Sunday, May 25, 2008

Wipe Out

Hi. I wiped out on my bike, luckily only messing up my right hand (seen above) and wrist. Unfortunately, that means I'm typing pretty slowly these days. Luckily my girlfriend is kind enough to type this for me, so we'll keep this quick.... or not

I was on my way home from buying a Sock It To Me cake,... on a bright and sunny, very dry afternoon and my bike slipped out from under me. There was no puddle of water or oil or anything else anywhere to be seen. As I went down, I must have put my hand down to stop and protect myself, but instead I slid... on my hand and hip. Although I scraped up my hand and sprained my wrist (which is in a sling), my head never hit the ground... not because I was wearing a helmet (which I wasn't), but because of my Bizarro-Fred Flintstone breaking style.

As I was still sliding to a stop I remember calmly thinking, "Damn. I'm getting fucked up."

By the way if you'd like to see how far I slid, take a look at the white groove my pedal left in the street (pictured below).

As soon as I came to a stop, a guy who witnessed the whole embarrassing episode ran over to me, at top speed, to help me and my bike get vertical, again. I must admit, though, that my feelings bounced back and forth between gratitude and suspicion - just in case ol' boy saw that as an opportunity to do more than offer a little help.

He was very considerate, though, and I jumped my embarrassed ass up, grabbed the pieces of my now-damaged, but still functional tail-light, thanked him for his help, and said, "Well, I've been biking for a while, now. I guess I had to wipe out, eventually," before jumping BACK on my bike and hauling wounded ass. I left my pride back there on the street, though - what little was left of it.

Since then, I've washed & disinfected my scrapes, purchased a sling, unsuccessfully searched for my wrist guard, and alternated between protecting my swollen, very sore wrist at all costs and trying to use it to keep it from getting too stiff.

I'm typing, again, at the moment, but I'm going to put my arm back in the sling and back on-ice in just a minute.

I guess that's that. I hope I'm not leaving anything out.

EDIT: Please post any questions here and I'll try to answer them as best as I can. By posting questions and answers here, that will save me some typing (i.e. discomfort) later on.


Alan Scott said...

West! What happened to the 'Sock it to Me' cake? :)

West said...

Safe and sound. Didn't even crack the packaging.

It's about 1/3 eaten, at this point.

Los Angelista said...

Ouch! That looks painful! Good thing you weren't hurt more. You clearly have angels looking out for you.

And how funny that the cake didn't get hurt at all.

B. Good said...

I came to ask about the cake as well, lol. Dang, that was a helluva skid mark you left there. Did you go back to the scene to take the picture? Or did you stop and take a pic in the moment?

Glad you dusted yourself off and hopped right back on the bike. Hope the wrist heals soon!

West said...

My girlfriend drove me back to the scene. It was right around the corner from where we live.

I didn't tell the story very well, because there was so much going on at the time, but I figured a couple of pix might help tell the tale.

Thanks for the well-wishes.