Anyone Else Glad To be Alive ?


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Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 16, 2013 - 01:02am PT
Any recent escapes to be grateful for while climbing or just living out your daily day?

Tonight after work I went to get popcorn at our local Vons grocery store.

I'd enjoyed a great day at work and was looking forward to the beautiful, warm evening.

After making the popcorn purchase I walked out of Vons headed toward the parking lot. As I walked into the parking lot, I looked both ways to make sure cars were behaving.

WHOA!!! What I saw next was crazy.... right next to me, two police cars with at least one officer outside starting to draw his weapon at a big white pickup truck with me pretty close to both. At the same time the truck takes off, pedal totally to the metal holding it hard.

I sprinted to my van. Truck missed me and I'm happy to report my aliveness.

You never the ones you love and enjoy the one day you have.

YIKES. Peace, lynnie

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Mar 16, 2013 - 01:05am PT
at the moment, being friday night, with a bottle of wine with the woman I love....YES!!!

Social climber
Mar 16, 2013 - 01:09am PT
I have had TWO close calls in the last year, Lynne.

Both non-fatal but both about 30 MPH into stationary cars less than 5 feet away from where I am driving (#1) or waiting for a light (#2). Both instances were in the lane next to me. LA is craz-ee! You gotta be whole lotta aggro defensive driver in the SF Valley, yo.

Reminds me how moments can change so fast. It is a odd type of mortality check...

Social climber
joshua tree
Mar 16, 2013 - 01:09am PT
Thats very exciting!
I hope you can find some peace tonight..

Trad climber
47N 122W
Mar 16, 2013 - 01:09am PT
Being glad to be alive is better than the alternative ...
Which is ... dead for eternity ... give that some thought, because forever is a long time.

PS - Glad you are OK. Crazy stuff happens everyday!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2013 - 01:17am PT
All time best post....simple and concise is S. Leeper. Cheers, Dude, and enjoy the evening.

Mr. E, you are such a part of the campfire, please watch those crazies out there and be safe for skippy and the rest of the folk here.

As you say, "it is an odd type of mortality check." Oh yeah, it is indeed.


Boulder climber
takin' the scenic route to Montana
Mar 16, 2013 - 01:23am PT
Glad you are ok Lynne. I bet you don't sleep tonight

Can't say that I've had any close calls recently, but mountain biking is always an adventure

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Mar 16, 2013 - 01:28am PT
Thanks Lynne!

Glad your Friday had a good conclusion :)
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Mar 16, 2013 - 01:40am PT

Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 16, 2013 - 01:41am PT

Thanks, I'd take my measured risks in the outdoors anytime. City life is predictability. Have fun on your bike. Cheers, lynne

Jim Brennan: Dude, Pearl Jam is knarly. Leader throwin' down the equipment on stage and the crowd throwin' peeps up in the air, yo....think I was safer with the po-lice and the bandits.

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Mar 16, 2013 - 02:17am PT
It hurts to be alive.

just saying

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Mar 16, 2013 - 02:37am PT
The first words out of my mouth on the day I turned 40....

"Holy sh#t, I can't believe I'm still alive"

That was a few years ago.


Social climber
Mar 16, 2013 - 02:49am PT
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Mar 16, 2013 - 02:50am PT
Yes Lynne,

I was never a huge fan but this song had a pungent release at around the same time Cobain thought it best to cash out.

The people being tossed around were gleeful participants of life by trusting themselves to be carried by a crowd. That's not always what happens when you take a chance on crowd surfing.

The greatest thing about a great concert is how you come out the other end.

Elevated and glad to be feeling way alive !

Social climber
Mar 16, 2013 - 03:22am PT
hey there say, lynne...

was just out back in the snow, singing a sweet thank you to the good lord god, about this very thing...

had my few episodes, too, so i know what you mean...

thanks for the 'let's remember our times here are specail' note, dear lynne!

say, moosedrool... something though, the pain let's us know that there
is a far better reason for life, than we know of...
so we keep on keeping on, and we see far more in the whole scheme, later...

hang in there... will be praying for you... :)
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 16, 2013 - 03:34am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
i'm glad very glad

#1 to hear you are, also, as well that's swell!

#2 that i've a new bike & that this rings a bell safety-bike-riding-with-white-on-wise like Mick advised

#3 that i'm tired of weepin' and tired of moanin' and that eric sings so well (Clapton, you)

Oh so Glad!!!

Mar 16, 2013 - 04:22am PT
I am just glad I haven't killed anyone. ;P

Seriously... I am happy to be alive, to survive my stupidity and to have this chance for doing better. Plus I am happy for the folks that step in front of my truck when my brakes work, etc. Life is weird, good, painful and worth it.

Mar 16, 2013 - 04:52am PT

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
Mar 16, 2013 - 08:22am PT
Yeah man! Very happy to be alive!

Last Friday I was heading to Flagstaff after work. Totally clean and sober. I'm driving in to a storm, just rain so far, no problem.

Then I notice this big black cloud up ahead is producing lightning, pretty unusual for this time of year, cool. When the hailstones started hitting my windshield, I reached down to turn on the wipers.

When I glanced back up, something wasn't quite right. Then I realized I was sliding out of control, going about 60, with oncoming traffic. It seems that those pesky little hailstones had piled up an inch or so in that cloudburst.

So there I am, wildly fish-tailing from one side of the highway to the other, trying desperately to regain control, the oncoming traffic is getting closer. Finally, in order to avoid a head-on collision I ditch it off the right side of the road. I know what is going to happen, I'm still going way too fast, I brace for it, white knuckling the steering wheel as the van begins to roll. I go all the way over once, then come to rest on the driver's side.

I'm pissed off, I wave off a would be rescuer and extricate myself from the wreckage and begin surveying the damages. It isn't until about an hour later that I begin to realize that even though the van was likely totalled (and it was), I had walked away from this crash without a single scratch, bruise, broken fingernail, or anything.

Not only am I glad to be alive, I am extremely lucky to be alive.

Plus, I didn't like that van all that much to begin with . . .

Trad climber
The Circuit, Tonasket WA
Mar 16, 2013 - 08:24am PT
Let me give you a virtual hug....

Working in the emergency room, I know only too well how you feel.
Another hug.
It is a wonderful, amazing, precious thing, this thing called life.
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