I went rollerblading tonight. It has been months since I have had the privilege due to the fact that American Airlines is perfectly obstinate about no rollerblading in the aisles of their airplanes. It probably explains why they have gone bankrupt. You don’t offend a population as huge as the rollerblading community and expect to get away with it.
Anyway, sitting in a chair, staring at the big screen is eventually going to be very good for your brain but, in the short run, there are rumors that it is not so good for my cardiovascular system. So I went.
There was a three year old girl there who was skating pretzels around me.
With her eyes closed.
It was awful.
The way I figure, there was some weird generational shenanigans going on. She clearly got three-quarters of MY motion anointing on top of her own prodigious gifting, leaving me in a hugely deprived condition and her in a ludicrously over-resourced condition. There is probably deliverance for a travesty like that, but I’m not sure what the proper procedure is.
So in order to avoid thinking about the fact that my ego was bleeding from an artery, I thought about EEGs. I wondered what it would be like to see the EEGs of some of those people in the rink who had obviously been skating with consummate grace for decades. Betcha they would have a different pattern than mine.
I have always been neurologically impaired, and it shows in my lower body gross motor skills. There is something just not right about the wiring to my left lower leg and foot. Hence, the prolonged learning curve as I try to persuade my brain to find a different pathway around the obvious blooper in my brain.
Then I wondered what a before-and-after comparison would look like, and I realized we could do that. We did an EEG of my impressionable grey matter early on, so I have a baseline of what a glitchy brain looks like (if I knew where in the EEG to look for that data).
As soon as I get my rhythm down cold and my speed up to par, we can do another one and compare them.
I love it when a plan comes together.
Standby. We should have results for you in about 20 years.
Copyright July 2012 by Arthur Burk
From home, sitting down safely