Stay off the roads today!

I read something yesterday that I found a bit disturbing. Today, December 15th has the highest amount of car accidents. They can’t tell us why, but statistics have shown over the years that today is the worst day to drive.

This doesn’t really have any connection with San Francisco except that there are cars here, but I’m just saying. Today may not be the best day to be a gamblin’ man.

When I was 16 I was riding my skateboard in the Richmond district and made the mistake of riding down a driveway between two vans. Not the best idea, but I was 16 at the time. Out of the blue right there is a cadillac. Reacting I jumped which probably saved my life. I guess all those action movies taught me something. When you’re going to get hit by a car, jump. It worked. Well, except for my head going straight into the windshield and my foot being caught on the hood ornament that dislocated my hip and then when I fell off the car it popped back in. It took over 100 stitches to get my forehead stuck back onto my skull.

Let me tell you though. It only hurt for a few minutes and then the endorphins kicked in. They didn’t even give me any anesthetic when they put the stitches in because they knew the shock had me covered. I didn’t have to spend any time in the hospital, but it did compress a disk in my spine that causes me pain today. We didn’t think about those things 34 years ago. So I’m just letting you know that if you can today keep away from the car. If you can’t then at least try and not drive too much.