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Old 05-08-2011, 05:18 PM   #1
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Minnesota Area "Emergency Help Me" System

Our fellow rider Safetybob had an annoying experience the other day.

A blow out forced him to the side of 694 where he was stuck for several hours looking for someone to lend a hand. It seems as though the AMA and road side assistance were a bunch of jackasses. See him for the complete story...

In my short time with you all I have come to know you as an almost obnoxiously helpful bunch of people who, had we known at the time, would come to a fellow rider's aid. Perhaps offer a pick-up truck, call a motorcycle shop for them, come give someone a gallon of gas, look up a phone number. Anything like that helps.

So, I am working on the first incarnation of a mailing list to help facilitate a speedy and wide spread call for help.

At this stage I'm deliberately keeping things as simple as possible. There is no need to create additional accounts, we all have enough of those already. If this works well and there's a need to make things a little more locked down, expanded, or otherwise more technological we can do that.

How it will work:

1) Get into trouble.
2) Send an email from your phone, coffee shop, or whatever to advhelp@getbent.net telling the list, "Where you are, what you need, and a phone number to reach you or a significant other.
3) Wait

What happens after you hit send:

1) The email hits the list server and is broadcast to all you helpful, kind, and considerate people who volunteer to add whatever email address you like to it.
2) The first person who is able to help emails the list back advhelp@getbent.net and says something like, "I'm on it, stay tuned" When a problem starts, let everyone else know someone is on the case.
3) It's at this point the helper is helping out the troubled party. If further discussion or resources and needed from the list, use it and put out a call.

At the end of the day use other resources/sites to find out how it all went, demand pictures and humors anecdotes related to whatever happened. Basically, go about your day satisfied that you are a hell of a good person and a damn fine stand-up individual for being part of this system in the first place.


NEAT! How can I be a part of this fantastic thing?!?
Why that's easy, PM me the email address you want to make a part of the list.

Naturally, when you don't want to play anymore, tell me and your name will be removed.

Question: Do I have to be part of list to use it? Answer, no use it if you need it.

As mentioned above, if the need arises I'll make it more complex, make joining and leaving auto-magical, make the list expandable to numerous regions, install one of those hideous CAPTCHA things.
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Old 05-08-2011, 05:50 PM   #2
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Pm sent.


It's not always possible to sent email from the scene of distress so i'm giving the email address to several people I can call who may have computer access and could post a message for me.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:00 PM   #3
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Pm sent.


It's not always possible to sent email from the scene of distress so i'm giving the email address to several people I can call who may have computer access and could post a message for me.
Yup, think of it all as just another tool or option when you need it
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Old 05-09-2011, 01:25 PM   #4
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Check with the mod about keeping this up top. Since it's an emergency tree maybe they will. On our Alaska thread our emergency tree is perpetually posted near the top. Good luck - it's a well needed service...well, when you need it.
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Old 05-09-2011, 03:58 PM   #5
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I'll look into that.

I'll conduct a test when we hit 15 responders on the site. We are well on our way!
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Old 05-10-2011, 10:43 AM   #6
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Mike e mail sent.

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Old 05-10-2011, 11:18 AM   #7
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Added.

We are just about at 15 helpful individuals.
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:41 AM   #8
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PM coming then.
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Old 05-10-2011, 03:02 PM   #9
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HHHHHEEEEELLLLPPPPPP!!!!!
I'm down to only 6 beers - someone get over here stat!

FAQ-
I can't send or receive e-mail on my phone, does that mean I can't participate?
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Old 05-10-2011, 03:38 PM   #10
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At the moment yes.

I am looking into a text messaging SMS component to all of this as well as a facebook or simliar submission thingy.

Currently we are doing this as cheaply, simply and rudimentary as possible.

However, you could always join the 21st century and get a phone that does handle email.
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Old 05-10-2011, 04:11 PM   #11
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However, you could always join the 21st century and get a phone that does handle email.
21st century is overrated
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Old 05-10-2011, 05:08 PM   #12
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However, you could always join the 21st century and get a phone that does handle email.
I'm not willing to spend the extra money. I email to text all the time, but I can't receive email on the phone.
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Old 05-10-2011, 07:40 PM   #13
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Your phone provider probably has a way to do it. For example with T-Mobile you can receive (as an SMS) an email send to {your-ten-digit-phone-number}@tmomail.net

I'm sure other companies do it, too.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:20 PM   #14
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Your phone provider probably has a way to do it. For example with T-Mobile you can receive (as an SMS) an email send to {your-ten-digit-phone-number}@tmomail.net

I'm sure other companies do it, too.
You are correct, forgot about that.

Try that out Gravy, see if you can send yourself a mail message.
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21st century is overrated
Good motorbikes though.
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