Glad I was wearing a helmet

I’ve been cycle commuting for quite a few years now including last year’s first ime ever all through the winter and never had a crash, until yesterday.

Oh, I’ve crashed off the mountain bike many times on trails, most notably one causing a shoulder separation on the Maah Daah Hey trail in 2005, even a couple of crashes on the road bike, but never while commuting to and from work until now, well except for this, but that really doesn’t count.. It was a cool -3°C and the roads were dry and clear, there was some frost on the car windshields on our street but the riding seemed fine. I’ve just crossed the Norwood bridge and I’m making the turn into The Forks to go under the bridge and ride up the river walk to work. Normally, I go down the road a bit into The Forks and then hop the curb to get onto the path down to the river. On this occasion I made a bit of a last minute decision to turn up onto the sidewalk where there was a nice ramp (no curb hopping required).

This last minute decision necessitated a sharper and quicker that norman turn and that’s when it happened. In a blink I’m down on the ground, I hear the “clunk” sound as my helmet bounces off the concrete. One second I’m upright and the next I’m down. Zero time to react. It seems that the frost on the road has formed an invisible scating rink! Even after the fall I really can’t see anything on the road but it’s pure ice. The right hip takes the biggest hit and later as I’m changing at work I note the road rash on the hip, elbow, shoulder and lower leg, a full right side impact. Thankfully, no damage to the bike or the nice new jacket.

Things stiffened up over the course of the day while sitting at the desk, and the ride home was a little tentative, no crazy risk taking manoeuvres for sure. It will likely take a few more days for everything to return to normal but I’m very glad I had the helmet, without it I’m sure it would have been much worse.

Updating to WordPress 3.3

So I updated my Blog site to WordPress 3.3.  I used the “automatic” approach and of course ignored all the things you are supposed to do like backing up your database, disabling all plugins etc. etc., and things didn’t go so good.

The updated didn’t complete properly. It ended in showing a blank screen shortly after initiating the update. In fact after that, the whole blog was “gone”, no errors in the browser, just a blank screen. Turns out the update process caused a crash of a lot of stuff on my hosting provider’s site, and he was not too thrilled about that. 

Plan B, do a manual update, still no success, and I still can’t login to the wp-admin page. A little Googling and we decide to disable the plugins manually, and apparently, that was the money to get the site back up. So, right now I’m updating all the plugins, enabling one at a time, and hoping nothing crashes out again.

Ever since the automatic update feature was introduced in WordPress all my updates have gone flawlessly, and I guess I was lulled into a false sense of security. Lesson learned, follow the process, back everything up, and give my hosting guy a heads up that “something” might happen.

From the Updating WordPress « WordPress Codex

Consider rewarding yourself with a blog post about the update, reading that book or article you’ve been putting off, or simply sitting back for a few moments and letting the world pass you by.