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Old 10-07-21, 06:47 AM
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Originally Posted by J.Higgins View Post
Stuff like this scares the hell out of me. One time when I was in band camp... *cough*... I mean once when I was riding my motorcycle, I was hammering down the road at a pretty good clip, and then - right in front of me - like I was in a movie - a tree feel across the road in just ahead of me. I was go too fast to even consider slowing down and stopping for it. The tree was on my side of the road all its life and decided to see what the other side of the road looked like. The top of the tree - as it lay on the road, was in the other lane. I flipped the bike as far to the left as I could and gunned it through the branches, hoping for the best. I felt branches whip my body and the bike as I blasted through the top of the tree, but surprisingly I came out the other side still on two wheels and unscathed. I was a little shaken, but I was okay.

I cant imagine encountering something like this today, especially on a motorcycle.
Well, I wasn't on a motorcycle, and it wasn't a big truck... but as a 16 year old driver on my way to work at the local fast food joint, I saw a car flip over the center divide barrier on the freeway at me. I saw it coming over the concrete divider mid air at me, but it landed upside down right behind my fast moving car, onto the freeway. It was one of those OMG moments.

Many decades later, while driving on the freeway to a work site in a company small Mazda truck... I saw a brick fall out of a truck in front of me... it bounced on the pavement and headed right at me... I ducked to the side and squinted. The brick smashed into the headlight on the truck I was driving. Glass "dust" filled the cab of the truck. Turned out that the fresh air intake vent was right behind the headlight, and sucked all the broken bits of the headlight into the cab. I pulled over as quickly as I could... and very carefully shook off and brushed off all the glass dust.

My glasses saved my eyes, which would have been filled with glass dust, while I was moving at freeway speed. I have always appreciated large frame glasses ever since.
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Old 10-07-21, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Ballenxj View Post
Anybody note the wet road and the mini van driver's quick reaction?
That was a driver that was paying attention!
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Old 10-07-21, 07:31 AM
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Weirdest traffic event I've seen was the time I was cycling Westbound along CO 128 during a heavy wind out of the South. This road skirts the North side of Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, which is situated on sort of a mesa above the surrounding terrain, and really takes the brunt of heavy winds.

So I saw an Eastbound truck approaching me, pulling a massive segment of a modular home. Suddenly, the modular home did a barrel-roll and slid across the road right in front of me. If I had been 50 feet further down the road, it would have required some scurrying to get out of the way.
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Old 10-07-21, 09:21 AM
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In the early 1980's, I worked as an insurance adjuster for a large commercial insurer. I just missed by minutes seeing an 18 wheeler jump the median barrier from the eastbound side of the PA Turnpike into the westbound side during rush hour. A westbound 18 wheeler locked up its brakes and jack-knifed, slamming side to side with the one that jumped the wall. Unfortunately, there were cars caught between them. Many fatalities. I had a bad feeling about it, since the carrier wrote a lot of trucking firms in those days. Turns out we covered the truck going westbound (the one not at fault). I met with the driver a few hours later and drove him to the airport to fly home. He was a psychological mess.
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Old 10-07-21, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Ballenxj View Post
Anybody note the wet road and the mini van driver's quick reaction?
Heck yeah, I will hire that guy as my driver if or when I need one!
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Old 10-07-21, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
Heck yeah, I will hire that guy as my driver if or when I need one!
We also need to know what make/model tires he is running!
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Old 10-07-21, 03:55 PM
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
Heck yeah, I will hire that guy as my driver if or when I need one!
I know! At first I thought, "well, maybe from his vantage point he saw it coming early on and had time to react" but I watched it again and no... he really doesn't start swerving until that thing is already on his side.
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Old 10-08-21, 09:08 AM
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That truck comes at the minvan like a predator to eat it's prey, and then proceeds to resign to the miss disappointed.
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Old 10-08-21, 09:25 AM
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I'd say the driver lost a bit of control trying to stop, and when the trailer's load shifted the speed of the loss of control. What I noticed is that the load came off the flatbed before the truck went over the median. Smiles, MH
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Old 10-09-21, 04:52 AM
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Old 10-11-21, 03:05 AM
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Old 10-14-21, 08:31 AM
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So now they are stocking the river with fish and humans?
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Old 10-14-21, 09:51 AM
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So now they are stocking the river with fish and humans?
Gotta keep the bears happy...
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Old 10-16-21, 05:16 PM
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Wow, how is that not a check swing? Instant replay, for the playoffs at least?
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Old 10-16-21, 07:00 PM
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Wow, how is that not a check swing? Instant replay, for the playoffs at least?
The umpire making the call is down the 1st base line, that camera is the far end of the dugout, so the angles are a little different. And its a tough call when the bat is moving that fast in the evening (even with the ballpark lights on). Might be a time to make 'check swings' reviewable by video replay, at least 1-2 per team per game.

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Probably one of Hondo Gravel's friends, heading to the next headbanging summer rock-n-roll festival in Texas!
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