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Old 06-09-2024, 01:25 PM   #21
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I'll bet that mattress didn't see the type of action she thought it would!
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Old 06-09-2024, 01:37 PM   #22
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also worth pointing out that you shouldn’t try and hold down a king sized mattress in the back of a pickup truck going 50 mph ….especially the day before your weddinghttps://www.kplctv.com/2024/06/07/br...efore-wedding/
Holy crap Batman, she flew, and that was without Sister Bertrille's cornette!
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Old 06-09-2024, 01:45 PM   #23
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also worth pointing out that you shouldn’t try and hold down a king sized mattress in the back of a pickup truck going 50 mph ….especially the day before your weddinghttps://www.kplctv.com/2024/06/07/br...efore-wedding/

You know I guess folks just don't understand the forces generated by the air pushing against/up on something the size of a king sized mattress....how can they be so dumb? Of course, I learned early on so at least I wasn't that old......

We live in a part of the country where wind, and high winds, are common. When I was 8 or 9 the wind was blowing good one day (about 50 or so) and I had a great idea. I flew kites, messed with making flying planes, gliders etc. so this big sheet of cardboard in the garage got my immature, inexperienced mind clicking; hmmm, cardboard = wings!! Wind + wings = fly!!! Cut a couple of slits in the cardboard for my hands to fit in, strapped it across my back with my hands in the cutouts and ran out the garage door into the gale. Thoughts of flying, soaring, looking down from above....so cool. Out the door, wind caught that cardboard pushing me from the back, feet barely on the ground and me struggling for all dickens - "flew" me horizontally about 20' straight into the side of the neighbors car. Got one hand out of the slit and the cardboard soared across the neighborhood. Dazed, I learned that wind (air) can push big flat things all over the place - I've never had any desire to lie on a king size mattress in the bed of a truck to replicate that experience so I learned young.
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Old 06-09-2024, 02:19 PM   #24
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Just a reminder for new owners that you should never ride in the back of a trailer or fifth wheel while it’s being towed.
Just read about a poor woman who fell out the door of a airstream today while on her way to see the eclipse.

Well the state legislatures in 24 states see nothing wrong with it. I am surprised, the free state of Florida says "no". I suppose there is a big difference in riding in a Class A and wandering around but I fail to see a big difference.
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Old 06-09-2024, 02:27 PM   #25
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.... cardboard = wings!! Wind + wings = fly!!! ...

We should have been playmates as kids....

I was born in 1955 and grew up in the early '60 with George Reeves as "Superman." It was always my dream to fly.

One day I pulled a sheet hanging on the clothes line and tied it around my neck and make it drape behind me like a cape. I climbed on top of a wooden fence, standing on the fence post with the cape hanging behind me and over the back of fence.

I jumped of, lunging forward with my hands in front of me, like .... diving of a diving board and all of a sudden ..... WHACK >>> The sheet caught on the fence post stopping my forward motion of flight.... rather suddenly.

I plunged to the ground and it's a wonder it did not break my neck.

Well, I never tried that stunt again with the cape. Instead, I switched to jumping off the high side of the chicken house .... without the cape! It's a wonder I never broke an ankle or a leg. But, young bones are nimble!

I think we could have conquered this thing called, "flight" way back then .... IF we could have gotten our heads together....

Thanks for the memory!
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Old 06-10-2024, 03:16 PM   #26
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I rode motorcycles for years, never desired to be an organ donor so always wore my full face helmet and protective gear and thought it was a major mistake when the bright boys in Indianapolis thought making bare headed riding legal was a good idea.
But then what would you do for organs?
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Old 06-10-2024, 04:59 PM   #27
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While I don’t really care about helmet laws one way or another, I have always ridden with one as have all my passengers.
“ In 2021, the NHTSA estimated that helmets saved 1,872 motorcyclists' lives, and that 749 more would have survived if all motorcyclists had been wearing helmets. ”
“ Statistics make it abundantly clear that helmets save lives. In 2016, a total of 5,286 motorcyclists died in crashes. Of those who died, helmets could have as many of 1,859 of them.”
Two different sources, take your pick.
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Old 06-10-2024, 07:08 PM   #28
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While I don’t really care about helmet laws one way or another, I have always ridden with one as have all my passengers.
“ In 2021, the NHTSA estimated that helmets saved 1,872 motorcyclists' lives, and that 749 more would have survived if all motorcyclists had been wearing helmets. ”
“ Statistics make it abundantly clear that helmets save lives. In 2016, a total of 5,286 motorcyclists died in crashes. Of those who died, helmets could have as many of 1,859 of them.”
Two different sources, take your pick.

