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#1077924 - 07/10/06 09:59 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I once opened the drawer of an antique writing table on display at the Detroit Metropolitan Musuem of Art. I was around 11 at the time and was visiting with my aunt. A guard came around and caught me, and quietly told me not to touch the exhibits. I turned around and saw my aunt, cocking one of her eyebrows at me. I was horrified and traumatized for life. \:o (My brothers didn't call me goody-two-shoes for nothing).

PS: I saved my really bad behavior for when I left home. ;\)

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#1077925 - 07/10/06 11:24 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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We went to visit my wife’s parents during the winter months. As usual, we took Brandy ... "dog" (a westie). They were raising their grandchild at the time and he had moved in since our last visit. We got to the back door and my wife (Deb) let the dog down, we started to say our "hi's" when Brandy came bounding out from the back room - had only been in the house for all of 2-3 min- Deb looks at the dog and says...how did she get all that dirty gray snow on her face ... her mom yells ... "the Bird" ... yup they HAD a gray Cockatiel...end up going out to buy a new one. When we got home, the bird is making noise in the box and the "dog" has a look on her face like ...."great, you brought me something else to play with??" cost … $80
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#1077926 - 07/10/06 01:24 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Hahahaha!! Poor bird...

Back when I was flying ultralights, I was on my way to attend "Sun & Fun" (a huge aviation expo) in Lakeland, Florida. The guy I was traveling with had to drop off a couple of ultralight engines to a guy who lived in Ocala or Orlando... (I can't remember which.) Anyway, by the time we pulled up, it was pretty late, so the guy put us up for the night. He warned me that if I went outside to smoke, not to let the egrets in. Apparently, they've become quite accustomed to people, and they'll walk right in the house if you leave the door open.

The next morning, I awoke and went outside for a cigarette. I finished it and was getting ready to go inside, when this egret comes waddling up to me and tries to force his way through the sliding glass door. I sort of nudged it back with my foot, and he got all pi$$y about it and started hissing at me, so I cocked my boot back and kicked him hard enough to send him sailing over the 6' privacy fence dividing the guy's yard from his neighbor's. I didn't realize that the neighbor had a rather large, angry dog, but all I heard was "ROWWWWWRRRR!!!!! RUFF RUFF RUFF!!!!" (sound of bird making horrible noises of distress, and more growling and snarling...)

And then there was silence.

Oops... \:\(


I can only imagine what that dog must have thought. He was probably napping when seven pounds of discombobulated bird landed on his head. "Whoa!! Snack time!!"

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#1077927 - 07/10/06 02:18 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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bunches and bunches of interesting stories on here!!! this is the only one i will tell as it was when i was 2 maybe 3 years old. my mom put me down for a nap but i didnt want a nap so she laid down with me so I would goto sleep only SHE fell asleep not me. i was bored so i thought well let me get my sisters barbie and cut off her hair next to my mom so when she wakes up she will think it hers. so i picked a barbie with the same color hair and when she woke up she had a fit and i was laughing hysterically!!!! she did not think it so funny---i still find it hilarious!!! i brought this up to my mom as i got older and she said you remember that??? i was like yeah, i remember what i was thinking too!!! For the record she finds it funny now!!!
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#1077928 - 07/10/06 02:35 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Barbies really seem to fare quite poorly around here, huh? \:D
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#1077929 - 07/10/06 03:05 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
Frank_W Offline
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Originally posted by Peyton:
Note to self....Let Frank sleep. \:D [/b]
Haha.... Don't wake me up, don't make me angry, and don't inpinge my reputation, and I'm the most easygoing person in the world. LOL
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#1077930 - 07/10/06 03:43 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Frank--you are much too funny, and i must admit you need a post all to yourself:) your stories are very entertaining!!!!
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#1077931 - 07/10/06 03:58 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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LOL! Thanks, Funburger. \:D I've led a colorful life. ;\)
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#1077932 - 07/10/06 04:33 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Frank- i can read that---i think its cool. i like the story with the neighbor then he got a new car....i got such a laugh out of that one!!!!
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#1077933 - 07/10/06 04:38 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Originally posted by funburger:
Frank- i can read that---i think its cool. i like the story with the neighbor then he got a new car....i got such a laugh out of that one!!!! [/b]
Haha... Me too! \:D
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#1077934 - 07/10/06 05:00 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I was working at Safeway supermarket one summer, as a stockboy. I was up on a ladder with the price gun, wearing my red vest, black bowtie, and white shirt, pricing cans of stuff on the top shelf. Middle-aged woman comes trundling her cart down the aisle, rollers in her hair, Virginia Slim hanging out of one side of her mouth, lime-green polyester stretch pants... Anyway, you get the picture. She stops, looks up at me and asks in a nasally voice: "DO YOU WORK HERE?!"

