The Bike Wreck

Posted in Book Reports, Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on July 14, 2019

PG went out on his bike, to put the check in the mail. On the way back, he saw a sign for a yard sale. Once he saw the yard sale sign, he continued up the sidewalk, to the next street. Yes, it is technically illegal, but the law is seldom enforced. There was a manhole cut into the sidewalk. PG went to the side of the manhole, and went off the sidewalk. There was a space, between the sidewalk and the yard. The front wheel of the bike got caught in this space. Next thing PG knew, he was thrown into the street.

Apparently, nothing was broken. Both legs had road rash, and both wrists were sore from breaking the fall. What concerned PG was the right shoulder. The force of the fall had been absorbed by the shoulder, which was probably going to cause problems.

A few hours later, PG was fretting about going to an ER. How long would he be there before anyone saw him? Would the insurance cover this? PG then decided to google emergency rooms in his zipcode. There was a place on Peachtree. A phone call confirmed that the insurance was accepted there, and that he could be out before the place closed at 8pm.

On The Road would keep PG company in the waiting room. The story of Dean (Neal Cassady) and Sal (Jack Kerouac) was up to part four, with just a few more pages to go. PG grabbed a few sheets of paper, and an inkpen. The hardplastic covered magazines would make a good writing surface. PG got to the doc-in-a-box at 5:50 pm. The lady said it would take about a hour to see a doctor.

When the OTR story picks up, D&S are in New York. Sal has some money, and got bit by the travel bug. “What’s your road, man? — holyboy road, madman road, rainbow road, guppy road, any road. It’s an anywhere road for anybody anyhow. Where body how?” Dean is going to miss his pal, but has too many wives and babies to go along. “‘Inez loves me; she’s told me and promised me I can do anything I want and there’ll be a minimum of trouble. You see, man, you get older and troubles pile up. Someday you and me’ll be coming down an alley together at sundown and looking in the cans to see. … All I hope, Dean, is someday we’ll be able to live on the same street with our families and get to be a couple of oldtimers together.”

In chapter 2, Sal is riding a bus to Denver. He gets to talking to a young man, caught up in the prison lifestyle. “Here was a young kid like Dean had been; his blood boiled too much for him to bear; his nose opened up; no native strange saintliness to save him from the iron fate.”

Sal gets to Denver. Stan Shephard is going to Mexico with Sal. Before this er visit is over, Dean will be going. “Okay, it was agreed, Stan was coming with me. He was a rangy, bashful, shock-haired Denver boy with a big con-man smile and slow, easy-going Gary Cooper movements. ‘Hot Damn’ he said and stuck his thumbs in his belt and ambled down the street, swaying from side to side but slowly.” At 6:31, the nurse invites PG to enter the inner sanctum.

Word spreads that Dean is on the way. “I’ll talk to him,” I said grimly. We didn’t know what to expect. “Where will he sleep? What’s he going to eat? Are there any girls for him?” It was like the imminent arrival of Gargantua; preparations had to be made to widen the gutters of Denver and foreshorten certain laws to fit his suffering bulk and bursting ecstasies.”

Before chapter 3 syllabizes into technicolor fury, the er business needs to be attended to. No bones were broken. It looks like a sprained shoulder. Scripts are called into the pharmacy. PG is told to be slack … like he ever needs to be encouraged … and let the healing process take its course. At 7:16, PG is out the door, on his way to CVS.

The yard sale that started it all was the next day. PG saw a vcr, and offered the man the $1.86 in his change purse/skoal can. The vcr had a tape stuck in it, “Samantha & Co/ An Orgy.” The vcr worked.

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. Parts one through seven of the series have been published. part one part two part three part four part five part seven

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