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post #1 of 16 Old 08-16-2006, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Day Full of Bad Luck

I took this week off from work so that I could enjoy riding my new wee strom and install a new MadStad mount and centerstand. Of course the wife also had a honey-do list as she can't stand the thought of me having a whole week of fun playing with my new toy. Anyhow, Monday was the honey list and yesterday was the center stand and finnish the honey-do list. Since I installed the new stand I went ahead and put the bike on it last night.

This AM I have a job interview in a small town 25 miles away and I figured I would take Scarlett and enjoy an early morning ride in the country. Running late, I pushed the bike off the center stand and forgot to put down the side stand prior to attempting to mount the bike. The bike didn't drop like a rock, I managed to get my knee under the seat and break the fall. The L front turn signal and the clutch lever were the only parts damaged the fairing and other plasic parts were untouched. The turn signal literally exploded but only the tip of the clutch lever broke off. A little electrical tape and I'm ready for my interview. Now because I'm late I push the speed up to 78mph, according to the State Trooper, but he has a kind heart and when I explain the dropped bike, the interview, and how late I am he gives me only a warning.

As I pull away from the Trooper and accelerate onto the freeway a dumptruck piloted by some ignorant SOB cuts me off. He pulls in front of the bike by only 3-4 feet. The truck is about 1/3 full of gravel and yes it's spreading gravel like roadsalt all over the road in front of me. I keep control of the bike but I an feel gravel bouncing off the front of the bike, helmet visor and my 4 extremities. I arrive 25 min late for the interview.

Once we are settled, the first question is why I was late. When I explain the details of my morning this Nazi of a manager says that a man of my age should not be riding a motorcycle anyway. I promptly responded by telling this woman to get F'd and left the room.

So, bruised bike, no hope of a position with that company, and about $50 in new parts for Scarlett. Believe me, I realise that I was very fortunate to escape with only cosmetic damage to the bike and some bruising to my pride. The more I have reflected on this morning I became aware of how lucky I was to have not been injured or worse. And after thinking about it I will leave the turn signal and clutch lever as they are for a while to remind me to slow down, be careful, and enjoy the ride.

Have a safe day everyone.

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post #2 of 16 Old 08-16-2006, 03:32 PM
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I promptly responded by telling this woman to get F'd and left the room.
good for you, mate! good for all of us, actually. thanks.

coming off with just a warning was cool. if you were stopped by the one that pulled me over a few weeks ago, he would've been finished writing the ticket before getting out of the vehicle. [email protected]#$!
post #3 of 16 Old 08-16-2006, 03:45 PM
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Your VERY lucky with the cop. Most cops I know would take great pleasure in taking there time when you give them the excuse of "I was in a hurry". Im sure he felt bad for you dropping your bike more then felt bad for you being late.

Sorry to hear about the drop though. I did a similar "soft drop" and only chipped my turn signal. Had a hell of a time getting it back up!
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this Nazi of a manager says that a man of my age should not be riding a motorcycle anyway. I promptly responded by telling this woman to get F'd and left the room.
great reply, as you do not want to work with someone or a company that thinks this way.

good luck
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This "Lady" you met has a very narrow mind. She wouldn't have been a good co-worker either. Look elsewhere.

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Man, what a day. Luckily they don't usually happen like that very often. Tomorrow will be better.

I do have to agree with the others regarding your comment. If one person has that attitude then it is likely the whole company does as well. Probably not a good place to work anyway so nothing lost.

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Once we are settled, the first question is why I was late. When I explain the details of my morning this Nazi of a manager says that a man of my age should not be riding a motorcycle anyway.


I have to agree with her, if you are over 110 years old.


Isn't there some kind of law aginst trucks dropping gravel onto the roads? If not there should be.
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This "Lady" you met has a very narrow mind. She wouldn't have been a good co-worker either. Look elsewhere.
I'm a former Recruiter and HR Manager. Not only does she have a narrow mind, but what she did was 100% illegal.

(I'm not a lawyer, get professional advice, etc., etc. yada.)

Scarlett Harlot, if I were in your shoes I would immediately file a BBB complaint and turn her and the company in to your state's labor board. She made a discriminatory remark that was age-based and should under NO circumstances be allowed to get away with it.

It won't change your ability to be hired by that company, but it might get her disciplined severely enough that no one else will ever have to go through what you just did with this clueless woman.

Sorry, but this sort of thing really gets under my skin. So many lost, smug, closed-minded people in this country. I'm so sorry you had to go through that.

It's startling to me, but I guess it really shouldn't be. :roll:

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Isn't there some kind of law aginst trucks dropping gravel onto the roads? If not there should be.
::Steps up onto Soapbox::

Can't speak for other states, but here in hyper-growing Las Vegas (and Reno when I lived there last year), there are gravel trucks absolutely everywhere, and every single one of them states:

"Stay back 200 feet. We are NOT responsible for your broken windshield."

So in other words, you can never pass one of these trucks when you encounter them on the freeway, becuase doing so requires you to be less than 200 feet away from them. If a rock from that truck cracks your windshield as you attempt to pass, well that's just your tough luck.

I can't stand Dr. Phil, but I will agree with him on this single point. We as a society MUST learn to take responsibility for our actions again. If we don't, we'll eventually wander down the path to oblivion. Bank on it.

If it happened to Rome 1600 years ago, it can happen to us too. Sad.

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Those "We are not responsible" for your broken, stolen, damaged whatever signs are ploys to dissuade people from sueing. They have little basis in law. Responsibility depends on circumstances, a sign usually will not abrogate it.

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