I looked down at her for a long moment and then smiled and said, "NOPE! SURE DON'T!"

She shuffled off down the aisle, looking confused.
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#1077935 - 07/10/06 05:05 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I was working part-time in a bookstore, as a young man. A woman came in and asked for a book on the Kama Sutra. She looked like someone's Sunday School teacher: Long skirt, muted colors, sensible shoes, permed and coifed silver hair, squarish glasses...

Who am I to question peoples' tastes in reading though, right? But I asked her, "The Kama Sutra?" She nodded.

Hoooo-kay.... So, I led her to the rear of the bookstore and on the top shelf, I pulled down the volume and handed it to her. She opened it and began to peruse the pages, the color rising in her cheeks.

She suddenly exploded, "WHAT IS THIS SMUT!?!? This has NOTHING on plants and furniture and fountains and painting walls!!"

With that, she crammed the book into my hands, turned on her heel and began striding for the exit. I called after her, "Ma'am, you are looking for a book on Feng Shui!!"

She was having NONE OF IT and left in an angry huff.

I had to sit down for a moment because I was gasping with laughter and tears were pouring down my face...

"The Art Of Placement." INDEED!!
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#1077936 - 07/10/06 05:26 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Well hell, I can't compete with some of these stories but I'll contribute this one. I was brought up in Queens and lived in an apartment. One day my brother and I brought a bowling ball up to the roof (three floors). The plan was to wait until no body was around and drop it to the bushes below and ...well see what would happen. Problem was we neglected to note the air conditioners sticking out of the windows. Ever see an air conditioner ripped out of a window by a bowling ball? Ain't a pretty sight.
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#1077937 - 07/10/06 05:37 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Oh...and this one is good. I used to shoot off Estes rockets. For those familiar with those kinds of rockets you will know that the solid fuel engines have a final charge that shoots out the front for the purpose of ejecting the parachute. Well sometimes when a rocket had seen better days I would put a cherry bomb in the parachute section and glue the nose cone down. The rocket would reach it's apogee and explode in a magnificent shower of debris.

As mentioned I lived in Queens...in fact very close to Laguardia airport...in fact right under the area that the helicopters would fly from the PanAm building in Manhattan to Laguardia. (These were those big twin motor jolly green giant type choppers). Well one time I shot off one of my arial demolition rockets and neglected to check for oncoming aircraft. The thing must have gone up just a bit too close and exploded because within ten minutes port authority police were driving up and down my neighborhood as I quivered in fear down in a basement. That was my last rocket for quite a while.
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#1077938 - 07/10/06 08:48 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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A story, eh?

On December 28, 2005 I awoke at about 5:30AM with heartburn. Went downstairs and got drink of water and took one of those acid pills. Went back to bed and all seemed well for about 30 minutes. The heartburn returned, except this time it felt like acid reflux, so I went down and drank a cup of warm, mild tea. I felt a little better and went back upstairs and showered, shaved and dressed for work. The slight pain dead center of my chest would not go away, but it wasn't sharp or anything like that. I sat in front of the TV for a while and ate a small breakfast. It's now 7:30 and the pain is about as it was 2 hours ago. Well it finally dawned on me that something might be wrong. I called my doctor and luckily he returned my call almost immediately. I explained my situation and he directed me to call 911 and tell them I was having a heart attack. I was floored by the news. I've been on cholesterol drugs for a while, but there has been no hint of any other trouble. And up until a couple of years ago, I was a 25 to 40 miles a week runner. Anyway, I called 911, unlocked my front door and sat there waiting. They arrived in no time; popped two nitro pills under my tongue, phoned in my vitals and off we went with sirens blazing. Luckily, one of northern Virginia's best cardiologists was on duty in the ER. He did a quick workup, put me on a helicopter to our local heart center and at 11:30AM I awoke in my hospital room with three stints in my ticker. My right carotid artery was 95% blocked and the left one was 80% blocked. I spent a month at home under the care of my angel girlfriend and then went back to work for two weeks before I took off for a 4 day golf vacation to Orlando. Played 18 holes on Thursday, 36 on Friday, and 36 more on Saturday before flying home on Sunday. The irony of all this is that my golf game has improved markedly. Go figure.

