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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
I have spent a lot of time over the past week driving. This morning was my second trip up I-10 to Phoenix in that span. In between, we made a very short trip out to San Diego to witness danlmarmot and cpratt's wedding. As the entry I posted last night, the latter was worth every bit of energy it took to get there, to the tenth power. I'm not sure whether my trips to the Valley of the Sun will prove to be similarly rewarding. But I have hope.

Unfortunately, I am also having a return of redness and swelling to my ill-starred left leg. You see, last Tuesday I was riding a bicycle over the Skylar's martial arts class when the metal piece the left pedal connects to suddenly snapped, thrusting me down on my left side with much force. I was wearing pants, but my leg still got scraped enough to bleed. And I got several large contusions.

I thought everything would heal on its own, but something went awry over the last seventy-two hours. Either I have another infection or the tissue damage from May's accident has made it hard for the contusions to drain normally. I know all the driving isn't helping, either, since it's the only activity that rivaled writing at the computer for making my leg swell back in June.

Still, it's not all bad. I'm meeting new people. And I got to listen to the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers on the drive up, which I have now concluded must be inserted into my list of ten Desert Island Discs. Every song is strong. And some, like "Sway," send me into rapture every time I hear them. I'm not sure what I'll be blasting on the way back, but I'm sure it will please me. Yet it's hard to imagine being as transported as I was on the drive up. That's saying something, too, since the I-10 drive is hardly the ideal vehicle for transcendence.

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cpratt From: cpratt Date: August 18th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Ouch! It's distressing to see words like contusions and drain - I'm sorry to hear that your body is being so obstinate, Charlie.

I am however deeply thankful that you were able to make it to our wedding. It was wonderful seeing you if only briefly - and I'm so happy that we got a few minutes with Kim and Skylar just before we started. Skylar is the last person I spoke with as a single man, you know. :)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 18th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
She was psyched to have that conversation with you! She talked about it on the drive back to the hotel.

I probably should have gone to Urgent Care or the ER sooner, given the fact that my leg had yet to heal. But it seems ridiculous to be so afflicted when I'm otherwise at my most healthy.

Oh, and the chocolates were amazing. Wow!
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: August 18th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm glad that even with all the leg trauma you were able to enjoy the San Diego weekend. I'll be thinking the best thoughts for future healing--and for the Phoenix trips too, of course.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 19th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm glad too. The leg is a real pain, literally an figuratively. I'm hoping the antibiotics start to take, because otherwise things could get dicey.
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 19th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes! I commented to that effect on Chris's journal. It's always great to put a face to the plane.

BTW, if you posted that photo -- today's entry --
from the air, how did you do it?
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