No trip ever goes off completely like clockwork. Most have little hiccups; things that you probably didn?t expect, but that are remedied quickly and soon forgotten. Then there are those like the one I took last week. One word pretty much describes it — ouch!

I was in Little Rock for a conference and editorial research. I was also in charge of the speakers and seminars at the conference. All was going pretty well until I went out for lunch on Monday. Suffice it to say that I took a pretty bad fall in an area that was poorly designed, and not adequately marked.

Of course the conference was only half over so I had to just suck it up. I?m glad the Clinton Museum and Presidential Library had loaner wheelchairs as I wouldn?t have been able to make it to our evening event if they didn?t. On the positive side, the museum has excellent access, nice wood floors and all exhibits at wheelchair height. It?s definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Plan on spending the whole day there.

Suffice it to say that the flight home was grueling, complicated by flight delays in DFW. That?s nothing new for this time of year, but it wasn?t the most pleasant experience either.

On the plus side, I?m home now, healing and I have some good drugs. But after I heal it will take some work and exercise to get my foot and ankle back in shape for travel. But I can?t imagine doing anything else, and I can?t imagine not traveling; so I will just make it happen.

In retrospect, I can?t say that I?d do anything different to prevent the accident, because the area truly wasn?t adequately marked. I wasn?t in a hurry and I was paying attention. But I do intend to write the mayor to inform him of this very dangerous obstacle, in hopes that it will soon be removed so others won?t suffer the same (or worse) fate that I. I?ll keep you updated.