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There is no such thing as a boring visit to Supercuts.

A few months ago I went there and was given a very dubious haircut. Oh well, as mrstoffa says “you get what you pay for”. I was mulling this wisdom over when I got into a car wreck exiting the Supercuts precinct. I was hit at 50 mph by a bright red Mustang, whose driver lost control, span down the street and crashed straight through a shop window. It was a traffic school shop….

My subsequent Supercuts visit nearly got me in a whole lot more trouble. I had neglected to take my meds before going and was suffering my most pronounced PD symptom; a rapid tremor in my right hand. Up until the point I found myself in the chair I had managed to hide it. However, once the plastic cape cover was over me and my arms were confined to my lap, my hand started shaking violently. Now imagine yourself the pretty hair stylist as she looked down at what must have appeared to be an attempt at poorly concealed self -gratification by the English pervert. To her credit she didn’t scream (the shop was full) but did back away rapidly. I pulled up the sheet with a jerk to demonstrate my innocence – this alarmed her even more as she recoiled quickly covering her eyes. Suffice to say that I was eventually able to convince her that I was a chronic illness sufferer and not a show fiddler – though I’m not sure the two are mutually exclusive.

My hair grows rapidly and I’m already in need of a trim – but I think I may just let it grow very long…….and “not get what I don’t pay for”.


Fun with Parkinson’s!

Posted: June 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Parkinson’s disease. Yes, I’ve got it, and if truth be known, I am not enjoying it very much. So I’ve decided to start a blog – isn’t that what  anyone facing a chronic illness does in the social networking era?
However, if you’ve come here expecting to learn interesting factoids about “PD”, or are hoping to read inspiring tails of how one man is fighting back, you’re probably in the wrong place. I’m not good at illness – I find it spoils what is otherwise quite a good life. Accordingly I have a very logical fear of all things medical. I understand most people go through a period of denial when the symptoms first manifest themselves – well, if it weren’t for my no nonsense other half, I’d still be denying it. So long as its un diagnosed you don’t have it right?
No,this blog is not about PD. its not about PD and me either. I can no longer deny the illness – its now obvious to the most casual of observers. But I don’t want it to define me. I’d like it to be incidental, like the fact that I’m of average height, have dark brown hair (mostly) and have always been extremely attractive to women. Actually I wish that last lie did define me.
I’ve been inspired to write by friends and colleagues who have  pointed out that I’m not much good at anything else. Actually the hand tremors make the mechanics of writing/typing challenging but I was looking forward to utilising Tumblr’s state of the art voice recognition software. Disappointingly my English accent doesn’t translate very well. For example the 2nd
sentence of this piece”Yes, I’ve got it, and if truth be known, am not enjoying it very much” came out as “Yes faucet, just checking in, I’m not doing very much”.
You can’t make this stuff up.
That should do it for my blogosphere debut. Next time much less PD and far more about the real challenges in my life; like fellow commuters, work colleagues, well meaning friends, my two oversize dogs, my lunatic neighbor….
Also how the sum parts of a hand tremor, a hair cape and a visit to Supercuts almost got me arrested.