Here's what's happened to me recently ...

  • SoDakGuy

    Posts: 1862

    Jan 05, 2010 6:42 PM GMT
    Well, it’s been an interesting few weeks, that’s for sure.

    As you may or may not know, I was assaulted on October 28th, 2009, (Wednesday night) after I was coming home from the grocery store. I’ve been bicycling to and from my home for five years now and it’s pretty normal for me to get home late. So, around 1015p, as I was turning off of Portland to 32nd Street, I noticed three kids walking on the street. They all rushed right at me. I swerved and fell on the left side of my face. I immediately jumped up and got into my fighting stance. (I’m an amateur boxer, so it’s a reflex.) They were all yelling at me wanting my bag and bike. I was beyond furious and I yelled LOUD so people can notice what’s going on w/ the situation. One of the kids pulled a gun at me and told me to be quiet. I got louder. After a couple of seconds, the kids ran off away from me. They took nothing. But about 5 people came to see what’s going on and helped me. I was a bloody mess.

    I filed a police report and I was taken to the Trauma Center at HCMC. I had 11 stitches – six on my forehead and five in my ear.

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=167295&id=506325538

    So, I was dealing w/ that until November 5th, 2009 (Thursday morning) came along.

    I was biking to work like I normally have been doing for over five years. Beautiful morning, sunshine, great weather ...

    I was coming up to 17th and Park. On Park Ave, there's no stop light nor stop sign, so traffic has the right of way. But cars stop so others in the intersection can go through. I checked on the right side and it looked clear. I started to go thru the intersection when a Ford Explorer sped through and I t boned into the truck. I landed on the ground and smashed my bike. I was gasping for air trying hard not to pass out. It felt like the wind was knocked out of me. Everything happened so fast. Witnesses, people, EMT and the police came and I was told to stay on the ground. My co worker saw the accident, but didn't know it was me until she saw my face. I wanted to scream at the driver but he looked sad and scared, so I didn't.

    I have a hairline fracture near my left elbow. The orthopedic specialist says my range of motion is exceptionally higher than the average person. And everyone is saying that all of my working out I do has been a HUGE benefit to me in my healing.

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=172845&id=506325538

    My lifting has changed a bit. I can only go pretty light in my left hand for now, but I can strengthen up my right hand by doing my "normal" routine. It'll help balance me out since I am left handed. And I'm very close to getting all of my strength back. So, that's awesome!

    I got my range of motion back. It's nothing severe. My left elbow is still a little swollen, but that's normal. I can't bike for awhile and that sucks since that is my main mode of transportation, but I'm taking the bus and walking.

    Mentally, I take it day by day. It's tough, but I'm working through it and by talking about it (like I am on here) helps me out in the long run. I am talking to my therapist again and that is helping.

    And I am back in the gym TAKING IT EASY w/ the weights a week after the accident. I'm normally @ 180lbs, but I've really leaned out to 173lbs. I guess it's the nervous energy and my high protein and low carb regimen I'm on. And I will bounce back stronger and more determined than ever!

    I will say this ... I am NOT unlucky. I'm pretty damn lucky I pretty much walked away from both incidents w/ only a minor fracture and stitches. The worst would be I wouldn't be here writing to you. Someone was watching out for me and whoever it is, I'm grateful.

    Life really is short and it is gone in a snap. So, you really do need to live your life to your fullest. Make an impression on everyone you know and love. They really are the ones who will be there when you need them the most.

    "And trust me on the sunscreen."

    All right ... back to our regularly scheduled bodybuilding and weightlifting topics!
  • Timbales

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    Jan 05, 2010 6:47 PM GMT
    damn, I'm glad you're doing ok
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 05, 2010 7:07 PM GMT
    Thank you.

    I have to say both incidents knocked me out of my funk I was having. You definitely get a new perspective on things.
  • Koaa2

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    Jan 05, 2010 7:11 PM GMT
    Glad your doing ok. Maybe you should stay away from bikes!
  • Csrobbie2000

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    Jan 05, 2010 7:12 PM GMT
    Wow, be proud of yourself. You're doing great after being through so much. I wouldn't know how to handle all that dealing with situations like yours.
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    Jan 05, 2010 8:08 PM GMT
    I find it amusing when you say it was an interesting few week…my idea of interesting is bit more vanilla.

