hello all! it's been a while since i've posted. to be honest, i have no idea why i'm posting this here. i suppose i just need to vent. then again, it's a good reminder to anyone who is a serious cyclist to wear a helmet! anyway, last monday was Colombus Day in the US so school was off. i went out to ride my bike on a nice trail, as it was a beautiful autumn morning. on my way home, i'd just "stood up" (you know, when you take your rear end up off the seat to get more leverage on the bike pedals) and shifted in to 3rd and 7th gears on my ragleigh mountain bike as a little chipmunk darted in front me. because i'd just shifted gears, my hands weren't on the brakes, so i swerved (bad move ). ahead was a pile of leaves which had a pothole under it. my wheel got stuck and i flew forward, hitting my chest on the handlebars and losing conciousness. a couple who coincidentally live near my family found me two minutes later and called my home (thank goodness i programmed my cell phone with I.C.E.) and my mom drove my to a local E.R. anyway, i got out of the hospital thursday and i have a fractured T-1 vertebrae (which is near the top of the spine), a braised C-4 vertebrae, and tons of abrasions on my face left arm, knees, shoulders, knuckles, and left ankle. i have to wear a fairly obtrusive cervical collar 24/7 for the next two weeks which totally sucks. i'll also probaly miss the first couple weeks of basketball season. anyway, i'm feeling better, and i wouldn't be posting here right now if i hadn't been wearing a helmet. WEAR A BIKE HELMET!!! ONE SAVED MY LIFE!!!!!