Ouch! A Fall in the Dark

So, Seattle is far to the north. Thank heavens is doesn’t get that cold. But it does get dark. At 4:30 pm.

True.

So, that means I go running in the dark. I don’t have a headlamp. I’m thinking of getting one. Christmas list?

Now, I’m not a terrifically coordinated person. No one ever asks me to demonstrate dance steps, is what I mean. People sometimes ask me to smash plates, because I’m good at that.

Just kidding. No one ever asks me to smash plates. I wish they would. I have a real talent for demolishing dishware.

Anyway, I demolished my knee on my otherwise great run tonight. I ran 6.5 miles in the dark. Fast! It was a great workout. And the minute I turned onto the street where I live, I tripped. People stopped and stared. They didn’t bother me.

Just kidding, no one was around.

Wipeout!

Flattened out on the cold wet sidewalk!

Ouch! I yelled. And then I picked myself up and walked the 50 yards to my apartment building. Thank heavens I was so close to home.

I mean, this wasn’t a major injury. It was skinned palms, elbow, and knee.

But when you fall while running, you go down hard! It really jolts the heck out of you.

And my darn right knee hurts.

So I wrapped a dish towel around some ice and tied that around my leg.

Ow!

Not nice, but thank goodness I didn’t sustain any more serious injuries!

Be careful in the dark, y’all. Turn on those headlamps.

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Fall

I really like fall. Always have. I like how it smells. I like how it looks. It looks good, doesn’t it? Definitely the most attractive season.

I’m pleased to report that fall in Seattle seems quite nice, lots of crispness, blue skies, and apples. And also grey days when the yellowing leaves look especially nice.

I’m going to try to take some more “fall” pictures tomorrow. We’re going on a family shopping trip outside the city. I’m really excited about it. Reminds of being a kid and driving to Traverse City to buy proper clothing and groceries. Of course, because we live in a large city, we don’t really have to leave it to shop, but we’re going to anyway. I’ll report more later. But anyway, hopefully I’ll be able to take some photos of the surrounding autumnal countryside. It’s pretty here.

This is another good thing about here: cedar trees. Smells like my parents’ house.