Almost two weeks ago to the day, I was up at Bear Lake, UT with the fam, out playing on the paddleboard. It was a nice day, and we were just getting started with some fun. I stepped up on the paddleboard, which I've done hundreds of times, and about two minutes later, I lost my balance, slid into the lake feet first, and due to the water being only 3-4 feet deep, it didn't do much to slow me down. I hit the sandy bottom at just the right combo of speed, angle, whatever to snap my fibula just above the ankle. All told, I was in the water less than 15 minutes. Neat. After some kind folks helped me to the beach and into a chair, and someone else was able to open a maintenance gate to the beach, my wife drove our truck out to the beach to get me, and we headed to a clinic in town. They gave me crutches, a boot, and some pain meds, along with a suggestion to get it looked at by a doctor back home. A few days later, I've had surgery to repair torn ligaments, some new hardware installed, and I'm pretty much confined to the main floor of our house for the next 8 weeks. Luckily, I do software development, so I can still work, and I only had to miss two days. But a big bummer is not being able to spend time downstairs in my office/music room. Enter the Fender Mustang Micro. I was able to find a new Micro on eBay for $99, and it arrived within two days. One of the kids brought a Tele up from my office along with some headphones, and I played for nearly two hours last night. This little thing is magic. Sure, I can't fiddle with the settings too much, and you pretty much have to live with the presets Fender gives you, but just being able to plug in and play without getting off of my bed was fantastic. It's got a decent range of amp models, from clean to full distortion, and a few effects. I'm not totally in love with everything being color coded via LEDs. Would be great if there was even some sort of number display, instead of "shoot… did I like the cyan amp or the periwinkle?…" But, at the same time, the simplicity of it means I spend more time playing, and less time fiddling around with things. Just tap a button, strum, and "well… close enough". I love that I can pair it via Bluetooth with my phone, and a good chunk of time playing last night was just leaving a playlist of backing tracks from Youtube running, and jamming along. Also spent a bunch of time watching and playing along with a few lesson videos I've had bookmarked for a while. I've thought about buying one of these things since they were released, but I wasn't sure that I'd actually use it enough to justify the cost. Now, even if I only use it for the next few months until I can use stairs again, it'll be worth every penny. Even though I've got a billion hours of TV & movies via various streaming services, and we even moved the Xbox into my bedroom, just being able to play music again was the best distraction from my leg I've found. This little thing is a keeper.