Friday, July 17, 2009

Goin' Down.

We're goin' over!

Yesterday I came out of a restaurant after lunch in DC and unlocked my bike (one of the 100 bikes that SmartBike.DC keeps scattered about the town for my use whenever the mood strikes me) to return to work. It was next to the curb, and the rear wheel slipped down the cement sidewall into the street. Then the front wheel slid down the curb. Next I started going over.

As I tried to keep the bike from clattering onto the street, I just followed it down into the roadway. Face down. In the gutter. At high noon in midtown. In my suit.

All energy being expended, motion ceased. There was no harm done to anything from the slow spastic fall.

I looked up from where I was flat on my face in the street, lying atop a candy-colored red and white SmartBike. If I was a younger version of myself, I would have sprung back up and cycled away before anyone noticed me. (Yeah, right, an anonymous noisy falling down in a busy street at noon.)

I stood up, brushed my hands off and righted my bike. Everyone on the sidewalk bustling by was ignoring me. I raised my arm, waved it and said loudly, "Don't worry, I'm alright everyone!"

A man crossing the street called out, "Are you all right?"

"Everything's fine except the pride," I said and he laughed.

I just hate it when those slow motion train wrecks get started.

10 comments:

Just_because_today said...

sorry, I shouldn't laugh but the mental picture of a man in his suit...ok, glad no damage done to the running legs

Petraruns said...

As long as you can still run - we all have to let go of our pride from time to time...

Anne said...

They're all character-building moments. I'm just glad only your pride was hurt. It could have been much worse, right?!

jeanne said...

glad you survived...there's two kinds of riders. Those who have fallen and those who are going to fall.

jeanne said...

or something like that. :)

Sunshine said...

Glad to get to the end of this post and there was not a picture of bloody injuries.. Congratulations!

Rainmaker said...

Eek, glad you came out all right. all I imagine is a little picture of you upside with the text over it that says "Biking: Your doing it wrong". ;)

ShirleyPerly said...

Even a slow fall can sometimes hurt quite a bit if you fall the wrong way. Glad that was not the case!

Kelly said...

hahaha "slow spastic fall"

wow... I dunno if this is supposed to be a funny story, but I loved it.

Hope you don't have too many other incidents like this in the future!

Danielle in Iowa said...

I'm laughing at you.

I'm sorry.

I have tipped over in my clipless pedals right outside the building my office is in. That was a hit to the pride...