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Old 07-05-2011, 02:52 PM   #31
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Hey, Rob.

I'm very sorry for this mishap.

I highsided the other day, and share 2 of your points.

1. Indeed, the amount and quality of care they give us at the scene and emergency room is awesome. No praise is never too much. It's the silver-lining of crashing in this neck of the woods. It's the difference between living and dying, and a good way to start the long road to recovery.

2. I too was wearing top and bottoms Forcefield, and can't say enough about the product. The EMTs cut them all out. Oh well. But I don't have a single bruise, cut, scratch, nick, etc, to tell the story. I already made arrangements to replace them.

But enough about me and points in common. Heal up fast and PM me if you need anything. My evenings and weekends are pretty boring right now, so you'd be doing me (and my wife) a favor to get out of the house.

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p.s. Did you find the ambulance ride to be pretty quiet considering the siren is sitting on the other side of the roof? I did.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:55 PM   #32
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Sorry to hear all your troubles and hope you make a great recovery, I too was there for that track day and heard that someone hit the pit wall.

Attached is one of the pictures I took with the Reach helicopter taking you off to the hospital, I have a few more as well.
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:23 AM   #33
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I guess it has been a while so I should post up the results of my last follow-up and give some thanks where due.

I would like to start out by thanking everyone for even being interested in follow a story such as mine or Adam's, Ozymandias'. BARF and the motorcycling community in general are just plain awesome!
There was an idea that since I wouldn't allow anyone to give me any handouts that we would have a raffle in order to raise a bit of money to offset my lack of earning. I was going to buy a new scooter and also offer up some other cool prizes. Well, that fell through as I decided that rather than running a raffle I should be focused on healing and getting back to normal.

There were many people who offered to help me with the raffle and I would like to thank them here: Budman- who offered up a banner on BARF once I got the raffle rolling, Lance and Linda Keigwin- they gave me a very cool autographed helmet. If you don't know them, they are the coolest track day providers! I spent most of my time at the track with them and the Keigwin family of instructors are nonpareil!
Most of all, thanks to my riding buddy, fellow AFM/WERA racer and BARFer Quinton, Quinton Jones for offering to head up this raffle even though he is so busy that he is only home enough during the year to just barely use his Keigwin VIP pass!
At one point, he and I were fairly close in our riding and even though I am stoked to see him just get faster and faster, moving up with the big boys, it sucks to know I am not progressing with him!

Thanks to irishgixxer for the photo. I think I can see my twisted foot up against the window....eeeewwwww!

I saw the doctor on June 24th and had the external fixator removed. One of the pins had become loose and painful. He removed it with his fingers! He used a tool to remove the other one but since I have no sensation on the left side it was completely painless. Thanks for small miracles.
He seems to think that I am healing but the x-rays don't really show that type of bone where my repairs are that well.
What do you think?



As you can see, there is much more extensive hardware than before. He even left any extra washer in there for good measure!
(Said it wasn't worth cutting me open to remove it)
He asked that I don't walk on it for a couple more weeks and then only with a walker. I have the holes where the pins were which are now oozing wounds that are slow to heal. Can't blame them. I spent six weeks bandaging them in a way that was to prevent them from healing around the pins.
I can now shower, which if you haven't ever been restricted from that, you really do take for granted.
I am hoping I will be walking well by the middle of next month as I have a 25 year reunion with a ship I was a first crew member of (called a Plankowner) on August 19th in San Diego. USS Bunker Hill CG-52. She was the first ship with vertical launch missles and was the first to launch Tomahawks in the first gulf war. Pride runs strong on that ship and I can't wait to see all of my old shipmates again. A warship is difficult to move around in when you are healthy and probably impossible if not. Fingers crossed.

I went to the AFM races last weekend and saw many of you. It was so cool to get out into the paddock again. I watched most of the races from the announcer's booth and just had a great time! I realized that if I were to ever ride again it would only be to race. I figured out that the stalking, executing a pass and making it stick is what motorcycling is for me.
I couldn't just putt around the track. I will give it a few years and revisit the issue then.
Time just ticks away here. My spirits are up and people tell me I look good. I think it's just because I shaved off my beard which makes me look 15 years older.

