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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-01-09 13:17
Subject: Will everyone please stop it!
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In the last six weeks or so, three of you have crashed cars, ranging from total write-offs down to merely breaking suspension links.

A number of you have managed to fall off bikes (not just jemck, you're merely the latest miscreant).

Some of you have even managed to have pedestrian accidents (I'm looking at you ephiriel and I note that you, autopope, even managed one indoors).

None of these were caused by anyone else's involvement. None of you have any excuses. It seems in the last few days that you lot have begun taking the proverbial, just because I haven't told you off. So I'm telling all of you to stop it right now before someone gets seriously hurt.

OK?

Good.

(Now I only have to tell my colleague that having a heart attack is not on. If he didn't want to attend a meeting, he should have just said so.)
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User: pir
Date: 2009-01-09 13:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I only managed to clobber my knee on ice while snowboarding... which reminds me, more ibuprofen.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-01-09 13:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I didn't know about that, though I assume you did it up in Whistler.

Deliberately throwing yourself down a mountainside on a short plank is so obviously an attempt to kill yourself that we must consider you to have been setting a really bad example to the rest.

And while on the subject, since nobody seems to have fallen off a motorbike, don't be the one to mess up the total inversion of normal accident statistics. Right?
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User: pir
Date: 2009-01-09 13:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Heh. There was the week or so that krabbe and I both threw our motorcycles down the road... but I don't actualy use my bike much in London, mostly for going North and I don't have any travel plans atm (actually I need to make sure that my tax and mot are up to date and renew my insurance before I go anywhere).
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The Magician
User: the_magician
Date: 2009-01-09 14:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I have two people on my friends list that have fallen off motorbikes on the recent ice, though neither sustaining more than bruises and damaged egos ...

... but there's a German filker who fell off his bike and then was run over and is currently in a coma and they don't know if/when he'll wake up and if he does, whether he'll ever walk again (crushed vertebrae) ... so yes, it's not been a great last couple of months on two wheels either :-(

And that's not counting the passing of Ewan Chrystal in the last few days (we'll miss him, especially at Eastercon and Worldcon)
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2009-01-09 17:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Please exempt the marquis from the motorbike stats, too.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-01-09 18:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Certainly.

All bikers, you are to stop all that falling off and/or running into things for which you have such previous notoriety. You seem to have been pretty good in the last couple of months -- at least, none of you on this FL have owned up to doing it -- so keep up that good work.
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User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2009-01-09 13:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In the parlance of youth today: soz.
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User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2009-01-09 14:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
My given name is Metusaleh.

(Alternatively, having grown up outside the anglophone world, and never heard it used until some teenagers close to me began using it recently, I assumed it was a relatively modern invention. Oh, and today my body aches as if it was 900-odd years old.)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-01-09 14:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I blame the fog.

Speaking of which, Royston is disappearing under a thick blanket right now - I can't seen TAP from my window any more, and the far end of the sorting office is getting vague. Be careful coming home tonight.
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User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2009-01-09 15:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Here in Fulbourn, the world disappears completely about 100 yards away, and it's thickening. But it's Friday, which is Game Night, so I'll drive ever so carefully to Cambridge train station, pick the rest of the family up there, and proceed to our friend, who'll ply us with my favourite tea and chocolate biscuits.

Tonight, I'll let them all know if their characters still have their homes and families left after returning from a war, only to learn en-route that another war had come to their adopted homeland. They've been hanging on that cliff since before Christmas, so they're eager to continue. :-)

With any luck, the fog will have thinned out by the time we go home; if nothing else there'll be a lot less traffic about.
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Tim Illingworth
User: timill
Date: 2009-01-09 15:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Don't forget to patent the zip fastener...
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-01-09 16:01 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I did that last week.
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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2009-01-09 17:54 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Seconded.
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All Over The Map
User: jemck
Date: 2009-01-09 19:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
For the purposes of accuracy and salving of ego, if not bruises, I did not fall off my pedal cycle. It fell out from under me. An important distinction, I'm sure you'll agree.

I am currently heading for a hot soak with olbas oil bubblebath. Grateful that a barbour thornproof with furry winter liner proved so effective against tarmac. Now the full extent of the aches and pains is apparent, I suspect without it, I'd be nursing a cracked rib.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-01-09 21:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ah, my apologies for any terminological inexactness in the aggregation of incidents: I was contrasting against the usual tendency for the cyclists I know to get knocked off by someone else, and for motorists to be hit. In the last few weeks, it seems that it's the world itself that's become more dangerous.

Oh, and I hope the soak eases the stiffness somewhat.
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All Over The Map
User: jemck
Date: 2009-01-11 11:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
No apologies necessary :)

And yes, pretty much every motor/bike accident I've known of has been caused by someone/thing else.

Very glad to see the hoarfrost here finally melting this morning. Hopefully there will be fewer incidents to add to the grey hairs in your beard, so to speak.

The aches and pains here have resolved themselves into a bruise on the non-impact knee that's tender to the touch - and the cat jumping up for a lap - but otherwise unremarkable. The right-rear-hindquarter that took the brunt isn't bruised per se but starts to ache villainously if I do much walking about. Definitely a muscular pain only, thankfully. Also,curious. Good thing this writing lark is sitting-down indoor work with no heavy lifting.
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