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Proof that two wrongs don’t make a right

Proof that two wrongs don’t make a right – Brief Article Emergency personnel attend to a downed motorcyclist who had been speeding when … [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] … the driver of this pickup ran a stop sign and pulled into the motorcyle’s path, The driver fled the scene, but police captured him soon afterward. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] […]

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Jenny’s journey

Jenny’s journey Pat Wittberger As I picked up the telephone receiver, the tremulous voice at the other end was that of our youngest child, 19-year-old Jennifer. “Mum”–the tone made my heart sink once more, as it had countless times in the past four years when Jenny would call us for help. “Mummy, I’m in Las […]

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When you least expect it

When you least expect it – motorcycle narrative Gabriel Helms I’ve been riding motorcycles for the past 20 years–my first one was a little trail bike that my dad bought for $5 because the engine wouldn’t run. Since that time, I’ve owned one other dirt bike and two street bikes and have racked up many […]

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Track vs. street

Track vs. street Dennis L. Piert It’s not every day I can awaken, load up my aging trailer with a couple late-model sport bikes, and head off to my favorite venue–el Circuito de Velocidad de Jerez. I’ve had the pleasure of living in sunny southern Spain for five years and, in doing so, have been […]

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In the blink of an eye …

In the blink of an eye … – accidents Ken Testorff That’s how quickly a person’s life can change. Just ask the 23-year-old E-5 who is facing a lifelong sentence of paralysis after a civilian friend (former Sailor) accidentally shot him. The friend was reassembling and reloading a .45-caliber pistol he had cleaned. This mishap […]

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Recuperating in a winter wonderland

Recuperating in a winter wonderland James A. Trotter I always have been a big fan of snowboarding, and, with 11 years of experience, I consider myself proficient on the slopes. I just had been commissioned when I decided to spend winter break in Mammoth–my last opportunity to do so before reporting to flight school in […]

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Starting over because of a drunk driver

Starting over because of a drunk driver Ken Testorff Having her cat, Tabitha, put down in September 2002 was very difficult for Tasha (Witkowski) Piontek, even though it was the humane thing for this animal lover to do. Tabitha had been a part of Tasha’s life for 17 years, but their relationship the past 10 […]

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Watching my son nearly die

Watching my son nearly die Shirley Lochowitz As I sat on the hard, plastic chair in the intensive-care unit, I looked at my 12-year-old son, Nick, lying in the hospital bed. His face was swollen badly from all the fluids being pumped into his body to replace the large amount of blood–more than a quart–he […]

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Doe-whopped – motorcycle narrative

Doe-whopped – motorcycle narrative Wayne D. Manning What do attending a safety stand-down, being a good Sailor, applying operational risk management (ORM), obeying the law, and being a good parent have in common? A lot more than you might think, especially when you and your child collide with a deer while riding a motorcycle. My […]

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Watch the pop, or wish you had …

Watch the pop, or wish you had … – microwave popcorn Ken Testorff Those are the choices you have with microwave popcorn. No one knows that lesson better than a co-worker. Having returned from his lunchtime workout, he tossed a bag of popcorn into the microwave as usual, pressed the two-minute button, and hit the […]