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Motorcycle Riders Beware

Saturday, March 27, 2010

I am so sad to have to tell my fellow riders this horrible story. Some of you may have
heard, others may not.
This week, in Phoenix, 8 motorcycle riders were sitting behind two other vehicles at
a red light, and a man driving a garbage truck was fiddling with some papers in the
truck while driving, NOT WATCHING WHERE HE WAS GOING OBVIOUSLY, and ran over
the bikers. The truck went over the top of them and the
bikes caught fire. At last count 3 were dead, 6 others injured, 2 super critical, 1 was
treated and walked away, 3 are seriously critical.

With riding season on us, please be careful, watch your mirrors when waiting on a light
or whatever. This man is sorry, he says, yet how many people talk on the phone or TEXT
while driving. DRIVE DEFENSIVELY.............RIDE DEFENSIVELY.


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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 4/21/2010 2:45PM

    How Horrible!!! I would hate to live with myself, caring all that guilt around because I wasn't paying attention.. Especially a huge truck.. I want to send this to some of my biker friends..

I was at a red light, and I happened to look in my mirror, and saw the truck coming up to fast. My ex hubby and I managed to scoot our bikes up alongside the car in front of us before impact..The car was hurt, not us nor the people in the car..Always Be Aware of You Surroundings!!!

This hit close to home. Thank you for sharing..

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NINJAGAL 4/2/2010 8:05PM

    Wow.. that is so tragic. I don't know why people cannot pay attention!! Now all those families are missing loved ones...
On my way to work (1/2 hour each way) everyday I am behind someone usually that is either swerving over the yellow line or suddenly slows down to like 20 miles per hour.... turns out - - they are texting! Surprise, surprise.
Definitely have to always be aware of our surroundings!! Pretend like you are invisible - - that's what they told me in my Motorcycle Safety Course!

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KALISWALKER 3/29/2010 11:04PM

    Yikes! That is terrible! I called and left a message for the CEO at the YMCA. I can't worry about the emergency when I am exercising. I hope you are having a good week too!
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GINGER_LOSTALOT 3/29/2010 8:05PM

    While sitting at red lights, I have been struck by other vehicles 3 times!!! While I was just sitting there. You can't tell if someone is going to slow down or not. I honk my horn a lot now just to wake people out of their daze!

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DARLENEK04 3/28/2010 10:00PM

  Just an update....today one of the riders who happened to
be a lady, was taken off life support. That is 4 killed,
the fire chief is super critical after surgeries, and 3 critical.
One escaped without serious injury.


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SHY1965SJ 3/28/2010 6:51PM

    OMG how awful. An yet daily we see so much going on that should not be while driving eating, putting on make-up, shaving, texting, reading a book and things that should be left for the bedroom. When will people learn.

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DRVILLEN 3/28/2010 10:14AM

  Oh my goodness, how tragic. Can only imagine how the driver of the truck feels, are they not supposed to be professional drivers??

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JUNEBUG1944 3/28/2010 12:14AM

    What a tragedy. I just wish we had laws about texting and using cell phones in vehicles. You have to keep your mind and eyes on the road! I'm sorry, Darlene. I know how this hits home for you. Be safe, my friend!

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 3/27/2010 7:49PM

    How tragic...I'm always surprised at the things I see people doing when they should be watching the road.

Thank you!

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BUGLET- 3/27/2010 6:50PM

    Today as we were driving I looked over to my right and the two cars in view were both dialing numbers on their cell phones. It's against the law in California but people are oblivious..

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SMILES4383 3/27/2010 6:38PM

    How horrible.

People are 'just too busy' these days to pay attention.

Not a good reason at all.....

A second of carelessness and many lives gone...in a second.

Thanks for posting this - it gives cause to BE AWARE of surroundings.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

I got a email from Char, regarding her husband Bob (whom we have several on here
praying for) and GREAT NEWS....he is in remission. The dr. says it has to be a God
thing, because he doesn't know how else this happened. The unfortunate news is he
was dropped on the xray table and now has 3 compression fractures in his back.
Char and Bob are very grateful for all the prayer support. She says she has not had to
much time to be online, and also she is having computer problems....
I would just ask that we continue to hold Bob and Char up in prayer.....thank you so


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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 4/21/2010 2:47PM

    I know this blog was written in March. but I just wanted to see if your friends are doing well and to let you know I believe in Prayer Chains. I believe in Prayer and I shall keep your friends and yes you in my prayers...

