Even though I had a lot I wanted to say during Combichrist week, I have posted nothing. For the one or two of you who wait with mild anticipation for my next spew of nonsense and anecdotes, I apologize for the extended silence. But I had a good reason. Since Wednesday of last week, I’ve had an annoying head cold. Congestion, sneezing, coughing, sinus pressure and the inability to breath through both nostrils at the same time have taken their physical and mental toll on me.
Now, I’m not a tough guy, but I don’t go to pieces when I get hurt or feel sick. If I stub my toe, I walk it off. If I get a splinter, I deal with it like an adult and remove it. Cuts and bruises don’t slow me down all that much. I had a broken wrist once. It hurt when it happened, but was just annoying for several months after. I’ve broken all of my toes at least once. What I’m trying to say is that for most things, I don’t crumble at the first sign of discomfort. But that only applies to things from the neck down.
Anything dealing with my head takes me out pretty much instantly. Toothaches have caused me to miss job interviews and sleep, pitifully sobbing “make it stop!” and attempting every home remedy I could find at 4 in the morning. I’ve made a compress of ground cloves and sunflower oil that I applied using a Q-tip already covered in Orajel after taking way more than the recommended dose of ibuprofen. The occasion migraines that I get are guaranteed to completely disable me for about a day and a half. One day is me just trying to find the darkest and quietest space to lay down with a cold compress on the back of my neck, and the half day after is the migraine hangover, where everything is a little fuzzy and the nausea keeps coming back. Bumping my head on something, a real danger considering how tall I am, usually has me sitting down (or in a fetal position) recovering for at least fifteen minutes. And a head cold, like the one I have had for almost a week now, turns me into a whiny, insufferable ball of misery. It’s a wonder why my wife puts up with me through this. She had the same cold, kicked it in like two days. Mine rode through the weekend. I just don’t deal well with head pain or discomfort.
The long and short of it was that, even when I tried to concentrate enough to write, it was so riddled with typos that spellcheck eventually just gave up. I could barely understand what I had just written. So I have but it off. I’m going to write a couple posts about Combichrist that should drop today and tomorrow. I’ll reveal my next band, which I’ve already started listening to. I’ll write the posts I’ve already thought of for them, hopefully no later than Wednesday. But, I’ll be taking the holiday off. I’ll explain more when I reveal the next band.
So stay tuned. Hopefully I didn’t lose any devoted readers over this. I know there’s the possibility of one or two of you out there. More importantly, I don’t want to fall too far off track. There will be more to come.