Ouch. I am OKAY but I was in a motorcycle accident yesterday. I've got a really bruised ankle, a broken fingertip, a bruised knuckle and some really sore torso parts. I am incredibly lucky. Here's what happened... I was in the HOV lane going past stopped traffic going at least 10 under the speed limit knowing stopping on 2 wheels for people who cut you off is harder than on 4...anyway I am up to the trunk of this white honda accord and all of a sudden he pulls out into me, I honk and try to break but there is no left shoulder and his car puts me and my bike against the concrete barrier. The people who stopped were amazed I was alive.
For those of you who drive cars! Please use directional signals any time you turn or change lanes. Also look in your mirrors carefully. As motorcycles are smaller we may be easier to not see.
For those of you who ride motorcycles, be careful. I couldn't have been much more careful and alert, it was because I knew it was a dangerous area that I had my thumb on the horn...Also have gear on. I had on leather chaps full ankle covering boots, a leather armored jacket, full face helmet, and armored gloves. My gloves are shreaded to pieces, including the hard armor inside them, my chaps are destroyed, and my jacket nearly lost its shoulder. My physical damage was minimal. Had I been wearing a tee and jeans like many people I see riding motorcycles I would not have any skin on my hands anywhere...and my entire left leg would have no skin and they would have been pulling jean fragments out of that wound. My shoulder would be pretty messed up too.
I am incredibly lucky, but part of that was due to the fact that I was prepared and wasn't cheap about my gear. None of that was due to that driver being prepared. Take a lesson from me. I will still ride a motorcycle daily once it is fixed and I am healed. But since it is dangerous, invest in good gear, you know what, it looks just as cool as the people who try to look badass and wear half helmets and shorts and flip flops.
Drive safe, and be alert, cars are not as dangerous but they are more expensive.
Also I want to thank Joe for missing his party and taking me to the dr.
so my 6th mba (5/13 done now, will be 6/13 after this class) class starts tuesday and I usually read a little before I start the class to get ahead as there is usually over 200 pages I have to read a week in addition to written class participation and big big papers. So I start reading the "Organizational Behavior" book's section on "teams and teamwork." In my job I just came off a team that was floundering due to many different causes. It is interesting reading about what causes teams to fail. one of the reasons is "Poor interpersonal chemistry (loners, dominators, self-appointed experts don't fit in)" which made me laugh cause this one guy in the group was a TOTAL "Self-appointed expert" He knew how to do everyone's job better than they did...just ask him. *chuckle*. The main reason the team failed was lack of commitment from management coupled with group instability and lack of direction, but seriously almost every point on the list of "Mistakes typically made by management" was hit. Do these people not have to take classes like this? Seriously!
Reading an article where Northrop Grumman's CEO is trying to make a point. While the point is valid I find his analogy silly. He says "How do you get companies to bid when you discover at the end of the day that Lucy pulls away the football? It would discourage companies from making significant investments to compete." Um last I watched (unless they significantly changed the peanuts since I was younger) Charlie Brown always still tries to kick the ball. So if he is saying that companies will stop wanting to try then he needs a different analogy cause Charlie Brown will always want to try, and he will always try, and in the end he just gets more determined to succeed.
If you have a loved one and do things separate - like go to bars - and you tell them you are on your way home, tell them if you might stop somewhere else and if you've had to much to drive home safely for a couple more hours...so that when you don't show up at home your loved one doesn't start imagining the worst and after failing to reach you or any of the people you were out with start fearing the worst had happened. The trouble of making that phone call and admitting to your drunken state is not even on the same level of awful as what your loved one will feel not knowing why you aren't home after 4 - 10 hours, even though you were only 30-40 mins from home when you said you were on your way.
It has been a busy couple weeks. The weather has turned nice occasionally so I'm riding my motorcycle into work on most okay days. I rode it in on Thursday last week and the bolt that connects the lead on the bike to the battery vibrated out and thus the bike lost power about 3/4 miles from work. I had to push it the rest of the way to work...what an excruciating work out. I didn't want to be later than I already was or I'd have called roadside assistance. I didn't have anyone from work's number except a couple people who come in at 9. I erased the only other person's number back a couple months ago cause we don't talk anymore...quickly collected new phone numbers from other co-workers in case anything similar ever happens again.
Reading a book on Shame and Guilt. Its pretty crazy how even the best intending parents can instill a sense of debilitating shame in a child that lasts through the child's adulthood if left unchecked. Its not an excuse but it is a partial cause of some of my mistakes in my life. One particular example of shame in my life, not from my parents but from a very important friend, is from when I was around 10 years old. My friend invited me to a movie on the condition that I didn't laugh out loud in the theater because it embarassed her. To this day I have trouble laughing out loud during a movie, even at home, unless I'm completely alone. If you ever feel like you are worthless and unlovable or lying for no good reason, or that you just are incapable of succeeding I highly suggest this book. Shame and Guilt by Jane Middelton-Moz ISBN-10: 1-55874-072-4.
This weekend we went to a hockey game for the Thunderbirds. It was quite entertaining. Then we went to a bar where we got a couple free drinks. Earlier that day Joe and I took our motorcycles out and rode around some rural roads. It was really fun. Sunday I had a migraine and laid low while Joe and Nate went riding. It was good when the headache finally went away. We're going to see arachnaphobia tonight. That will be fun. I wonder how we'll get there....probably by car.
Don't know what is going down later this week...I guess I'll see as I go.
So I go online to write a post but first check my friends page to see if anyone is up to anything interesting. Initially it seems all my friends have de-friended me, I think to myself, "I could see a couple of these folks deciding they hate me all of a sudden for no/little reason, but all of them? I haven't even written to some in weeks/months why today?" I knew Audesapere would write SOMETHING after her major event, so I went to see if she had de-friended me...nope! Turns out Mozilla signed me out?!? Anyway, now that I know I still have a couple friends back to your regularly scheduled postings...
Had a really bad nightmare last night. The worst I've had in YEARS. When I was little I had re-occuring nightmares, but not so many lately so that was good, but last night was one of the worst. When I was little people always died, but now horrific things -possibly- worse than death happen to them. I think this particular dream could make a good horror movie, but I doubt I'll ever write it down cause then I'd have to kinda re-live the dream. I don't want to. I couldn't even fall asleep again well after that dream.
My hard drive in my laptop died. So if anyone knows a reasonably priced data recovery service I'd appreciate your reccomendation. It seems to be a logic error rather than a fried disk or something like that.
Also I can't seem to get my computer to recover to its initial state when I plopped in a new hard drive...the recovery cd's seem to be missing the operating system (uh thats kinda important). Searching for Vista Ultimate for under $100.
On a brighter note it is Valentines day and Joe left me a really sweet card in my work laptop! I hope he likes the cookie I gave him. I hope we eat something yummy for dinner. We're going to a neat concert tonight. I'm gunna take a nap after work so I have enough energy to make it through the concert AND get up in the morning on Friday.
My parents are coming up this weekend to chill at their new house. I hope they like the northwest.
Happy Valentines Day everyone, and if you don't have a valentine I'll be your valentine :) (just don't expect chocolates)
I just changed my journal to no anonymous posts. If you are going to bother to write something to me at least take responsibility for what you write. Its a cop-out to write either something that's nice or something that attacks me without admitting its you. You see me, you see what I write. I try to take responsibility for all my actions and if you can't do the same I really don't want you as a friend.