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Stand Up, Sit Down, Live, Live, Live

Just to get your new year off right, I thought I’d send you dudes crashing to the floor.

Sort of. See, the thing of it is this: I just know that once you dudes and dudettes read this little story, you’re going to be sitting on the floor within the hour. Not that it’s that shocking that you’ll fall there, but you’re going to want to sit down just to see.

If a middle-aged or older man or woman can sit and rise from the floor using just one hand – or even better without the help of a hand – they are not only in the higher quartile of musculo-skeletal fitness but their survival prognosis is probably better than that of those unable to do so.

The test was a simple assessment of the subjects’ ability to sit and then rise unaided from the floor. The assessment was performed in 2002 adults of both sexes and with ages ranging from 51 to 80 years. The subjects were followed-up from the date of the baseline test until the date of death or 31 October 2011, a median follow-up of 6.3 years.

Before starting the test, they were told: “Without worrying about the speed of movement, try to sit and then to rise from the floor, using the minimum support that you believe is needed.”

As it turns out, the people who were able to stand and sit without using any help or using their hands had a much higher level of survival than did those who needed assistance.

Yeah, as soon as I read that, I sat down and then stood up rather quickly. Without help or using my hands, I must add. Feeling pretty good about my survival chances. So good, in fact, that I’m contemplating jumping out of an airplane.

Although I’m not sure this test actually considers that sort of thing.

Over the study period 159 subjects died, a mortality rate of 7.9%. The majority of these deaths occurred in people with low test scores – indeed, only two of the deaths were in subjects who stood and sat unaided.

Sounds good to me.


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The Quiet Of The Future

by Richard

Creepy is a good word I can use to describe the Compound de Dude these days. It really is too quiet. Of course there’s the animals and the loud, annoying sounds they make when they cross paths, but that’s as nothing compared to the wailing, nails-on-blackboard screaming, laughing and elephants-on-stampede sounds from the stairs that we’re used to having around here.

All three young dudes are off at their various summer camps and activities. Sarcasmo is in China, working with pandas and traveling around to visit the wonders of that far-off country. Zippy the Delivery Boy is in Wilmington, getting his advanced open-water certification in scuba from PADI and learning about marine biology at the MarineQuest summer camp. Hyper Lad is the least daring of the bunch (but only because he’s constrained by his young age) and is attending a two-week YMCA camp in the mountains. It’s his sixth year at Camp Cheerio, where he’s following the footsteps of his brothers.

So, yeah. Without them around to loud up the place, it’s feeling a little like the future. Like the future when they’re all grown, most of them are out of college and they’re no longer living at home. It’s a taste of what life will be like and I’m not sure it’s a dish I’m ready to be served.

For now, though, we’re still only a couple of weeks away from having them all return and things will be returning to normal. For about three weeks until Sarcasmo heads off to college at High Point University.

Of course, another good thing about this small stretch of time, is that we are, in fact, childless. I and my wife, known to me for these two weeks as She Who Must Be Satisfied (Good, God, Woman I’m Only Human), can, if we want, walk around the house naked and not have to worry about scarring anyone. Well, no one except for the construction workers who’s taken over the house for our renovation.

Okay, maybe I didn’t think that bit through, but I’m sure we’ll find some use for our alone time. Thanks for asking.

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News, Boys!

by Richard

Sometimes, dudes, stopping by occasionally just isn’t enough.

If you’re enjoying your time with us here at The Dude’s Guide To. . . Everything (we’re thinking of expanding. After all, Barry and I like to think of ourselves as knowing all there is to know. I mean, we are dads, after all), maybe you should think about making the association a little easier.

You’re busy, we know that. Sometimes it just slips your mind that you need your daily dose of the strange, the wonderful and the weird that we dish up on The Dude’s Guide.

Well, we’re here to make things much easier for you.

If you’re interested in getting the daily dose from the Dudes, there are a couple of easy ways to do that. Up there on the top of the page, we’ve got a nice little button called Dude! Join Here. Don’t go clicking now, though. Read the rest of this, and then go there. Wouldn’t want you to miss out on anything.

The Dude! Join Here page offers you two ways to subscribe to the blog. You can either sign up for the RSS feed (which will alert you whenever there’s new content [by which we mean just about every day]) or sign up for our daily e-mail. Don’t be scared of that last one. We’re not going to be giving our our e-mail list to anyone. When you sign up for the e-mail list, every day we post something you’ll get a little preview of what we’re talking about slotting into your inbox for you to peruse at your leisure.

There should also be a little Google button near the top left of the page. Click on that button and you’ll be able to add the Dude’s Guide to your iGoogle homepage or your Google Reader account.

Either way you want it, you’ll get a gentle reminder that we’re here, we care about you and we want to hear from you.

Speaking of hearing from you, why not stop by the comments and give us a little shout out? We’re really interested in hearing what you have to say. And, you never know, your comment might inspire someone else to comment and, before you know it, we’ve got a real conversation going.

So that’s the deal. Sign up to hear from us and we’re ready to hear from you.

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