The "coolest thing you've seen" thread made me think about this but i didn't want to ruin the vibe of that thread with this post. Anyways....
Last weekend the wife and I were driving to Sullivan's Island around 12pm from Folly Road. She was driving and all of a sudden this guy came screaming up on a motorcycle, tailgated us for a second then swerved around to the next group of cars. She was just about done talking about how much of an idiot he was when he pulled the same manuever of tailgating in the right lane and swerving into the left lane to pass the car. Unfortunately, this one wasn't as successful. I heard her gasp then looked up in time to see the guy followed by his bike flying over a mustang. Like upside down flying.
We pull over and I jumped out to see what I could do (I realized I didn't know what in the world I could have done other than apply pressure or tell him to stay still). He was on his back, bloody and banged (living) up but all together not as bad as I imagined. He seemed conscious and was trying to roll over. I told him to stay still and about the same time two off duty EMTs showed up and took control. We cleared out and called the police to offer a statement if necessary.
What pisses me off about this is that it was totally avoidable. First of all, he was driving erratically and much to fast. Secondly, he was wearing shorts, t-shirt, sandals and NO HELMET! I honestly believe he would have been walking and talking had he been wearing the correct gear.
SC is adopting all these rules limiting what you can and can't do these days with banning smoking in restraunts and drinking on the beaches but you can still ride a motorcycle without a helmet. This is a whole other story though.
The moral of the story is, if nothing else, wear a helmet.
Not disagreeing with you in the least. More of a warning to my internet pals.
Let's get serious though, just because darwin based his theory on animals, we're all in that group too. I know there are some of you that say "I ain't related to no monkey" and that's true but it sure does seem like we evolved from them. I think it is plain old darwinism.
That being said, it is easy to call it what you will from your computer but when you see it happen it is a scary eye-opener and I can say that as a guy that had one too many scares on a bike.
Set aside Darwin for a moment .. "Sin" has always manifested in a variety of phenomena, and its consequences also vary in its level of harm. In this case, it seems carelessness and foolishness nearly cost this fellow his life, and possibly could have injured other motorists. I once encountered a similar situation, as I was first on the scene. Sadly, that guy was not so fortunate. I will never forget the expression on his face. It definitely altered my thinking about a lot of things.
I'm sure everyone of us has made some real poor choices or taken actions we regret, but aside from reasons we don't completely understand (i.e, the mystery of grace), we survived to learn from it and can talk about it. Hopefully, this guy will learn from it... And I agree, super fish, some bulbs are dimmer than others, still, life has value. Sorry if this was a little "preachy", but life is precious and it is a gift, and sad when it is wasted.