Yes, she's strange and different...but not THAT different.

14 February 2007

Jedi mind tricks

No, I can't influence minds or read minds or even feel the Force, but I can do some things that a girlfriend once referred to as "Jedi mind tricks" (and if you're not a Star Wars follower, that reference is lost so just accept it as a funny name). These are not talents, which I define as things one is real good at doing naturally better than most others; these are things I've taught myself and so therefore could probably be done by anyone. "But just what", you ask, "are these tricks?" Well, I'm glad you asked.

First, while I get hiccups just like everyone else, I never keep them. Once I start, I can make them stop. It requires that I have a moment to relax and close my eyes, so I can't just make it happen any old place - like while I'm driving - but with about 30 seconds of effort, I can stop my hiccups. I've even managed to kinda/sorta teach some others, including my 11 year-old son, how to do it. But it's a hands-on process that has to be done when one actually has the hiccups, so don't ask me to show you how here.

Second, I can go to sleep. Yeah, I know - everybody goes to sleep, but I can go to sleep in no more than a few minutes, often a lot less than that. In addition, I can go to sleep just about anywhere, regardless of noise and/or light levels. Yes, I've gone to sleep standing up but I had to lean against a wall to do it. And I am not chronically sleep-deprived (although there are times when I am), so that's not the reason. This is something I learned to do when I was in the Navy but despite my best efforts, I've never managed to convey to anyone else how I do it. Also, on the other side of the coin, I can also wake up quickly. While I do NOT bounce out of bed all chipper and ready to face the day, I do wake up and get up when I have to. I can sleep for as little as 10 minutes if I'm tired so I'm very good at naps. And unlike what I've read in science magazines and the like, I start dreaming almost immediately upon falling asleep. Just another weirdness, I guess.

Finally, I can make my headaches stop. However, this is something that requires all my attention and therefore isn't very practical. When I get a headache, as long as I'm not trying to do anything except lie still, I can get my brain to ignore any pains I might have in my head. But if I have to do anything else, I'll do it with a headache. So far, I haven't managed to get this trick to work anywhere else on my body, much less on anyone else's body. It would be really nice if I could make my wrist/arm/shoulder stop hurting now, but for that I'll have to resort to ibuprofen. Or tequila.

Anybody else got any tricks they can do? Mind tricks, that is. We don't need to delve into those other tricks ... right now, anyway. But if you want to write me and tell me about them, I guess I can't stop you.

  • On 2/15/2007 1:50 PM, Blogger Jen Burke said…

    "It would be really nice if I could make my wrist/arm/shoulder stop hurting now, but for that I'll have to resort to ibuprofen."

    How are you doing without the cast? How is your range of movement?

  • On 2/15/2007 3:36 PM, Blogger Jami said…

    My elbow's range of motion is pretty much back to normal BUT it hurts like hell when I get to the maximum of both flexion and extension. My biceps and triceps are sore all the time as they build back up to normal. When the cast came off they were about half the size of my left arm. My wrist is not quite back to normal in terms of range in motion. I can pretty much move it up and down through the full range but rotation is still not very good. Because the wrist and finger movement are all controlled by the muscles and tendons in the forearm, that's what hurts the most ... like all the time. I wrap the whole arm in a big heating pad as much as I can and always when I'm deliberately pushing the range of motion exercises. The doc says it usually takes about as long to recover as it did to go to shit while wearing a cast, so at that rate I've got a few more weeks to go. But I AM getting better.

  • On 2/15/2007 4:07 PM, Blogger CatsDigMe said…

    I can't levitate an x-wing fighter out of a swamp, but I do seem to have a knack for turning angry people into happy people with positive thoughts.

  • On 2/16/2007 9:06 PM, Anonymous Kelly said…

    "Strong, the force is with you"

    Kind of cool that as I'm reading this, I have Return of the Jedi playing on HBO. Makes me realize how awful episodes 1-3 are.

  • On 2/18/2007 10:04 AM, Blogger MichaelBains said…

    I'm pretty good with the hiccup and headache tricks as well.

    That sleep bit? I'm working on it.

    Hope you're healing nicely Jami.

  • On 2/18/2007 4:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jami, Did you read about that girl who has had hiccups for weeks? I just saw it on my yahoo home page. I think you need to help her out.


  • On 2/18/2007 9:35 PM, Blogger MichaelBains said…

    Ouch! Sometimes it helps to read the rest of the comments before responding to the post, eh.

    Feel better, m'Lady.

  • On 2/24/2007 6:06 PM, Blogger konagod said…

    Hmmm, no new posts since Valentine's Day. Come on, missy.

    How's that arm anyway? Getting better? Typing might speed recovery! :lol:

  • On 2/24/2007 6:06 PM, Blogger konagod said…

    Hmmm, no new posts since Valentine's Day. Come on, missy.

    How's that arm anyway? Getting better? Typing might speed recovery! :lol:

  • On 2/24/2007 6:07 PM, Blogger konagod said…

    Oops. A double whammy. Why the f@%k did it ask for a 2nd cryptogram?

  • On 3/01/2007 10:29 AM, Blogger Tonya said…

    you are too cool.

    Ok, my feet are ticklish but I am able to withstand any tickling of my feet just by imagining that the person doing it is actually scratching instead. Works every time.

  • On 4/27/2007 10:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    wow these are some realy good ideas i was just searching mind tricks and came by these, they are great cos ive started trying some things and want to find out more so i just wanted to say that this is really cool and i think its really great that uve been able to put forward time and patience to be able to learn and do these things,
    thanks tamika


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