    Troublesome to me, that it took getting hit by a car to be pulled out of your funk; I’m happy that you were capable of seeing the good in it, so many take this kind of set back and only fall farther into the rabbit hole.

    Thanks for the inspirational post--Stay strong


    p.s. Thanks from all of us healthcare workers for your vasculature.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 05, 2010 8:28 PM GMT
    Thank you! It does pay off to be a fitness freak/gym rat.

    I really didn't know how I would react, but I instantly INSTANTLY I had to defend myself.

    I would not wish this on anyone at all.

    And I've also noticed when I talk about this, my straight friends talk alot about it w/ me, but my gay friends are mainly silent.

    I think they don't know how to react to my situations.

    It's strange, but I'm not them.
  • drypin

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    Jan 05, 2010 8:42 PM GMT
    that is remarkable.

    I think you can be really proud of yourself for the way you kept your wits about you during the assault despite the fall.

    And the traffic accident just makes my hair stand on end. If I believed in angels, I'd say your guardian was doing overtime.

    In any case, kudos for finding the silver lining... getting out of your funk! Your such a hunk and a fitness inspiration, it would be a shame to lose you.
  • Thirdbeach

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    Jan 05, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
    Good that you are turning a bad situation into some thing positive.

    Keep being inspirational to others.
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    Jan 05, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    wow
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    Jan 05, 2010 11:00 PM GMT
    I've changed my mind. I'm not having a bad day at all.

    Be well.
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    Jan 05, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
    Thanks Allen for sharing your story, as much of a struggle as it has been. We all need to hear stories like this on occasion to put life into the proper perspective. It's always so easy to say 'tomorrow' instead of doing things today that we shouldn't be putting off.

    I'm glad you're recouping well and hope you continue to achieve a full 100% mobility, strength and emotional well-being and that the remainder of 2010 is full of successes and a new bike! icon_smile.gif

    Cheers and good luck!
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    Jan 05, 2010 11:19 PM GMT
    I used to think I was crazy for riding a bike to work in Manhattan, but never in a million years would I suspect that Minneapolis would be so dangerous!
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    Jan 05, 2010 11:23 PM GMT
    Yeah, Minneapolis sounds brutal.

    Good luck with your recoveryicon_smile.gif
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    Jan 05, 2010 11:26 PM GMT
    Holy shit, as if one of those incidents wasn't bad enough. Good perspective, thanks for sharing. All the best for a complete and quick recovery.

    -dave

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    Jan 05, 2010 11:26 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting that. It's something I needed to hear.

    Sucks that you had it happen to you, but you've made some really good lemonade out of it, at least it was for me.
  • PipHop

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    Jan 06, 2010 6:24 AM GMT
    Dang dude, sorry to hear about your multiple troubles. Have you talked to your gay friends about their silence? Best of luck for your recuperation!
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    Jan 06, 2010 6:40 AM GMT
    *mental notes :avoid Minnesota, pick up boxing*

    thanks

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    Jan 06, 2010 6:50 AM GMT
    Good luck with your full physical and mental/emotional recovery. You sound like a sound individual who won't have any problems with either.

    What inspired me most about your story is how you said you wanted to yell at the guy in the Explorer but didn't becuase he looked scared. Considering the situation, that was such an unselfish act on your part and that's a big part of what life is all about. Thanks for sharing.
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    Jan 06, 2010 6:59 AM GMT
    Wow. I had some-one point a gun at me once, and quit is not the way I went either, in fact I went the opiset way, as it pissed me off so much; good on ya. Gosh all those years I courted death, and still I never had that excitement, be well.
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    Jan 07, 2010 4:59 AM GMT
    Glad you can still see the positive of such a negitive experience X2... I wish you well!

    Hill
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 08, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone.

    It's been difficult at times. I get really nervous at night and around groups of people, especially guys in hoodies. I also wait until the light is green, wait a couple more seconds and then cross the street. It's stupid, I know. And it will disappear over time - that fear.

