Friday, May 8, 2009


Let's talk nodules. My lovely wife's family are really big on massages. They love to massage each other and themselves, but mostly they love to receive massages. Now my family, we're normal people who don't really get into our backs being randomly palpitated by a complete amateur's sweaty palms. Anyway, blackwifeo's family are all plagued by these things called "nodules" in their backs. You often hear things like "What a day! my back is full of nodules" or "there, there can't you feel it, that's the nodule that's been bothering me". Blackwifeo will often beg for a "back rub" (she knows not to call it a massage around me, masseurs do massages, reluctant fools do back rubs). And I being a kind soul will usually give in after some bribery. She will then proceed to instruct me on exactly where the "nodules" are to be found. "Can't you feel it?" she will ask, "it's right there". Honestly, in 22 years of marriage I have NEVER felt, let alone removed, one of these wondrous nodules. Yet blackwifeo and her family members discuss them, describe them, and it seems have no trouble removing them from each others aching backs.

It seems us ostrinos are just stronger.


arnieo said...

As your brother who has a wife who also believes in these nodules and back "rubs" I wholeheartedly concur with your opinion. One day those of us who do not like being touched will rise and rule!

oliviao said...

Carrie gives the best back rub (after Joanne, of course) and since she is now living here - what bliss!!

Elra said...

you are so hilarious, lol!

jozie said...

Duh. you know nothing... you cant remove a nodule- you have to break it up.

jozie said...


Trigger points are described as hyperirritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable NODULES in taut bands of muscle fibers. Trigger point researchers believe that palpable NODULES are small contraction knots and a common cause of pain.

and who can argue with Wikipedia, the most reliable information source on the web.

blackpetero said...

Once, so the story goes, squint Michael needed to win a bet with a friend in France on whether the the fox belongs to the cat or the dog family, or something to that effect. He was obviously on the wrong side, so he went into wikipedia and changed the definition so that he could win the bet. So love, I wouldn't trust wikipedia on something as important as nodules.

mart said...

As much as I love massages - both getting a massage and giving a good kneading to release the tension on someone's nodules (yes, they DO exist), I have to agree with BPO that Wikipedia, as good a source as it is, can be misused.
as proof.

jozie said...

You people are missing the point and deflecting regarding Wikipedia.

Nodules exist and so do foot crunchies.
I can't wait for petero to do a post on that.