Back home; my back; chair back

Arrived home safely on Sunday evening.

My lower back has been hurting for the past week. It's sore in a way that makes me think it's just knotted muscles, rather than any sort of serious damage, but it's persisted longer than I expected. The pain goes away when I'm sitting down, and yesterday I used a massage chair (which helped a lot temporarily), but I think what I really need is to have someone put some massage-type pressure on a particular place. Fortunately, I have access to people who can do that kind of thing. (Aside: see "Can You Really Throw Your Back Out?" for some interesting comments on back pain.)

On a side note, I received my glow-poi in the mail yesterday; way cool. Unfortunately, my back pain started last week not long after I spent a while swinging poi; I don't know if the two things are related, but I want to make sure my back is better before I try again. No juggling for me today, alas.

In other news: the other day I talked about having put my iPod portable speakers in an easy-to-find place and then not being able to find them. Well, I got home on Sunday night, sat down on the front of the chair at my computer, and reached behind me to remove the bathrobe that was draped over the back of the chair. After removing that, I settled back into my chair, and sat on something.

Yes, I had put my speakers on my chair, the one place where I would be absolutely certain to encounter them again, but they had slid to the back of the chair and I had draped a bulky bathrobe over the back of the chair in such a way that the speakers were hidden, and in such a way that I couldn't sit back in the chair.

This is actually part of a much larger pattern: quite often when I spend a long time looking for something I've misplaced, it turns out to be because I had put something else on top of the thing. I try to remember that when looking for something--always look under anything that I might have recently moved--but I usually forget.

3 Responses to “Back home; my back; chair back”

  1. jere7my

    In case you haven’t seen my LJ, someone put up a very nifty stereoscopic photo of glowing poi from Arisia. I like it because it’s a photo that really only works in three dimensions; it’s a great use of the medium. (Directions for viewing are in the comments on my LJ, if anyone needs them.)

  2. Simon

    Hey Jed

    If you haven’t seen it already, The Twelve Principles for finding things are handy to keep in mind when you are searching for lost objects!

  3. Jed

    Thanks, j7y! I saw that you’d linked to the 3D Arisia photos, but I hadn’t seen that poi one. I’m still having trouble getting them to pop into 3D focus, but I’ll come back and try again; it looks like a particularly nifty picture for 3D use. (Edited to add: About two minutes after I posted this, I tried again and it worked. Cool!)

    Simon: No, I hadn’t seen those–cool! Thank you for the link. Interesting and entertaining approach.

    He leaves out two of my most common lost-object situations, though:

    1. The object moved more than 18 inches by itself because it moved vertically–fell off my desk, fell off my bed, fell off the back of the couch.

    2. There’s some question as to where I lost it, because it may’ve been in a vehicle that’s moved to several different locations since then. Actually, this brings up one of the best places for finding lost things for me: the well between the driver’s seat and the driver’s door in a car I’ve driven. If something falls out of my left pocket into that space, it’s completely invisible. I should remember to check there whenever I’m missing an object that may once have been in my pocket.


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