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Old 04-03-2007, 09:26 AM
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Any of you that have read a few of my personal experience post will surmise I have led a less than boring life. Sailing through a hurricane, approaching to land while a smuggler landed on the same runway in front of me the opposite direction, parachuting into the middle of a swamp and yes, sliding sideways at 70 MPH at the Summer Speed Fest at Sebring in a Yamaha KT100cc powered racing kart. I won the old guys class three years in a row. Not to mention quite a few sphincter tightening episodes working Fire Rescue.
I have been told by too many people, “You should write a book.”
So, that is the next step. I thought I would dangle the title in front of y’all here to see what you thought of it.
To most, being sideways at 70 conjures up images of being out of control. Those with wheel time see it as an exhilarating yet controllable temporary situation that allows a more rapid transition through a tight corner. I view it as the latter. And have lived my life accordingly. There are risk involved and you will get a few bumps and scrapes along the way, and a few titanium parts, but I felt it was worth every minute.
Let me know what you thing.
Good or bad. I’ve got a thick hide, and lots of scars.
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I really like that title-make it sing!!!

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If you are serious about writing a book visit http://www.parapublishing.com/sites/para/

I did that, attended his class on “self Publishing” and wrote my book which was successful mainly because of what I learned from Dan Poynter

Hope this helps ya.



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The title is catchy but can have several connotations. At first I thought it had something to do with 70 years old not MPH.
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thubert57 - 4/3/2007 3:40 PM

The title is catchy but can have several connotations. At first I thought it had something to do with 70 years old not MPH.
Me too. Sounds like it would be an interesting read.
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Title made me look and I don't look at much of anything that doesn't have panga in it.. Arlon
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I know you are all excited and all, but are you really sure the things you want to tell of are all the great? I mean I once did a speed wobble on a 750 Honda at 135 mph down the highway sunny afternoon. The speed wobble was so f#@ked up I had busted the steering stops of both sides and had punched in the gas tank with my knuckles. As my front wheel was cranked over to about 80° angle my front tire was laying rubber, then bang to the other side and back and forth it went. Along with the front tire in a speed wobble, so was the back tire, just it was doing it opposite to the front tire. My bike was SLAMMING back and forth so hard it was massively bruising the inside of both my thighs! I was in that precarious situation for several miles, I was until I went down @ 104 mph and slid with the bike into and under a transport truck....I walked away from that one with no broken bones or road rash. Or one night I was running the local roads on a 750 Suzuki @ 110 mph plus; I thought it was so much fun I tried it the next day and bounced myself off of a parked car’s truck and rear bumper @ 58 mph....that was a direct hit where I bounced straight back onto the ground. I hurt BAD, but again no broke bones and I walked home. I've got probably another solid dozen stories where I've cheated death that I could tell you about. How about the time I out lasted three wild dogs that wanted to eat me for super.....that was 45 minutes of pure hell! Yet I walked away with only a few bit marks on both of my calves. So my point is, even though you are really excited about the idea, are you sure the stories are good enough, or are they only good enough in your own mind?
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135 and 110 on public roads? two motorcycle wrecks? lucky you didn't kill yourself or an innocent.

monstro has some pretty interesting tales where he wasn't endangering the public for a thrill.
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arlon - 4/3/2007 4:55 PM

Title made me look and I don't look at much of anything that doesn't have panga in it.. Arlon
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made me look too, great name - much success to you.
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Your first book could be titled "Sideways at 70" and you could follow it up with a book called "Underneath in a 69"

Sorry. I couldn't resist.

In all seriousness, I think "Sideways at 70" is a pretty cool title.

I can relate when it comes to the racing thing. Only I used to get my adreniline fix on two wheels. Nothing like powering around a big sweeper on a KX 500.
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seagates - 4/3/2007 5:54 AM

135 and 110 on public roads? two motorcycle wrecks? lucky you didn't kill yourself or an innocentl.
No that's only two I told you about, but yes you are right about the killed part and others....that's why I haven't owned a bike in 25.5 yrs.
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Do I do it here or do I PM Fred? Well I decided that I'll do it here.

Fred my intension was not to publicly denounce your idea, but more to raise the thought of content substance. Yes others could have a better stories to tell, but if those tales don't come to print then what good are they. We all know of people that can tell a good joke and those which have the ability to kill even the simplest. IMO life experiences don't have to be the most bazaar stories in the world as long as the pages come to life for the reader. Write on my friend, write on.......I look forward to reading the tension your pages will bring to life!
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Sorry to say that books about one‘s life history just don’t sell. They have no commercial value unless you are a widely acclaimed public figure, and at that, they have a very short shelf life.

The only worse sellers are books on religion, the Bible excepted.

Some folks get involved with the Vanity Press type book publishers and are taken for a ride that can be very costly.



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Cyrano was an ugly master swordsman with a big nose that fell in love with his cousin. I still thought it was a good read and play.
These stories would have followed me to the grave had I not been told, many times, that I should write them down. Now I need to imbue in print the smell of sweat, tainted with fear for the reader to enjoy. Live my experiences vicariously in the safety of their home.
The intent was never to self promote, rather to empower others to explore activities they would otherwise forgo. There are too many people willing to accept the common notion that “It can’t be done.”
If I can inspire one person to buck the system and fire back, “Stand back, I’m going to try.” It’s all worth it.
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Hey Garrett, I had a ultra hopped-upped CB750 that had a case of death wobble also! Mine wouldn't do it until it reached 140-145 though. It'll definetely get your attention!
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Just1more - 4/4/2007 6:51 PM

Hey Garrett, I had a ultra hopped-upped CB750 that had a case of death wobble also! Mine wouldn't do it until it reached 140-145 though. It'll definetely get your attention!
Oh yah it does doesn't it! Even though mine was 28 yrs ago come this July I can still smell the air of that day, feel the warmth of the sun and hear the sound of sparks flying as if it was only yesterday. And yet you know, I never put a scratch on my helmet! One of these days I'm going to have to really sit down and thank God for all the days of my life!
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Garrett, Your experiences help explain your response on the second life thread - you clearly have used up a couple of lives.
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I like it man. DO IT and don't look back! Just know I expect a signed one.

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Monstro ~ great title (even if I did think you were talkin' about a new stock on the market ) and you SHOULD write all those stories down. I'd like my own personally autographed copy, please!~

My dad has written lots of his stories down and printed them off so that we kiddos will have them to pass along. I LOVE IT!

Something we should ALL do for ourselves and our families and future generations.

GO FOR IT!!!
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