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Thursday, October 30, 2008

On My Commute....

Well, it's a sad day for me today. Last night on my commute I was attacked by some pyscho, who on top of having mental issues, was also intoxicated. Totally unprovoked and inexplicably this person began berating Brandy and I with obscenities, and was full of rage. One theme of his repertoire was his insistence that because I was Iranian that I should go back to Iraq. Do you see how disturbed this person was?

We tried multiple times to disengage with this person but to no avail. We also couldn't leave because Brandy had a flat tire, and that was why we were stopped in the first place. We couldn't "escape" this maniac's torment with Brandy's bike in it's unservicable condition. Ultimately, "pyscho" grabbed me with both hands and was about to head butt me with his freshly shaven head, consquently I HAD TO defend myself.

A scuffle ensued. The details are hazy but we were introduced to the sidewalk gracing the entrance to the 7-11. I released him but I was attacked again. Once again to the ground we went. This time we were introduced to freshly deposited oil stain in the parking lot of the aforementioned 7-11. I then released him.

On the occassion of his second release he actually lunged at Brandy. She had been frantically communicating with 911 before the first incident of grappling began. When he charged at Brandy...OMG was that a very scary millisecond! I shoved him away and stood between Brandy and him. I believe he finally realized he was crossing serious lines, and also noticed that Brandy was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher. He fled the scene on his mountain bike.

We then find out from a bystander that he IS deranged. He gave us a name and address which we provided to one of the four squad cars that responded to the emercency call. One officer even commented to another officer about a third officer's experience with "pyscho", "Oh _______ almost shot him the other night."

Now there's more bad news. In the scuffle, I suffered a dislocation and Rolando's fracture of my right thumb. I currently have cast-like splint and will require surgery to properly set my thumb.

I will have surgery on November 6, 2008. The hand specialist is recommending a permanent T plate and screws to help my body mend the multiple fractures in my thumb.

And the worse news of all....I am being told a minimum of 12 weeks off the bike!


  1. That's horrible.

    And what's even more horrible is being told to take 12 weeks off the bike. The trainer's going to become your best friend, maybe your running shoes, too.

  2. Hi George,

    I hope you get well soon. Been following all your's and your partner's inspring bike exploits, Sorry to hear that but your courage to fight and defend is admirable.

  3. So sorry to hear this! That is just awful. Hope they catch that psycho...what is wrong with people??

    Let's just hope that the weather will get really cold and rainy so that you won't feel so bad about being off your bike for so long. Although something tells me that you would weather the elements :)

  4. Oh, goodness, George. :-( I'm so sorry to hear this. That is horrible and truly frightening. I'm grateful Brandy wasn't injured as well and I wish you a speedy recovery. Don't listen to your doctor. You will likely be back on your bike earlier. They always push the "heal" time out a little. Please take care....and, again...sorry to hear.

  5. Woah..! Way bummer George.. But I'll bet you'll be back on the bike before the doc' says.. (I never listen to doctors)..

    Glad you and Brandy are ok other than the thumb..

    Now, there will be a "recovery" series on the epictrain blog.. (?)

  6. This is incredible; thank goodness the two of you didn't get seriously hurt, but I am sorry to hear of your pending surgery. I'm thinking it's time to get an order together from LA Police Gear for some pepper spray. Truly scary that he also went after Brandy as well...get better soon!

  7. Insane! I hope you are mentally recovered, and I hope they put that psycho away!

  8. wow. just wow. i am very sorry to hear this. i wish you and brandy the best. good luck.

  9. I really appreciate all the kind words. Thank you all for your empathy and support. It's really nice to see my friends and my internet "friends" chime in... thank you.

    Stay tuned pre-op appt tomorrow morning.

  10. Yikes! That's awful!

    I'm glad that the encounter didn't leave both of you hurt, or you more injured; what you're left with is bad enough.

    I wish you a speedy recovery and hope that psycho gets put away for a long time.