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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted January 22, 2004 20:51      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Tuesday it snowed, and left the roads slushy. Then the sun went down and things began to freeze. Then I decided to go home, using my trusty but temperamental road bike. This bike likes to fly, and on the steep hill I have to down to get home (no other way...it's all downhill from campus for me) it tends to really pick up speed. Typically I just crouch down and let 'er rip, but tonight the road was sketchy so I was honestly trying to control myself. I was having a hard time, particularily as I approached the base of the hill.

Unfortunately, at the base of the hill there is a bus stop. The bus almost never stops there, but it did that night. I saw it pull into hte bike lane and stop, I started braking but soon realized that I'd probably hit the damn bus before I bled off all my speed. So I decided to take evasive action. The only traffic on the road had already passed me, so I wasn't worried about cars.

My bike can be pissy about sudden moves, kinda like a sports car can be pissy at times. It decided to show its temper by skidding out from underneath me. I laid out like a baseball player making a homerun slide and slid a few feet, until the bike jammed itself handlebars first under the goddam bus. My head did not hit the ground - it hit my left arm. I tore my jacket, brused an elbow, a rib, a hip, and a knee, but all that showed up later. My fiirst reaction was to get on my feet and retrieve my bike. It took two tries, but I yanked it free and then the bus pulled away. I have long been concerned with the prospect of getting hit by a bus pulling in or out of its stop. Never did it occur to me that I would be the one doing the hitting. To add insult to the injury, I don't think the driver was even aware that this had happened. Perhaps one day I will learn to pick on things closer to my size...

Obviously, I was more or less okay. A bit sore - I was cursing on the stairs yesterday and I only made it through one of the two aikido classes I planned to attend tonight. The other I sat out and watched, which was a good thing becasue Sensei actually explained something tonight! w00t!!

My bike, OTOH, had its handlebars bent to the point that the rear brakes no longer functioned properly, so after limping for a block I decided it was far safer to just walk it home with me. The handlebars have since been replaced. I got the fancy new ergonomic kind, recommended by my boss (a bike commuter himself, he did not suggest I just not ride...I like this lab [Big Grin] ). I am, however, a bit bummed that the shop I took it to didn't have any purple camoflage handlebar tape, so I went with the classy white the bike originally came with. Oh well. I'll get the white dirtied up nicely, and get some more of the camo next time I'm in Seattle. I took a little break from lab today so I could retrieve it. I must say the shop guys seemed pretty impressed with the story. And the bike is riding fine, though I don't like how they adjusted my brakes when they replaced the bars.

When I told my dragon about this he asked me if I how many lives I have left. I am seriously beginning to wonder if I will ever make it to 23. in fact, I've made that my temporary goal in life. I've got ~2.5 months to go. Anyone placing bets? [Razz]

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Icon 1 posted January 23, 2004 01:50      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well cats have nine lives. A rat is maybe about 1/3 the mass of a cat. Now, that means you have one life left, but I don't think it was 2.5 months since you fell off that mountain, which makes the frequency of accidents less than one every 2.5 months.
Now, if these things come in threes, that adds to the risk.

I don't think I would sell you life insurance! [Wink]

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Holy crap, Xanthine - does Michael Winner know you're trying to resurrect Charles Bronson's old role? [Razz]

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Icon 1 posted January 23, 2004 02:52      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ouch!

I realize lab-rats are traditionally used for the LD-50 test, but enough is enough. I strongly suggest you assign yourself to the 'control group' for a while, it's amazing how much more accident-prone you become when you're stiff and sore from a spill like that, and we don't want to lose our favourite rodent.

btw - please tell me you were wearing a helmet.

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Icon 1 posted January 23, 2004 06:53      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Actually littlefish, more like 5.5 months. I fell at the end of July. And fortunately, I have life insurance, and, even if I didn't, none of this is on my medical records, so they'd have no way of knowing. [Smile]

TFD: of course I was wearing a helmet, though my head never hit the ground. You think I want to push my luck that far?

I had a close brush (literally) with a car one night last winter. So I'm hoping that this is number three. If not, anyone know where I can get some body armor?

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Icon 1 posted January 23, 2004 07:05      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
How else do you think my lovely lab rat holds onto her 9 lives so well (though it's debated that she's down to either 6 or 7 now)? [Smile]

Xanthine: If you die before 23, you know I'm gonna have to kill you [Razz] [evil] .

I do hope your bike got you home nicely last night, being functional and all that [Smile] .

Doh, I see you've apparently commented in here now, and this is an old post now...now to see it.

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Icon 1 posted January 23, 2004 08:20      Profile for hey-U     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Good grief, X!
Accident prone or accident zone?
Let's be careful out there, mmkay?

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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted January 23, 2004 11:51      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
ROTFLMAO spungo!

Yes, the bike is back, and it brought some fair weather with it. 58 degrees in Boulder today. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Yes, the bike is back, and it brought some fair weather with it. 58 degrees in Boulder today. [Smile]

***dragonman97 whines about wanting to be in Boulder...it was 8 degrees (F) when I got up this morning, and it was about 14 F when I got to work :-/.

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Glad you're ok!
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I fall off of my bike all the time but its always on soft ground [Razz]
I'm glad to hear you're ok!!

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quote:
Originally posted by MTB Babe:
I fall off of my bike all the time but its always on soft ground ....

...on your ample butt??
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Icon 1 posted January 23, 2004 16:11      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It doesn't matter how much your tail is padded. Landing on your ass on a firm surface still hurts. [Razz]
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YES! My Taijutsu shibu practices out on a grass patch on the NMT campus. Grass does nothing to cushon the landing, and the ground is very hard. Once we were practicing a shirt-grab escape, and you basically end up being choked by your own arms and dropped on your back. Once I landed on my tailbone. The fact that it was twenty-some degrees out did'nt help any.

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