Looking ahead to looking behind

Even though I’m not a whole-hog heavy metal fan, I do occasionally watch bits and pieces of “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classic. It’s fun, and they do occasionally discuss bands or songs that I remember fondly.

The show is hosted by Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, and the interplay among them is part of what makes the show fun. Probably the show’s signature segment is called “Stump The Trunk,” in which audience members ask metal trivia questions (“Who was the original bassist for Freight Elevator, before their first album came out?”) and Trunk, with a surprising degree of success, tries to answer them.

Tonight, Trunk told the story of having gone in for a colonoscopy. He’s only in his 40s, but his father had colon cancer and so it’s recommended that he get one every three years because of the family history. He was on a gurney, wearing a hospital gown, when an orderly handed him a sealed envelope of “Stump The Trunk” questions! Trunk had to walk the line between being flattered at the attention and understandably annoyed at the timing.

Anyway, Trunk used the occasion to slip in a plug for colonoscopies. They’re recommended starting at age 50 for those who don’t have any special risk factors.

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that at least one of us turned 50 earlier this year. I will be getting a colonoscopy later this month. It’s important; just ask Dave Barry.

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John Carney is a journalist, a certified United Methodist lay speaker, a veteran of foreign and domestic short-term mission trips, and author of a self-published novel, Soapstone.