11 December 2009


On Monday I got bus-mangled. I was holding onto the bar while standing at the back of the bus. Suddenly, the bus driver slammed on the brakes so hard that my body was forced forward. I actually took flight. I've fallen a few times in my life but I've never before "got air." I landed at the front part of the bus on my back with my head hitting the ground shortly after. I couldn't move for a good 30 seconds. My body just refused to. Everyone gathered around me and asked if I was ok. It happened to be my stop and I just silently got off the bus. They were still trying to dust me off while I was leaving. Yeah, that pretty white coat you all liked-I pretty much looked like a chinchilla that just rolled in the dust. While I was in terrible pain I really just cried because of the embarrassment. In fact I couldn't stop crying every time I told the story. Now I think it's funny. But at the time I was so humiliated. Can you imagine watching a "foreign ghost" flying like superman across the bus? Wouldn't that be such an awesome story for all the Chinese to tell their friends?

So for the rest of the day, I had a terrible limp-my coccyx was in horrible pain. My neck was swollen up like a balloon because I hit a pole with it on the way down. I think I bruised every part of my body.

Well, it's Friday now and I want to let you know that I am ok! My coccyx doesn't hurt anymore and my neck finally feels better. Besides all the nasty purple bruises on my legs, I think I'm alright!!!

Ramsey made the following animation. Enjoy!

P.S. This bus is not to scale. The bus was much longer and I flew a little over 20 feet.


  1. I'm not sure whether to laugh or say I'm sorry, but since you're ok now I think I'll go with laughing. ;) By the way, Ramsey's animation is awesome! lol

  2. Glad you're feeling better. I mentioned your accident to mom after our conversation on gmail, and she got this look of panic and horror.... Note to self: Do not mention these things to mom.

    I love the animation! Major props to Ramsey. It makes the whole thing look hilarious, which I realize it was just painful and embarrassing at the time. Still, tell Ramsey I love it. What are the concerned yellow stick figures saying?

  3. I can't stop laughing!! So glad you are okay!

  4. So glad I'm not the only one laughing at this! Its funny and the animation makes me laugh even more. Seriously though - Glad you're ok.