There’s a moment late in the Dark Matter pilot, as the boys are loading weapons crates onto the shuttle, that THREE casually warns ONE to: “Lift with your back. Takes pressure off the knees.” I remember rewatching that episode and being hit with a momentary twinge of panic when THREE offered that advice because, in fact, it’s actually: “Lift with your knees to take pressure off your back.” Lifting with your back could result in serious injury! At which point I realized – yes, that was the gag. At which I point I also realized – I actually wrote that joke into the script.
Anyway, I was reminded of this Dark Matter moment yesterday when Akemi apparently followed THREE’s doubtful advice in attempting to move a grow bag – and pulled something in her lower back. Since then, she’s been shuffling around like a 95 year old speed walker – swift but stiff. She’s still got it!
This, in turn, reminds me of the time I pulled a muscle in MY lower back, the result of something as seemingly innocuous as using my foot to drag a dog bed over. “How long did it take you to recover?”Akemi asked me. “A few months,”I told her. Although “a few months” was more like six months. And it only really improved after I went to physio, something she’s not all that eager to pursue.
Alrighty. Time to announce the winners of the (first?) Joseph Mallozzi group chat! Who knows, if this one goes off without serious injury, I may do more and six months from now, we’ll all be trading casserole recipes.
The winners are…
I’ll be reaching out to you via email and look to arrange a suitable time when we can all get together to discuss Stargate, Dark Matter, and my wife’s back issues!