Saturday, 11 February 2012

Yes, Mr Furrier, Sometimes It Does Suck Getting Older. Typewriter-related Back Injuries- More Common Than You Think

Here's a mug-shot of their accomplice. 'Scuse the mess.

You would think that pulling two typewriters out of this boot would be fairly straight-forward, but no....
Actually, there's the answer! I should have been standing straight, not leaning forward. Too late now, I guess.

Don't be fooled. It's heavier than it looks, especially in its carry-case. Which I would swear is lead-lined. Then wrapped in steel.
And here's the other culprit.

These two worked as a team in order to lull me into thinking they were a coupla lightweights. They played me like the sap I was. But I'll know better, next time. They pull a stunt like this again, I'm gonna come out shooting.
But back to the Smith-Corona...

Thanks for reading, all! And Mr. Furrier, I hope your back is on the mend. Take care.

Oh yeah, that asterisk*

Here's an old Polaroid shot of my old car. It was a rare manual (stick-shift) model and, once I had the engine reconditioned, it drove like a dream. I contemplated getting the bodywork repaired, since it had some major rust in some structurally crucial places, but I had just proposed to my girlfriend and there was no way I'd be able to afford repairing this car and saving for a wedding.
So, I ran this picture through Photobucket to give it some old Hollywood soft-focus charm.

What can I say? I'm a romantic, despite the tough, cynical exterior.
Like the say, 'scratch a cynic, blah, blah, blah'.

Oh, one more thing-

***typecast on a circa 1946 Smith-Corona Sterling...which I think I'll call 'Gilda'. Makes perfect sense, why didn't I think of it earlier?***

Thanks again, all, and get well, Tom!


  1. Get well soon! It was interesting to read, though.

  2. I hope you get well soon AND do what ever exercises you are told to do.

    Very nice post. That is a really good looking Smith-Corona.

    Back injuries as you know are no fun. However proper exercises done regularly and correct lifting can drastically reduce your chances of getting a repeat of the pain and injury.

    I was an EMT and also part of my job as a Manufacturing Engineer was Ergonomics and designing or modifying work areas and machines to reduce injury; especially back injuries. Here is a note if your Dr. did not mention it: a person leaning slightly forward to lift a 10 pound object will subject his lower back to a pressure of 10,000 (yes ten thousand) pounds of pressure. Amazing, but someone some where volunteered to have a probe placed in them when they did some lifting.

    Over 40 is not bad. It is over 50!

  3. Wanna join our AA group? It's an over-40 Aging Anonymous support group where we talk about our aches and pains. And denial.

    Get well.

  4. Ow!!

    These "portables" really can be treacherous.

  5. Sorry to hear about your back. Hope you to get well soon. Good post :)

  6. Ouch! Gravity can be so harsh.

  7. I had the same exact thing happen to me about 12 years ago (except not with typewriters), and it took a few days to recover.

    Yes, it is very important to do your exercises. For me, walking was the best medicine. Back problems are the worst and I feel your pain.

    Get better soon!

  8. ...and I bet everyone thinks typewriter collecting is a "safe" pastime. Along with the database and repair manual, we need regular refreshers in the importance of correct manual handling technique. Well done for providing it so eloquently.