We decided it would be fun to go to the beach and experience some of the Hurricane Bill waves on Sunday the 23rd this week. They were really awesome, probably 8 or 10 foot high in some instances, and were just too tempting to resist jumping around in. Things were fine just bodysurfing and examining the 8 foot lengths of kelp that had been ripped up by the storm (found one root system with two baby starfish in it!), but then I got the bright idea to just hold my nose and let the waves do whatever they wanted to me. This was very fun for 2 or 3 big waves, and then a BIG wave came and flipped me upside down and I was pushed into the sand hard on my neck and thankfully my head just bent to the side (filling my ear with sand) and then my back twisted at a weird angle and I heard a sound like you make when you crack your knuckle somewhere in my right side lower back. This was shocking and I thought for a second that I had been paralyzed, but thankfully was able to stand right up. After a wince and one moment of self-pity, I continued to play in the waves.
I got home and found that it hurt a lot to get in and out of cars, blow my nose, get in and out of bed, run, walk quickly, or shake out towels. What the crap! I went to the chiropractor on Tuesday and he re-aligned me, but things are still sore and I suspect I separated a rib and pulled a muscle. I missed work all week. On the upside, I have been able to almost complete Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in one week. This is good because there was a gap in my Harry reading due to it not being available at the library. Oh well. THE OCEAN IS POWERFUL. BE CAREFUL WHEN PLAYING IN WAVES.