Yesterday afternoon I was out walking the dog when I tripped on a crack in the asphalt. Landing flat on my face I hyper-extended my left pinky, and now a day later my left hand is partially swollen and my pinky and ring fingers are out of commission for a while, so today I've been forced to play with my index and middle fingers only. An interesting experience indeed, and I found out a few things - first, you can throw trying to play like Jaco right out the window. Second, if your ring finger tries to get in on the action, it'll remind you in a painful way that it doesn't belong. Third, play with open strings as much as possible. Fourth, a short-scale bass is your friend, which is why the P-Bass is in its case and the Hofner Icon is taking over. Don't know how long I'll be like this, maybe a couple of weeks or so. Thank goodness I didn't break a bone!