So here’s the deal: On Wednesday afternoon I took a spill off of my bike and suffered what I thought was a sprained wrist and sprained elbow. Subsequent X-rays early Thursday morning revealed that I actually have a fractured wrist and fractured forearm. My arm’s in a cast and will stay that way for about six weeks.
I won’t need surgery, and I’m told that the fractures will heal easily, so it’s not the end of the world. At the moment, though, it’s kind of a major hassle. Correction: Orthopedist now says I do need surgery. Fuuuuuuuck.
Maybe later on I’ll take time to reflect on the ironies of coming through the hurricane without a scratch, only to break my arm while doing something I normally do every day. But for now I’m too busy trying to figure out how to open a can of cat food (among other things) with one hand.
My biggest challenge is typing. I can still type with one hand (which is what I did for this text you’re reading right now), but it’s torturously slow, and I make tons of mistakes. Even if I got some voice-to-text software and/or hired someone to take dictation, that wouldn’t really help, because Uni Watch is more than just text — it’s links, it’s coding, it’s putting together all those before/after photo pairings, etc. Basically, if I can’t type, I can’t work.
I can position my injured arm so that my fingers are at the keyboard, but for now it hurts too much to use them (this is due to ligament damage in my hand and forearm). My hope is that this pain will subside in a few days and allow me to work. If not, I’m going to be sidelined for a while, both here and on ESPN.
But even if that happens, I want the site to stay active. That will require some work from me and from you. For my part, I plan to post at least some sort of minimal content each day, although sometimes it may be very minimal. As for you, here’s what you can do to help keep the site vibrant and relevant (and also make my life a little easier):
1) If you have a link or news item that you’d normally send to me as a Ticker submission, post it in the comments instead so everyone can discuss it. If it involves a photo that isn’t already on the web, sign up with Flickr or Photobucket so you can upload it and share the URL. Or tweet it and then share the tweet’s URL.
2) If you also want to send items to me because you want me to be aware of them, you can. But please understand that I probably won’t write back, and I probably won’t post your submission on the site either — I just don’t have the typing capacity for that at the moment (seriously, you don’t wanna know how long it took me to type today’s entry). For now, the best way to share things is via the comments.
3) There may be a few days when, despite my best efforts and intentions, the site will be closed. Thanks in advance for understanding.
4) For those of you who have my phone number (you know who you are): If you need to discuss anything with me, phone calls are much easier for me to deal with right now than e-mails.
5) I’m already knee-deep in “How to live without the use of one arm” tips, so please don’t send me any more. Thanks.
Okay, so that’s the new normal, at least for now. Meanwhile, a few other orders of business:
• Tomorrow’s party at Sheep Station is still on. I’ll be the guy with his arm in a sling.
• Phil and most of his contributors were already planning to take this weekend off, so I’m on weekend duty. Lousy timing, but I’ll have something for you. Just not sure how much.
• Before the bike accident, I wrote a piece about the burgeoning Brooklyn sports scene for ESPN New York. You can see that here.
• Longtime reader/contributor Trevor “Teebz” Alexander co-hosts a hockey-centric radio show in Winnipeg. I appeared on it as a guest last night. You can download the audio
• I have a small Ticker today — mostly stuff that was submitted on Wednesday morning (before I took what will now be known as the Fateful Ride). My apologies to those of you who submitted things later on Wednesday and/or on Thursday — I just couldn’t deal with that material.
And there we are. Wanna sign my cast?
PermaRec update: A series of old postcards are the basis for an ongoing rephotography project, which you can read about in the latest entry on the Permanent Record Blog.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s the black jersey that Ball State will be wearing this weekend (from Kyle Shaner). … And here’s the very disappointing UCLA design for this weekend. … Good observation from Jesse Agler, who writes: “The Panthers will see The Redskins in throwbacks this week, they saw the Bears in throwbacks last week, and they saw the Falcons in throwbacks in Week 4. That means they will have gone up against a team wearing throwbacks in three of their first eight games.” … “I’ve purchased the on-field cap for both the 2010 and 2012 World Series, and it appears that they have changed their material for the World Series cap patch,” says Chris Schoenthal. “The 2010 patch appears to be felt that is sewn onto the cap, while the 2012 ‘patch’ is definitely plastic of some kind, and I’m not entirely sure how it’s attached. The plastic seems have more vibrant colors, including metallic highlights.” … Here’s what Army will be wearing against Navy (from Keenan Bailey). … Lots of absolutely sensational 1939 Pacific Coast League baseball photos here (big thanks to John Kimmerlein). … Kiki Vandeweghe can blow me. … Good article on weatherman attire (thanks, Kirsten). … As you may have noticed during last night’s Chargers/Chiefs game, the NFL has now transitioned from Pink Month to G.I. Joe Month. Sigh. … Some unusual QB uni numbers on tap for Maryland (from Douglas King).