Since almost everyone has asked me to share this story on my blog…

On Friday, after the conference was over, I drove my little scooter to the Subway near the convention center, about 2 blocks away.  On my return, a guy sitting at a Starbucks asks me what happened to my leg, pointing to my leg.  I said, "oh, possible stress fracture, torn shin, and tendonitis in my knee.  At least the MRI showed everything was in good shape with my knee.  9 weeks on crutches, so I need to take it easy."

He says, "you’re not injured.  it’s all in your head."  I’m stunned, trying not to laugh out loud. 

He continues, "I’m a psychologist.  The doctors just want you to believe you are injured.  You need to stop seeing them."  Now i’m laughing hard.  This is just so out there it is hysterical.

"Do you know how degrading you look, to have a good looking woman like you driving around in a scooter?  Do you want to ride a scooter for the rest of your life?"  Ouch.  that one hurt, but at the same time, i’m thinking "who insults an injured person in a scooter?"  So, I said, "okay, i’m leaving now…" still in disbelief and scooter’ed back to OSCON.

Annoyed by the last remark, i couldn’t focus on the trip report, so i decided to go to the Lloyd Center (a mall) 4 blocks away.  Hey, i haven’t been able to go a mall since i got injured (April 30), so I thought it would be the perfect way to unwind from the conference.  And I had a great time (seriously, i bought CDs, a few books, etc, it was fun!) scootering around the mall, degrading or not!    =)