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Old 08-01-2012, 08:05 AM   #21
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Couple with 3 kids under 18 (snip)
How much under 18?
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:50 AM   #22
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Life lived without taking risks is boring. At least IMHO. Not providing for kids in the event of demise is not good.

OTOH the kids now have good motivation to do well. Or not. Their choice.
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Old 08-01-2012, 11:37 AM   #23
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Life lived without taking risks is boring.
I'm sure their children aren't bored right now.
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Old 08-01-2012, 12:45 PM   #24
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As a long-time rider, I'm somewhat in agreement with you. It is a risky hobby, but the risk can be mitigated.

It's always been my theory that no one under 30 should have a street bike. It's not surprising that the Hurt Report shows alcohol or inexperience involved in many accidents.

I looked on the net for the 10 deadliest occupations in the US. If someone works in these fields and has small children, are they also idiots?

1. Logger
2. Pilot
3. Fisher
4. Iron/Steel Worker
5. Garbage Collector
6. Farmer/Rancher
7. Roofer
8. Electrical Power Installer/Repairer
9. Sales, Delivery, and Other Truck Driver
10. Taxi Driver/Chauffeur
When I was 19 I was a taxi driver in Cleveland, OH for the summer. I didn't realize how dangerous it was until a survey like this came out years later. I had no children, no debt and no one depending on me for financial support. I enjoyed the job and saved every penny including the tips.

I'm older and wiser now and would not take a risky job like that again. Too many kooks/drunks/low-lifes out there who would see a cab driver as an easy target.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:27 PM   #25
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Life insurance from employers was a no, self-employed. I doubt there will be enough for three kids from SS to make a big difference.........
I hope that they were the type of people to claim all of their earnings from self-employment. I have seen a few cases where they either had very low earnings from self-employment or losses for a lot of years. They were primarily concerned with shielding their income and not having to pay taxes. It can come back to hurt you or in this case their children. I hope that they did well in their business and their children will receive a high social security benefit.
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Old 08-03-2012, 08:04 AM   #26
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Life lived without taking risks is boring. At least IMHO.
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I'm sure their children aren't bored right now.
I never take risks and I'm not bored, I think taking risks is foolish IMO.

Riding a motorcycle is extremely risky behavior. The riskiest thing I do is drive my car and that's a risk I have to take. But I have cut back a lot because too many jerks are on the road and distracted, I am concerned about that risk.
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