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    Seneca Doane

    matter of life and death.
    I worked a wrecker in high school, shouldn't have.
    That and hundreds of thousands of road warrior windshield miles seeing many, many bad accidents (and avoiding a few).
    Not all truckers are perfect either (caliche haulers should almost all be hung stoned). I approached a rig westbound on I-10 between Houston and San Antonio once one fine morning, noticed it was just a little erratic sometimes (yeah, watching miles ahead). Tractor-trailer was in the right lane, hung back from passing it a little bit, then went for it. As I passed the tractor cab, looking through the sunroof saw that the drivers chin was on his chest, assumed he was 'nodding off' from lack of sleep (BTDT) so I hit the gas (to get clear) and the horn and woke him up. He bolted up and blinked, then kind of waved and shook his head as he came back to consciousness. I hope he got off the road and took a nap, I didn't wait around, just burned a lot of distance ahead to get far away.

    While driving, y'all should always be working mental exercises on as many defensive scenarios as you can imagine, and you will still be surprised at unexpected events.
    Year by year, the general 'HSQ' (Highway Stupidity Quotient™ ) just keeps getting higher, so be careful.

    Republicans: "Double your pleasure, double your fun, double your National Debt, and blame 'The One' "

    by Bluefin on Wed Nov 24, 2010 at 09:07:01 PM PST

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