I don’t know how to say this, so I just will say it: I think I saw a guy die today…I was sitting in the Coffee Bean writing at about nine am and some people said, “Call 911. A guy was hit on his motorcycle!”
We watched from inside as the busy intersection was blocked off just minutes later by two big, red fire trucks and a smaller paramedics vehicle. I could just see from my spot at the table – they pumped his chest, over and over. Then he was lifted on a stretcher and was gone. A bit later, the intersection was blocked off and there was a police car and officers directing traffic away. I think they do this when some has died to determine who was at fault, but they probably do this when someone was injured too, so maybe he is still alive . . . maybe he made it, this anonymous person whose name I do not know. He seemed so young, maybe 30, at most, but who knows. All we, who were watching, know is that he was riding a motorcycle and this is what can happen, even if you are wearing your helmet.
I hate to be morose or a worrier – I used to be quite a dare devil. I skied and rode horses, jumped, rode bareback on trails, went backpacking, hiked alone, traveled alone, went on long bike rides alone, but even when I got lost in the mountains, I always seemed to find my way back. Maybe I just had a good sense of direction, or I was lucky.
A lot of people say I drive too fast. I like driving! But I ALWAYS watch for pedestrians, bikers etc. ESPECIALLY when making a right turn on a red light. This can be very dangerous. I think the car was making a right turn and the motorcyclist was going straight –
Cars are huge, heavy, dangerous objects that have no brain or eyes or ears. We need to look out when we are behind the wheel and when we are on our two feet, or two wheels, with or without a motor attached, just trying to get from point A to point B in this huge, crazy, congested city of angles.
What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done? Would you do it again?
Would you want your kid to do it?
What about characters in the books we write – how can we show kids being safe but also adventurous in our stories??