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Old 11-14-2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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Cry when it's time to go

spoiler alert: this may get depressing.
found on TriumphRat.net

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wc6n...rHZxrVJg7QSomI


Unknown guy and unknown story, but in the end that's what it's all about; creating your story and creating the guy (or gal) you want to be.

So, philosophical question: when it's time to go, and given your druthers, is it sliding into the grave headfirst having sung the song of the sausage creature or persisting and forever exploring till the sandman cometh?
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:14 AM   #2
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I'll go first; I intend to keep on keeping on till I can't anymore-
I have the genetics that lead me to think I'll be around and viable for a long time- RTW at 80? Maybe. I'll give it a go when I get there.

Now that being said, Safety is third and I'll take chances having fun, you know the drill, and accidents do happen- I'm in a good head space, and don't go around "live fast, die young" for certain.

I have responsibilities to my kids- They'll be proper ADV'ers: already sowing the seeds: wheelies in the back yard when they could straddle the tank and they've got a JR50 vintage mini in the garage we'll fix up this winter- not bad for 5&7

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Old 11-14-2012, 11:20 AM   #3
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:35 PM   #4
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I'm either living too fast,,

or dying too slow.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:46 PM   #5
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So, philosophical question: when it's time to go, and given your druthers, is it sliding into the grave headfirst having sung the song of the sausage creature or persisting and forever exploring till the sandman cometh?
Is this an either/or question? I sort of expect to do both.

When singing the song of the sausage creature, I always expect to tell the story afterwards. Once in a while a little glitch (broken bones and orthopedic hardware in my case) gives one "pause".

The sandman might be resident in your right wrist, the gas pedal of the local garbage truck, the last whiskey sour your fellow commuter drank (or the cool sext message s/he was reading), the carcinogens you inadvertantly got exposed to, or the pesky DNA your parents gave you.

I don't live my life worrying over which one it's gonna be.

(Well, not too much, anyway. Healthy fear is just that.)
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:19 PM   #6
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Is this an either/or question? I sort of expect to do both.

When singing the song of the sausage creature, I always expect to tell the story afterwards. Once in a while a little glitch (broken bones and orthopedic hardware in my case) gives one "pause".

The sandman might be resident in your right wrist, the gas pedal of the local garbage truck, the last whiskey sour your fellow commuter drank (or the cool sext message s/he was reading), the carcinogens you inadvertantly got exposed to, or the pesky DNA your parents gave you.

I don't live my life worrying over which one it's gonna be.

(Well, not too much, anyway. Healthy fear is just that.)
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:22 PM   #7
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Is this an either/or question? I sort of expect to do both.

When singing the song of the sausage creature, I always expect to tell the story afterwards. Once in a while a little glitch (broken bones and orthopedic hardware in my case) gives one "pause".

The sandman might be resident in your right wrist, the gas pedal of the local garbage truck, the last whiskey sour your fellow commuter drank (or the cool sext message s/he was reading), the carcinogens you inadvertantly got exposed to, or the pesky DNA your parents gave you.

I don't live my life worrying over which one it's gonna be.

(Well, not too much, anyway. Healthy fear is just that.)

Cycle World just reprinted that HST story in their latest issue, "Better to be shot out of a cannon than squeezed out of a tube".
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Old 11-14-2012, 02:39 PM   #8
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when it becomes obvious I will not live much longer and cannot take care of myself, I will just ride away into the sunset by myself. Just like elephants do. well, they dont ride but they walk away from the rest of the herd to die. If they could ride, I bet they would ride away instead of walking.
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Old 11-14-2012, 03:48 PM   #9
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Cliff's notes please.
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Old 11-14-2012, 04:34 PM   #10
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Cliff's notes please.
One part of a video supposedly to his kids/wife before he kills himself. Not sure I am buying it. They post 1 part and THEN he has to ask the wife about the other two parts?
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:27 PM   #11
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If I was going to kill myself, I wouldn't tell anyone. I'd let them think I died doing something brave like jumping out of an airplane: The Old Man just had to try sky diving before he was too old, but his shute didn't open. At least he died with his boots on..." Suicide (that your family knows about) leaves lots of hurt feelings.

I'll probably die doing motorcycle stunts at the rest home...

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Old 11-14-2012, 09:31 PM   #12
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My friend quit paying on his house and I have tried so hard to get him to let me do this with the rc51 LOL!

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If I was going to kill myself, I wouldn't tell anyone. I'd let them think I died doing something brave like jumping out of an airplane: The Old Man just had to try sky diving before he was too old, but his shute didn't open. At least he died with his boots on..." Suicide (that your family knows about) leaves lots of hurt feelings.

I'll probably die doing motorcycle stunts at the rest home...

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Old 11-15-2012, 01:41 AM   #13
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when it is time to go,,
I try to use the proper facility,,
but, at my age and my issues,when it is time,as in,there is no time!,pee NOW!
,I'll go beside my bike, in a parking lot,squatted down beside the bike, in Elko, Nevada! pretending to check the forward framus plate,,Hmmm,,seems to be leaking some fluid,,
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:21 PM   #14
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I generally agree with IDAHandy, but WSR has given me food for thought...

Some people wonder about the meaning of life, why we're here, etc. I think they're missing the point. Life, itself, is the gift. You don't have to die to meet god.

When it's time to go, really go, I doubt I'll have much say in how it happens. To some that's unacceptable. To me, to use an overused cliche, it is what it is. While we make choices every day, overall, we don't actually have a lot of choices in life. Just live.

Oh, and is it beautiful because it is, or is it beautiful because we've been told it is? Most human beings seem to have an innate sense of beauty. Despite wildly different values in what is physically beautiful in people, worldwide, people do seem to feel that mountains and exposed faces of rock are inherently beautiful. Why? You can argue what is beautiful, just as Persig argues what is quality. I don't think it really matters, nor do I early care. Contemplating the beautiful brings joy, that's enough reason for me. Seek beauty and joy, and as a bonus act with grace. What better reason to live?

Well put Felix, glad you chimed in.


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Interesting timing on this thread:

I went to see my Dr for a hand/wrist problem that I figured was an old nasty mtn bike injury rearing it's arthritic head, so to speak. Well, after a couple of tests,(including an EMG) and visits to the neurologist, he calls me at home two weeks ago (as my one month old daughter is sleeping in my arms and my 23 month old daughter plays at my feet) and tells me I have Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS).

ALS seems to take you in 2-5 years, and I've had the symptoms since last winter.

My plan, since you asked, is to go hard enough to have fun, but not push the envelope: I don't want to get inured and then have "down time" taking up what little time I have left.

The problem is choosing between time on the bikes and boats vs time holding and running around with my daughters and wife. I figured I've ridden and paddled most my life, so usually I'll be holding the little ones wishing they could actually remember it.
Fuck.

Just fucking brutal. Punch in the face indeed.

I'm with Peter, man; insert yourself in their lives as best you can- they'll remember. Cheers to you and yours, thanks for sharing and putting some reality in this here innerweb.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:47 PM   #15
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.....ALS seems to take you in 2-5 years, and I've had the symptoms since last winter.
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....Yer born,,ya live, and ya die!,,make a mark!
Spend as much time as you can with your kids,,insert yourself into their total makeup, make them aware of your unfailing love!
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I'm with Peter, man; insert yourself in their lives as best you can- they'll remember. Cheers to you and yours, thanks for sharing and putting some reality in this here innerweb.
Motos, boats, or kids,....hmmmm
I also have no kids, so my choice is easy.
I would go with the kids

...and take them to see the NW's beauty, willya?
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