I took a hard fall on my skateboard today. Nothing new, I just hadn’t done that in more than 20 years. Gravity still feels the same as it always has. My knee, hip and elbow got pretty scuffed up, but nothing’s broken, which is fortunate since, in Newtonian terms, I did collide with a whole planet.
My 5½ foot frame has taken quite a beating over these 46 years.
Taking it from the top:
Scar on the very top of my head: brother whacked me with a stick about 1½" thick, breaking the stick, plus other cementheadly events
Broken nose [3 times]
Fractured cheekbone [mugging attempt]
I still have all my wisdom teeth
Separated shoulder [rugby]
Fractured collarbone [fall from monkey bars]
Broken ribs  [assorted collisions]
Moderately high blood pressure
Semi-annual chiro alignment
Dislocated elbow [bike]
Fractured radii [bike]
Broken hand [metacarpal] [soccer]
Broken fingers [various]
Fertility-treatment scar [my only surgery]
F’d up right knee [I don’t know what I did, but it’s fine now]
Fractured left tibia [soccer]
Shattered left baby toe [water park]
Plus hundreds of nicks, scratches and dings, and dozens of heartaches and heartbreaks.
In spite of evidence to the contrary, I am not clumsy ... I'm just careless, reckless and a little bit self-destructive
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