"Happy Anniversary"

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"Happy Anniversary"

Post by Amskeptic » Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:05 pm

Three hours from one year ago to the minute that I crashed.

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but . . .
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. . . . we're still rolling:

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BobD - 78 Bus . . . 112,730 miles
Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,865 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 132,040 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 91 Lexus LS400 . . . 94,225 miles

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Post by Sylvester » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:23 pm

We need to put a small positive spin on this, make it a legend like Jan and Dean's "Dead Man's Curve", or Red Sovine's "Phantom 309"
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue, I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew. And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod, The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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Post by Quadratrückseite » Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:19 pm

I guess there are some positives from that horrible night. Most importantly is that you weren't seriously injured. The bus did exactly what it was supposed to do in a collision - it kept you safe. And although the Road Warrior is gone, many of the parts live on to help keep other buses running, including mine.

It was a good day though.
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Post by chitwnvw » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:02 am

Yes, any day above ground = a good day.

I love buses but don't really understand the attachment to one over others, but I will not press. I am sorry for you loss. I am proud of you for pressing on. You are a good man, and a remarkable ACVW mechanic. Glad you are still here and with us.

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Post by sped372 » Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:33 am

Those photos still make me sad. However, I'm ever grateful that we didn't lose the driver as well. Not every chapter of a book can be happy, it's the grand total of the entire story that counts - thanks for choosing to continue sharing yours with all of us.
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Post by hambone » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:32 am

Happier anniversaries should be celebrated, like the Great Stinkfoot Rebellion. I am glad these pix are blocked at my "job".
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Post by Hippie » Tue Aug 17, 2010 7:01 pm

Yeah, all bullshit aside, I can't hardly look at the road warrior pics.

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Post by aopisa » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:25 pm

I am still amazed by how absolutely beautiful and perfect the Road Warrior looks from the behind the front door all the way back in that photo. It looks so surreal...and sad.

I am even more amazed and gladdened that you could walk away from that collision.
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Post by Amskeptic » Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:20 pm

aopisa wrote:I am still amazed by how absolutely beautiful and perfect the Road Warrior looks from the behind the front door all the way back in that photo. It looks so surreal...and sad.

I am even more amazed and gladdened that you could walk away from that collision.
I am demented (but you know that). Today I just tore off those remaining Firestones and put the Road Warrior's remaining three good Michelins on the BobD, and it made me happy.

I was sad at bretski's house spying the dashboard up on a shelf along with the firewall and the AutoZone voltage regulator, trying to be sociable but damnitall.
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Chloe - 70 bus . . . 206,865 miles
Naranja - 77 Westy . . . 132,040 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
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Post by bretski » Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:31 pm

Amskeptic wrote: I was sad at bretski's house spying the dashboard up on a shelf along with the firewall and the AutoZone voltage regulator, trying to be sociable but damnitall.
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Post by hambone » Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:58 pm

Bones! Turning to powder!
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Post by Sylvester » Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:40 pm

I get the M-Code plate and a hubcap to paint another picture of the Road Warrior.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue, I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace. Where never lark, or even eagle flew. And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod, The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

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Post by jtauxe » Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:12 am

The M-code plate... Colin should definitely keep the M-code plate. And the Odometer.
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Post by Sluggo » Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:27 am

I got the dash knobs & ashtray. Reminded of the Road Warrior every time I turn on my lights or put out a smoke. BobD is a fine replacement to carry on the mission!
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Post by BellePlaine » Fri Aug 20, 2010 11:47 am

I've got the sunvisor clips and battery hold-down clamp.
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