Friday, October 09, 2009

Didn't mention

I walked to one of my jobs on Wednesday and fell on my knees (and one hand and part of the cellphone that dangles from my wrist for "emergencies") a few houses away from mine … because I always trip on my own learning curve that comes each time I put on shoes.

The momentum I had was remarkable to unravel as I sat normally (except for being on a sidewalk) holding my knees that were burning in an odd kind of impact-created pain and were not able to be moved by me (unless, I guess, I were in danger or something), waiting for the pain to subside, assessing the damage. You can never tell.

Later, after I called back the person whom my phone had sort-of spontaneously called, when I could actually think about talking and walking again, I realized that the shredded phone saved part of my hand and that people break falls in a state of balance (based on gravity and what part of you hits the ground first). I am not sure how my knees got involved at all. I guess I actually am out of practice with walking to work. It has been a while for this hermetic agoraphobic, though I have driven minimally.

The curb I had an issue with was actually a ramp-shaped affair, though (probably) with that grid of raised, red-colored (for the sighted) bumps (for the sight-challenged). Sigh.

There is a diagonal cut on my left knee, bruised all over the top of the patella … a scrape on my left hand palm bone … and my right knee looks like I fell 12 or more times. The bruises, which are purple here and are flanked by a wide scrape and another slash (all of these still rosy), are multiple and everywhere, so I guess I hit the ground technically multiple times — whole knee!

Gravity is amazing, as is momentum. And practice.

I walked Thursday, twice, without incident. Different shoes. What is interesting, too, is that I got so cut up but my pants were virtually unscathed. Some pilling happened on the inside, which was a bit rosy, too, after I walked the rest of the 10 blocks to an office. Athleta (pre-Gap ownership) makes a mighty fine semi-synthetic product.

Curb Curl, eater of sidewalks, reaffirms her street credibility.

9 comments:

Applecart T. said...

(upon publishing that, the next ad that came up was a 'senior alert' product, lest i fall and can't get up!)

Hyperblogal said...

Many people don't realize that due to global warming the earth has expanded thus creating more space in its core. This increased area allows the iron core to rotate faster which in turn increases gravity. Thus your plunge to the ground was accelerated beyond the norm. Frankly, there is no weight problem in America it's just higher gravity.

Applecart T. said...

i also gave a few seconds of credence to alien abduction.

Applecart T. said...

And you have seen the chili post.

Le Grand Lapin said...

Wait, the iron core spinning more rapidly would change the earth's magnetic field - gravity is a function of mass and distance. The larger earth would actually push you slightly farther away from the central mass = lower-gravity. Maybe, with a bit of effort CG could use the lower gravity to fly to work, thus avoiding the pesky sidewalks.

Anonymous said...

are you f***ing kidding me - you tripped on the raised bumped ADA ramp?! you did wipe out once on your bicycle due to a straight sidewalk curb...with no cars, people, wind, obstruction, or other hinderance (other than internal equilibrium).....hermitage, look into it.

Applecart T. said...

: has not been on a two-wheeled conveyance for 8 years. remembers 2 crashes; one involving a person, one involving a bank wall.

Nick said...

I guess I actually out of practice with walking to work.

i'm still laughing...

Applecart T. said...

Factchecker Girl has confirmed that, yes, there are red ADA bumps at this sidewalk/corner ramp. Vertical curbs are so much easier for those who march. Just don't ask me to tango very long; waltz can be sustained for a few bars; foxtrot, about the same. Diving and proper swimming is out of the question.