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I stand corrected

I have received a stern message from friend Chris, bicyclist extraordinaire, about helmets, plus a vital spelling correction of my last post. His blog is

It is your choice whether or not to wear a helmet. I have no such choice when it comes to paying for your head trauma at the Emergency Room. I believe that with socialized medical care comes socialized responsibility. Call me crazy.

As those two or three enlightened people who read my blog know, I cycle thousands of kilometres a year, and would not think even of riding down my driveway without a helmet. The three major crashes I have had over the years – unplanned as it happens – have all resulted in my head slamming into the pavement with sudden and surprising force. My helmet has saved me, my head and the Ontario health care system a great deal of tsuris.

Affectionately as always,

PS: I think you mean “pedalling” through the city rather than peddling. Depends, I suppose, on what those high-heeled Parisian women are selling…



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About Beth

I began keeping a journal at the age of nine. Nearly fifty years later, I started this online journal, sharing reflections, reviews, updates, and the occasional secret.

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