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05 July 2015 @ 11:33 pm
My bicycle is in the shop, owing to a minor accident—well, minor for me, less for the bike. It started when my foot slipped out of the pedal while drinking water, and things got kind of brakeless. I tried to stay on the bike path, but veered off the edge and crashed. Not terribly hard, NOT over the side of the hill, and not as fast as it could have been. No broken bones, just a stinging and bleeding arm and a scraped hip. The bike looked okay, and I thought it was good to ride, but I'd bent the chain ring on it. I'd have gone the whole rest of my planned distance otherwise, but instead rode carefully back home while managing the gears so the chain didn't slip off.

The cut on my arm was deeper than I thought, but... eh. Not worth waiting around at the E.R. for a couple of stitches, and it'll scar anyway. No, the really harsh part was taking the bike to the shop and discovering I need a whole new crank set that has to be special-ordered. Bikeless for a week. Ugh. There was also the usual harassment about, "You sure put a lot of miles on this thing. Boy, these gears are really worn" for about ten minutes before the guy (ALL the guys) admitted that they tend to do the same because they don't want to be without a bike for more than 2 days either. Ahem.

So. :(

In other news, since I haven't posted forever... we saw Mad Max: Fury Road on Father's Day (stylistic, ridiculous, adrenaline-charged and hugely entertaining), Chappie last weekend on DVD ("off" in a lot of ways, and depressing rather than fun), and I finished a couple of books. The Lost Boys Symphony was really intriguing: schizophrenia, time-travel, and the bonds of friendship. I also read Never Go Back, a Jack Reacher novel I hadn't planned on starting just yet, but it came up as unrenewable last week, so I dived into it. A good read, as always. Next up: The Ghost Shift (already vetted by my son!), and The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (ditto). I swear I will finish The Fifth Elephant soon, and stem the backlog of books in the "to read" pile. They're multiplying about twice as fast as I read them. :(

We've been watching more Breaking Bad, and are now in Season 2. Man, the writing on that show is good. I like the shading within the characters (Hank, for instance, so unexpected), and I kind of fell in love with Walter's son with his first line about the breakfast 'facon' tasting "like bandaids." I also started to really see the attraction of Walter/Jesse slash, even or especially the dirty-bad-wrong kind, and after spotting a couple of pictures like

this one,

it totally amplified. That pic is a manip, but I didn't realize it at first, and Zing! Damn, now I'm staying up until all hours and reading Breaking Bad RPF, and it has a solid hold on me. Walter and Jesse (and Bryan and Aaron) forever! Don't judge me. :O

ETA: Just found this Bryan & Aaron vid, which was adorable. *happy sigh*

The Fourth was great, although hot, and we spent it as we always do, visiting my brother's family for BBQ and a fireworks homeshow, and then driving the hour back home and coming up on Sacramento with fireworks going off in various spots all over the city. There's something elating about that—it really feels like a celebration.

So, I hope all of you 'Mericans had a great Fourth, and that nobody else is sweltering quite like we are. Though I hear the Pac NW is not doing much better. Gah. Too much summer.

Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on July 6th, 2015 06:52 am (UTC)
I am in Seattle right now and it was supposed to get to 97 today. I didn't bother to check to see if it made it there -- really, for me, anything past 75 is just hot. It cooled down enough around 8:30 for me to go for a walk while it was still light. I passed a couple and the woman was carrying a thinly quilted jacket. I don't know how long she was planning on walking, but I don't think it is going to be cool enough for a jacket until about 3am.

The heat isn't fun but I am not miserable. My mother, though, is not dealing well.

Sorry to hear about your accident and your bike. I hope you heal up okay and get your bike back soon.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Cyclinghalfshellvenus on July 6th, 2015 06:55 am (UTC)
Love the dead cow icon!

Yesterday was 97 in Sacramento, but my brother is farther north and it was 104 there. Ugh. Should be cooling down a little here this week, though I won't have a bike to enjoy it, and that seems like double punishment after working around last week's 100-108 temperatures. SO awful.

Seattle and Portland both seem to really be cooking, and I have to assure people that it isn't common. That isn't the same as "it never happens," but 100-degree day or two ever few years is not the same as months on end of 92-106 degrees all summer long. Bleh.
Port: joan and sherlock are confuseddesertport on July 6th, 2015 07:59 am (UTC)
Way too much summer. :( Just before the heat wave started I bought some nice running shoes, but I'm just not doing it in this heat, so I gotta wait to break them in.

