Half a Wit

Falling Bodies Take to Light

   Wed, November 4, 2009 - 7:39 PM
I fell from the side of a semi today. Not sure if you've ever climbed up to the door of one, but the doors are six feet up. It requires three steps to get all the way up, and stepping down, I forgot about the other two. So basically, a six-foot drop.

It was a cool feeling, AT FIRST. Even though I've been away from it for seven years, the years and years of aikido training I once did taught me, if nothing else, how to fall. Without thinking about it, I tucked my chin, held my arms close in, went entirely limp, and turned (in the air) so I'd hit the ground sideways with the padding on my hips. Which I did. Hard. And stunned. But with nothing more than a huge bruise that's about to turn really vivid. Professional drivers have broken limbs falling from their steps.

But the freefall part was awesome. Like a millisecond dream of flying. From which, regrettably, I woke up. I feel like I accomplished something by not being in traction or dead or anything. Yay me.



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Unsu...
 
Wed, November 4, 2009 - 8:13 PM
i did that the only time i've ever been in a semi

wearing 3 inch heels
luckily, i landed on my feet - no problem

probably because i was half crocked
had i been sober, i'm sure i would have broken something

glad you made it out alive

oh, and if you want a real free fall
try skydiving

(and don't jump at anything less than 14,000ft)
Wed, November 4, 2009 - 8:35 PM
i learned to drive in a semi. my parents felt i would be safer in one. apparently the rest of the world's safety didn't count. at any rate, you are lucky not to have broken anything. be more careful.
Wed, November 4, 2009 - 8:38 PM
Thankfully, you've only got a bruise to show for your fall.
I, for one, am glad you're all right. Falling from a semi......aikido training......hmmmmmmm

SHANNON, PROMISE ME YOU WON'T FILM ANY MORE MOVIES AS A STUNT DOUBLE FOR STEVEN SEGAL!

Or at least get major medical with hospitalization before you film.
Thu, November 5, 2009 - 4:56 AM
*cough*lotlizard*cough*
Thu, November 5, 2009 - 5:01 AM
Glad you are ok. Take some extra vitamin C to help the bruise heal faster & apply arnica if you have some.
Thu, November 5, 2009 - 5:28 AM
owww....honey. I'm glad you had the presence of mind to minimize the damage - but OW !!

the tribe Aussies turned me on to this stuff www.lucaspapaw.com.au ... I'm kinda famous for being super clumsy, and this is by far the best stuff for bruises. If you can't get it near you, you can order it here www.lifepluspharmacy.com/produ...nt_25g .

now stop beating yourself up !

Oh, and I love semis....I've been lucky enough to travel in them before, from the time I was a kid, and I just love it. I'm still like a little kid when I get to ride in one :)
Thu, November 5, 2009 - 5:53 AM
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

...you're Totally a ninja! screw stephen seagal, he oughtta be stunt-doubling for You!

Love is the law, love under will.
Unsu...
 
Thu, November 5, 2009 - 7:21 AM
AH GOSH
Unsu...
 
Thu, November 5, 2009 - 7:22 AM
AH GOSH SO SORRY
Unsu...
 
Thu, November 5, 2009 - 7:22 AM
tribe is weird, sorry about that

and the fall =) I hope you aren't too sore
Thu, November 5, 2009 - 11:48 AM
hey, I have been wondering what adventures you've been having! Are you still riding around on the motorcycle? btw, good job with the falling safely!!!
Thu, November 5, 2009 - 11:53 AM
accomplishment: not dead or in traction

check
Sun, November 8, 2009 - 8:55 AM
OK, landing on your feet in heels is just deeply awesome, wild.

BIscuit, I am not a lot lizard, merely a lot salamander.

Will look into the bruise remedies.

heather, I'm finally back home. I've been chronicling more on fb than here though. It's up more often.
Sun, November 8, 2009 - 11:47 AM
So.

is the boy scout right, or what? Why is everyone softshoeing, here?

What *were* you doing in that truck?

[settles in, swizzles, arches a brow, titters]
Sun, November 8, 2009 - 11:52 AM
I Gotchyer titters.

And hey, I have to make extra money somehow, what with all these cutbacks in state funding.

It's my bf's truck. He's home for a few days and I was helping him unpack. Which is a much less fun story than the one y'all were brewing up.
Tue, November 10, 2009 - 2:13 AM
Next step, www.ninjai.com

But really, that's what martial arts is all about, no? Hammer it into your mind so hard that *when you need it*, it completely bypasses the higher mental processing equipment. Was it this that you felt when falling: the increadible lightness of being without a cerebellum in the way...?
Tue, November 10, 2009 - 6:08 AM
Yes, pretty much exactly. What fascinates me the most besides total relaxation is the time dilation. The whole thing couldn't have taken more than a tiny fraction of a second--it felt like several.