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Cause and Effect

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2011 by rylanreed

I saw this posted in my work place and thought I would re-post it on here:

…another fatal accident because of texting…

Last Saturday two of my brothers, my brother-in-law, a family friend since grade school (basically another brother) and a buddy of theirs from work all went bike riding (motorcycle) in the Boston Mountains.

The buddy from work (Pat), lost control and hit something and totaled his bike. He was fine, not a scratch on him thank God. They all stopped of course, called a tow truck for the bike. the tow truck driver had just loaded the bike and they were getting ready to hit the road again when a car came up over the hill with three (3) teenage girls. It was still daylight and they all heard the car and when they looked back only seconds before it came upon them they noticed the driver (later learned 16 years old) was looking down (either texting or sending a text – details still unknown).

My 2 brothers, and 1 brother-in-law got out of the way within seconds of her car hitting the truck/trailer with the totaled bike (Pat was still sitting in the tow truck talking to the driver)… our old friend (mike) was in front of the truck on his bike and like everyone else was trying to get out of the way of the car but didn’t quite make it… the car flipped before finally rolling a total of three times.  Amazingly, all three girls climbed out of the car and though shook up didn’t appear to be hurt… that was when everyone noticed Mike had been hit just as the car flipped down the hill… he was conscious for a time but once the helicopter got there he no longer had a pulse and was declared dead at the scene…

As torn as so many who loved Mike are… just a real good guy, father of an 11 year old boy, he had a double wedding with of my sisters and her husband, we all fought with him over who got the best chair when we laid around the house watching movies and mom yelled at him to help with dishes no different than the rest of us after we at everything in the house……but you know who my heart goes out to maybe even more? That 16 year old girl because just as her life should be beginning, it may have ended… in the state of AR it’s against the law to text, even if Mike’s family doesn’t choose to prosecute the state will… and will there ever be a day go by that she doesn’t remember Mike and those he left behind.


I have gotten into the habit lately of either: texting, looking at texts, looking up numbers to call, changing the radio station, finding a station that I had heard of before, or even looking at the things around me instead of what is happening on the street in front of me or on either sides of me.  I wouldn’t say I’m a bad driver, but I’ve heard to many of these kinds of things happening when it could have been avoided.  Motor vehicles are such powerful instruments that we have at our fingertips and we can take them for granted so often that bad things inevitably will happen to who ever is in those situations.  I hope for my sake and everyone else, that we will start to concentrate more on what we are doing and not so much on the what could be or what we want to be doing next.

Funny story from the radio

Posted in Culture, Random with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by rylanreed

So, today (it was more like last week)  as we’re driving from one house to the other house, (I work for a moving company) I hear this news story over the radio and laughed my head off… almost.  The series was dumb people that shouldn’t be allowed to breath… that’s not something good, cause ‘we’ shouldn’t decide if one gets something that essential or not… but I’m guessing they we’re talking figuratively and it was sort of funny.  Here’s the story:

A man comes into the police station saying someone stole his fishing polls. The police officers that were on duty wrote down as much information for the man that they could, and then followed him back to where they were stolen.  He had been in a bar when the fishing poles were stolen, having a few brews after a good day of fishing.  The officers concluded that there wasn’t enough information and evidence to continue the investigation, so they made their way back to the station. 

As they were driving back, they came upon a man driving a lawn mower down the street with a couple of fishing poles hanging of the back. They decided to pull him over and see what they could figure out.  The officers asked him if he had been fishing that day. “Yeah,” he said. “Where did you fish at?” the officer asked.  “The lake… river… pond…” said the man on the mower.  The officers knew what was going on, but it didn’t take long until the man confessed that he had stolen the fishing poles at the bar that the other man was at.  He had gone that day to get a couple of brews, driving his lawn mower because he had his licence taken away from him for having too many DWI’s.  He saw the fishing poles and thought he could get a buck or two off of them.  If he would have just gone to the bar and then left, he might have gotten away with what he was doing, but decided to take things a little bit further with stealing the fishing poles.  Way to have a DWI on a lawn mower….   good stuff.