My advice to you: if your are over 50, have a thallium stress test performed. It could save you a lot of trouble later on.

I feel very lucky.

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#1077939 - 07/10/06 08:57 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
Peyton Offline
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Originally posted by ROSSO Z:
A story, eh?

On December 28, 2005 I awoke at about 5:30AM with heartburn. Went downstairs and got drink of water and took one of those acid pills. Went back to bed and all seemed well for about 30 minutes. The heartburn returned, except this time it felt like acid reflux, so I went down and drank a cup of warm, mild tea. I felt a little better and went back upstairs and showered, shaved and dressed for work. The slight pain dead center of my chest would not go away, but it wasn't sharp or anything like that. I sat in front of the TV for a while and ate a small breakfast. It's now 7:30 and the pain is about as it was 2 hours ago. Well it finally dawned on me that something might be wrong. I called my doctor and luckily he returned my call almost immediately. I explained my situation and he directed me to call 911 and tell them I was having a heart attack. I was floored by the news. I've been on cholesterol drugs for a while, but there has been no hint of any other trouble. And up until a couple of years ago, I was a 25 to 40 miles a week runner. Anyway, I called 911, unlocked my front door and sat there waiting. They arrived in no time; popped two nitro pills under my tongue, phoned in my vitals and off we went with sirens blazing. Luckily, one of northern Virginia's best cardiologists was on duty in the ER. He did a quick workup, put me on a helicopter to our local heart center and at 11:30AM I awoke in my hospital room with three stints in my ticker. My right carotid artery was 95% blocked and the left one was 80% blocked. I spent a month at home under the care of my angel girlfriend and then went back to work for two weeks before I took off for a 4 day golf vacation to Orlando. Played 18 holes on Thursday, 36 on Friday, and 36 more on Saturday before flying home on Sunday. The irony of all this is that my golf game has improved markedly. Go figure.

My advice to you: if your are over 50, have a thallium stress test performed. It could save you a lot of trouble later on.

I feel very lucky.

\:D [/b]
Yikes!!! Did you ever have any warning before? Just out of the blue?
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#1077940 - 07/10/06 09:10 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Registered: 06/13/06
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Loc: Tampa Bay
Rosso:[/b] you are one lucky fella! It must have been a scary experience for you. You should count your blessings
Frank:[/b] you are one heck of a storyteller! You should write sit-coms! \:D

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#1077941 - 07/10/06 09:40 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Here's another narrow escape story...

2 years ago yesterday, July 9th, 2004 (my mother's birthday BTW), I had a motorcycle accident. I was a beginning rider, although I had taken lots of performance driving instruction on real race courses, I was still a novice rider. I'd been practicing in a local parking lot, and tooling around my neighborhood - nothing very adventurous.

While practicing in the elementary school parking lot (with no cars around at all), I was practicing figure 8's, S-turns and slow speed turns. I was also practicing stops. I would accelerate the bike, then go hard on the clutch and brake to practice harder stops, since that was one of the things that they would do in the MSF course.

I had only planned to be out for about 15 minutes of practicing, and I had full gear on - full face helmet, armored jacket, kevlar gloves, riding boots and riding pants....but that didn't help what happened next.

I took off, and when I got ready to hit the clutch/brakes, I slipped on some sand in the parking lot - and because of my hand position, I accidentally pulled back on the throttle, while my fingers slipped off of the clutch....and the bike shot forward. Before I could react fast enough, I hit a curb. If it were a normal curb, I would have hopped over it, and might have gone over the handlebars into the grass...but it wasn't a normal curb. Instead, it was a drain ,where the pavement sloped down 3-4 inches from the rest of the lot. Because of that higher ledge, the bike stopped suddenly (from 25 MPH or so), tossing me off the back of the bike, and my back hit the sharp edge of the curb. I knew I was hurt. Bad. Fortunately, someone saw it happen, and called 911. When the paramedics got there, they asked if I could stand, so I attempted to move, and suddenly, I felt a HUGE amount of pain, and couldn't feel my right leg, so I stopped, and told them I couldn't move.

