That's all i'm saying.
I went for a bikeride Monday night and decided to see how the ride was between the French Quarter and my new slip at the marina. It's a decent ride, but that wasn't the eventful part of the trip.
My slip is at Municipal Yacht Harbor and like much of New Orleans
is in complete disrepair. The good thing is that the slip is free probably for the next year at least. The bad part is there is no water
or electricity at the dock
and several of the planks are missing. Hey, you get what you pay for...
So I rode
out to my slip to and was walking around the docks ogling boats. Someone has a nice wooden sloop
about two slips down from me and it's a great looking classic. Like a dumbass I was looking up admiring her rigging
when i should have been looking down.
About 15 feet out on the dock
I step right through, my foot going squarely through where a plank was missing. Of course I didn't realize this until my weight was entirely on that leg.
My right leg went straight downn up to the thigh and I flopped over with my arms splashing into the water
(imagine those flailing arm advertising thingies). All 235 pounds of Drew slammed down and was bounced back up with all the weight being caught by my pinned leg against the next plank of the dock.
Somehow I didn't tear my shorts or do anything more than a nice set of scrapes and bruises. I have to say I have been wondering how moving on to the boat and bodybuilding (my other hobby) would fit in.
Obviously it's fitting pretty well. My quads being 30 inches around must be the only thing that saved me from a broken bone because I know from my medical
training that my thighbone should have for all purposes snapped into a clean break.
Let me tell you, that sweaty, salty, dusty bikeride back home with all those cuts and scrapes on my legs was really really comfortable!
Needless to say I spent 3-4 hours yesterday replacing boards and nailing down others at the marina. No more holes.
If anyone doubts the ability of even slightly brackish water to rust metal, they should look at the nails I saw yesterday. Actually most were only nail heads with the metal inside the wood reduced to little more than a thread of rust.