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Old 09-06-09, 01:26 AM   #1
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Hit the pavement, hard - walking to the bike shop!

I can't even remember the last time I fell on my bike - I think maybe I fell once, softly, in the grass while attempting a track stand in 1981. (I consider myself lucky, not skillful).

But today I parked my car across the street from a bike shop, was going to run in for a small item, and tripped and fell while crossing a small patch of grass to get to the shop. Turns out there was a three-inch-tall stub of a tree stump hidden in the tall grass - I hit the stump, and tumbled down a slight incline, right onto the sidewalk in front of the bike shop. Since I was going slightly downhill, and almost half-jogging down the slope, I really hit hard, and as I started to fall I actually thought my face was going to hit the sidewalk first.

Luckily, I caught myself with my hands - but since I wasn't wearing biking gloves, I got some fairly painful road rash on the heel of my right hand.

Not sure whether I get to call this a bike accident since I was headed to the bike shop? A traffic accident because I was leaving a parking lot? A farming accident since it involved an unkempt bit of nature hiding a stub of a tree stump?

To make matters worse, the bike shop was just hanging up the "sorry, we're closed" sign when I reached the door...

Though I'm 99.9% OK (my hand might be a little sore riding my bike tomorrow), it was another reminder that pavement is a lot harder today than it was 30 years ago. Yee-ouch.

Be careful out there!
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Old 09-06-09, 02:04 AM   #2
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Not sure whether I get to call this a bike accident since I was headed to the bike shop? A traffic accident because I was leaving a parking lot? A farming accident since it involved an unkempt bit of nature hiding a stub of a tree stump?

To make matters worse, the bike shop was just hanging up the "sorry, we're closed" sign when I reached the door...


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You definitely can't apply for membership to Club Tombay
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Old 09-06-09, 02:58 AM   #3
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You might try to make a case for "unclipped stump", but I doubt that the awards committee would look upon it favorably. On the other hand, if the stump could be proven to be from a flowering bush..............well, "unclipped petal" would at least sound a bit better.
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Old 09-06-09, 03:48 AM   #4
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Not sure whether I get to call this a bike accident since I was headed to the bike shop? A traffic accident because I was leaving a parking lot? A farming accident since it involved an unkempt bit of nature hiding a stub of a tree stump?
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I'm stumped!
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Old 09-06-09, 05:20 AM   #5
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This story would be perfect if there were a beautiful young woman at the scene, lhao.
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Old 09-06-09, 08:25 AM   #6
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Care for some Vitamin I?

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You definitely can't apply for membership to Club Tombay
On the other hand, provided you shouted "Fdagbloyh!" (or words to that effect) during or immediately after the fall, you are entitled to a bronze membership in the exclusive Retro Grouch "Fall-down-and-go-boom-landing-on-your-hands-club.

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Just blame it on the bi-focals or the beer,the younguns will believe anything. By the way,Retro,the offical medical contraction from when I worked was Lom,fdgb!; little old man,fall down,go boom! so you were close.

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This story would be perfect if there were a beautiful young woman at the scene, lhao.
There was. My 15-year-old daughter was waiting in the car while I "ran into the bike shop."

She was not at all surprised.
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You fell down on the pavement and then you ran into the bike shop, too?
Surprised that you didn't see it.
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There was. My 15-year-old daughter was waiting in the car while I "ran into the bike shop."

She was not at all surprised.
Excellent! But was she embarrassed to think that half of her DNA came from such a klutz? We'll have to come up with a special award for this.
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Excellent! But was she embarrassed to think that half of her DNA came from such a klutz? We'll have to come up with a special award for this.
No need.
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