They put me on a back board, and transported me to the emergency room, where they found that I had fractured ('exploded' as my doctor said) my L2 vertebrae, compressing my spinal cord by 60%. If I had tried to stand, I'd be in a wheelchair today. For whatever reason, I didn't. After 2 days of being heavily sedated, they operated, fusing 4 vertebrae and adding 2 metal rods, along with a bone graft from my hip.

After a week of recovery (and 2 failed attempts at standing (with a LOT of help), I went to a rehab hospital, where I spent the next month learning to stand, to walk with a walker, a cane, and eventually unassisted for 2 steps, then 4, then 10, 20, 100, etc. I had to learn to walk up and down stairs, to go to the bathroom unassisted, LOTS of things that we all take for granted. When I went home, I took a walker, a TLSO brace (armpit to hips), and a set of toilet seat rails....the prognosis was that I'd learn to walk relatively normally, but more than that was a big question mark.

Well, 2 years later, here's where I am. Through a LOT of hard work, some excellent doctors and rehab pros, a supportive wife, and a bit of luck, here's where I am:

I can walk...a lot. I've walked as many as 10 miles in one day. I can run. Right now, I alternate between using an elliptical trainer and a treadmill for 45 minutes, 6 days a week. On Saturdays, I ride my bike (weather willing). This last Saturday, I rode 27 miles round trip.

When I left the hospital, I could lift 5 lbs over my head. I started lifting weights as I felt better, and although I mostly stick to machines (to protect my back), I do 90 lbs on the bicep/tricep machine, 100 lbs on the military press, 155 on the chest press, lat pull and upright row and 260 on the squat machine. There are lots of people who can lift a lot more, but most of them aren't held together by titanium rods and screws..... ;\)

What can't I do? I don't know...but I'm not getting on a motorcycle again. I know that I'm not even close to where I can eventually get, if I keep working...and that brings me to what's happened in the last year or so.

After getting signed off by my orthopaedic surgeon, I went back to being 'normal.', and wanted to take on something new - I had played 'at' the piano for years. Even though I can read music (as a long-time guitar player and former trombone player), I usually didn't do it when playing piano. I just read the chord charts and comped along. I decided that I wanted to be a 'real' piano player. So, I bought a decent digital, and my daughter and I started taking lessons. After about 6 months, I decided I wanted a 'real' piano, which brought me to PianoWorld, where I learned a lot from the helpful folks here. I bought the Piano Book, and learned even more. With the supplement, I learned about pricing, and by playing lots of pianos, I eventually found what I liked enough to buy. Again, through a lot of hard work, a supportive wife (and a bit of luck), I ran into Cathy Harl, who had THE piano, which is sitting in my living room as we speak.

Long story short, I'm a lucky guy.
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#1077942 - 07/10/06 10:21 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Yikes, kokomo61, what a harrowing story! And one that could have so easily turned out to have a really really bad ending. I'm very happy for you that you have recovered so well.

I'm leery of motorcycles. My mom was a passenger on a motorcycle when she was about 20. The driver (her boyfriend at the time) wiped out and she was thrown off. She was wearing a helmet, which saved her life, but her left leg was shattered. She was taken to a teaching hospital where the doctors decided to try to save her leg rather than amputate. She ended up being in the hospital for over a year, much of it immobilized with her leg in traction (this was back in the late 50s when rehab hospitals weren't around much). She never fully recovered.

I've never had the slightest desire to own a motorcycle after hearing her talk about the experience.

p.s. The boyfriend felt so guilty about the accident and injuring her so badly he couldn't deal with it and never even visited her. But she met my dad there (he was working as an orderly), so I guess it wasn't a totally bad thing. ;\)
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#1077943 - 07/10/06 10:37 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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If the piano is divinely inspired, the motorcycle is an instrument from hell.

Years ago I worked in a Little League Dugout, passing out snowcones and selling coffee and listening to the other parents chatter. Hell, I chattered a little myself. Everybody wanted to ride a bike. Over and out. This was, well, the Greek system. We were all cool, and the coolest had done that. . .

Then this woman, an ER doc, ended a testosterone driven (okay, the guys were in their 30s and the sap wasn't rising quite so much) conversation by sharing with us what they called motorcyles in her emergency room.

