Quelle aventure!...  

Posted by Agnes Regina

Well! As our good Jude Emblem suggests that when we have an interesting day we tell about it, I will tell you all what happened yesterday.

The morning was pretty normal. Chilly and a bit damp; I drove the Vespa down to college and as it turned out, my 9 am class was cancelled due to a power-outage, (which was mended by now but we still didn't have class). I did my hour's stint at the front desk of the Community Music School, then practiced; went to choir rehearsal (we are performing Karl Jenkins' L'homme Armée: A Mass for Peace, a very interesting work, just gorgeous in places and a bit weird in others); had a bite of lunch; counterpoint; and a wonderful though somewhat short piano lesson, as my teacher wasn't quite well. Then I headed home, taught a piano lesson, and headed off to Opera Studio rehearsal (the last dress rehearsal before our performance Friday.)

It was misting heavily now, with occasional big drops splashing. I drove slowly, and made it to college without incident; but as I swung into the parking lot of Webster Hall, I found that the motorcycle spots were taken up by cars. How irritating! I turned and headed out, assuming I'd have to park by the music building and walk... and I was late already.

But as I slowly turned the corner of the driveway I met a car coming in... and so sudden was its appearance that, startled, I braked sharply, skidded and went down with a crash. I felt the Vespa come down on my right foot and as I jerked free I thought "Oh, this is not good..." through a blinding flash of pain.

I lay still for a minute, trying to get my breath, until I heard a voice call my name and found that the driver of the car was one of the girls who did our make-up for opera. Coincidences... She and a kindly professor who happened to be there helped me up and we parked the Vespa (unharmed barring some scratches) and waited for Public Safety to show up, since the professor had called them. They took my name and number, made sure I was all right (was I? I don't even know) and then I parked the Vespa properly and went in through the back-stage door which a very repentant make-up girl opened for me. An hour and an ice-pack later I got into my costume and made it through the scene, without shoes and with a throbbing foot; but evidently I can act better than I think, for none of the directors noticed that I was limping. (Stage makeup must make all the difference.) :)

Performance over, I got myself back into my own clothes and shoes and drove the Vespa very carefully over to the Community Music School half a block away, where I sat at the front desk till midnight (oh, work-study!) and then drove home to bind the hurt foot and collapse into bed. Today it still hurts pretty badly but continuous icing is helping and I am sure I will be good as new in a couple of days. Deo gratias, it wasn't any worse.

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7 comments

Agnes! Are you alright?! Looks like another misadventure with the Vespa. Please be extra careful out there especially in these colder months.I hope you recover in time for tonight!

January 22, 2010 at 9:02 AM

I will indeed be careful... now! I'm fine... still limping pretty badly, because the hurt foot can be quite painful at times, but I think I will be okay. Tonight will be another adventure, trying to balance the limp with a convincing opera performance. We shall see how it goes.

January 22, 2010 at 9:47 AM

♪♫I tooooooold you soooooo, oh, I tooooold you soooooo... ♫♪

:P

February 8, 2010 at 5:39 PM

shut up, DL...

February 12, 2010 at 2:12 PM

I haven't been here in a while! Wow! Gosh, I'm so sorry but so glad you're all right.

February 15, 2010 at 9:28 PM

hmm I have been thinking about driving my motorcycle in these colder months to combat the rising cost of fuel here but after seeing this I guess maybe not. It is slightly heavier than a vespa too... I might not fair as well in an accident such as that. I hope that you are alright and will mend quickly and fully. lol I notied the different ID's and am open to any suggestions...I should come up with a fun one like y'all...

February 16, 2010 at 8:13 PM

Call yourself "Filius Kephae" :)

and yes, I am quite mended by now - I get an occasional flash of pain to remind me to take it easy if I try to run or genuflect wrong (annoying, huh?) but in general I am just fine, and I'm saving the next Vespa ride for warmer weather!

THATgirl, thanks for the concern - hope to see you around a bit more!

February 18, 2010 at 9:54 AM

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