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The toe cramp from hell
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Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 @ 1:27 AM EDT
Aug 22 2013

Earlier in the evening, I had a severe spasm in my right leg. It was still bothering me, but I went to bed...

Only to be awakened two hours later with a cramp in my right little toe of such magnitude that as I reached to massage it, I was certain it had rotated 180° and folded back over the top of my foot.

Nope... it was positioned appropriately, but I had to get up and put pressure on it to stop the sensation of it being crushed by a large piece of farm equipment.

So I'm at my desk, pressing my foot into the floor, and trying to take my mind off it...

"Nocturnal leg cramps are sudden contractions of the lower leg and foot muscles. They often awaken you from sleep... The cramps are harmless. They do not mean that you have a serious disease."

They then list various causes, including neurological diseases, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, hypoglycemia, and hormone disorders.

Oh, good. No serious diseases in that list...


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Quotes: birthdays and pressure...
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Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 @ 1:06 AM EDT
Aug 22 2013

Extremely busy, lots of deadlines...

Today is Dorothy Parker's birthday: visit her page here.

It's also Ray Bradbury's birthday; click here for his quote collection.

Did I mention pressure? In various forms... see you tomorrow.

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Definition of expert: x as in unknown, spurt as in drip under pressure. (From Computerworld)
-Unattributed

Hermits have no peer pressure.
-Steven Wright

I have occasionally had the exquisite thrill of putting my finger on a little capsule of truth, and heard it give the faint squeak of mortality under my pressure.
-E.B. White

I'm a registered Republican, I only seem liberal because I believe that hurricanes are caused by low barometric pressure and not gay marriage. (dialogue from "The Newsroom")
-Aaron Sorkin

I'm working on a plan to take all the salt out of all the oceans. The fish are getting high blood pressure.
-Steven Wright

In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.
-Peter Ustinov

It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense. It would be a description without meaning- as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.
-Albert Einstein

Lobbyists are people who go to Washington to mix business with pressure.
-Lane Olinghouse

Pressure is a five dollar bet with three dollars in your pocket.
-Lee Travino

The polygraph looks for abrupt increases in heart rate, blood pressure and perspiration. The polygraph is, therefore, a highly reliable detector of orgasms. But does it detect lies? Only if you're lying about having an orgasm.
-Robert Park

The President must be greater than anyone else, but not better than anyone else. We subject him and his family to close and constant scrutiny and denounce them for things that we ourselves do every day. A Presidential slip of the tongue, a slight error in judgment- social, political, or ethical- can raise a storm of protest. We give the President more work than a man can do, more responsibility than a man should take, more pressure than a man can bear. We abuse him often and rarely praise him. We wear him out, use him up, eat him up. And with all this, Americans have a love for the President that goes beyond loyalty or party nationality; he is ours, and we exercise the right to destroy him.
-John Steinbeck

There is no such thing as talent. There is pressure.
-Alfred Adler

There's more pressure on a vet to get it right. People say "it was god's will" when granny dies, but they get angry when they lose a cow.
-Terry Pratchett

Things get worse under pressure. (Murphy's Law of Thermodynamics)
-Unattributed

To some degree it matters who's in office, but it matters more how much pressure they're under from the public.
-Noam Chomsky

Truth has a way of shifting under pressure.
-Curtis Bock


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