One sunny afternoon when I was in 4th or 5th grade my mother decided it was time for my haircut. She had a giant professional vibrating clipper set. I remember looking out into the gangway from the second floor window between our 4 family flats in the Shaw neighborhood.
I remember a vibrating buzz at my temple, everything went yellow and I fainted.
Years later, when I was 16 or 17, my buddy Dominic and I hitch hiked to
We were having a great time. I remember something struck us as incredibly funny. I felt a little woozy and had to get water. She had the classic NY apartment with a tiny sink over a really tiny refrigerator.
The next thing I remember is Monica hovering over me saying. “Don’t move, there’s broken glass everywhere.” My upper row of teeth ached.
The people in the room said they watched my face turn expressionless; my body folded slumping into the sink. My upper row of teeth pulled the sink and all its dishes crashing onto the floor.
Monica said, “Wouldn’t it be strange if you just discovered you were epileptic?” This was the beginning of a series of seizures that lasted into my mid twenties. Then, almost unnoticed by me, they stopped.
Some of them were quite spectacular and they were all brought on by something that got me really excited.
There was a series of art films in the late 70s at
I was originally going to post a story about my dear friend Theo Johnson but I remembered one of my seizures he was a part of. I’ll get back to Theo later.
One night Theo, Dominic (I think) and I were coming back to my
I remember Theo wrestling me to the ground and eventually carrying me by himself up to my second floor apartment.
He threw me on my roommate Marge’s bed. As I lay there staring at the square patterns of acoustical ceiling tiling, they began to undulate. It was beautiful! This was when I learned first hand that reality had to be constantly reinforced chemically to exist.
One beautiful sunny afternoon my buddy Benet and I decided to drive out to the country. He had a VW Microbus. I remember a long line of cars behind us honking because we couldn’t take hills very fast. We visited a sports field of the school I went to my brief time living in the country with my dad.
Somehow we ended up at
The very last one I remember was when my friend Sharon and I were at Faces “
I was probably 25 then and haven’t even had a hint of one since. Good thing considering how fully I would throw my life into skydiving a few years later.
The only way I can describe seizures is to imagine your brain is a computer that has an electrical short circuit.
Seizure Buddies circa............
Theo and Me at an attic rehearsal, disco Sharon and me at a Canadian lake 100 miles north of