Spark Hugs:)

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DOINFINE 3/30/2010 7:15PM

    Praise God for His mercy and love. I've been praying all along for them and this update really strengthens my faith and makes me so happy for them. I feel so bad about what happened at the hospital and I will pray Bob recovers soon.
So, so, so glad to hear he's in remission. Yes, it is a God thing! The power of prayer never ceases to amaze me. emoticon to Bob and Char!

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BGUMBA 3/25/2010 8:12AM

  Thanks for the update, Darlene. I'll keep them in my prayers. Here's praying a speedy recovery.

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KAT7457 3/23/2010 9:26PM

    Darlene thanks for sharing the news about Char and Bob.hugs

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ALASKAN 3/23/2010 8:00PM

    Hello Darlene,
Thank you for the update on Char and Bob. Still have them in my thoughts and prayers too. May God put his healing hands on them and help them get over all of this. It's good that he is in remission, b/c I went through cancer 3 times. The last time for me was in 2005 and hope we all won't go through it anymore.

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MUMSKI 3/23/2010 5:34PM

    Such good news Darlene, thanks for sharing. I will continue to pray for him and his family.


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DARLENEK04 3/22/2010 6:33PM

  Thanks everyone for the past and continued prayer. Char
is so thankful for this miracle....

God is so good....and she feels sure it is because there are
so many prayers going up for him.

Hugs and blessings,

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KATIE135 3/22/2010 2:18PM

    Will hold them in prayer, funny how one thing gets better and we have to deal with something else,

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THE_JULES1 3/22/2010 10:26AM

    Thanks for the update. Glad cancer is in remission. Will pray for fractures.

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BUGLET- 3/22/2010 9:39AM

    Thanks for the update. My friend who has had 3 kinds of cancer since 2006 is doing great also. The Dr's can't find any cancer now. She went to the Alternative Cancer Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.
Thank you God for these answers to prayer. I was wondering how they were doing... emoticon

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JUNEBUG1944 3/22/2010 12:02AM

    Oh, the poor man. It's bad enough to be sick but then dropped at the hospital! I hope he has a good recovery.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Always remember to forget the things that made you sad.

Never forget to remember the things that made you glad.

Always remember to forget the friends that proved untrue.

Never forget to remember those that have stuck by you.

Always remember to forget the troubles that passed away.

Never forget to remember the blessings that come each day.

I AM, AS IT HAPPENS! GODS' BLESSINGS ON EACH OF YOU.......................................


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KATIE135 3/17/2010 3:36PM

    I am not but in heart!!!


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JUNEBUG1944 3/17/2010 3:02PM

    I'm not, but I got married on St. Patrick's day! Thanks for the Irish Blessing! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, Darlene!
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BUGLET- 3/17/2010 2:29PM

    Thanks and from the tiny speck of Irish in my blood I wish you a happy SPD!
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50 Questions

Saturday, March 06, 2010

If you are reading this, you have the honor of copying all these goofy questions and writing your own responses! Paste these instructions in the body of your blog.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 8 A.M. (Because my daughter called)

2. How do you like your steak? Medium Well

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Too long ago to remember....

4. What is your favorite TV show? N.C.I.S.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Besides the U.S.A., probably
Ireland...ancestors and all that....

6. What did you have for breakfast? An Orange, so far.

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Italian, Mexican, American,Italian, Seafood....and the
list goes on....................(sorry Sonny&Cher)

8. What foods do you dislike? Eggs, unfortunately for one. Don't know if Tofu qualifies
as food or not, but it looks awful to me...............

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Depends on what I want...Red Lobster, Olive Garden or Pas'Ghetti's, Austins Steak House, any good Mexican restaurant,

10. Favorite dressing? Ranch mostly

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Not that I get to drive very often, but we have a
Chevy 2500 HD, 4 wheel drive extend cab(I miss my truck/wish I had not sold it so many

12. What are your favorite clothes? Tailored casual.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Hawaii or Ireland

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? 1/2 Full most of the time

15. Where would you want to retire? Depends on how much money is available..LOL
A camper and traveling the USA would be splendiferous..............

