Always Wear Your Helmet
It finally happened. After more than seven years of playing in traffic, I (Jeff) got clipped by a car. Around 8:00 tonight I was speeding down Shady Ave and when a car turned into me. Strangely, as fast as it happened, I got to watch the whole thing almost as though I was having an out-of-body experience. Smacking my helmet-clad head off the road brought me back to reality, though. In one motion I tumbled, then bounced up to my feet. The startled driver looked away from his cell phone and somewhat defensively noted, “I even slowed down to turn!”
Not that it was entirely his fault—it’s a bad idea to pass cars on their right. But the real lesson is, it’s a good idea to wear your helmet. Because while I’m sure the swelling in my right hand will continue to rise, and additional cuts and bruises will probably appear overnight, my cranium is still very much intact.