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Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by malott442, Jul 23, 2012.
Great write up! Great attitude! Ride with ya anytime.
So happy to hear you made it back and thanks for sharing your lessons learned.
I have a bit of bad news for an update. I think the lesson learned didn't stop where I read it. Another lesson I should've taken away from this accident is "Life is too short for grudges". Thursday, July 26th, Chris Snetzko, my best friend, was killed while working at a fabrication shop in Florida. He was 31, and leaves behind two children, a loving girlfriend (live in for 5 years) and a baby boy due in December. It really hurts that he is gone, and many will miss the crazy, scary, natural born leader everyone had come to know and love.
I learned two lessons from this incident, and here is the easy one. Don't bypass doing what really makes you happy. Chris was a stunt rider, and hung up his boots to raise his family because of the risk of injury. I will admit, Chris was bulletproof on a bike, 6 years stunting with no injuries to speak of, and the odds might have been against him. I dislocated a shoulder, tore a tendon in my knee, broke two toes, and have nice exhaust burn scars from half as much time on the lot. This retired daredevil died at work doing an otherwise un-risky routine task.
I semi quite stunting (I still have a crf50) to work without risk of losing my job and to provide for my wife. Out of my injuries, I hadn't really lost any work and don't regret any of it. But I yearned for a bike and it drove me crazy. Lesson one taken. I am selling my 1125R to make way for a stunt bike. I'm going to live the life that makes me happy (with blessing from my wife, she ROCKS by the way).
This is the hard lesson. We have not spoke in 2 years. Chris and I got in an argument and I quit speaking to him. He has been reaching out to me for a year and a half, and I only went as far as emailing him back and forth on occasion. I had been wanting to call him badly for 6 months, and procrastinated and made excuses, and now I'm stuck here with the regret for a long, long time.
Take this lesson from me: Life is too short for grudges, and friendships have no room for pride. Tell the ones you need to that you love them, and work your disagreements out and move on together, because you never know, you never know. Chris was the twin brother from another mother. All I have left now is memories and apologies owed that I can't pay out.
Expensive lesson learned. I love you Chris, and I hope heaven has a lot for you to ride on.
no words.... very sorry about Chris.
So sorry to hear....
Damn, a great buddy of mine since the 70's passed away a couple of weeks ago and because of a disagreement we hadn't been talikng in 10 years. It always bothered my and I wanted to reach out and then life gets in the way and time moves on and all of a sudden ......
This brings it all back.
When they are gone it's too late ....
Exactly.... Regret is a large pill to swallow. It'll be a while before I'm right again.
Wow probably the most interesting face plant report! My condolences for your friend, very unfortunate. Can't imagine what you're going through, with your accident and your friends passing. Thank you for inspiring the rest of us!
Sorry that I'm bumping a year old thread, but I thought I would share an update. Let's see.....
1. The BMW is still together in the exact condition of the repair. I've put over 5k miles on the repaired valve cover, and am just now getting a weeping leak. Not enough to drip, yet.
2. I ride MUCH more sensibly in the rain. I respect the lack of traction as if the whole road is painted. Slowing down is rather unpleasant at first when you are an impatient person, but after a while, it becomes a habit rather than a conscious decision.
3. I have been less resentful and quiet about my feelings. I tell my wife more often that she means everything to me, I have also envoked a "20 second rule". We hug for at least 20 consecutive seconds at least once a day. It is a proven fact that an extended embrace releases a chemical that increases the feeling of bonding with that person. With that said, I still see room for improvement, and hope to act upon those insights.
4. I have made sure my friends know who they are, and I've made sure my enemies don't. I treat everyone better now than I did a year ago.
I called Jamie today and told her how much I think about her and Chris, and had a nice talk about her life in the recent months. Chris' kids remind me of how fleeting life is, and how magical it can be if you look through the right lenses. Here are the kiddos. Chris Jr. is a clone of his father.
I have not been back to Deal's Gap YET this year. I plan on taking the BMW there next month if it does not sell first..... Maybe this time I'll keep the rubber down. I hope this ride report has been of some insight and entertainment to you guys, and maybe next year I'll update it again.
I do have big news on the way. My life is 9 weeks into a new era. Magic...
Wonderful story, great update.
Scratches, bumps and dings give a bike character, they are the patina of loving use...
This has to be my favorite FP story. Thank you for resurrecting the thread; I hadn't read it before. You gained wonderful perspective at a (thankfully) minimal physical cost and shared it with us so we could at least attempt to gain it and do so at zero cost. Bravo!
Job well done. Nice repairs.
Dawns on me, do any fellas ride with backup valve covers?
Well, I'm a little late on my 2 year update.
1. The RT is gone. I traded it off for a GS, and then traded that off for a k1200rs. I really miss having an RT. The K1200 is hot and honestly too fast for my maturity level.
2. Chris' children are getting HUGE. Chris Junior and Olivia Grace are beautiful, happy children.
3. I'm a daddy now. Miss Victoria Ann is a great source of laughs and I love her in a way I've never loved before. I now know how a parent feels when they say they would die for their kids...
4. I'm planning a Deal's Gap trip in a few weeks, which will be my 2nd venture there this year. I plan on going to Maggie Valley and checking out the Wheels Through Time museum. I love their show "What's in the Barn?"
5. I still get nervous and avoid riding in the rain. I just don't see the point in pushing through, when you can make an excuse to stretch out and relax somewhere dry.
6. I still ride ATGATT, and hope other people are influenced into doing the same. It sure is less expensive to sweat all summer than to spend a month in a burn unit getting skin grafts.
I guess I'm going to try to build another ride report, based on the popularity of this one. I just need to find the time to go on an actual ride .
I've already missed my Circle of Labrador and my Iceland trips. I'm shooting for Australia, western Europe, or India next year.
Very impressive, malott, and as impressive as your roadside repair was, your growth and willingness to talk about it, is more impressive. Major kudo's to you, Man, and the very best to you and your family.
Thanks for the pics, beautiful kids, and stay with that ATGATT and sitting out the rain. :)
This is the perfect example of Advrider that I love.... Post is made long ago.... most of us are none the wiser... and them BOOM - there is an update. Bringing to this newbies attention, who then enjoys reading the story and personal enlightenment. Great job, beautiful kiddo and an encouraging story!! Hats off bro.
This is a great thread. I'm glad you've changed your stars. Now, it's time for an update. Does Victoria Ann have a sibling yet?!?!??
Excellent. It's important to have awareness and learn from experiences. Thanks for sharing.
I love update threads, it helps with my OCD type personality
Forgive my immaturity, but I teehee'd out loud at the "Sinus Blue" color
Good to hear all the positives in your life,And with that attitude may they continue to happen.