Get to know D.C. with our daily newsletter
We dive deep on the day’s biggest story and share links to everything you need to know.
Fireworks! Applesauce! The Sun! Harmless summer delights, or opportunities for gruesome injury? Independence Day weekend is a good time to sit back and remember that no one is ever safe. I surveyed the CP offices to see who’s still hurting.
CP Staffer: Angela Valdez, Staff Writer
Casualty: Bug bites (two)
Zone of Pain: Right calf; right knee (underside)
Management: “Itching and complaining.”
Life Lesson: Two bug bites are really not that many bug bites, Angela.
CP Staffer: Jane Martinache, Ad Coordinator
Zone of Pain: Back of neck
Management: External: aloe; internal: alcohol
Life Lesson: “Spraying on sunscreen as you walk into the water decreases its effectiveness.”
CP Staffer: Me, Staff Writer
Casualty: Deep cut from broken applesauce jar
Zone of Pain: Side of right foot, below the ankle bone
Management:Butterfly bandages; calling my Dad to ask what to do; blood, blood everywhere
Life Lesson: Your Dad may tell you you should go to an urgent care center, but what does you Dad know about medicine anyway? He’s not a doctor.
CP Staffer: Loki, Dog
Casualty: Scared by scary noises
Zone of Pain: Big ol’ dog ears
Management: Hiding. “Some dogs can deal with it. Loki just can’t.” – Web Application Architect Joshua Lieb, Friend
Life Lesson: In the world of Dog, scary noises are everywhere. (See: thunder, neighbor’s motorcycle)
CP Staffer: Ted Scheinman, Online Producer
Casualty: Hit by firework shrapnel; “subjected to wretched 80’s jams at Cantina Marina.”
Zone of Pain: Leg; delicate musical sensibilities honed by early childhood piano, violin, and clarinet lessons
Management: None. The cardboard firework discharge, which hit at “close to a flutter,” left no mark; not a single miserable jam remains in Scheinman’s memory
Life Lesson: “I block the painful stuff out, I suppose. Not a bad survival mechanism.”
Photo by YouDooAllous