I wasn’t going to write about this because I was so embarrassed but it’s not like my picture is attached and all Asians look alike anyway- only other Asians would be able to pick me out of a crowd- so humiliation be damned.

After dinner with friends at Canteen on Tuesday I decided to walk home in the vain attempt to work off some of the wine (only one glass), curry, bread, olives and sticky pudding.

Dumb, dumb, dumb.

I had been slipping and sliding around the minute I stepped out of the restaurant and finally wiped out- in Chinatown!

I am lucky the traffic (car and pedestrian) wasn’t worse because the place is usually a zoo. I would have been run over for sure and people would have used me for better traction.

Going up an incline was tricky but even the slightest of declines was worse- and it was on a slight decline that I lost my footing.


It was a movie fall- with the feet going up into the air and me landing on my butt. Thankfully my knapsack was stuffed with gym clothes and a towel so it and my right hand broke my descent.

I paused for a moment. I knew I wasn’t dead because my butt was starting to get cold. Excellent. Of course I was wearing light khakis but I wasn’t too concerned about how I was looking at that point.

There was a guy walking across the street toward me and I could tell he wanted to laugh his ass off. I am sure he thought, even fleetingly, about just watching to see if I would flail like a baby turtle that had been upended, but he didn’t and gave me a hand up. I am pretty sure he laughed afterwards because I thanked him in my country bumpkin Chinese dialect.

Humiliation aside, I was okay. My right hand stung a bit but I was wearing gloves (the ones I lost this morning, boohoo) so no gravel imbedded in my palm this time.

Soccer cleats would have been the footwear of choice but it was time to retire my old hiking boots (skates would have been easier to deal with) and grab a new pair.

Only slips so far, no spills- crossing gloveless fingers.


~ by angryegg on January 21, 2011.

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