March 19th, 2005

krazy koati

Another night of hearin' myself talk

I suspect I use pillows wrong. They seem to end up flat and un-fluffable quicker for me than for other people. Probably I could do something about it, if I had useful skills, but I haven't, so I buy new pillows instead.

In the Tom and Stephanie store I noticed a Friven Contour Pillow promises it ``Reduces pain and giddiness caused by nerve root compression.'' I have never used a contour pillow, because they seem ergonomically designed, and ergonomic designers are tiny people with a sociopathic resentment of tall folks like me, who therefore design things -- chairs, bathtubs, cars, water fountains, cable boxes -- to be acutely painful for us. I would no sooner buy an ergonomic pillow than I would slap my skull with a rock.

Still the promise of curing giddiness intrigues me. I'm pleasant, and cheerful, yes, and if I sense your permission I'll strive to be gut-wrenchingly funny. However, I'm approximately as giddy as an average home furnishings store's kitchen faucet aisle. To achieve this level of non-giddiness my nerve roots can't be at all compressed; they must be sprawled over maybe several furlongs.

Perhaps I could achieve giddiness with a pillow that compresses nerve roots. But at what cost? It wouldn't do feel like dancing in the streets if my nerves were all bunched up to one side; I'd be prone to falling. I'm probably too old to learn how to use pillows differently anyway. I probably shouldn't have looked at the contour pillow at all.

Trivia: After the Apollo 1 Fire flight crews suggested 1,697 changes to the Command Module design, of which 1,341 were implemented. Source: We Have Capture, Thomas P Stafford and Michael Cassutt.

Currently Reading: Benchley Lost and Found, Robert Benchley.