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It Smelled Like Wet Dog

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2012 by urbannight

Wet Dog

Not long ago, I wrote about the pain I’ve been suffering the past few years.  Last Friday my doctor upped the pain medication for the nerve pain in my left thigh.  It has been feeling MUCH better. 

As for my feet, she recommended going up to night splints and physical therapy.  While on my support group, I was recommended a website that lets you select what foot or leg condition you have and it will show you night splints, shoe inserts, and types of shoes designed just for those conditions. 

I was looking at the picture of an ankle from the back.  It was showing the bone structure in normal shoes and their shoes.  The ‘normal’ shoe had the ankle curved inwards.  It looked a bit like a curved spine.  Their shoe showed a normal, straight, ankle.  This made me think a bit.

I stood up and concentrated on how my ankle and feet are positioned when I stand normally.  I then shifted a bit of my weight to the outside edges of my feet.  I could feel my ankles pull slightly upward and straighten out.  I realized that I’ve been standing and walking with a bad foot and ankle position.  I walked through the apartment and could feel a noticeable improvement in my normal levels of good and heel pain. 

I’ve had weak ankles as long as I can remember.  I was always twisting and spraining them when I was growing up.  I’m wondering if I’ve always been trying to grip with the bottom of my feet for more stability.  Could that lead to an inflamed Plantar Facsiia? 

I’ve spent all week concentrating on my weight distribution on my feet when I walk, trying to make sure I keep the ankle in a straight position.  I do have a little bit of ankle fatigue.  I’m sure it’s because I have to strengthen those muscles to work properly when the ankle is the proper position. 

I’m still have a lot of foot and heal pain in the mornings.  But it’s the pain through the day that is improving.  It doesn’t hurt every single time I get up and down.  I’m feeling a lot better. It is improving my mood.

In fact, today was the first day I felt good enough to go for a REAL walk. 

Blowing in the Wind

A walk outside. 

On real, uneven ground. 

Where the sidewalks slant slightly. 

On a hill where there are no flat sections. 

There is only up and down. 

It was windy and blustery. 

Cool and cloudy.

Slightly Sprinkling.

It was the perfect walk weather.

There was only one problem

It smelled like wet dog.

I do feel a bit more pain in my feet and shins and butt and back.  But I’m really out of shape now.  I want to try to walk every day now.  I hope I don’t pay for it tomorrow.  I have a friend’s wedding and weekend trip for it coming up soon  I’m down 2 lbs from last week and would love to lose another 5 lbs in the next two weeks.  I think I can manage it if I can walk every day and watch what I eat.  It would also be a pleasant surprise for my doctor if I was down 5 lbs by my next appointment.

Doctor Who and River Song

Posted in Entertainment, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , on June 24, 2012 by urbannight

I fully admit that I am behind on Doctor Who since I got rid of cable and I’m just catching up on Netflix.  People all caught up will know if this idea is true or not.  I’ve tried to keep from peeking ahead.

I’m having issues with the fact that he and River keep running into each other in the wrong direction. If at each meeting, the Doctor is younger than he was the last time they met, she would have to keep reintroducing herself.  But these past few episodes I’ve seen w/ River seem to be in a forward moving linear fastion from the point of view of all the characters.

In addition, the Tardis is having trouble determining if Amy is pregnant or not.  And I’ve seen the episode w/ the Silence (althought I fail to understand that name for them) where there is the little girl and pictures of Amy.  As well as the little girl regenerating at the start of another episode.

As I was sleeping last night, my mind put it all together.  River seems to be like a Time Lord but not one.  We know that the gold glowy stuff can merge with a human from the whole Doctor Dona thing.  So I’m thinking that the Tardis is having trouble determing if Amy is pregnant is actually because it is looking for a human but is finding something that may be far more than that.  I suspect that River Song is actually Amy’s daughter.

I’m still having trouble with the two timelines going in different directions and the way it is being filmed isn’t fitting in with that so well.  I would probably be interested in reading it in a book form from the linear point of view of River Song.  Of course, if she is meeting him at differeing ages as a child, and then she later meets the older version, which whom she travels and seems to marry, yet at some point kills, and then as she gets older, she keeps meeting younger and younger versions who remember less and less of her, …..

Well, it makes my brain hurt slightly.  It’s some strange, Benjamin Buttons style,  tale.

 

A Question of Regenerations

Posted in Entertainment, Movies and Theatre with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2012 by urbannight

The Great Peter Cushing

My roommate and I ended up having a discussion on how many time the Doctor could regenerate, so I felt the need to do a little research.  I thought, that when I was young and watching it on PBS, one of the early doctors had said they could only regenerate 7 times.  For that to work, a normal, single body, life span would have to be much longer than a human’s.  This was a rather old episode and they were still filming new episodes of the old series back then.  It may have been one that was taped over and lost forever.

