Last year I took a nasty fall and ripped all of the skin off of my left knee. It ended up filling with fluid, I had to go to the ER and have it drained, took antibiotics for 10 days, etc., etc. Finally got better.
So, that brings us to today, which was my niece's high school graduation, AND her 18th birthday as well!
(Here's a pic of her in her Prom dress holding my granddaughter. Are these a couple of good lookin' young ladies, or what?):
Anyway, as I was invited to her party, as as she only lives two or three miles away, and as I figured parking for cars would be at a premium, I decided to ride over on a bike. I had just ridden my Trek 820 mountain bike yesterday, so I figured I was good to go and would just hop on that and go.
So, the Trek has those danged ratcheting shifters, of course, which NEVER seem to be in adjustment. Yesterday I fiddled with the front derailleur cable adjuster as I was riding, and had it pretty well dialed in, or so I thought. Today I jump on the bike and start out, and after just a few hundred feet I have to grind up a fairly short, steep hill. I start out on the middle ring, and as I encounter the hill and my cadence starts to drop I click down to '1' for the grind. The danged FD shifts the chain off on the inside! I stop, put the chain back on, and start out again, but on the hill I am going so slow that I lose my balance and go down ON THE SAME KNEE!
I am really p!$$ed off now, as I know, when I get to the party, my wife, as well as my daughter (who just graduated from nursing school 4 days ago!) will make a fuss in front of all of the other relatives and guests!
So, I turn around, ride the Trek home, wash the knee off (which is just superficially scraped, although bleeding a little), and switch to the Surly Long Haul Trucker. (Those bar-end shifters will NEVER let you down, let me tell you.)
Anyway, I get to the party no problem now with the LHT, which said party is being held out on the patio behind their house. After putting up with all of the fuss from wife, daughter, sister-in-law, niece, etc., it's finally time to eat. I walk up to the corner of the patio to take my place in the buffet line, and the next thing I know I'm pitching forward, nearly spilling my beer! I had stepped on a bunch of dry leaves that had collected at the corner of the patio, not knowing that there had recently been a deceased shrub occupying what was now a hole about 18 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 8 inches deep, which was cleverly camouflaged by the leaves. I swear, the Viet Cong couldn't have done a better job. Now the knee really does hurt! The knee itself is stiff, but it's the muscle on the front of the leg that's really sore.
Good thing I'm going out of town for work for a couple of weeks! Maybe I'll be healed by the time I get back.