“Michelle” and My Aching Toe

Broken ToeI was planning to write more tonight. Unfortunately, I had a small accident. I was going to take a badly needed bath. So while I was waiting for the tub to fill, I grabbed my guitar and tried to play Paul McCartney’s beautiful and unique “Michelle.” As usual with just about anything I do, I lost track of time. Suddenly I realized that and so I wanted to get back to the bathroom before it flooded. I put the guitar back in its usual place and rushed out the door. But… My foot got caught in the guitar strap.

I did not fall. I did, however, come to a sudden stop and my right toes got jammed down on to the floor. It hurt. But no more than a badly stubbed toe. I figured within 30 seconds it would all be over. Well, I probably should have iced it, but I have no ice. And it is two hours later and it still hurts quite a bit. I suspect it will be fine tomorrow. I think it is most likely a sprain, because where it hurts is along a line that runs about a half inch from each of my toes. More than anything, it bruised my ego. I feel like a total idiot. And why do I even have that strap on the guitar? I never use it!

Anyway, here is Paul McCartney singing the song for our First Lady:

Update (2 November 2013 11:10 am)

Now it is just my big toe. It could be a little fracture. I’m walking pretty funny. And slow. But after much pain, I got my foot in a shoe. It does feel better there!

0 thoughts on ““Michelle” and My Aching Toe

  1. Ouch. I know how that goes. When I was a kid I jumped off of a tire stack at the playground and badly staved my big toe on my left foot. I couldn’t walk unassisted for a week. Closest I ever came to breaking anything (knock wood).

    By the way, and I asked you about this before, but I need sources for a paper I’m writing about 12-Step groups. Last time I asked the assignment ended up being a style analysis, so I switched topics. I can find most of my own sources on Google, but I’m just wondering if you’ve written about it before on HH or this site. I’ll try using the search feature, but if you can think of something off hand I’d really appreciate it.

    P.S. I bought a new laptop with my student loan refund check. Enjoying Windows 8 (that was sarcasm).

    Also, I have a 4.0 in college right now. I never came close to that in high school. Even doing well in math, although it’s an imputed credit. I have to take 2 imputed classes, but after that I can move onto statistics. Can’t wait (not sarcasm).

    I get to register for next semester next week. Hopefully they’ll let me take more than 18 credits, but I think that’s the most they allow per semester.

  2. @Mark — I remember reading that request. C’mon, Frank, help a brother out!

    Speaking of brothers, one of mine basically flunked out of what high school he finished. It bored him senseless. He ran screaming to the military at age 17 and aced every class he took (military academic classes are really, really, hard.) Now he makes shitloads doing something or other for a big insurance company.

    Point being, I’m no fan of the US military machine, and no fan of privatizing schools. But there’s something to be said for different approaches to education. My brother, who was bored brainless by classes too easy for him (and was well on the road to becoming a permanent resident of our Criminal Justice System) responded well to a different learning structure.

    Good luck with your studies and assignments!

  3. Alright you two, lay off! You are incorrect that I didn’t answer your questions. It may not have been here; it may have been via email. I mentioned a couple of books ([url=http://www.amazon.com/Alcoholics-Anonymous-Cult-Charles-Bufe/dp/1884365124?tag=frankcurio-20]AA: Cult or Cure?[/url] and [url=http://www.amazon.com/Addiction-Choice-Ph-D-Jeffrey-Schaler/dp/081269404X/ref=sr_1_1?tag=frankcurio-20]Addiction Is a Choice[/url]) and this website:

    [url=http://www.orange-papers.org/]Orange Papers[/url]

    You are right about the search function on this site. You are best to use Google and add this to the search string:


    That’s what I have to use! Here’s the article I think we are all referring to:

    [url=http://franklycurious.com/index.php?itemid=6172]Alcoholics Anonymous is Not Like the Washingtonian Movement[/url]

    Here is the Google search on the other site:


    I looked in all my books and NA is only even mentioned in HUH. And even there it is only stated that some people find it useful but it has a lot of down sides.

    Windows 8 is awful. Will and I were keeping a list of laptops you could still buy with Windows 7, but I’m not sure there are any left. You can, however, pay Will $200 to put Windows 7 on a Windows 8 machine!

  4. @Frank: Yes, I found your e-mail. Thanks for that, and thanks for responding directly to my post as well. What I have to do is a definitional argument essay in which I have to choose a word with a contested meaning and apply it to an issue of my choice. I immediately thought of applying the word "cult" to AA, and my English professor loved the idea.

    I’m lucky that I have professors who I really like, and who really like me. I’m thoroughly enjoying college, far more than I expected. My heavy in-class participation has helped to greatly diminish my fear of public speaking, especially considering that people see me as the "smart one." It feels strange filling that role, and especially being the one to take the leadership position in group work. That’s a far cry from how I was in high school.

    @JMF: Thanks to you as well. I remember you posted some links for me the last time I asked about this. I don’t believe I ever thanked you for that. I’ve been so busy with college it’s become hard to keep up with things. Frank posts so much now (that’s a good thing) that I can’t keep up anymore. I remember when I used to be able to catch up quickly after being absent from the site for a week or more.

  5. @Mack – What you are experience is fairly typical for smart and "sensitive" types. High school in general does suck and college is a lot of fun. I’m glad you are enjoying it. Let us see your paper when it’s done!

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