Glad the bike took the brunt of it and not you, bad cut notwithstanding. It's healing up okay, though?

stylistic, ridiculous, adrenaline-charged and hugely entertaining

My thoughts exactly! It's gonna have to be one of the few films I buy to watch over and over.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Cyclinghalfshellvenus on July 6th, 2015 05:05 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what your transportation is like these days, but Tryon Creek tends to be cool-ish, due to all the shade. Still, on 100-degree days... I can never get out early enough. I overheat at about 72 degrees, and I'm not a morning person, so... Fortunately, the heat will not last for you!

The cut is healing well, though now it has started itching. :( Much like the yellow-jacket stings a week ago. Intensely painful at the time, then 24-hours later... OMG, the itching!

Mad Max was such fun. Even our daughter found it entertaining, and it totally is not her genre. :D
bleodswean: bbbleodswean on July 6th, 2015 02:35 pm (UTC)
Glad you're enjoying Breaking Bad! For me it's all about Saul, Saul, Saul.

I'm STILL obsessing over Mad Max Fury Road!

Sorry about the bike and your arm. Ouch! That COULD HAVE been much worse. Be careful out there!

So glad we're getting a break in the temps this week. It will cool our pool off considerably but the trade-off is going to be being able to sleep at night. No a/c up here in the hills, ya know.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on July 6th, 2015 05:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, boy. Saul was just introduced in the episode I watched last night, but it's all Walt and Jesse for me. Including when I want to smack them. I usually want to smack Marie, too. And Bryan/Aaron? God, so much adoration there.

I'm kind of a cynical optimist in general, but for things like that accident, I tend to leap for the silver lining. Did NOT happen out in traffic, where I ride on work days, and did not result in any broken bones or other major damage. Admittedly, I ripped through the Denial/Anger/Bargaining/Depression/Acceptance stages pretty quickly:
"Maybe they can fix this in a day or two. Even though tomorrow is the 4th."
"OMG, a new crank set? That means DAYS of downtime."
"At least I don't have to buy a whole new bike, since they can order replacement parts."
"Crap, the parts will take 6-7 days to get here, and can't be ordered until Monday. I won't see that bike for at least a week!"
"Oh, well. Can't do anything about it now."

The temps are lower during the week I CAN'T bike, but were misery and careful planning all last week. Oy. Hope they stay down, regardless.

Edited at 2015-07-06 05:14 pm (UTC)
Ariss Tenohariss_tenoh on July 6th, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you weren't hurt too badly!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 6th, 2015 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, that was lucky!

The extra bruises the following day were a real surprise-- lots of them, in places I hadn't especially noticed hurting the day before and which hadn't looked like anything. Gah. It's too hot here to wear long pants, so I expect to be fielding questions about the bruises for the next week or so. :(
Direst Ryl: Fail at Sexyryl on July 6th, 2015 09:09 pm (UTC)
When I fell off the trail a few weeks ago I found bruises I didn't know I had for the next week. Hot compresses make them fade faster.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 6th, 2015 09:14 pm (UTC)
That's good advice, I'll give that a try. Thanks!

It's funny, I feel as if I've finally become my Dad in the sense of

*new wound arrives*

"Oh hey!. When did that happen?"

Sometimes blood is even involved, and I still won't notice any meaningful trauma until after the fact. :O
cindytsuki_no_bara on July 7th, 2015 02:49 am (UTC)
i'm glad you weren't hurt worse! and at least the bike isn't totaled. that would suck.

i liked mad max enough to see it twice, and i almost never see movies more than once in the theater. (i saw catws three times, which is probably the record.) "ridiculous" is a good word for it. but wasn't it totally worth seeing on a big screen? otherwise you can't get the full absurdity of the doof warrior and his flamethrower guitar.

i have deep sympathy for your heatwave at the same time i'm really, really glad we haven't gotten it too.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on July 7th, 2015 03:11 am (UTC)
The guy with the guitar was the part that made me laugh out loud-- TOO ridiculous! But the rest was totally worth the big screen. :D

This heatwave has been awful. We're getting a little reprieve this week, which I won't be able to enjoy since I can't bike... after working around 100-108 temps last week. Gah. Once the day's high is 105+, outside time is done at 10am. That's pretty limiting. :(