Somewhere, the old writers must have realized they could possibly run through 7 actors and extended the number 12.  That means with his first life, before his first generation, he would have a total of 13 bodies.  We are on 11.  So we can have 2 more faces.  Anything you can search out online indicates the 12 and/or 13 number.  If there are 13 regenerations, then there are 14 ‘lives’.  Perhaps the 7 number is one that my memory made up from a dream.

There have been hints that Time Lords could circumvent this limit by various means as the Master had done so.  On a couple of occasions, non-Time Lords have regenerated with less than idea results and through a variety of methods. 

During an episode of Sarah Jane Adventures, or maybe an interview regarding the show, the Doctor indicates that he can now regenerate 507 times, which may have been just a way to say that either do to the end of the rest of the race, or as a consequence of the Time Wars, he may now have an unlimited number of regenerations.

Now if you simply try to count faces, there are FAR more faces than current regenerations can account for.  Two separate actors have filled in for the first doctor. Once due to an injury and another time due to the fact that the first actor was already deceased and they needed someone to do the part.  But the intent in those cases was for the other actor to actually be the first doctor and not a different regeneration.

Other actors have performed the part on stage and the intent was for them to actually portray an existing regeneration.  So we can discount those as well.

Radio programs were sometime recorded with the correct actors and often with other voice actors playing the part of a known regeneration.

Other actors occasionally play a role where people are interacting with someone they think is a third-party but it turns out to have been the doctor. 

Then we get into the weird world of televised shows where people play ‘alternative’ doctors.  These do not show up in any of the series groupings and may have been stand alone series/shows.  American readers will recognize the names Rowan Atkinson, Hugh Grant, and Joanna Lumley.  But this is actually a long list of people, 17 people total if you go by the Wikipedia article.

I am going to completely exclude people who were deluded and thought they were the doctor and con-artists pretending to be the Doctor.

This brings us to one VERY big name who remains unaccounted for.  Two films were done, cinema films, in 1965 and 1966.  The Doctor is not identified as being any particular regeneration.  Nor is this counted a his own regeneration, as the Eighth Doctor was in one televised movie in a failed attempt to reboot the series in 1996.  No.  This unaccounted for Doctor is played by none other than Peter Cushing, well-known for his many Hammer Films, often playing opposite Christopher Lee and Vincent Price.  He is also well-known for playing Sherlock Holmes and Star Wars fanatics will know him as Grand Moff Tarkin.  A fun, fan, factoid is that he was even considered for the part of Obi-Wan.

I have not seen those movies.  I think I would give my eye teeth in order to see them. 

And to think I looked up all this info because of a random comment by my roommate asking if the Doctor hadn’t already gone past his allotment of regeneration.

Sources are IMDB, many random articles and sites, and then a fairly huge set of charts on Wikipedia.

One American’s view of a British attitude from an American who watches British programing and reads British authors.

Posted in Entertainment, Life, Movies and Theatre, Politics, Uncategorized, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 6, 2012 by urbannight

Some writer wrote an article criticizing the journalist that was saved from walking in front of  oncoming traffic by a Hollywood star.  She had a moment of, “Wow, I was just saved by someone famous”, and then she was over it.

What the writer seems to be missing is that the person involved is a Brit.  That is far more important to this woman’s attitude than the fact that she is a feminist journalist.

The Brits have a different attitude towards actors in general.  British actors are not idolized and put on a pedestal by the British public in the same way that it happens in the United States.  They don’t really get all the hupla about them that happens over on this side of the pond. 

I have some friends who attribute the American attitude towards ‘stars’ to the fact that we don’t have royalty.  Because of this, people in the early days of Hollywood started raising popular or handsome/beautiful stars to iconic levels. 

I’m not really sure if I agree with the theory or not.  I think it is more likely the way the film industry developed differently in the U.S. and in Britain.  In this country, Hollywood became more important than Broadway.  But in Britain, live theatre still seems to be a higher calling.  T.V. is more like what stage actors do between productions.  The last season where David Tennant was the Doctor was changed from a full season to a series of specials to accommodate some work theatre he wanted to do.  (If I remember the articles I read back then correctly.)

While they still have teenagers (and sometimes adults) going all dreamy over stars, they don’t elevate them in the same manner.  The woman is pointing out the fact that if the person who stopped her wasn’t a star, he wouldn’t have gotten all this attention. 

Why is the fact that a star stopped a woman from walking in front of a car so much more important that if anyone else performed the same action?  This really is a good question we should be asking ourselves.