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Day 3, accident 1. I faceplanted while going down a hill. But it was tons of fun going down that hill! Nothing broken. Only mildly bruised. (That will take some explaining at IBM!) No skin breaks, even. Not bad for a first fall. I was going to have an accident at some point anyway, and at least it wasn't that silly...

Got back on the skateboard after my head cleared a bit and we got away from all the cars. =)

Also really fun stuff: cruising behind a bike. I felt so Y.T. </Stephenson reference>

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Random Japanese sentence: その猫はミルクを飲む。 The cat drinks milk.

Sacha Chua, skater girl

I bought a skateboard today. It kept bubbling up in my consciousness, so I finally went ahead and got one. I headed down to the skateboard shop in Kensington Market and talked to the person at the counter about what I wanted. She talked to me about my options and advised me not to go for the cheap already-assembled ones or buy a used one. I thought she made sense. =) If I'm going to try this out, I might as well pay for good stuff so that I don't have to struggle with it. Nice, big wheels, good tracks, etc. I got a used deck, though, as I don't really need a bright and shiny one. I'm also not planning to do any tricks that'll really chew up my board... ;)

I spent the next hour or so figuring out how to travel in a straight line. I still haven't quite figured out how to come to a sudden halt, although I've gotten the hang of using my foot to speed up or try to stop.

What I really, really appreciate about skateboards is that when I panic, I can _get_ _off._ It so totally owns bicycles and inline skates in that respect. Being able to get off the board when I feel even the least bit worried saved me quite a number of falls earlier!

I used it on the way back, too. The road going up to Harbord (one street west of Spadina) was fairly quiet and car-free, so I tried it out. I managed to make it all the way up to Harbord without doing a faceplant! Happy girl. I didn't dare try it with the cars and people on Harbord Street, though, but I'll get there soon enough.

I'm cooling off in my dorm room a bit before heading along Bay to deposit those checks and go to Indigo. Bay is a busy street, so I won't take my skateboard. Besides, I've practiced enough for today. I'm looking forward to playing with it more tomorrow, though!

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Random Japanese sentence: たとえどしゃぶりになろうとも行かなければならない。 I have to go even if it rains cats and dogs.