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Gimpy Update.

Well, I *am* mobile, but I'm super slow. It seems like I can get about for very short distances (around the hotel, say) with one crutch (and around the room with no crutches), but for being out and about, it looks like I still need two. This being the EU, the crutches are those Kerry Weaver-style crutches, which I'd never used before. I've learned from watching other people using them that it's better to walk with them, sort of like I'm an animal with four legs, than to use them like US-style crutches.

In other news, I'd hoped to spend yesterday evening seeing this, but after getting my ticket and sitting outside for half an hour, they announced "technical difficulties" and gave me a ticket to tonight's show instead. The good news is that aaronbenedict might be able to join me tonight (he was playing paintball with the guys last night. Yes, seriously). The bad news is that if they're technically difficult again tonight, I'm out of options for seeing them.

Tomorrow I go to The Netherlands to hang with bishopjoey and last_girl_guide. I'm looking forward to seeing them, but not to the airport/airplane experience. Flying stresses me out enough when I'm not on crutches. Yeesh. Also, this airline is a no luggage allowed type deal, so whatever I take, it has to fit inside my purse. Luckily I have a big purse. :)

So what should I do today? Caveat: Heavy on the sitting, light on the walking. One thing I know I want to do: find some cologne to cover the stench of tobacco that now permeates my clothing. Holy cats these Europeans like to smoke!

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bishopjoey
Feb. 3rd, 2011 09:37 am (UTC)
Crutches!
When I'd been in Prague about 5 months, I broke a small bone in my foot and was in a cast for about 6 weeks. It took ages to figure out those damn crutches.

Okay, I must talk about paintball with Aaron - my friends dragged me to an old army base on the far outskirts for my stag day. Had never done it before and had a great time. In the US that place would never have been able to open there were so many possible health and safety violations.

The tobacco interests managed to thoroughly defang proposed anti-smoking legislation a few years ago. Restaurants of a certain size require non-smoking sections for lunch and, woo, you can no longer smoke at bus stops. The only businesses where you can smoke in Nederland are coffee shops. Antismoking laws instituted 2 years ago almost had those included until the obvious was pointed out.
hopita
Feb. 3rd, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
Re: Crutches!
I remember you breaking yourself. I didn't have a LJ yet (you still needed a code in those days), but I tried to remember to follow yours, as calling you to catch up was less of an option than when you were stateside.
furious_mold
Feb. 3rd, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Ha, I love that you used *that* shot of Kerry Weaver.

As a smoker, (Bad, I know), I have to say I felt pretty comfortable smoking in Italy. Everyone smokes. (Even though Italy banned smoking in a lot of indoor places, everyone smoked outside on the street side cafes) No one gives you dirty looks if you light up. People sometimes reach over to light your cigarette for you. I still practiced my rule of stubbing my cigarette out if people with children sat close to us, even if the parents started smoking.

I'm not sure cologne will help - it will only make you smell like cigarettes and perfume. Can you do some laundry at the hotel?
hopita
Feb. 3rd, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
I was hoping someone would click through to that picture. :)
scarybaldguy
Feb. 3rd, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
Crutches? Did I miss something?
hopita
Feb. 3rd, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
No worries. I think you were busy having all the skin scalded off your hand and chest at the time. :(
bluescissors76
Feb. 3rd, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
I *love* Prague but I can't imagine what you could do there on crutches. I think I walked 10 miles a day when I was there. But that probably doesn't matter since it's 8pm or whatever there by now anyway. You can drink the beer that's cheaper than water.
hopita
Feb. 3rd, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
Today I rode one of the tram lines all the way to the end, where I got on *another* tram line and rode that most of the way to the end. Not a terrible way to see the city, actually.

It snowed today, which has left all the cobblestones covered in an ice slick. Awesome timing.
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