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Lego - Indiana Jones
Posted on Thursday 10 April 2008 at 5:43 pm


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I can't stop my hands from shaking. I feel fine, mostly, but my hands won't stop shaking.

When I was driving home from class today, a pedestrian stepped out in front of the car in front of me. At least, that's what the car driver said. I just knew the car in front of me hit their brakes. So I hit mine. But I didn't quite stop in time so I hit their fender.

Did I mention that I was on my motorcycle? Being on it didn't last too long. I went flying sort of over the front of the handlebars (natural momentum) and sort of to the side (where I tried to throw myself so I wouldn't go into the car and so my bike and I went opposite directions and the bike didn't land on me). I managed to roll mostly to the side and to stay out from under the bike so success on that front. I also managed to hit on my back so my backpack took most of the impact and I'm not sure my head ever hit the pavement. The other driver and all the pedestrians in the area were immediately all over me on the ground asking if I was really sure I was OK and the like. I insisted I was, got some help getting the bike back up on two wheels, and we moved the vehicles to a parking lot a few feet away.

The damage to the car was minimal at best. There were some scratches and some paint transfer onto the rear bumper and that is it. The driver said she was going home this weekend and she'd have her dad look over the vehicle but she isn't even sure it is worth fixing anything. My bike came out a little worse. The fender over the front tire broke so it is missing the front bit and has a jagged edge now. Everything on the handlebars twisted out of place. The handlebars themselves are fine, but the mirrors, hand brake, and clutch were all in the wrong spots. I twisted them back enough that I could ride home but still need to go out with tools to loosen the bolts, get everything exactly where it should be, and tighten the bolts back up to prevent slippage. I need my hands to stop shaking before I can do that, though.

As for me, I'm fine. I think I have a slight bruise on one knee but I'm wearing jeans and haven't bothered to check to make sure. I have definite bruises on both forearms from where I hit the handlebars before I went to the side. One isn't too bad, the other is going to be big and sore for a while, I think. I've got an ice pack on it right now, so hopefully that'll help keep the swelling down. I've spoken with my mom and dad. As per usual, Mom freaked out a bit and Dad was fairly calm about it all. Mom said since I rode the bike home she's assuming this hasn't scared me off riding forever. My response was that I'm supposed to be meeting a friend in an hour and I just want to know if I can stop shaking soon enough that I'll be able to adjust everything on the bike and ride it tonight or if I'll have to take the car. I want to ride the bike because it is a beautiful day today, but my head is saying I should take the car even if I get the bike in proper working order just in case I start shaking again or something later.

In other news, do you like my new userpic? Is it not awesome?
Feeling: Sore
Exploring: Desk
Listening: Kelly on the Wii downstairs


What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 10:09 pm on 10 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Ouch, I'm so sorry, babe! Today is just a crap day. I hope your hands start shaking soon. Might want to give yourself a night away from the bike before hopping on again.

:: hugs ::
bratty_jedi at 10:18 pm on 10 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. I think the adrenaline rush wore off because I got hit by a wave of exhaustion a few minutes ago. The totally dead feeling didn't last long, but I'm still kind of tired. No bike tonight.
Ms. J to the Diva
jadeddiva at 10:10 pm on 10 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, between you and mrstater it's been a rough day for my flist! I hope you stop shaking - scary!
bratty_jedi at 10:19 pm on 10 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Why can't you have mulligans for days? If we could, I'd definitely vote for today to be a do over!
train_lindz at 10:48 pm on 10 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm glad you are ok despite the bumps and bruises and that your bike is fixable - sounds scary and you got off quite lucky.

Da da dada, dadadaaaaaaaaaaaa (That's the Indy theme. It didn't transfer very well to text)
bratty_jedi at 2:18 am on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I am OK. I think the bike should be OK as well and it may not even be worth it to fix the minimal damage.

Hooray Indy! Hooray Legos! Hooray Lego Indy!
bratty_jedi at 2:56 am on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I have a dilemma. I desperately want the Young Indiana Jones TV show on DVD. The problem is that it has been released in three volumes and each volume costs $130. That's almost $400 for the entire show! But B&N is having an online DVD sale right now. With my B&N member discount, they are only $70 each or $210 for the whole show. That is significantly better, but $210 is still a lot of money. To buy or not to buy?
train_lindz at 12:20 pm on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Well, if you think about it, you'd save almost 50% if you buy it from B&N, so it would terrible for you not to take advantage of it...

