August 25, 2004
Well, its been a long time since Iíve put up any news on my site. Itís long overdue so hereís whatís going on in my worldÖ
Much has happened since February, most importantly Vicki graduated from grad school. Yay! No more bills! Itís also quite an achievement for her. I mean a graduate degree in Social Work is no Advanced Physics degree but someone has to help people talk about their feeeelings. Seriously, Iím very proud of her accomplishment. She hasnít missed a beat and is working full time on getting Heritage Ranch off the ground. Not to mention she still works at Parrainís on the weekends. Due to her busy schedule I try to keep my weekends as lazy as possible so we balance things out. Sheíd like to see more progress but I think sheís kicking butt and taking names. Sheís made a lot of good contacts that could pay off huge dividends down the road. She can also take donations online at heritageranchbr.org. (wink, wink)
Vicki and I just celebrated our four year anniversary on August 5th. We just went to out to eat and to a movie to celebrate. My big surprise, however, was waiting for me in the driveway when I got home from work that day. I pulled up to find a motorcycle with a bow on it. I must admit I had mixed emotions about it. My first thought was ďOh great, Iím going to kill myself on that thing.Ē I thought this because the first time I attempted to ride it I almost ran into my neighborís house. After Paul gave me a lesson on how to ride I got really excited about it. Iíve been riding it every chance I get. Itís quite fun. I think its one of the best gifts Iíve ever gotten.
My initial thought about the bike almost came true on Saturday. I was going around a curve in the road at about 50mph. The curve got sharper and I didnít. I went in the gravel on the side of the road and my back tire kicked out hard to the right. I went down hard and did some acrobatics Paul Hamm would be proud of. Talk about PAIN! I fractured two vertebrae and got some mad road rash on both hands, my right shoulder, my left side, and my chest. Luckily no one else was involved. A car saw me fall and stopped right away. I spent the afternoon in the hospital and Monday and Tuesday I went to three different doctors. Everything is going to heal on itís own, no back brace, no skin grafts, nothing. If it werenít for my hands being scraped up it wouldnít be bad at all. I consider myself very blessed. I havenít seen the bike yet so I donít know how much its going to take to fix it. Iíll get some pictures up soon. As of right now I plan on riding again but plans change, so maybe not.