The Physics of Self-Concussing.

lopersSo, I decided to do a little yardwork, and Sir Issac Newton and his Third Law tagged along for the fun (if you’re unfamiliar with the Third Law, first of all, shame on you; second, this: “…for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”). The action in question would be what happens when you’re pruning branches, and the handle on your lopers snaps while cutting a thick branch (a hemlock, if you care)(which you don’t). All that energy has to go somewhere, and in this case, it was squarely in my pretty, pretty face. Have you ever been hit in the face by a metal cutting implement with many newtons of force? I have. It is…unpleasant. And bloody. And concussive. Now, I’m no doctor, nor have I played one on TV, but when your head hurts for 2 straight days and you’re nauseous and – I don’t know – messed up, well, I guess that’s close enough. So, that was just a swell way to start the weekend, and it was just downhill from there – and you know why. Let’s just say that Sunday was nothing special. Lousy weather, banging head, just another day. Frick.

So, let’s recap. So far this year, fell out of a tree, wrecked my knee, and went all Negan on my face. Everything is awesome.

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I probably need to create a new category here called “Injuries”. Yeah, they happen that often.

jakeOh, you know what? I did play a doctor on TV. And therein lies a little good news – the complete series of Jake and the Fatman has finally been released on DVD. Season 1 & 2 were released years ago, but that was it – and I was in season 3 & 4, when it was filmed in Hawaii (season 1 was in LA, as was the second half of season 4 and all of season 5). I did 6 episodes while I was there (and one of Magnum, P.I.), and it was really great fun. Nothing major – walk-on, walk-off stuff, and in one ep I was Joe Penny’s stand-in, which was kinda cool. The ep where I was a “doctor” starred Richard Hatch (from Battlestar Galactica) as the weekly bad guy, and he was a pretty decent and cool guy (RIP). Anyway, naturally, I bought the DVD set as soon as I was aware it was available, and I’ve ripped the scenes I’m in. Might put them on the YouTube, but I’m not sure if that’ll run afoul of copyright law, and the last thing I need right now is to have Joe Penny show up on my doorstep and further f*ck up my face.


Trivia: the big silver building at :30 in the intro is the Executive Centre in downtown Honolulu (which evidently now is an upscale Aston hotel), where I lived the last year I was there. 24th floor, overlooking Honolulu Harbor. Nice. And the girl in the bikini near the end of the intro was a local celebrity (I guess) from the Island Getaways commercials that ran incessantly on local TV. I was able to actually find the commercial on one of my old video tapes, and now that friggin’ jingle is stuck in my tool-damaged squirrel factory.


Oh, you too? You’re welcome. Now, I just need to find Didi Ah-Oh. “It’s Didi Ah-Oh, and away we go!” Yeah, that.