Another left hander takes one.

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by cyclefreak13, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. bomose

    bomose Long timer

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    Sorry for your loss. It's not just old farts( I am one). I was hit the same way a few years ago by a 22 year old woman. Luckily I wasn't hurt.
  2. austruck

    austruck Been here awhile

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    So very sorry for your loss.....

    My dad, who is 91 now, was 83 when I had the talk with him about giving up the idea of driving. He had had a couple of minor fender benders and I knew it was just a matter of time before he had something major happen.
    I agreed with me, thankfully and relented.

    I was just in Tucson a couple of weeks ago and the friends we stayed with told me that her mother, who is 99, still has her driver's license and still drives!!!!:eek1 A time bomb waiting to explode.

    Again, my sincere condolences.
  3. spagthorpe

    spagthorpe Long timer

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    I had an old woman roll through a stop sign, and make a left turn in front of me this morning, right in front of me. She ended up going my direction, and was clueless that I had almost rearended her. She rolled the next stop sign too going straight. Never even hit the brakes.

    I have no idea if she has a license or not, but there really needs to be mandatory testing for people over a certain age. The AARP will never let that happen though.

    Not to soapbox too much, but I understand the frustration. I'm very sorry for your loss.
  4. cyclefreak13

    cyclefreak13 Been here awhile

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    So today is one year since my dad Tomo Cummings was killed. I tried to go about my day as normal. I feel very on edge. I went back to lurking on Advrider until a little while ago when I had my own down on the street and posted about that.

    A little update as to what has been going on with this. My mom still has her days as do I. The insurance company finally settled and mom will be ok. She received less then what my father would have made if he had worked to retirement age, so she has had to cut back. This is not what I wanted for her. The lady that hit my dad got off with what amounts to less than a slap on the wrist. I'm not happy about that either but all I can hope is that she is off the road. A few people have said that I need to forgive her for what she did. I will never forgive her for Killing my father! I wish her no ill will, but will not forgive her.

    My brother and I tried to do the ride that my father and I had planned. It did not turn out. I will be going it alone for that ride. Something I need to do for myself. I have this wanting to just up and leave. I have not place I want to go but this nagging want to just go. As for the ride my brother and I did, we rode part of the BRP in Virginia. We then got off of the parkway at the state line and hit the super slab and ended up in Asheville. I went to the Wheels Through Time museum and it was great. What wasn't so great was the ride home. My brother decided the pace was not fast enough for him and took the lead. I kept up to a point and then I said this is ridiculous and slowed down. Riding at 10 over the limit I couldn't keep up and was left behind. My brother is a bit older than I and we are very different people. We have not been around each other for about 16 years now. Needless to say when it comes to riding we have very different views, and I don't suspect that I will be taking another trip with him for quite some time. I have been riding solo since I started riding on the street and will just keep it that way. I haven't found any friends that I can count on as far as riding goes so this will be one thing I keep to myself.

    Ok so you all don't what to hear about my personal problems so I will leave this at that. I appreciate all the comments and well wishes. Keep the rubber side down and the shinny side up.

    Devin
  5. 250txc

    250txc 250TXC

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    I'm really sorry to hear this on your farther ... I wish you the best for the future ...
  6. ksnak

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    So very sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the feelings you must be experiencing at this anniversary time.

    Last weekend, directly around the corner from where I live in Anchorage, AK, an 80 year old woman killed a 33 year old motorcyclist who was the mother of two young children. Same scenario - the older woman made a left hand turn in front of the motorcyclist in the intersection. I travel through the intersection daily and see the flowers, and it's so sad and tragic.

    I love motorcycling enormously and consider myself a very cautious and responsible rider, as it sounds your father was and you are. But sometimes I think there is just so much that is out of our control no matter how cautious we are, and I wonder whether I should be bowing out of riding. Of course I know that the world is fraught with dangers everywhere, but there's no escaping the fact we put ourselves at greater risk to be taken out by irresponsible or inept people when we are on our motorcycles.

    Hard stuff. Again, my condolences to you.

    Kathy
  7. cyclefreak13

    cyclefreak13 Been here awhile

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    So I'm dealing with putting my dads dog down right now. It has brought up a lot of the memories and pain from dealing with his loss. Almost 3 years on and it is still as painful today to think about as when it happened.

    My dad Tomo Cummings and his dog Frankie. She was my friend, but really took to him.

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  8. lrd2sea

    lrd2sea Turned orange,...

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    So sorry to hear that you have to deal with this now. I can only imagine how difficult that could be.
    I am sure you handle your situations in ways your father would have been proud.