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Embrace Life March 23, 2010

Posted by skinbad in Family, Handblogging, Travel.

One of those email pass-alongs. Other than near the beginning where the guy goes from an “I-see-a-gallon-of-chocolate-pudding” to “But-wait-here-I-am-without-my-giant-wooden-spoon” facial expressions, it’s interesting.


1. Retired Geezer - March 24, 2010

Good one.
We always wear our seat belts.
Saved us a couple of times.

2. TXMarko - March 24, 2010

Everything Geezer said.

Times 3 or 4, even…..

I have a genuine sense of risk if I move a vehicle without being strapped in.

3. Michael - March 24, 2010

I remember when I was a kid and seat belts were a brand new invention. Cars had to have them, but you didn’t have to use them. My father wore his at a time when most people did not. His car slid off an icy road and flipped end-over-end three times while he went into a ravine.

He put some teeth through his lower lip (no shoulder strap back then), and got beat up, but he survived.

That kinda sold me on the concept at a young age.

4. TXMarko - March 24, 2010

I was involved in a high-speed girl chase in the mid 1970s when we hit some scattered gravel on a hill-crest curve and slid off the road in middle Tennessee.

I was riding shotgun and the only person belted. I distinctly remember yanking my arm back inside the open window as, inches away, a telephone pole whizzed by, then as we entered the ditch, the driver bounced all the way over (full size 70’s Chevy Impala) and hit his head on MY door handle before flying back over to his side, taking the rear view mirror with him.

I got to watch this all in that slow-motion “I am about to die” conscientiousness that surrounds these type of events.

I was the only person to stay generally unhurt. My glasses were found under the carpet over by the floor dimmer switch on the drivers side.

It is a whole ‘nother story how we got home…..

5. Michael - March 24, 2010

I hate that scattered gravel. Especially on a bike. It normally occurs on a curve that the cars have been cutting short and kicking gravel onto the road from the shoulder.

I also hate autumn leaves that accumulate on a road and make your bike slip on a turn. It’s just not a good feeling when the rear wheel loses traction for 1/10th of a second, the bike wants to pop up, and you have to lean hard to maintain the turn.

Fortunately, that’s an Ohio problem, not a Texas problem. Texas does not really get a fall leaf drop.

6. Michael - March 24, 2010

I’m thinking about telling you the story about how I totaled my Dad’s VW bug on on icy day in Michigan, and I did not have my seat belt on, so my scalp got ripped back by the doorframe as I was propelled from the vehicle, plus, my knee got banged up somehow and got swollen to the size of a grapefruit.

Nah. I’m pretty sure I have told that story before. I hate it when I repeat my stories.

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