The technical term, if you are interested, is 'donor-mobile'. This is pretty rough. Is there ice in the cooler, we've got a liver. Do we have a pulse?--we've got a heart donor. The corneas are good if the corpse isn't stiff. And so on . . .

We did good selling coffee and bagels. Our children had a great time winning, and losers had the free snowcone to console them.

But . . .

I don't like,
The Bike.
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#1077944 - 07/10/06 10:40 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Kokomo:[/b] I was moved to tears by your story, You should be so proud of yourself , keep believing in yourself. So many people in your situation would have given up.

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#1077945 - 07/10/06 11:49 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I don't dislike motorcycles or people who ride them - (with the exception of 'squids' - sport bike riders who do wheelies in traffic, and generally ride stupid)....my mistake was a beginners mistake, and could have easily happened at any time on a public street. I was lucky it wasn't worse.

My wife didn't want me to get the bike, and I didn't listen - it took a LONG time to work through that. I had a lot of humble pie to eat....

And, rehab was tough (I think it's still going on). Although the first few weeks were the absolute worst, wondering what was going to come back, and what wasn't. Fortunately, everything came back. You know what helped the most?

Anger. I found it an extremely useful emotion. I was angry with a lot of things, but mostly myself for getting into that situation. Once I learned how to push it in the right direction, it really helped me get moving.

The one thing I remember most about the rehab hospital was the nurse who was on duty when I moved from the critical care hospital to the rehab. Her name was 'Peace', and she was from Ghana. I must have been moved too early, because I really deteriorated on the trip to the rehab. In the ambulance, I started coughing up stuff, (this is a very mild description of what was actually going on), and almost got sent back to the ER, it was so bad. They had to tube me to get all the junk out, and I couldn't breathe or swallow for over 24 hours - I got to the point where I was praying just to fade out.....and I told them to take the tubes out - I didn't care what the consequences were.

Fortunately, I stabilized, got well enough in a few days to start actually working rehab. Most of this happened on another floor, and I got transported to and from there in my wheelchair. Even though I was working very hard, Peace never got to see the progress I was making, which was a shame, since she saw the shape I arrived in.

After 3 weeks there, I called Peace over one afternoon, and told her to hold my wheelchair. I stood up, and walked around the nurses' station and sat back in my chair. When I came back, she had tears streaming down her face.

If you meet me today, you would never know anything ever happened. But I can show you a heck of a scar that tells me it did.....

Like John Cleese said in Monty Python and the Holy Grail....

"I got better."
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#1077946 - 07/11/06 07:58 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Loc: Louisville, KY
Because of a family tragedy involving a motorcyle I dislike them myself.

Another thing that I totally don't understand.....
We have seatbelt laws everywhere. In Kentucky we used to have a helmet law for motorcyles. They changed it, you no longer have to wear a helmet. Now....if they are so concerned about our safety while driving a vehicle that one can be ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt. Why in the world, would you not require a helmet for motorcyles?
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#1077947 - 07/11/06 08:20 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Awesome, Kokomo!! Welcome back!! What a great story!
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#1077948 - 07/11/06 09:08 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Loc: North Carolina
Reading these motorycycle stories compels me to share my own from last year, the day before Thanksgiving.

I was in my car coasting toward a red traffic light in the right lane of a four lane road. A car was already stopped at the light in the right lane and I briefly considered moving into the left lane which was open. Instead, I stopped behind the car in the right lane.

After stopping at the traffic light, I noticed in my rear view mirror a motorcyclist in the left lane starting to slow down for the same red light, and then this light changed to green. Instead of slowing down, the motorcyclist accelerated briskly.

We all made it safely through the intersection and the cyclist accelerated up to the 45 m.p.h. speed limit on this four lane road when from a parking lot of a small shopping center on the right side of the road a lady in a behemoth SUV made the decision to quickly dart across all four lanes into the parking lot of another shopping center across the four lane road. I suppose, if the motorcyclist wasn't on the road then her rapid dart across the road might have seemed safe to her, but she obviously was in a hurry and if she was going to make it across the road she needed to do it quickly. Evidently, she saw only the cars on the road, and not the motorcyclist.

