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28 April 2013 @ 14:13
Human nature  

At the bike auction today I stopped by the insurance table for a bike light. I saw a pamphlet about the new laws regarding bike helmets. I told the insurance man,
"I never used to wear a bike helmet until I woke up in an ambulance. When I saw my doctor afterward, I expected a finger-wagging. Instead he told me he also didn't wear one until he went through the windshield of a car. I had never fallen off my bike before, I had never had an accident. It was like I thought that because it hadn't happened yet, it never would."
He said "I think you just summed up human nature right there."

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Bella: Orchid Stencilbellaunbound on 28th April 2013 20:07 (UTC)
I just bought a new bike. The last time I owned one, I was 12 years old and helmets for kids weren't even a big thing. I was lucky, I never had anything more problematic than a scraped knee.

This bike, on the other hand, is going to be used for fun in the park but also daily commuting to my new job.

I bought the helmet- a Yakkay helmet styled to look like a sun hat- before I even tried my first ride.
Meanderthal: Corgimadfishmonger on 29th April 2013 13:55 (UTC)
I've been riding my bike everywhere, for fun and transportation, since I was a wee child, and until 2004 I never had an accident. I'm glad to hear you're wearing a helmet. I hate them, I don't like stuff on my head like that, but waking up in an ambulance is not an experience I care to repeat.