Sunday, April 30, 2006

Misspent Youth: Drinking and Riding

There are some things that you have to learn the hard way, unfortunately. When you do, these life lessons stay with you forever. One such lesson I learned while I was a student at UT-Austin. I was up late drinking and got the munchies. It seemed like a good idea to go from my apartment, across from St. David's Hospital on Red River, down to the 7-11 on the corner of MLK and Guadalupe for burritos on my bike. If you've been on Red River by the campus, you know that there is a really steep descent by the parking lots. Well, I decided to ride down on the street and then jump onto the sidewalk on the ascent to stay out of traffic. It was late, mind you, so I did not feel like getting run over, having done it once before, and being left there for dead. So, as I see a corner coming up at high speed on my bike, I missed it by a little and wiped out. The sidewalk around there is not smooth concrete. It's the embedded rock type. Ow! So, instead of buying burritos at the 7-11, I limped in and got a box of band-aids.

I learned that if I get the munchies and I'm drinking, I should either go to bed or walk to the convenience store. I scraped my knee, elbow, and shoulder pretty badly that night. You should believe me when I warn you to not drink and ride. I've never been the sort to drink and drive, one could kill others this way. Now, I am not the sort to drink and ride. It's hazardous to your health.

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