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    Jan 08, 2010 9:35 PM GMT
    SoDak... glad you are okay, and I am glad to see you getting back on the horse. I'll send some thugs out there to work over the folks in the Explorer, okay?
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    Jan 10, 2010 1:54 AM GMT
    SoDakGuy saidWell, it’s been an interesting few weeks, that’s for sure.

    As you may or may not know, I was assaulted on October 28th, 2009, (Wednesday night) after I was coming home from the grocery store. I’ve been bicycling to and from my home for five years now and it’s pretty normal for me to get home late. So, around 1015p, as I was turning off of Portland to 32nd Street, I noticed three kids walking on the street. They all rushed right at me. I swerved and fell on the left side of my face. I immediately jumped up and got into my fighting stance. (I’m an amateur boxer, so it’s a reflex.) They were all yelling at me wanting my bag and bike. I was beyond furious and I yelled LOUD so people can notice what’s going on w/ the situation. One of the kids pulled a gun at me and told me to be quiet. I got louder. After a couple of seconds, the kids ran off away from me. They took nothing. But about 5 people came to see what’s going on and helped me. I was a bloody mess.

    I filed a police report and I was taken to the Trauma Center at HCMC. I had 11 stitches – six on my forehead and five in my ear.

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=167295&id=506325538

    So, I was dealing w/ that until November 5th, 2009 (Thursday morning) came along.

    I was biking to work like I normally have been doing for over five years. Beautiful morning, sunshine, great weather ...

    I was coming up to 17th and Park. On Park Ave, there's no stop light nor stop sign, so traffic has the right of way. But cars stop so others in the intersection can go through. I checked on the right side and it looked clear. I started to go thru the intersection when a Ford Explorer sped through and I t boned into the truck. I landed on the ground and smashed my bike. I was gasping for air trying hard not to pass out. It felt like the wind was knocked out of me. Everything happened so fast. Witnesses, people, EMT and the police came and I was told to stay on the ground. My co worker saw the accident, but didn't know it was me until she saw my face. I wanted to scream at the driver but he looked sad and scared, so I didn't.

    I have a hairline fracture near my left elbow. The orthopedic specialist says my range of motion is exceptionally higher than the average person. And everyone is saying that all of my working out I do has been a HUGE benefit to me in my healing.

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=172845&id=506325538

    My lifting has changed a bit. I can only go pretty light in my left hand for now, but I can strengthen up my right hand by doing my "normal" routine. It'll help balance me out since I am left handed. And I'm very close to getting all of my strength back. So, that's awesome!

    I got my range of motion back. It's nothing severe. My left elbow is still a little swollen, but that's normal. I can't bike for awhile and that sucks since that is my main mode of transportation, but I'm taking the bus and walking.

    Mentally, I take it day by day. It's tough, but I'm working through it and by talking about it (like I am on here) helps me out in the long run. I am talking to my therapist again and that is helping.

    And I am back in the gym TAKING IT EASY w/ the weights a week after the accident. I'm normally @ 180lbs, but I've really leaned out to 173lbs. I guess it's the nervous energy and my high protein and low carb regimen I'm on. And I will bounce back stronger and more determined than ever!

    I will say this ... I am NOT unlucky. I'm pretty damn lucky I pretty much walked away from both incidents w/ only a minor fracture and stitches. The worst would be I wouldn't be here writing to you. Someone was watching out for me and whoever it is, I'm grateful.

    Life really is short and it is gone in a snap. So, you really do need to live your life to your fullest. Make an impression on everyone you know and love. They really are the ones who will be there when you need them the most.

    "And trust me on the sunscreen."

    All right ... back to our regularly scheduled bodybuilding and weightlifting topics!



    OMG.....it's a good thing you came out of this with only a few bruises. I hope someone pet your head... 4.gif
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    Jan 10, 2010 2:22 AM GMT
    Wow, didn't expect Minneapolis to have that type of crime.

    Whenever I am in a bad neighborhood, I try and look as crazy as possible, haha.

    icon_sad.gif I'm sorry you had to go through such a rough week but at least you lived to tell about it.