September 16, 2006

“…and suddenly I’m flat on my back. I think ‘Holy shit! I was just hit by a car.’” Tod recounted. “Then I see a van cruise by and slow down. It pulls away, and I think, ‘Damn, a hit-and-run!’”

But the van was just getting out of the traffic. The driver and his four mates jumped out, collected Tod’s bicycle, offered to call the police and ambulance. Tod, hyped up on adrenaline, insisted he was fine and refused medical help but did accept a ride home in the van, conversing in Japanese about their work.

Luckily, he is pretty much alright. His left shoulder collided with the van, throwing him from the bike onto his back. There’s a dent in the vehicle and an ugly swollen bruise on his shoulder and arm. He’s got some scrapes and abrasions but he was wearing his helmet, so his head’s fine. After a night’s sleep, he’s feeling achy and tired but otherwise seems normal.

He and the driver exchanged contact details, and half an hour after he got home, the Ootsubo-san called to check up on him and reiterated he’d bear any medical costs and repairs to the bike. (So much more civil than “my insurance company will call your insurance company and we’ll settle out of court,” don’t you think?)

Tod’s biggest pain is me asking him to describe his pains. I know he won’t go to the hospital if he can avoid it, so I feel like I have to monitor his swellings, aches, concussion and possible sites of infection. He says this accident is less painful than the time he wiped out on his bike in suburban Chicago and he survived that, so I’m trying not to fuss too much.

Anyway, happy holiday weekend.

Posted by kuri at September 16, 2006 11:18 AM


Kuri: maintain your courage.
Let Tod be Tod
as you are you.
All will be.
If that isn’t Zen enough
than words fail me.
All the very best.
— ml

Posted by: Martin Langeland on September 16, 2006 01:16 PM

Get back on that bike as soon as you can Tod, hope all is well.


Posted by: Fajer on September 16, 2006 02:07 PM

I tell you what, the whole world seems to be going thru an accident-prone phase at the moment, you all take care! I hope Tod recovers soon, without the need of a hospital.

Posted by: j-ster on September 16, 2006 08:15 PM

Don’t apologise for being concerned. You are just watching out for him. He was hit by a car for goodness sakes!!

Posted by: T on September 16, 2006 10:44 PM

That’s OK, Kristen, you just hover over him and make sure he ices it down and use Neosporin (or whatever the Japanese countepart) on those abrasions. Tell him I remember the Chicago mishap and he is right—if he survived that he can probably survive this one.

Posted by: Jean McQuillin on September 17, 2006 04:21 AM

glad to hear he is well, all in all. Good that you are working together to make sure he is okay, even if it does feel burdensome to him at times ;)

Posted by: holly on September 17, 2006 04:30 AM

Hi Tod…got the message from your mom and read the account of your collision with a mass of a larger size. Hope you recover soon…take care…JMM

Posted by: John McQuillin on September 17, 2006 06:45 AM

Wow. What a shock. I just saw someone get clipped by a car on Broadway tonight, and I can tell you that it’s almost as shocking for any close witnesses. I hope your husband is OK.

Posted by: Erra on September 21, 2006 10:56 AM
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