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Last night, as my friend Allan and I were walking down the Oudegracht in Utrecht and deciding on which café to go into to get out of the rain, a car passed by and drove straight over my foot.

It hurt. I screamed. Which alerted the shopping public to what was happening, which was a good thing, as the driver made ready to flee the scene. He was however foiled in his attempt by several young men forming a tight cordon around his car, and made to provide his insurance details.

They asked me if I was alright, I countered by asking if my boot looked alright, as I would hate it if there were any visible tyre marks on it. They asked if I wanted an ambulance, I said I wanted to go to the theatre. Bewildered, they turned to Allan, enjoining him to take care of me, take me to hospital, do something. I wriggled my toes to see if anything had been broken, felt to my relief that nothing had, and asked them to release the driver. He sweatily shook my hand, climbed back into his car, and drove off with no more caution than before.

Then Allan and I went into the bar, had a stiff drink, and a bad case of the giggles. When we'd calmed down, we went on to the Stadsschouwburg, as the whole reason we were in Utrecht was to go to a Brazilian show of song and dance to which Allan had been given two tickets. Despite the fact that he's been living in The Netherlands for 10 years now, he still feels weird venturing outside Amsterdam, and so he'd asked me to come along and be his guide to this -in his eyes- strange new place. We'd made an afternoon of it, sight-seeing, shopping...







and then, in a street thronged with people because of the late night shopping, someone had to go and drive their car over my foot!

As to Favela Força, the show we'd come to see: it was quite enjoyable and it did succeed, far better than a visit to A&R might have done, in keeping my mind off my painfully throbbing limb for a few hours. This morning when I woke up, there was a massive bruise on the instep, but there doesn't appear to be any more serious injury to it.

But what are the odds, I wonder, of any one person being hit/run-over by some type of motorised vehicle twice in one month?

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cheesygirl
Jan. 18th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Holy crap! Maybe you need to buy only steel-toed footwear from now on? O_o
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
The thought has crossed my mind...;-)
psubrat
Jan. 18th, 2008 03:45 pm (UTC)
Pretty shoes. Good thing you weren't wearing those when that car ran over your foot. Good lord, woman! I think you need to stay far, far away from streets for a little while because you know these things come in threes, right? ::hugs::
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
Heaven forfend!

Good thing you weren't wearing those

Indeed. Luckily, I was wearing a pair of boots, and they seem okay...but if they hadn't been, that driver would have needed serious protection from me. ;-)
binsoup
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
Oouch! For a moment there, I was imagining crushed bones and gore splattered on the pavement.

I'm glad you managed to walk away from the scene all ten toes intact and wriggling. The shoe fairy loves you truly, and why not -- you have such fine taste in footwear.
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
binsoup! How are you? It's great to hear from you - you've been away from LJ too long, my friend.
binsoup
Jan. 18th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
here, there, nowhere? lurking mostly, sometimes because I'm too harried to comment, other times just plain indolent. mostly, i've nothing interesting to write about.
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
An all too common complaint, and one I suffer from occasionally as well. Of course, I usually cure it by adding another pair of shoes or two to my collection...

Anyway, I hope you'll find your inspiration again soon, and I look forward to hearing a lot more from you this year.
__kali__
Jan. 18th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
Blimey!! Your foot is okay though?
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
Yes, thanks. Black and blue, but in perfect working order...I think that once again, I've been very lucky.
__kali__
Jan. 18th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
Your foot > cars
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
Ha! I suppose it is ;-)
juno
Jan. 18th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
No more getting collisions for you! I think that 2 in a lifetime is plenty.
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
I couldn't agree more, and I'll try a bit harder to stay out of harm's way from here on in.
anonypooh
Jan. 18th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
so you managed to stop buying shoes for how many days? *lol*
As for the getting run over thing - you really must stop that!
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Heehee -- twenty (20!) days (count 'em)! ;-)

And I agree; enough's enough already.
curiouswombat
Jan. 18th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
Oooh - I like the shoes.

But the idea of steel toe caps seems good - as the motorised world seems out to get you....
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Marked down to just 14,95 euros, I couldn't pass up on them.

Right this minute, I wish the motorised world would go 'poof!'.
bogwitch
Jan. 18th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
>>But what are the odds, I wonder, of any one person being hit/run-over by some type of motorised vehicle twice in one month?

In your case I can believe the odds are very high.
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
:(
enigmaticblues
Jan. 18th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
Cute shoes! But poor you! You've been having the worst luck with moving vehicles lately!
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Haven't I just? I need a hug!
enigmaticblues
Jan. 18th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
*hugs you tightly*
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. ::hugs back::
jonesiexxx
Jan. 18th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC)
Wowza shoes. I wish I could wear wowza shoes.
gamiila
Jan. 18th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Well, you can -- vicariously, through me. ;-)

No, you're right: it's not the same, is it?
espo39
Jan. 20th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
injury
How awful. I hope that the bruise is fading and that you do not
have any problem with your foot. Goodness, seems like everything
happens to you. The steel toed shoes aren't as pretty as all your
other shoes but perhaps they would be best for you, for a little
while (LOL). Seriously though, do you think you should have your
foot checked to make sure it really is okay?
gamiila
Jan. 21st, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: injury
Funnily enough, I do have a pair of steel capped shoes, which though not pretty by any stretch of the imagination, for their comfort and practical use are still included in my 'Most Favourite Shoes Ever'-category.

The foot is fine, don't worry (though it's sweet that you do) and I'm sure the bruise will fade over the next week or two. Just my luck, to get run over, and still not get any time off work...;-)
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