Re: Hubby's Potential Layoff
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 !!!!"
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