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The Famous Druid

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Icon 1 posted May 31, 2012 21:37      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I was driving to work on the freeway this morning, when the truck I had just overtaken lost its load of 200 litre (EN_US:55 gallon, EN_UK:44 gallon) oil drums.

Those things bounce high when they hit the road at 100 km/h!

I'm very glad I was a few metres in front of the truck when it happened, and not a few metres behind. One of those things through the windscreen could have been the end of my story.

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Icon 11 posted May 31, 2012 23:26      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
whoa! [Eek!]

Thanks the old Druid gods you made it!

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Icon 1 posted June 01, 2012 05:58      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
WORK WHAT'S THAT? all I can say is whew!

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Icon 1 posted June 01, 2012 08:53      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Coulda been worse, dude!

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Icon 1 posted June 01, 2012 18:38      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
Coulda been worse, dude!

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Icon 1 posted June 02, 2012 00:30      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
Coulda been worse, dude!

Okay...my jaw kind of dropped on that one. Wow.

Got a Google Alert set up for certain key phrases, do ya mate? [Wink]

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Icon 1 posted June 03, 2012 11:22      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
Coulda been worse, dude!

Okay...my jaw kind of dropped on that one. Wow.

Got a Google Alert set up for certain key phrases, do ya mate? [Wink]

Ha ha! You'd think so, but I was just perusing the Beeb and that headline kinda caught me attention, as you would imagine. (That's my story, anyway! ;-) )
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Icon 1 posted June 04, 2012 13:47      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Wow, great timing!

The closest I have come to something like that is several years ago when we were traveling back to the States from Toronto. Some fool passed us on the freeway going well over 100 km/h, pulling a boat on a trailer. A few minutes later traffic slowed to a crawl because his boat had slid off the trailer.

Turns out his beautiful boat did not float nearly so well on asphalt as it did on water. Luckily he had advanced far enough ahead that we were not in any danger when it happened.

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Icon 1 posted June 04, 2012 17:16      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Many years back I was behind an auto that lost its muffler, it bounced along for about a 1/4 mile before sliding onto the gravel at the shoulder.

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Icon 1 posted June 04, 2012 21:12      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
Many years back I was behind an auto that lost its muffler, it bounced along for about a 1/4 mile before sliding onto the gravel at the shoulder.

Many years ago, my muffler and tailpipe dropped to the asphalt on my way into work...and I put it back up with Cat-5.

What was that guy's excuse? [Wink]

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A couple years ago, I lent my husband my car. 15 minutes later, I heard him coming back. The car sounded a bit different (it had always had a muffler issue, but since it passed emissions tests I just didn't deal with it) and there was a clanging sound behind it. I step outside and yep, my muffler is on the ground.

Of course, that could have happened while I was driving, but since it happened to him, I give him endless crap about it. Especially since, on a previous car he owned, he lost a muffler. He knew it was coming off, he got it sort of reattached with a piece of garden hose so he could take his emissions test, and then drove off into the sunset with a couple buddies. I wasn't there, but when he came back the muffler was gone. Apparently, it fell off about halfway across Arizona. He didn't bother with retrieving it.

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Icon 1 posted June 05, 2012 06:13      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
WHOOPS I FORGOT TO SAY that I was on my café racer (Missile bike) when said offending muffler would skid from expansion joint to expansion joint and change position in the two lanes at each joint. It was a tense twenty seconds until I got ahead of the damned thing.

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