Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
kevin_standlee

Lisa Took a Tumble

Last night after dinner, Lisa and I were taking a walk (as we often do), when the pavement under Lisa's feet on the left edge of the street crumbled away and sent her tumbling. The fall tore up her knee (and put a rent in her jeans), and twisted her ankle on the leg not bleeding from the scrapes of the asphalt.

Fortunately, we were only a couple of blocks from home. After Lisa concluded that she didn't think anything was broken, I helped her to her feet and supported her as we slowly limped home. I got warm water and bandages, and she cleaned and dressed the torn-up knee (which looks pretty ugly, but she says is mostly superficial) with antibiotic ointment. A little later, she seemed to be moving around okay, but this morning was a different story.

Today, her ankle was swollen a bit (although not obviously bruised), and she couldn't put any weight on it. But everything is moving, and she still doesn't think she broke anything. I offered to take her to urgent care to have the ankle X-rayed, but she doesn't think it necessary. Fortunately, we have a pair of crutches in the house, which I brought to her so she could hobble around as needed. She gave me a shopping list and I brought stuff home from Raley's for her. The checkers at the local store remarked on me being on my own; that's how much we apparently are memorable.

If I hadn't already voted a couple of weeks ago in favor of it, this would have just solidified my support for an advisory measure on the local ballot that would instruct the city council to seek legislation to allow them to impose a 5-cents-per-gallon tax on diesel fuel sold within city limits, said money to be dedicated to road maintenance and repaving. It's a hard sell in a massively anti-government, super-conservative area like Fernley, where you see people saying, "We're taxed too much as it is" and "they should learn to get by on what they already have," and also with a lot of "economics" that makes me think they think that the money coming in twenty years ago is good enough, inflation is some thing made up by liberals and doesn't really exist, and that they don't need to have the roads repaved, because they drive a big old 4WD heavy-duty truck and Government Is Evil anyway.

As I've mentioned, there were many races where I didn't vote, because there was exactly one candidate (a Republican) on the ballot, on account of the local Democratic party didn't even bother fielding a candidate because they knew it was hopeless. Maybe I should have run for State Assembly instead of Fire Board. I would have made it to the general election by default! Not that I would have won, of course, not in a district that will probably vote something like 80% Republican. But this Fernley road tax was put up by the less-crazy Republicans and has support from them; it wouldn't have made it out of the council otherwise. We can but hope that there are enough people locally who can make the connection between fuel taxes and roads.
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