104.1 The Blaze

It can happen

Posted in Random with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2009 by rylanreed

This is not supposed to scare you into doing something crazy, just to keep you knowledgeable of what could possibly happen in a car crash.   And to be very careful with the weather these days; I saw too many cars flipped over in the ditch and have heard about too many deaths, so be careful out there!

How to die in 0.7 Seconds

Do you know what happens in the first fatal second after a car going 55 miles per hour hits a solid object?

In the first tenth of the second, the front bumper and grill collapse.

The second tenth finds the hood crumbling, rising and striking the windshield as the spinning rear wheels lift from the ground. Simultaneously, fenders begin wrapping themselves around the solid object and although the car’s frame has been halted, the REST OF THE DRIVER’S CAR IS STILL GOING 55 MILES PER HOUR. Instinct causes the driver to stiffen his legs against the crash and they snap at the knee-joint.

During the third tenth of the second, the steering wheel starts to disintegrate and the steering column aims for the drivers chest.

The fourth tenth of the second finds two feet of the car’s front end wrecked while the rear end still moves at 35 miles per hour and the driver’s body is traveling at 55 miles per hour.

In the fifth tenth the driver is impaled on the steering column and blood rushes to his lungs.

The sixth finds the impact built up to the extent that feet are ripped out of tightly laced shoes. the brake pedal breaks off. The car frame buckles in the middle and the driver’s head bangs into the windshield as the rear wheels, still spinning, fall back to the earth.

IN THE SEVENTH TENTH hinges rip loose, doors open and the seat breaks free, striking the driver from behind. BUT HE DOESN’T MIND BECAUSE HE IS ALREADY DEAD, and the last three tenths of the second mean nothing to him.


I know this, and a few other things, have started to change my mind on the seat belt rule and how important it really is for most to all of the time. Now there are occasions where people have been in crashes and have come out alive because they didn’t wear their seat belt, but that is very few and very unlikely.

Somethings I won’t miss about South Africa

Posted in Random, South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2009 by rylanreed

1) Siren’s going off every 5 minutes

2) Car alarms going off every 5 minutes

3) Capped or (usage of space) for Internet

4) gated or fenced enclosures everywhere

5) “How’s it”

6) Few and far between bathrooms

7) No heat/air conditioners

8) No Dr. Pepper

9) No carpet

10) car guards

11) No ESPN (only on DSTV and not really American sports)

12) No Burger King

13) PNP (pick-n-pay) and little to no service

14) Driving on the right side of the car, on the left side of the street

15) Girls screaming in the apartments

16) Opening and closing a gate

17) people honking when they can’t open a gate

18) People flashing brights when they want to pass

19) Assuming that all white people speak Afrikaans

20) People drive for themselves and not thinking of anyone else

21) Small sized appliances

22) Small housing/apartments (suited for only one person, but have crammed two)

23) People just not knowing how to drive anywhere, especially on the highway

24) People saying they will do one thing and agreeing with you, and then not showing up or allowing you to get a hold of them (just be honest, its ok!)

25) Not being able to be close to my family and friends or even talk to them (but I could get over that if God called me to full time ministry…)

At your place, or no place

Posted in Culture, Random, South Africa Stint with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2009 by rylanreed

I have been in South Africa now for over four months, and have liked most of the time being here.  It definitely has been tough at time, but God has worked and has taught me a lot for my better well being.  I don’t miss America everyday, really don’t think about it too much, but there comes a time when something shows its dirrty face and you start to wish you were back in the mother land. 

I was taking a walk today, after my workout, and started to need the bathroom asap.  I went to a couple gas stations finding nothing of what I need to get the job done.  I was able to make it home and not hurt anymore, but I started to realize that there was really no public place that had bathrooms for customers or just people in general.  It’s either your place, or you better learn how to hold it and work through the pain.

On another note, something that has caught my eye is the traffic and traffic laws.  Those on the road really go where ever they want to and don’t usually care about the lines on the road or those around them.  They also usually never stay close to the speed limit, and if you are not following close enough to their speed, you will get run down or a nice firm honk.  Students, or those that I am around a lot, try to tell me that everyone obeys the laws of the road and not to many over exceed them.  They also give me a hard time when I start to follow the traffic, but I just tell them I am keeping things safe!