[Coco] Re: The Lucky CoCoNut
gene.heskett at verizon.net
Thu Feb 23 20:24:32 EST 2006
On Thursday 23 February 2006 08:40, Richard E. Crislip wrote:
>Yeah... I can recall a motorcycle accident that should have done me in
> 30 years ago just like it happened yesterday. The lesson for me was,
> "don't smoke maryjane while riding 8-).
So do I. Twice, in a 2 week time span back in spring 1984, I'm sitting
on a suzi 550 in Ashland KY, at the same light in front of the Big Bear
grocery store, look into the mirrors and see a car coming up behind me
with no indication of a slowdown and stop for the light. And twice I
kicked myself over onto the right side and gave it an ounce of good
gulf, jumping the curb into the parking lot, and then getting stopped,
and turning around to see that both the vehicle in front of me, and the
one I saw in the mirrors, totalled with heavy personal injury to the
driver of the rear vehicle in both cases.
Yeah, I've got an angel, the same one that gave me enough stuff to kick
my way free about 10 years ago when the transmitter tried to
electrocute me. I give my angel thanks everytime I think about those
times, or the time when I'm on an old leaky (they all did) Honda 350F,
making about 9500 revs (that little sewing machine sized engines sweet
spot) in 2nd or 3rd gear coming up to the top of Freedonner Pass on the
road between Susanville and Chester California. Leaning heavily into a
30 mph crosswind, I was maybe 2" from putting the left peg into the
pavement as I topped that piece of 4 lane each way road. At the exact
top, and in the middle of this long sweeper of an 90 mph curve, the
wind switched to about the same 30 mph pushing me down where before it
was holding me up. The left peg got shortened about 1/4", but the
tires held, and I used all 4 of those lanes getting it picked back up,
but pick it up I did. I still don't know how, but I thank Dunlop for
making some awfully sticky tires, and an angel that managed to keep me
from collecting a whole lot of road rash that day.
I was still smoking then, but it was only tobacco, and I had to have one
before continueing my journey all 3 times. I should remember the
brand, but since I haven't had one in 17 years now, those details are
not only fuzzy, but a never mind, its not important now.
As for ditchweed, I can't say as it ever effected me one way or the
other in the several times I tried it.
>On 02/23/2006, Roger Taylor wrote:
>> With all kidding aside, there is a very lucky CoCoNut among us
>> This morning, I was on my way to work on Interstate 20 and I had a
>> bad accident. It was raining so I was doing 60-65 instead of the
>> usual 70 through this area and also watching the bridges for ice. I
>> later learned it was not cold enough for ice, but the slick roads
>> were just as dangerous for vehicles with balding tires. My back
>> tires have been overinflated so the center surface was pretty
>> When I came off of one of the bridges I noticed my truck fishtailing
>> to the left just maybe a few inches. It was small but noticeable.
>> I let off of the gas and kept the wheel straight to see if I was
>> ok, but the truck fishtailed again in the other direction a tad.
>> At this point I knew I was probably hydroplaning but I didn't know
>> what move to make next to keep from overcorrecting. The truck kept
>> sliding back and forth at the rear until it got out of control and
>> I started sliding off of the road, still doing 65. I was not about
>> to steer towards the treeline at my speed. When I knew I was
>> bound for the trees across the ditch I braced for death. I
>> extended my arms out tight and dropped my head and started yelling
>> No. When I hit the steep ditch my truck started flipping end over
>> end. The rear of the truck came up and over and I rolled this way
>> until I slammed into the trees.
>> When I was rolling, I remember thinking just for a second "I'm about
>> to die, here it comes". There is no way to describe it but the
>> picture is stuck in my head like it is still happening. I impacted
>> very hard and the truck came to a rest back on 4 wheels. At this
>> point I thought I was dead. But the first instinct besides asking
>> yourself are you really alive or dead is to get out of the truck
>> quick in case a fire starts and you get trapped. So I beat the
>> door open and jumped out. I used my cel to dial 911.
>> People, I walked away from this accident and I was not wearing a
>> seat belt. I normally do, but for some reason I forgot to put it
>> on. The truck was still running and my wipers were going,
>> headlights on, etc. when the trooper and ambulance showed up. I
>> was in the E.R. from 4:30am to 8:30am doing xrays and the usual.
>> They sent me home with some prescriptions for pain but I haven't
>> taken anything yet and I've been walking around trying to keep
>> soreness from setting in. But tonight I have a feeling it's gonna
>> get me while I'm sleeping, so I'm going to take my medicine and hope
>> I can get up and walk in the morning. So, there won't be any CoCo
>> work today or tomorrow most likely.
>> People, drive safe, wear your seat belts, and keep good tires on
>> your vehicle.
>> Roger Taylor
>Cruising on AutoPilot |
> With an Amiga ---o-o-O-o-o--- and a CoCo
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