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Crash [Apr. 3rd, 2006|10:11 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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I'm typing this with two fingers. It's not because I've forgotten how to type, but because my hands are patched up with bandages. My right hand is so bad I have trouble holding my dick to pee.

The timing is perfect. Just a couple of hours before the accident I called my dad to bitch about having a zillion things due tomorrow and having no time to finish any of it.

This is the second time in two months a bike accident sent me flying. At least this time it wasn't entirely my fault. It hurts a lot more though. When I put Iodine over my all wounds I was in more pain than I remember being in a long time.

There's this T-intersection near my apartment that has to be simply the most idiotic intersection in the history of humanity. One direction is a steep upslope so you can't see vehicles beyond a hundred feet. The other direction is a sharp curve so again you can't see oncoming vehicles. THERE IS NO STOP SIGN at the intersection. And a completely ineffective streetlight. There is really no safe way to cross, even for pedestrians. And I have to take a left turn on my bike here. At night. This happens on average twice a week. I retrospect I'm surprised I survived this long. And lucky that I only hit the curb and wasn't hit by a car.

Apart from all the deadlines, this also means I can't go to the gym either for the next week or so. That was pretty much the only good thing I had going on.

It's strange how depression works. I'm in a worse position now than I was a month ago when I was depressed. Yet I'm not the slightest bit depressed now. Just a vague awareness that I'm well and truly fucked.

[User Picture]From: medryn
2006-04-03 10:24 pm (UTC)
Crap, I'm sorry Arvind. Was there a car involved in the accident? Did the driver stop? If there is a liable driver you can have your medical expenses paid for by his/her insurance. I hope that you always wear a helmet.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-04-04 12:06 pm (UTC)
Nope, no cars involved. It's hard to explain -- there were cars around, and the accident would probably not have happened if they weren't there or were forced to stop. Yet it isn't their fault in any way. Besides my medical expenses are of the order of $10. Just bandages :)

I don't wear a helmet. If you're using your bike for regular commuting rather than as a hobby it is extremely inconvenient to carry a helmet around. It also makes my scalp sweat.

There are other reasons besides convenience that I don't wear a helmet:

Helmets aren't all they're cracked up to be.

The probability of a head injury is actually very low. Almost all studies conveniently neglect to mention this fact.

I would be very interested in hearing a well-reasoned counterargument.
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[User Picture]From: medryn
2006-04-04 03:08 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize there were so many anti-helmet studies floating around, but I ran across a few more while googling the subject. Interesting. I guess my own feeling is that there is some chance that a helmet might save my life, so it can't hurt. Maybe my own helmet usage is just out of habit.

In two decades of bike riding I've had my share of crashes, but never anything that involved a head impact.

By the way, I've used a bicycle for commuting for years. I've only commuted by car one summer, when I was in San Diego. All other transportation to school or work in my entire life has been by bike. I've never found the helmet to be inconvenient. I just put it in my office once I arrive.
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