This Memorial Day weekend couldn't have been more perfect ... except for the part where I broke my right arm. And, yes, that's my cartooning arm!
It all started with an afternoon excursion to Central Park West, where my buddy Paul Berger treated me to a surprise schooling with a new friend, Gerry "Circus" Lynas, world renowned sand sculptor and freestyle Frisbee pro. Berger and I discovered freestyle Frisbee two years ago and have since made it our main summer pastime in Prospect Park. Getting a freestyle flying disc lesson from Circus, the fellow who practically invented the sport, was the treat of a lifetime!
In addition to freestyle, Circus also taught us some flying disc games, including my new favorite, Splitzo, in which two Frisbees of different diameters are layered one inside the other and tossed together. At the last second of flight, the discs split and fly in different directions, and the receiver must catch them both.
And it was during a game of Splitzo in Prospect Park the next day that I split my radius bone while taking a hard dive for the catch. Upon witnessing my "proper" injury, as he called it, Berger--who was all too familiar with broken limbs from his youth--promptly instructed me to remove my shirt, before the swelling and pain set in which would make it difficult to disrobe for the doctor, (well, that's the excuse he used, anyway). It's a good thing he told me to do that, because a few minutes later I couldn't maneuver that forearm.
Paul and Sofie waited with me for more than an hour of registration, and then Paul stayed with me all the way to the end, allowing his inner photojournalist to get the best of him. The following photos were taken over a four hour period of mostly waiting in ER.
The photo on the right shows the break through my radius bone in the forearm, near my right wrist. This makes it nearly impossible to use my Wacom stylus and digital tablet for cartooning. It also makes it impossible to type. This blog entry is entirely a left-handed job!
So, I am sorry to announce, new cartoons will be delayed for about two months.
I would like to thank the entire cast for making this blog entry difficult.