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Old 11-12-2011, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Yes, I did read that in the Los Angeles Times. It, too, was pretty amazing. In this case, he was able to exit his car, but not able to climb out back up to the roadway. He was "partially disabled", but sometimes the mountain terrain is so steep that it would take a mountaineer to climb out.

For the sake of those who don't bother to click on the article, down in the same ravine the man discovered another car with a long dead body in it.
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Old 11-12-2011, 06:37 AM
 
Location: New England
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Yes, I did read that in the Los Angeles Times. It, too, was pretty amazing. In this case, he was able to exit his car, but not able to climb out back up to the roadway. He was "partially disabled", but sometimes the mountain terrain is so steep that it would take a mountaineer to climb out.

For the sake of those who don't bother to click on the article, down in the same ravine the man discovered another car with a long dead body in it.
This tragedy, and near tragedy, could have been prevented with emergency preparation. Everyone, young and old, should plug their cell phone into the car charger wherever they go, as a matter of habit. I've recently started doing this. As soon as you get back in the car from being out of it, plug it back in, so it's constantly being charged. It takes discipline to remember, but once you have the habit, not that hard.

And we should be carrying in our car at all times a gallon of water and a box of some kind of protein bars, plus blanket and strong flashlights (more than one) and a life jacket for keeping afloat--in the back seat, not in the trunk.

These steps considerably lessen the possibility of a fatality.
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:24 PM
 
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Being prepared is a good thing, especially if you travel in rural areas. We carry cell phones and a list of meds and medical history (especially traveling in RV). Unfortunately many times in remote areas there is limited cell phone coverage which won't help much in an emergency. Past year were in a automobile accident and ON STAR was immediately in touch with us, probably in 30 seconds.
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Old 11-17-2011, 09:24 AM
 
Location: On our boat!
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I'm a former EMT and we both of our vehicles have a First Aid Kit, fire extinguisher, flares and a flashlight. One, or both of us, always has our cell phone with us and each night we check to see how charged up it is. If charge is low, I make sure they are plugged in and charged up. Our boat is equiped in the way as our vehicles are.


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Being prepared is a good thing, especially if you travel in rural areas. We carry cell phones and a list of meds and medical history (especially traveling in RV). Unfortunately many times in remote areas there is limited cell phone coverage which won't help much in an emergency. Past year were in a automobile accident and ON STAR was immediately in touch with us, probably in 30 seconds.
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Old 11-18-2011, 11:50 PM
 
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This is the first time that I've visited this thread and I am just flabbergasted that this racist rant has been allowed to stand. I realize that we don't have the most proactive moderator on City-Data, but this comment was made weeks ago.

Hello! Anybody home?

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Old 11-19-2011, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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This is the first time that I've visited this thread and I am just flabbergasted that this racist rant has been allowed to stand. I realize that we don't have the most proactive moderator on City-Data, but this comment was made weeks ago.

Hello! Anybody home?
It's a misconception that moderators are supposed to read every post in every thread. They count on us to report problem posts. I assume you did so in this case?
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:54 AM
 
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It's a misconception that moderators are supposed to read every post in every thread. They count on us to report problem posts. I assume you did so in this case?
Yes, of course. As soon as I read it last night.

What surprises me is that apparently no one thought to do so for the more than two weeks that it has been on the board. (Or if someone did, that the mods chose not to remove it.)
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Old 11-22-2011, 12:13 PM
 
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I often find it surprising that I get called out for things that are really innocuous, yet garbage like that sits there not being reported.

Make you wonder about the people who populate CD.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:09 PM
 
Location: earth?
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First time I have read this thread. I thought it might be interesting, lively and chatty . . .instead it is mundane, monotonous and racist . . .
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Cody, WY
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Default Some Random Musings

I just found this thread. It seems to have been very neat until a week or so ago. Maybe I can help put the O back in old.

Did anyone ever find himself the victim of unintended consequences as a result of needing to get up in the middle of the night? That's the reason I'm sitting at my trusty computer right now instead of sleeping as some young squirt of fifty would be. When I get up my younger dog, a girl, wakes up. Then she wants me to go out with her and her twelve year old pal. He wants to sleep but she barks at him and grabs him if he doesn't get going. My nice fenced area isn't good enough. We need to go out to the sage brush and cactus.a actualy grabs him

We went out in the chilly breeze; they romped and did their stuff. Now we're back and I'm tired (they're back in bed), but just not quite ready to reenter the realm of Morpheus. That means I'll either sleep later or more likely feel tired when my little one wakes me to take her out at the usual time between 7:30 and 8:00.

Reguarding being trapped in a vehicle, I read about an incident a few years ago that was positively chilling. A man called the police to report that his wife had failed to return home. The police performed no more than a perfunctory search, if that. They then devoted themselves to trying to prove that the man had murdered his wife. The wife was meanwhile trapped in a car that had had gone off the road and wasn't visible. Luckily, someone did see her after several days. I don't recall where this happened but there are drop offs all over in this area so I decided to take some steps. I now carry two strobes in each vehicle. One, a very bright one, plugs into a cigarette lighter outlet. It has a magnet to allow it to be placed on exterior metal. I did need an extension cord to do this easily; Walmart had both the strobe and the extension. I also bought a smaller strobe that uses one D cell; in case the electrical system isn't working I'll still be able to signal. That one uses a clip to hook it to a jacket or shirt so it's not as convenient but I plan to use the bigger one as an anchor if need be.

I know that three shots represent a common distress signal. But no one would pay any attention in the daytime or likely not hear them at night as there are few cars on the road. I figure those strobes could be good insurance.

There are 22 million federal government employees. Why aren't people talking about dumping some of them to save money instead of cutting the Medicare benefits that we paid with our taxes? Are the government people the new nobility?

Now I'm ready for bed. But I'm going to take my dogs out again. That should give me a little extra shuteye when the red, rosy-fingered dawn gets rolling.

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