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Old 05-31-2005, 10:33 AM   #21
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Last time we had a convention in Las Vegas I shared a room with a woman whose husband had just become a quadriplegic as a result of a dirt bike accident.

Bad enough what happened to him, but at least he had a choice and enjoyed a few thrills before his final spill.* She, the one without the choice, lost a tremendous amount as well.* She started as a happy wife with an active sex life, a three-year old son who loved to play horsie with daddy in the evening and a two-income household to pay their big mortgage.* In one horrible moment she became a single-income, permanently celibate, more or less "single" mother with a 24x7 nursing job on the side.* She said the hardest part was explaining to the child why daddy didn't "want" to play anymore.
What a sad story

I don't think DH will go for the motorcycle. He's been pretty happy lately restoring his old muscle should be enough for him to get his testosterone kicks

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Re: Hubby's Potential Layoff
Old 05-31-2005, 11:33 AM   #22
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Well, as far as the layoff goes, it really could be a great time for both of you if you're in the right frame of mind and can weather it financially, which it sounds like won't be an issue. Hell, you may have a great time if it happens !
As for the motorcycle, my screen name will tell people who know Harleys that I love bikes and have ridden a motorcycle/dirt bike of one form or another since I was 7 years old. I also know people who have been hurt on them, as well as in cars, walking, mountain biking, skiing, etc, etc. I say if he wants to, absolutely support him and let him go for it, just be sure he takes enough precautions (ie, good helmet, chest protector, gloves, boots, etc) that will make you both reasonably comfortable. My father got his first motorcycle when I was a little kid, and he was about 47 years old, it was an old Greeves 250. He didn't know how to ride very well and cracked it up a couple of times, but never really got hurt. He traded it for my first dirt bike.
As for the bad stories about what can happen no matter what you do, here's a few for thought.

1) I have a friend who flew somebody else's ultralight that had a bad cable for one of the steering controls, crashed into a tree, he is now a parapalegic
2) I know another guy who was waiting at a toll booth with his wife and infant daughter, all with seat belts on and kid in child seat. Hit from behind by a tractor trailer. Daughter was killed, the guy has permanent brain damage.
3) Another guy was run over on his motorcycle by an elderly woman and killed.

So, to end with a quote from a great movie, "Heat", "You get killed walkin' your doggie !!!!"
....So true...!!!


PS: John Galt, you sold your bike ? Sorry to hear that.....

When you walk in the shadow of insanity, the presence of another mind that thinks and acts as yours does is something close to a blessed event. -Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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Old 05-31-2005, 12:03 PM   #23
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Probably slipped on unleashed dog torpedo..............
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But do it respectfully!

Be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful. Just another form of "buy low, sell high" for those who have trouble with things. This rule is not universal. Do not buy a 1973 Pinto because everyone else is afraid of it.
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