So today on my day off, I decide to get my broke ass tires replaced on Joey Ramone (my bike) and $66 dollars later, I have new tires, new tubes, a free tune up, a discounted bike lock and a free water bottle. It's in tip top condition and rides like a fucking dream when I leave the store so I start riding it home until I get to the service road and have to cross the street onto the other side of the bike path. No big deal, I've done it roughly 7000000 times, right? So I start to slow my pace because I see some douchebag in a black Benz encroaching up over the pedestrian line so I yell to make sure he sees me. He sees me, stops (his light is red, mine is green) so I start up my momentum when he out of nowhere decides to start moving again, running the light, and causing me to slam face first into the hood of his car. My bike took most of the blow causing my handlebars to dislocate and become totally misaligned but not until after they were jammed into my chest at full speed. I was holding my face to assess the situation (i.e. make sure my nose wasn't broken and that none of my teeth were missing) and the asshole got out of his car, not to help me up, but rather to get my bike out of his way in the street and then promptly get back into his car and speeds off before I can get any of his information. I managed to bike the rest of the way home even though I was super dizzy and my handlebars were crooked, but the second I got home my father rushes me to the ER. 2 hours, 2 blood tests, and an ECG later, nothing is wrong with my heart (thankfully) but my sternum was fractured from the impact. Other than that, I'm okay except for a whole lot of cuts and bruises on my face/body.
Anyway, the point of this story is the following:
1.) Be fucking careful on your bike because people are shitty scumbag assholes
2.) After realizing that my bike took most of the damage, thus saving MY FACE a lot of damage, I realized that my bike pretty much saved me. My point is only further proven when I find that my doctors name is Jeffrey Hyman (aka the real name of Joey Ramone, obviously) who also made sure I didn't die. That being said, I'm 100% serious in believing that Joey, knowing me deep and undying love for him, was watching over me today and for that I am getting a commemorative tattoo in his honor.
I LOVE YOU, MAN.