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Re: YO Rich!

Well, we know that insurance companies have unlimited monies to dole out these
days, eh?  <evil GGs>

True Life Testimony:

May 1981.  I was 28 years old, single.  I was fascinated with bikes.  I went
on a date with a guy I didn't really like-- one of those typical Mama tapes
playing in my head-- "You never know.  You might really like him once you get
to know him."  We were going out to a bar in a then-rural area.  He gave me a
choice whether or not to wear a helmet as there was no law in that state at
that time.  I thought about not wearing one but opted to wear one--
THANKFULLY!  I'm sure you can see where this is going.

Keep in mind, just a couple of minutes before we left he stated to me, "I
suppose I should tell you-- I'm married."  TOTAL deflation!  Nausea.  <UGH!>
His wife was pregnant, so you can tell what the heck he wanted!!  He actually
had the AUDACITY to visit me 5 or so years later when she was pregnant a
second time!!!!  No, I never touched the creature-- <skin crawling>.

In front of the bar we were rear-ended by a drunk in a very large, old car.  I
remember nothing.  Severe concussion.  Fractured R tibia/fibula.  Pelvis
fractured on L, which turned inward and sliced up my intestines, colon, etc.
and landed me in emergency surgery.  I am very lucky to be here.  I consider
my children miracles, my own conceived and born naturally.  If I hadn't worn a
helmet I probably would have had significant brain damage.  (An aside:  I was
told the R leg was shortened =" due to the fracture.  X-ray measurements 17
years after-the-fact show the leg shortened 1<", for which I now wear an
external build-up on my shoes.)

Wear the helmets!!  <sheesh!>  I consider those who refuse to be dangerous to
themselves and others.  Can't insurance companies mandate their insured
motorcyclists wear helmets and not pay if they are not wearing a helmet,
whether there is a helmet law or not?  Insurance companies have the right to
make their own rules, just as lower rates for those who are non-smokers.

Zone 6

----- Original Message -----
From: Zemuly Sanders
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 19:03
Subject: Re: [CHAT] YO Rich!

Unfortunately, it is not possible to legislate sense in more than it is
possible to legislate taste.  It's kind of like teaching a pig to sing -- it
wastes your time, and it bores the pig.  The only problem I have with people
who refuse to wear proper safety equipment is the increase in my insurance
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bonnie Holmes" <holmesbm@usit.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 5:52 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] YO Rich!

> Amen...two of my sisters work in surgery...both say that injuries often
> involve head injuries...when you hit something when moving, your head acts
> as the tip of a bullet.  They have the results of too many accidents
> involving bikes and motorcycles wo helmets...most are never the
> same...many
> become vegetables.  Maybe, it would be good for those who are getting
> licensed to see the repercussions and sign a waiver before getting a
> license.
>> [Original Message]
>> From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
>> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> Date: 4/20/2006 10:43:59 AM
>> Subject: RE: [CHAT] YO Rich!
>> It is necessary to mandate that people without the sense to get in out of
>> the rain must wear their helmets to protect their brain buckets only
> because
>> without such a law, they would not.  On the other hand, without the law,
>> there may be an improvement in the gene pool.  (Did I really say that?)
>> Perhaps that is why Ohio repealed their motorcycle helmet law but kept
>> the
>> law that says a motorcycle must drive with the headlight on.
>> I loved riding with Bill on his bike, but he is a stickler when it comes
> to
>> safety.  All kidding aside, around here, it is mandatory for people to
> wear
>> bicycle helmets, use seat belts and such, but not to wear a motorcycle
>> helmet.  (Tell me how this infringes on their rights?)  One can live
> without
>> an arm or leg, with scars and various other injuries, but in an accident,
> I
>> vote for protecting the head.  I don't want to be a vegetable somewhere
> and
>> I don't think most folks would.  However, I see so many people (not just
>> teens) riding without appropriate protective gear.  It really gets my
> blood
>> to boiling when I see kids on the back of a parent's bike and neither are
>> wearing a helmet, in shorts and short sleeves and "flip-flops.  And then
>> they ride in a car's blind spot without any thought or they tail gate,
>> zip
>> between two cars in a double lane and other such nonsense.
>> O.K., I'm off my soapbox now.  I'm going to go meditate in the garden,
> pull
>> weeds and see if I can get my blood pressure down.
>> Blessings,
>> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf
>> Of Cersgarden@aol.com
>> Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:56 AM
>> To: gardenchat@hort.net
>> Subject: Re: [CHAT] YO Rich!
>> In a message dated 4/19/06 10:28:44 PM, red4@omni-tech.net writes:
>> > Nebraska law requires a helmet, unlike IA
>> >
>> Great law however I find it difficult to understand why we must mandate
>> someone to wear protective gear.   Iowa passed the law a number of yrs
> ago &
>> it was
>> repealed.   How does it differ from a seat belt, duh!   Enjoy your rides,
>> Rich!
>>      Ceres
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