Defeat Snatched from the Hands of Victory

Shock tests are not fun.

Today was a pretty successful day save for two missteps. I was walking the 5km back to the hostel, and investigating places along the way for painkillers ($0.30 per pill avg), a portable sewing kit as I had some things to fix and to worry about (still not located) and one of the world’s best single malt scotches.

Well, I found a liquor store with the best prices and selection I’ve seen. Not only did they have what I was after, but they even had “the best in the world” the Yamazaki 25 year single malt it was 98000 yen, or $1205.40. Yeaaaaaah I didn’t get that one.

I was bad, and got Nikka’s Miyagikyo 12 year, which is one of Japan’s best single malts under $1000 USD.

With about 1.5km to go (500m to the grocery store), and thankfully long after I transferred the scotch to my camera bag, I made my second (and only literal) misstep by slipping on uneven sidewalk. I twisted my back, tore the flesh and fabric of my left knee, and failed to fully protect my exposed camera.

I vividly remember the sound of the camera hitting lens first. The bottom of the kit lens’ hood impacted the pavement, and I saw something black fly outward from the point of impact.

It was just gravel. The lens appeared fine. The hood likely absorbed much of the impact, good old plastic.

Sadly my knee hit a raised corner of concrete and my black pants are now pretty much out of commission. When I arrived I had realized I had packed one fewer pair of pants than I had thought, I was worried I didn’t have enough. I discovered a small hole in my cargo pants’ knee, I wasn’t pleased. Now I’m really worried. Buying new pants in Japan would neither be easy nor cheap. I may not have much choice, but hey, easier than buying shoes!

Well, I’m going to clean up my knee, bandage it, get into my pajama pants, and gorge myself on food I got for 40% because it was getting late. I didn’t get the sashimi, but I also didn’t know it was 40% off. Tomorrow. Tomorrow.

Oh yes, and I know I’m behind on real updates. I still have most of yesterday’s pictures, and 700 from today. I was already thinking of taking tomorrow off from adventuring to catch up on things and relax, and after this injury, I think it’s really for the best.

I really wish I had remembered to fill up my painkiller bottle before I left. 3 Neproxin Sodium pills and about 5 Excedrin pills left. At least the camera bag has stopped bothering me as much.

11 thoughts on “Defeat Snatched from the Hands of Victory

  1. So glad you camera is ok. Too bad about your pants and back. You are going to need your pain killers tomorrow. 🙁

    • I imagine so. If I already feel pretty bad moving around. It will likely be worse tomorrow.

      I really hope I can find somewhere that has painkillers for cheaper. I’ll ask the hostel staff and Aiko. Also about the portable sewing kit. No more kidding around, it can’t wait any longer.

      • Now you are beginning to know what is really important to have, meds, sewing kit…

        • Yeah. California was a brief practice run. Presuming I do go back out after August, I now have a much better idea of what I really need and desire to make this work.

          On the bright side most of the rest of the world is no where near as expensive as Japan.

  2. Omg I’m so sorry you got hurt, but glad it wasn’t more serious. On a more jovial note: at least your scotch was safe?

        • I don’t know if this would help any, but I have seen sewing kits in 100Y shops here in the States (i.e. Daiso). They also have patches for clothing, you might even get lucky and find iron-on ones if you can borrow an iron from the hostel people.

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