills me all to all.

That said, soccer does not come without its costs. And in my case, the hamstring aside, the primary payees have been my feet. Specifically, my big toes. In the past few years I've lost four or five tonails, and two more will soon follow.

For reasons I don't fully understand, I feel compelled to show them to you.

But for reasons I do understand (the pictures are gross!; and so are my feet, as I discovered yesterday when I looked at the photos Raven took before I set out for my games), I'm placing them behind a cut so that you will see them only if you actually want to.

Image: My feet are UGLY

Image: My big toes will both soon lose their nails.

You're welcome!

And now I must be off to the day-job. exeunt

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[User Picture]From: jamiewho
2015-10-05 10:24 pm (UTC)
Yeuch. Those really are gross!

I don't know if this would make a difference, but I know long-distance runners have some weird shoe lacing techniques that are supposed to reduce some of the more common issues - one of which is losing toenails like this. Maybe something to Google and try out?

I hear you on the political rage - I keep reminding myself not to pick fights with my FB friends who have terribly political opinions. They're making it so hard though...
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[User Picture]From: ed_rex
2015-10-06 02:35 am (UTC)

Hey! What about a little sugar-coating!?!

Yeuch. Those really are gross!

Well, despite the subject-line, I can't really argue with you.

As for solutions, i've actually taken to wearing foam protectors on the big toes. (Those injuries came about during my first game back from injury. Yes, both of them.) I think my biggest problem is that I have very wide, very flat feet, so it's hard to get shoes that really fit right. I usually end up with something so tight it hurts, or so lose my feet kind of flop around inside them. Insoles help, but — obvious — not to perfection.

hear you on the political rage - I keep reminding myself not to pick fights with my FB friends who have terribly political opinions.

Fortunately most of mine are at least in the same political ballpark. If I have any raving right-wingers they're at least wise enough to keep quiet about it in my presence. But even so, I find myself getting short-tempered.
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