In the background you can see that it looks rather snowy and icy. It IS rather snowy and icy, however slipping and falling on the ice would just be TOO SIMPLE for me. Instead, the fates decide that I need to get hit by a car.
I am amazingly incredibly lucky (or unlucky depending on how you look at it I guess). I was headed to the store on my bike to run a quick errand and some person didn't decide to take the .3 seconds to look in their mirror and opened their car door right into me. If they'd opened it a second or two earlier, I would've run head long into it and probably flipped over the front of my handlebars and head first into the car window. I was just in the right place for the door to hit me and knock me over. I'm a pretty colorful shade of purple at the moment, and I have a bruise the exact shape of my left handbrake (eerily exact) on my upper arm. My neck is really sore, along with the rest of me from the fall. Thankfully the wrist didn’t get broken, it’s just really really bruised.
Speaking of my left handbrake... well it's no longer in working order. The handlebars have been completely knocked off kilter (not just loose, the pin inside is probably broken), I have a bent front fork and who knows what else. Martijn doesn't have the tools (or the time) to fix it and since it was the door-flinging-assailant's fault I don't think it would be fair for Martijn to have to fix it in the first place. We’ll be taking it into the shop for an estimate. At first I was hoping that it wouldn’t be too costly to fix, but after Martijn told the guy that he didn’t ONLY need to pay for my coat to be cleaned the guy was really less than friendly. So because I am spiteful (and in pain), I hope it’s REALLY REALLY expensive to fix just because he was rude. HAH!*
So, dear readers and friends who drive: LOOK IN YOUR MIRRORS BEFORE YOU FLING YOUR DOOR OPEN INTO CYCLISTS.
*I realize this is petty and horrible, but geez... it's not my fault he didn't look before flinging his door into me. I am the one who should be cross and grumpy!