More Oldmandom, If You Will


Youngest Brother Dan writes with a question prompted by Brother Andy’s post on Old Man Injury #1.

When does one cross the threshold into oldmandom? I’ve had some bizarre and inexplicable back pain recently and I’m only twenty five. Could this be a result of the gut I woke up with on my 24th birthday?   

And PackerGeeks reader Trav has more thoughts on Oldmandom:

In the last year, I have run a handful of 5k races, 2 half-marathons, completed a triathlon, and endured hundreds of hours of training to prepare for them. No injuries to speak of during that time. The closest I came to an injury was when I almost drown on a training swim in Pewaukee Lake (technically not a physical injury, probably more of a “mental” injury). This morning, while peeling an apple for my daughter, I turned to open a drawer and I pulled a muscle in my lower back. Moral of the story: stay out of the kitchen. Oldmandom is brutal.   

(Editor’s Note: I think I know this “Trav,” and if he is the guy I think he is, I call b.s. on his half-marathons. If the “Trav” I know started a half-marathon, he’d still be running.)As for Oldmandom, me too. I was in the shower of my hotel in Des Moines last Wednesday and wrenched my back as I reached for the shampoo. I grabbed my lower back, slipped, and almost tumbled out of the shower onto the tile floor, which would have been ugly. I hate to imagine the housekeepers finding me the next day, wrapped up in the beige shower curtain, having bled to death after walloping my head on the toilet. As it turns out, I was okay by the next day. But I reaggravated the injury this noon, putting mayo on my meatloaf sandwich.


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5 Responses to “More Oldmandom, If You Will”

  1. Trav Says:

    sniff…sniff…I thought this was a safe place…whimper…whimper.

    Ouch, the gloves come off. You would hardly believe it, but this is the new Trav, not the old lumbering, tired after running up and down the court one time, looking for a quick sub from Rebbie. I have online picture proof if I need to provide it, although I would skip the one from the triathlon as it has ones of me in a swimsuit, and that’s just not good…for anyone.

  2. sfhayes Says:

    We need a URL for the swimsuit photo or none of our 45,000 daily readers will believe it.

  3. Trav Says:

    I’ll post that pic, along with the SFH archive that Webs and I kept from March 1989 to help bring down any run you make for an elected office. I will leave you with one word, and one word only to ponder:


  4. sfhayes Says:

    An archive? Sounds interesting. I can’t imagine what would be in it, but 1) I’m never running for office, 2) I probably wasn’t quite as fat. So I look forward to seeing your photo.

  5. sfhayes Says:

    EconoLodge? Maybe I can bring them on as our second corporate sponsor, after we finally get Pabst.

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