I think helmets are a good idea. Back in the day it was a helmet with a snap on face shield. Used one (helmet/faceshield) most of the time after a couple of "ouch" moments with bugs etc. but....

Out riding our bikes on the back roads on the Pecos river me and my buddy were riding along the trail at maybe 10mph. I was in the lead talking, turning my head to speak etc. Out of nowhere my bars went wonky, out of my hands (hit a small rock from not looking said my buddy) and I just went flying (don't remember any of it). Woke up with the bike down, blood all over the place running on the rocks and 2 guys in a truck just standing by the truck about 20' away. My glasses were broken, they had cut my eyes but I could see them and the blood. Dazed, messed up I asked them to help if I needed it....they got in the truck and drove off.

My buddy had left to get his truck (mine got stuck as DW tried to pull it up over the river bank) and came back while I laid there. Loaded me up and drove like a wild man to the hospital....about 20 miles away. 19 skull fractures, broken nose, jaw, ribs etc. etc. Doc told DW it would be touch and go if I made it.

After I was recovering the doc spoke to me about the incident. Said IF I had been wearing a helmet that day it would have broken my neck...so it was a good thing. In the scheme of things I think that wearing a helmet is the smart and prudent thing to do at all times. My situation was a "one off" weird deal. I share that because there may be "excuses" to not wear a helmet/head protection but to this day I will not straddle a bike withour headgear.
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Old 06-10-2024, 07:28 PM   #29
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I believe adults have the right to make their mind up whether to wear a helmet or not when riding. I always suggest the helmet test.

Step 1. Go to a brick wall and hit your head against the wall. Consider how your head feels.
Step 2. Put on your helmet and repeat hitting your head on the wall. Consider how your head feels.

If you can't tell the difference, you do NOT need to wear a helmet.
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Old 06-11-2024, 05:04 AM   #30
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I believe adults have the right to make their mind up whether to wear a helmet or not when riding. I always suggest the helmet test.

Step 1. Go to a brick wall and hit your head against the wall. Consider how your head feels.
Step 2. Put on your helmet and repeat hitting your head on the wall. Consider how your head feels.

If you can't tell the difference, you do NOT need to wear a helmet.



Went ocean to ocean twice on my Triumph. Always rode with full face helmet. For me it was because I could see better. Then four years ago had an encounter of the worst kind with a pair of Mulies at 55mph. sliding down the highway at 50 on my belly, face down, my face was not scraped away, can distinctly remember thinking how much gravel is on a highway less then an inch from my face. Without that face shield i would not be relating this story. I did get a great helicopter ride out of it though. Much better than the ones I got in the 60's.

DW and I were at a dog show in Fort Collins many years ago when the bug of all bugs hit both of us and our intestines at the same time. DW could not even sit up and we were forced to leave the fair grounds by management as the show was over and even tough I could barley drive they said we had to go. DW could not even sit up so ended up riding in the bed in the trailer. Only time we have ever done that and were more or less forced to it. She does not even remember the ride.
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Went ocean to ocean twice on my Triumph. Always rode with full face helmet. For me it was because I could see better. Then four years ago had an encounter of the worst kind with a pair of Mulies at 55mph. sliding down the highway at 50 on my belly, face down, my face was not scraped away, can distinctly remember thinking how much gravel is on a highway less then an inch from my face. Without that face shield i would not be relating this story. I did get a great helicopter ride out of it though. Much better than the ones I got in the 60's.

DW and I were at a dog show in Fort Collins many years ago when the bug of all bugs hit both of us and our intestines at the same time. DW could not even sit up and we were forced to leave the fair grounds by management as the show was over and even tough I could barley drive they said we had to go. DW could not even sit up so ended up riding in the bed in the trailer. Only time we have ever done that and were more or less forced to it. She does not even remember the ride.
We went down to the coast a few years ago on a romantic anniversary get away on our trike. One of the folks told us the locals always rave about such and such restaurant and they had a salad buffet. Can't recall what my wife or I ate but both of us are from the salad buffet. Needless to say that was one of the most unpleasant nights of my life and we elbowed each other out of the way to the altar of swirling water.

Next day we were both still sick as dogs and I only left the room to find a local grocery store that sold meds for such discomfort and the day after we packed up, full of the anti discomfort meds and drove hours back home. It is hard to drive if you are moaning and have to listen to your better half moan from the pillion. A holiday that will live in infamy.
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Old 06-11-2024, 08:07 AM   #32
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Yes, people are stupid! Even in Indiana.

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I grew up stupid. Rode in the back of the truck many times.
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I grew up stupid. Rode in the back of the truck many times.
In Texas, it is illegal to have kids under 18 in the bed of a truck except if the truck is owned by a family member or farm workers on a rural road.
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