After a nearly two year hiatus, my little band suddenly booked two shows in two nights. Huzzah! We had very little practice time and were just able to squeeze in a short practice on Thursday night, before the Friday and Saturday shows. I hung out with my drummer after practice for a while, drank some beers, then headed home. I was out walking the dog in the backyard and thought, "Watch out for the dog-lead stake" and immediately tripped over the dog-lead stake in an epic face plant. Seriously, it was one for the ages; a 9.9 showing of fearsome obedience to the force of gravity. Now, how I didn't injure my head or even my face is beyond me, but I got up and went inside to go to bed. And woke up the next morning with what appeared to be a golf ball buried under the skin at the base of my thumb. Absolute immobility and throbbing pain, to the point that I honestly didn't think I'd be able to hold a pick, much less play anything. Oy... People said we sounded pretty good, but it wasn't my best show. Here's the result, from Sunday afternoon: PS - yes, the moral. Watch where you step after you've been drinking. Also, make sure you always have ice in the trays, for just such an emergency. ETA: I walked home after practice - no driving involved.