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Old August 14th, 2012, 09:25 PM   #41
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OK, will tell.
In my first ever Marathon a nice looking lady with a good shape and a some what low cut top stopped and bent over facing the trail to do something to her skates.
As I went by I looked over (just to make sure she was OK, )
And ran into her husband who had stopped to wait for her.
LOL!!!

Slowsk8, did you bother to ask if the husband was OK?
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Old August 14th, 2012, 10:38 PM   #42
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LOL!!!

Slowsk8, did you bother to ask if the husband was OK?
No, I hollard back to my son to see if he was OK, realy just trying to make him think I was just looking for my son.
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Old August 14th, 2012, 10:41 PM   #43
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So although I am an east-coaster, I went to college in Washington State when my father brought his fishing boat over to the left coast to fish out of Alaska. So I used to skate regularly around green lake in Seattle on quads with my mixed color kryptos. My saftey equipment consisted of a hat on backwards and shorts, complete with my walman and mixed tapes (Circa 1992-1996). So anyway, I am flying down the path at about 15mph (my usually skate there was 4 laps at 2.8 miles each in a little under 45 minutes) which allows bikes, peds, and skaters, and I come across a lady and her stroller, coming in the wrong lane trying to go god knows where.

Instead of crushing her (she deserved it ) and the baby (can't choose your parents) I go into the upaved gravel/dirt on side of path, kept skates as in front of me as I could but caught a big rock, flipped over to my bare back, and skidded to stop in dirt and rocks. Of course I was on complete opposite side of lake to where I had parked, so I get up, dirt blood and rocks all over my back, walkman/tape/headphones/batteries everywhere, and I have to gather up my stuff and skate back to car. I got many stares and "Are you okay?" on the way back. All the sweat and blood, I looked Ric Flair after a no holds bared match
Speed limit at the lake is 10MPH, now you know why.
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Old August 16th, 2012, 02:49 AM   #44
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The wife is basically at that stage of 'toddling' on skates, having enough control to stay on her wheels most of the time. On the other hand, she doesn't have a good way to stop other than 'grab the wall and hope', though she was working on toe stops and t-stops. Anyway...

Little girl (shorter than wall height) dashes out in front of her just as she rounds the bend, startling wife and making her shriek and fall on her bottom. She warned the girl to be more careful. Ten minutes later, same girl did the same thing but the wife stayed on her skates, second warning and a complaint to the girl's grandmother who was nearby. Ten minutes or so later... it happened again. Wife wrenched her shoulder when she hit the floor and hasn't been able to skate for about four months, for fear of further injury. The grandmother was quite apologetic, but even so, there's only so much apology will do for an injury that requires physical therapy. :\

She's finally got to the point where it's just a little stiff, and is looking forward to getting personal lessons from a local figures instructor, rather than trying to dodge kids. ^.^
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Old August 16th, 2012, 09:27 PM   #45
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at the risk of coming across as cold and heartless... I think sometimes we have a respsonsibility to crash into certain kids (in a safe way, of course) if they just aren't getting it yet what they are being told. If they are of an age and mental capability where they should be knowing better not to endanger themselves AND OTHERS... then they need to have some actual physical consequences of their ongoing bad choices/behaviors. The sooner they learn the better for everyone. It's not the responsibility of everyone in the world to 'part like the Red Sea' so clueless kids can pass thru without bothering to look.
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Old August 16th, 2012, 09:52 PM   #46
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at the risk of coming across as cold and heartless... I think sometimes we have a respsonsibility to crash into certain kids (in a safe way, of course) if they just aren't getting it yet what they are being told. If they are of an age and mental capability where they should be knowing better not to endanger themselves AND OTHERS... then they need to have some actual physical consequences of their ongoing bad choices/behaviors. The sooner they learn the better for everyone. It's not the responsibility of everyone in the world to 'part like the Red Sea' so clueless kids can pass thru without bothering to look.
Granted, this does not work if you are a beginner, elderly, etc..., but in the rare case I can't stop or gert out of kids/peoples way, I "take them for a ride". usually they are so scared after I scoop them up to prevent crushing them they don't do it again. For adults I usually try to "catch" them in some form or fashion and bring them with me, again, they are scared, but not crushed. I very rarely cannot either avoid , or catch someone, last true collision was many years ago.
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Old August 18th, 2012, 12:50 AM   #47
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Yeah, I have taken some kids and adults for a ride. I took a kid on a 360. Had to. He was hitting me from an odd angle, I started the 360, pulled him in, finished up, held him an extra second, and went my way like nothing happened. The kid was a bit freaked, but, what the heck. No one fell. No harm, no foul.

I also got took for a ride once. A big guy, 6'5", about 240 was getting some speed going at an adult session. I was talking to a guy, I had just looked over my shoulder when this guy came barreling through without much control. We locked arms, I looked back and steered us through traffic, which was heavy, and I cut hard and bailed into a spin in the infield leaving that guy to keep going.

So taking someone, or being taken for a ride, is a good option when you can. I can't imagine that huge guy falling on me. Ouch.
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