16. Favorite time of day? Any time

17. Where were you born? Kansas City, MO

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Nascar, I like ice skating too

19. How many siblings? 2 brothers who have both passed.............

20. Favorite pastime/hobby? Emailing, Reading, RIDING MY HARLEY, writing letters for
snail mail with my handydandy Fountain Pen

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? Whoever answers

22. Bird watcher? Yes,

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Afternoon......lol

24. Do you have any pets? 3- 2 dogs and 1 boss cat

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? Soon will be able to go visit my
kids and my Sisterinlaw

26. What did you want to be when you were little? A Pilot

27. What is your best childhood memory? Going horseback riding with my best friend,
who was killed in a car wreck. STUPID DRUNKS...........

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Horses, dogs and cats. Even made a pet out of a cow and
a pig...............LOL

29. Are you married? Yes, much to my amazement. (Goes to show you GOD has a sense
of HUMOR.)

30. Always wear your seat belt? Yes, the 2nd thing I do when I get in a vehicle. First is
lock the doors...............

31. Been in a car accident? Yes, 1 major, several small ones. None of which were my
fault, before you ask.

32. Any pet peeves? Liars............Can't stand to be lied to.

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, Olives and Cheese

34. Favorite Flower? Camellia, Poinsettia, Roses, Magnolia's in full bloom.....

35. Favorite ice cream? Strawberry

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Quizno's, Love their subs

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? Never have.

38. From whom did you get your last email? One of my spark friends.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Rider's Harley Davidson
or MACY;S, or........................well you get the picture?????

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Opened my treadmill......

41. Like your job? Oh heck yes, being Retired is the only way to go.

42. Broccoli.........Love it, especially cooked....(sadly with butter) ha

43. What was your favorite vacation? My tour thru Tennessee....Gatlinburg, Nashville,

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? Well, since my Husband does not allow me
to date, I'd say him....

45. What are you listening to right now? The Weather Channel

46. What is your favorite color? Red or pale pink probably

47. How many tattoos do you have? Nary a one....I have some temporary ones that you
put on from Harley, to drive my daughter into screaming fits.........LOL.......now she knows
how I felt.....I put 4 or 5 of Elvis on when we went up to my son's last wedding, and made
sure she saw them, oh man................it was hysterical...........

48. How many people will fill this out? Quite a few I hope..............

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 11:45 AM on 2/6/10

50. Coffee Drinker? Yes, one cup a day.......

Thanks for reading, and I hope you do one too!! :)

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JUNEBUG1944 4/19/2010 11:01AM

    Getting to know you, getting to know all about you....lalala! Very informative!

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ALASKAN 3/12/2010 3:24PM

    Hello Darlene
Now I know a little bit more about you. This blog gets **** (stars) from me and it was interesting to read. Thanks for letting me know more about you. I could answer to some of these myself. Thank you for sharing you opinions and answers that you gave. Always, ERNA emoticon emoticon

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ROBSMOM2 3/7/2010 1:56PM

  OMG WHAT A SENSE OF HUMOR YOU HAVE LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! Mary Jo emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIETSAFARI 3/7/2010 3:56AM

    I really enjoyed this blog, and I really really love your harley. HEHE about the tatoos. Could repeat that one with various family members.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

This is something we should all read at least once a week!
Written By Regina Brett, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.
It is the most-requested column I've ever written."
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special –tomorrow is not guaranteed.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything .
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything . Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift..."

Friends are the family that we choose for ourselves.

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HARLEYFREAK 3/13/2010 9:30AM

  Glad you shared this. I will come here to read it when I THINK I am having a rotten day, even a rotten day is a blessing.

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BUGLET- 2/23/2010 12:31PM

    I copied it into my inspiration file. Thanks for sharing and reminding me of these things.. emoticon emoticon

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THE_JULES1 2/22/2010 4:55PM

    Very good advice!

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    I needed this blog today. Thank you, Darlene!!

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KAT7457 2/21/2010 7:39PM

    thanks for sharing Darlene, great blog.

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JUNEBUG1944 2/21/2010 6:17PM

    Thanks! That's a good list to keep and read often.

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AMICHT 2/21/2010 5:55PM

    What a wonderful list! That's a keeper! Might just tape it to my bathroom mirror to read as I get ready each day.

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LUCKYLADY777 2/21/2010 5:48PM

    Thanks for sharing, I love to read these over and over !! emoticon

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