Wish I could...Unfortunately, I am working and it would look really bad to not show up for the first non-training day of work after being hired...
...and as a result, I'll be in Toronto this weekend!
That's right, I'll be at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF), on Saturday and Sunday: Signing, sketching, and hugging my way through Toronto's populace! If you live in/near/around Toronto: Come out! The show is free, it's got a huge roster of amazing cartoonists...and IT'S MY FIRST TIME IN TORONTO! I'll have all the books, all the t-shirts, the prints, and more. And I'll of course be giving out free sketches and lasting friendship to one and all!
Come out and say hi!
You are giving out long lasting friendships?!?! I haven't gotten that. Just the picture, high fives, sketches, books, and other things, but never the long lasting friendships. It wasn't offered last time at SPX.
Gotta collect them all! Poke-Sheldon!
I threw my back out in 2000. I was only 30 at the time. You never forget that experience. Only two things short of narcotics that can stop the pain--
1) a belt, like a weightlifter's belt, around the midriff, nearly tight enough to cut off breath and definitely tight enough to prevent that part bending ever again until you take off the belt.
2) Walking walking walking. Lack of exercise of the muscles in front and back of the midriff are what caused my problem, and I'm betting yours, Dave. Lifting or stretching in an odd way, those just caused the symptoms you know--i.e., horrible, horrible pain and the sudden urge to become one with the loving, flat Earth immediately below you.
I stayed on the floor all weekend. Talked to my also-tall boss, who'd had back problems all his life, he suggested both of the above solutions. I strapped on a weight belt that night which allowed me to sleep, then joined a gym the next day, used the treadmill at mid-angle until I didn't actually fear moving in slightly oblique angles to straight ahead with my torso, and I was better at the end of the day.
It's not a cure-all, I don't guarantee it for everyone--but it worked for me.