Friday, September 3, 2010


so yeah, I was hit by a cab on my bike late Tues nite. I'm actually remarkably ok, a few deep cuts (they could see the tendon in my knee), many, many stitches, but nothing broken, no concussion, and all primary functions work as intended. But my face is a bit of a mess, and even after the stitches are out and the scabs fallen off I'll probably need a bit of plastic surgery to reduce the scarring. Meh. (Hopefully the cab company will be picking up all the bills but I'm not gonna get ahead of myself.)
The result is I'm basically going to be a shut-in for the next month or so, and I need ideas on how to keep sane. I'll probably end up posting here more than I have been, but reading Megan is not exactly a sanity aid. Good non-fiction book recs that I can get via the Apple iBook store in particular are most welcome.
Thanks for your well wishes. In truth, I'm incredibly lucky. I wasn't wearing a helmet (I know, I KNOW), and aside from a stiff knee that gets exponentially better every day and a jammed thumb I'm pretty much physically fine.


That's a composite steel frame, gives some idea of how hard the fucking cab hit. Should be good evidence for the lawsuit.

Update II:

I'm made of tough stuff. Every day has featured significant improvement. I might even be in shape to go outside soon, tho I'll have to keep my forehead covered. Takes more than a cab to get rid of me.


Susan of Texas said...

Ack! You poor thing!

I hope the healing goes well and that you get lots and lots of pain killers.

nilsey said...

speedy recovery, feel better soon.

Ken Houghton said...

Biking in one of the two boroughs without a helmet. Now I know why this place needs a tip jar.

Hope your recovery goes well. Compare notes with Felix Salmon.

TBogg said...

I recommend masturbation. It always works for me. And only me.

Clever Pseudonym said...

Don't know what kind of non-fiction you're in to. I recently read Love Is Nothing by Lee Server, which is a bio of Ava Gardner. He's got a great writing style and she was one heck of a cookie. The last one I finished up was Diogenes The Cynic: The War Against The World by Luis Navia, which I thought was fantastic.

Sorry to hear about your accident. Heal fast and don't go crazy in your downtime.

M. Bouffant said...

Great gobs of goo!! Glad you're still kicking.

Ran into a suddenly opened car door & went over the door onto my head (Helmet? In 1975? Nah.) but lucked out other than a scar next to the eye. Bike was a loss though.

Pain & suffering: It adds up, lawsuit wise.

bulbul said...

Oy gevalt! Hope you get back on your feet soon. In the mean time, I recommend lotsa porn.
As for the reading list, what CP said, it depends on what you're into. Here's a random list of what I've been reading (well, all the non-specialist stuff):
- The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind
- Born to Run
- Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
- Osman's Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire
- In the Land of Invented Languages
- Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
- The Tibetan Empire in Central Asia
- How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now (seriously, this is some eye-opening shit)
- Crazy for God
- Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire
- Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World (if it's out already)
- The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
- The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

bulbul said...

Oh and of course, Sex At Dawn :D

NutellaonToast said...

Get better soon! In them meantime, take up an instrument. I just started treaching myself the mandolin and have been having hella fun.

Mr. Wonderful said...

Arriving late, but condolences and happy thoughts and stout-fellows.

Everyone loves The Big Short but I don't have the heart to get to it yet.

Sciency titles: In Search of Schroedinger's Cat, The Elegant Universe, From Eternity to Here, Dreams of a Final Theory.

Jacquie said...

I think TBogg's got the right idea. Also? Online helmet shopping.

Get better.