It happened right in front of my eyes, the motorcyclist had no time to react at all, none. In this split second in time, the SUV simply "appeared" in front of the cyclists who was certainly traveling at the speed limit of 45 m.p.h.. The motorcylclist was obeying the law and was doing nothing wrong.

It was horrifying to watch, and the image of the brutal impact played over and over in my mind. Long past Thanksgiving day, I would wake nights in a cold sweat reliving these few seconds in time.

At the time I also felt sorry for the driver of the SUV that pulled into the path of that motorcyclists. Although she was not physically harmed in this tragic accident, she may never fully recover herself, I imagine.

Selfishly I wondered how many times I might have changed the course of events around me. I know if I had moved into the left lane, the motorcyclist would have been forced to come to a full stop and instead of hitting the broad side of this SUV, would have simply been annoyed with me for accelerating at only a modest rate, and likely been impatient for me to move over to the right lane so he could pass.

You never know.
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#1077949 - 07/11/06 09:14 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Registered: 05/10/06
Posts: 1047
Loc: United States
My first piano teacher was a rather staid, elderly woman. Truly, one of those genteel Southern Grand Dames. She had a 7' Steinway, and there was NO music BUT classical and opera, and anything else was just vulgar and beneath her notice. She would sit to the side of the piano with a white musician's baton, tapping the counts and using it to point with, and I couldn't help but think that eventually, she was going to hit me with it.

She started me out with a kiddie book, playing some crappy little tune like "Pop Goes The (friggin) Weasel," or something... I stuck it out with her for nearly a year, before frustration really set in HARD.

During my next lesson, I sat back on the piano bench with a sigh and said, "You know, I really don't care if I ever learn 'Pop Goes The Weasel.' What I REALLY want to play is blues so nasty, that a stripper could be swangin' and grindin' on top of your piano and doing her thang to the dirty blues I'm crankin' out on the keys!"

I had been looking at the keys while I was blurting all of this, and when I looked up, she had that "deer in the headlights" look, and her eyes were as big as silver dollars. She didn't say anything, so I quietly gathered my materials and left.

She never phoned to ask why I'd left or if I was going to continue my lessons. In hindsight, that was a real blessing -- perhaps for both of us!
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#1077950 - 07/11/06 06:17 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
funburger Offline
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Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 1417
Opus, i am sorry you had to witness that!! that must have been horrifying!! i too have a cousin at the age of 16 who died while he was riding a motorcycle. i wasnt close to him, but it was still pretty horrifying.

and frank--your story was once again hilarious!!! i couldnt believe you said that out loud!!!! but that was a good thing in the end, but still it was hilarious!!!!

Rozzo--wow, you were very blessed to have caught that in time!!! i am glad you are much better now!!!

kokomo--- that must have been scary but you have come a loooooong way since then!!! runnng?? how do you do it?? your just amazing!!!
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#1077951 - 07/11/06 06:58 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
LiszThalberg Offline
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Registered: 03/13/06
Posts: 3288
Frank, Hilarious!!!!!

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#1077952 - 07/11/06 09:23 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
ARIAS Offline
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Registered: 06/13/06
Posts: 122
Loc: Tampa Bay
Reading these motorcycle stories brings back memories of my best friend Sandy in high school, she had a hunk of a boyfriend named Tony. They went together all through high school. In his senior year he got a motocycle. One rainy night , there was a freak accicent on a 4 lane highway involving Tonys' motocycle and two other cars. Tony wasn't wearing a helmet and he was severly brain injured. He became a "vegetable". He was placed in a nursing home . My bestfriend Sandy was devestated and she was never the same, she stopped hanging out with me until 3 years later. She visited him every week in the nursing home, he didnt know who she was and wasn't able to respond to her. Even though he didn't know her it didnt stop her from visiting him weekly for 5 years until he died.. She did eventually marry , only it ended in divorce. She told me no man could ever have her heart the way Tony did.

Everytime I see a motocycle on the road, I can't help but think about a very tragic lovestory between my best friend and Tony. \:\(

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#1077953 - 07/11/06 10:27 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Registered: 04/17/05
Posts: 4269
Loc: Arizona.
These "motorcycle" stories are bringing back some frightening memories of a few years ago when I crashed my dirtbike and completely "displaced" my left hand (hanging by skin near my elbow!!)

Here's a link to the post back in Oct '05.

http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/32/1433.html

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