Well brothers, my days of roller skating are over. I took the twins to a classmate's birthday party at the local skating rink. I am no where near a graceful skater, but I had skated with the kids for an hour without so much as falling. I was taking a final lap before we were going to leave when I lost my balance after turning. I think my skate hit the wall and I kept going. As I was falling, I thought to myself " well, there goes my no crashing record". Then I heard what sounded like a handfull of branches snapping. When I hit the floor, I knew I had fubar'd my ankle. I rolled over, my skate covered foot and ankle didn't follow. I reached down to right my foot and as I moved it back to the forward position it made some interesting popping and crunching noises. I'll skip the detail about how I got to the ER (my wife drove me) to keep the story short(er). Anyways, I am friends with a local expert podiatrist, so I called him from the ER and he came in to put me back together. He estimated that the surgery would take 1-1.5 hours after looking at the X-ray which showed a shattered tibia, a broken shin bone, and a broken foot bone as well a total dislocation. After surgery Dr. Nickles said it was much worse than the X-rays had shown, it took 2.5 hours to put all the bone fragment back in the correct spots. He put in 2 plates that totaled about 12" in length, 15 screws to hold it all together and I have an incision about 15" in length so he could access all the bones. That scar should look pretty cool! So now I am in a splint until Tuesday when I go in to get a real cast once the swelling has gone down. What a way to spend the holidays. I won't get the cast off until February. Crutches SUCK!!! Needless to say, I wish that I hadn't decided to skate. Here is a pic I took in the ER with my cell phone...... EWWWWW..... There was a bunch of the ER staff that came in to see the carnage, they were all impressed with my handy work.