It's only a dollar a day for 210 days...
bratty_jedi at 1:17 pm on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, but 210 days is like 60% of a year. That's a lot of days for a dollar a day. I just wish I knew how long I'd have to wait for the price to drop to even less somewhere. Almost everything eventually makes it to a clearance rack somewhere.
godricgal at 11:09 pm on 10 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Goodness me (I seem to be saying that a lot today) I'm glad you're okay. Sounds like you did some very quick thinking to prevent it being a lot worse than it was. I hope your hands stop shaking soon (adreneline makes me shake like a leaf and it's horrid) but I think a night away from the bike would be a good idea, in any case - will give you a little time to make sure you and the bike are in shape. Take care of those bruises!
bratty_jedi at 2:19 am on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I think I've stopped shaking. My upper arms are sore now so I think I might have strained a muscle or two, but I can't say that comes as a surprise. The bruise on my left arms isn't going to be too bad. It's the one on my right arm that concerns me a little but I'm sure I'll be fine.
It's Me
vivnow at 12:45 am on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
You've got to go to the doctor to make sure you're okay. (You may not feel the brunt of what happened to you until tomorrow.) I'm so glad you're safe.
bratty_jedi at 2:20 am on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
After everything that happened to my mother when she had her accident, I seriously considered a doctor, but I really think I'm fine. The bruises don't really hurt that much. I don't think the helmet ever hit the pavement so my head should be perfectly fine. I'm sure I'm fine.
littlepixiechic at 3:01 am on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh no! That's not fun at all and I don't blame you for being shaky. I'm glad you're ok!
bratty_jedi at 3:14 am on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
It certainly wasn't one of my better moments, which is kind of sad because otherwise the day was very nice.

Honestly, I'm quite glad I'm OK, too.
lady_katvic at 4:23 am on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I am so sorry that the accident happen. I am glad that you not seriously hurt.
bratty_jedi at 1:19 pm on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I saw your facebook status. How's David? Is everything going to be ok?
lady_bracknell at 8:54 am on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm glad you're OK. I hope you're not too shaken up :).
bratty_jedi at 1:20 pm on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not shaky anymore. My right arm is pretty sore and stiff so I must have strained a muscle in it, but other than that and a bruise on each arm, I perfectly fine.
drumher at 1:32 pm on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
User pic rocks!

How're you feeling today? Better, I hope. That was a close call and I'm very glad you (and the bike) came out of it mostly in one piece.

Be careful out there!
bratty_jedi at 1:36 pm on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks :)

I'm doing OK. The bruises don't look as bad as I was afraid they would. My right arm is pretty stiff so I think I strained a muscle in it. Other than that, I'm perfectly fine.

The rule they taught in the motorcycle safety course was to leave two seconds of space between the bike and the car in front of you. I talked with my mom and with both of us rear ending people within a couple of weeks, we've decided that either what we think is two seconds isn't really two seconds or we need to jump up to three or four seconds worth of space in which to react. Whatever the reason, I will certainly be leaving a bit more room between me and the vehicle in front of me from now on.
gilpin25 at 3:00 pm on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I'm very glad you're shaken but not badly stirred, though that's bad enough. Thank goodness it wasn't worse, and I'm glad to see from the comments above (one of the good things about seeing this late!) that you're feeling better. But - you be careful. You've got a very important date with a film soon.:D

Which brings me neatly to the wonderful icon. Love it!

Arnica cream is great for bruises if you have any.
bratty_jedi at 4:03 pm on 11 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Do you suppose if I landed myself in the hospital on Indy IV's release day I could talk whatever powers that be into letting me see the movie in my hospital room? Maybe I could start an internet media campaign about how much I want to see the movie and how unfortunate it is that I'm stuck in the hospital. And I could get all kinds of bloggers on my side. And word would get to Hollywood and Harrison Ford would show up in my hospital room with a copy of the film.

Or maybe I'd just be stuck in a hospital bed moping, knowing the rest of the world is out watching the movie and I don't get to see it. Probably better not risk it, huh?
Wild Magelet
wildmagelet at 10:03 pm on 12 April 2008 (UTC) (Link)
What a horrible experience! The adrenaline wearing off after a shock like that is one of the worst feelings. I'm glad you're all right!

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