Thanks again to all for the positive thought and prayers!
Hopefully the drama of my recovery will taper off and so will my reasons to add to this thread.
Thanks all for keeping up!
Cheers!!!
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Old 07-14-2011, 10:45 AM   #34
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Hope they didn't affect the nerves to your tallywacker with all that hardware in there!

Good your spirits are up. Keep rockin' Brother
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:40 AM   #35
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:23 PM   #36
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Seeing those X-Rays gives me the willies! Yipes!
Best wishes on your continued healing.

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OH! And THANK YOU for your Service!
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Old 07-14-2011, 05:52 PM   #37
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:29 AM   #38
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Holy s@#$

- wow, that's quite a story. Just looking at the X-rays and the contraption around your pelvis makes me wince. While I don't know you personally, I want to thank you for sharing your story and wish you all the best. You seem like a tough guy and will work through this!...on the positive side, with your radical weight loss, you may qualify to become a spokesperson for Weight Watchers!
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:02 PM   #39
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Rob, you should blog your story. You can set up advertisers and make a little money on the side to help out paying for bills. Just get some adds, and when readers click the ads, you get paid.
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:06 AM   #40
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Thanks Dan. As I said, I hope my story ends and if it does continue it will be about me smoking around the track on a new RC8R! (Yes, I am addicted to KTM, even though they they have some of the worst support and customer service I have ever experienced. The fact they make an incredible product can't be denied.)

Not that I couldn't use the $$, I am just a idiot when it comes to 'net stuff. Hell, I just figured out how to imbed photos for this thread!

Thanks for the suggestion.....now go put your bike back together for the next round!
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Old 07-16-2011, 10:28 AM   #41
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Thanks Dan. As I said, I hope my story ends and if it does continue it will be about me smoking around the track on a new RC8R! (Yes, I am addicted to KTM, even though they they have some of the worst support and customer service I have ever experienced. The fact they make an incredible product can't be denied.)

Not that I couldn't use the $$, I am just a idiot when it comes to 'net stuff. Hell, I just figured out how to imbed photos for this thread!

Thanks for the suggestion.....now go put your bike back together for the next round!
BTW, i work for Tri-valley moto / Cal moto

I am a net idiot also, but I started one up, and it is actually quite easy (just made my own web page yesterday). It is also easy to set up for ads.

Yes, I am trying to make it out to next round - that is what I added the ads on my blog for (and why i suggested the same for you). People have been clicking the ads when reading, and making me money to get the bike back out there.
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Old 07-16-2011, 05:17 PM   #42
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My expression of poor performance was in reference to KTM America, NOT the dealers. Tri-Valley took me on their team as a yellow plate and I did the best I could for them. Mike and Kari treated me well and I had a great experience. I will be forever thankful!

I just wish the folks in Ohio had their head in the right place and not where it is now.

Not wanting anyone to misunderstand and think that KTM dealers and least of all TriValley and CalMoto are who I meant when I made the previous statement.
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:33 PM   #43
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My expression of poor performance was in reference to KTM America, NOT the dealers. Tri-Valley took me on their team as a yellow plate and I did the best I could for them. Mike and Kari treated me well and I had a great experience. I will be forever thankful!

I just wish the folks in Ohio had their head in the right place and not where it is now.

Not wanting anyone to misunderstand and think that KTM dealers and least of all TriValley and CalMoto are who I meant when I made the previous statement.
Sorry, I didn't mean it that way - KTM does have their head up their ass, along with a few other brands I have worked for.

I wrote my earlier statement because I suddenly realized that I don't think I ever told you that I work for your sponsor.

I don't think anyone took it as you bashing any dealer, I swear
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I went to the AFM races last weekend and saw many of you. It was so cool to get out into the paddock again. I watched most of the races from the announcer's booth and just had a great time!
Wendy and I saw you but...

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I think it's just because I shaved off my beard which makes me look 15 years older.
The beard threw me off. AND, we now know why we couldn't find you afterward. Glad to hear you've gotten rid of the inconvenient hardware, and I hope you're up and walking for your reunion.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:17 PM   #45
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Jeez, Rob, it looks like they used a piece of 530 chain to hold your pelvic bone together!

Best wishes for your continued recovery.
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