I don't "bounce" as well as I once did.
All this talk of snow and bouncing brings to mind an evening some winters ago.
In 1999 I failed to bounce sufficiently, broke my back and have been in a manual wheelchair ever since, paralysed from the chest down. A nuisance, but not insurmountable. You'd think...
Come said winter and we've several inches of snow on the ground, it's almost midnight so the roads will be empty, I've a car sitting on the drive, a full tank of petrol and some free time, the wife's away for a few days, the children are away at university, so a couple of hours hooning around in the car is too tempting an opportunity to pass up.
From the front door of my house across my drive to the closest part of my car is about twelve feet on asphalt. The driveway is as near as makes no difference level, perhaps one or two degrees uphill from the house, but no more. It's in the lee of the house and partly sheltered from the snow, so I have a distance of about ten feet that's covered in a couple of inches or so and which I have to traverse in my wheelchair. Could I do it? No chance. I tried and tried and tried, but I couldn't make even a foot of progress. As soon as I hit the snow I lost all grip and no matter how gently I pushed my wheels, the tyres broke traction and span uselessly. Tread-less tyres, you see. Treaded ones just shred my hands.
Perhaps a fast approach would help, thought I, although it would mean leaving the front door wide open if I successfully reached the car. No worries. Burglars don't operate at midnight on a snowy evening, do they? So, mustering all the speed I could down my hallway, probably a heady three or four miles an hour, I tried once more. Success! Of sorts...
I'd left the house ok and, indeed, had travelled about four feet through the snow before grinding to a halt, but now I was stuck. Wheelspin precluded forward movement and, a minor miscalculation on my behalf, the one or two degree downhill slope wasn't sufficient to help me reverse back through the snow to the front door. F**k!! By now, I'd expended so much energy that I felt as if I was in the tropics, not stuck outside midway between my car and house in sub-zero temperatures, dressed only in a long sleeved t-shirt and jeans.
So the quandary. Whatever I decide, car or house, I'll have to chuck myself off my chair onto the ground and drag myself there. So I sat and pondered. Car: fun, warm and a snowy opportunity I don't get very often, or house: dull, the wimp's choice, a missed chance that I might not get again for several years. Car? House? Car? House. The wimp's way out. Still bugs me to this day!