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General Discussion / Boston
« on: April 16, 2013, 06:09:16 AM »
I was watching the news about the tragedy at the Boston Marathon last night. The senseless killing, maiming and injuring broke my heart. From a day starting with hope and excitement to end with such destruction and death...  A sad day indeed.

With several killed, and injured and I understand many lost limbs. I wish anyone involved or affected by this the strength to rise above the heartbreak. I hope that those responsible are quickly found and prosecuted.

General Discussion / Re: Been away for a while..
« on: April 14, 2013, 08:38:22 AM »
Damn Guzz, you've been through the mills. Glad to hear you're back on track.

I can imagine all those cotton socks are throwing everything off. The height of the leg must be different and so tweaking your back possibly.
Good luck on the new leg and have fun riding around on the bike.

General Discussion / Re: New guy says "hi".
« on: April 08, 2013, 07:09:59 AM »
Lovely looking bike! (I like the BBQ too!  :D )

General Discussion / Re: on to the funny stuff
« on: March 29, 2013, 07:38:18 PM »
When asked how I lost my leg I have said shark attack, that I broke it off in some fellas backside when he was annoying me, and that I cut myself shaving. (Actually, it was while working on a ferry I got caught up in a mooring rope...)

General Discussion / Re: on to the funny stuff
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:16:43 AM »
Pub fun...

I've had people ask which leg is missing and I'll say 'right'. They reach down and grab my leg and then go on about how real it feels. Then, of course I say 'Actually, its my left leg. But thanks for the massage'

I heard of one fella (not sure if its true) that had a prosthetic leg and would sometimes play tricks on people to get free drinks. He'd have his leg loosened up (maybe a pin system?) and when someone brushed by him he'd fall to the ground and bend his leg in a awkward angle. The other poor man would think the man broke his leg and offer to help. The 'injured' man would ask for a drink and when it was passed to him he'd just stand up, fix his leg and say something along the lines of 'fair enough, we're even now...'

I heard of a man who lived in the west of Ireland in a fairly rural area. He was known for the drink and also for being a bit belligerent after a few drinks. He'd have a load of drink at the pub then go home mid day to have a rest.  Then he would come back in the evening for another go. People were becoming very annoyed at this routine and one day they followed him home. They waited until he was asleep and then they stole his leg so he couldn't come back that night. In the morning his leg would be there at his front door for him to use. This evening leg stealing went on for a few weeks and the 'leg thieves' were well pleased with themselves as their evenings were nice and quiet again. That is until a few weeks later. The man had been in for his afternoon drink and then he was off to have his rest. They stole his leg and that evening he walks in the pub again.

He had simply gone and had another leg made....

General Discussion / Re: Holiday
« on: March 26, 2013, 07:11:31 PM »
Same to you Ann. Diets be damned, enjoy the holiday. ;)

General Discussion / Re: on to the funny stuff
« on: March 26, 2013, 07:10:00 PM »
It normally does not bother kids, they just accept it and go right on.

I used to live on an island off the west coast of Ireland. It was while I lived there that I had my accident. After I was out of the hospital and able to get around decent I went back to the island for a visit. (after the accident I moved off for the hospital and rehabilitation etc and rented a place on the mainland)

One morning I was at the B&B where I had lived and was having a cup of tea with a friend. It was early and I hadn't bothered to put on the leg and  just used the crutches to get to the kitchen. We were having a great chat when the neighbor and her young fella (about 4 y/o) came in for a cup of tea. The young boy just stared at my 'short leg'. I was wearing long pants but the absence of a shoe or foot at the bottom really threw him. I copped on to his fear and took off my shoe and placed it under the empty pant leg.

Once I did that he smiled as all was as it should be.

General Discussion / Re: things are looking up
« on: March 23, 2013, 06:22:30 AM »
With it only being ten months its still early days. I can recall some real jolts I had years ago that nearly sent me into orbit. Its been 12 years now and I still get the odd ping but its not bad at all.

Funny stories?

Here's a quick one. About a year after the accident I was doing some training in an office. I had a notion then to become a web designer, the notion didn't last. Anyhow, I had no car so I rode the bike to the office and once there I'd get to work at my desk. Once in a while the leg would feel a bit narky and I'd slip it off while sitting there and put it under my desk with no one the wiser. My bosses wife worked there as well handling the books etc and would sometimes run the hoover to keep the place tidy. She was hoovering around my desk when she let out a unholy scream. She had seen my prosthetic leg under the desk and for some reason thought that someone was hiding under my desk. Hahaha! :D

General Discussion / Re: things are looking up
« on: March 21, 2013, 06:23:39 AM »
What a mad story! Yes, it could have been far worse if the saw had been running. I'd hate to think what could have happened. I have a metre saw myself for any number of little jobs around the place (from shed building to making small pieces of furniture). My saw is rubbish (it was cheap and now couldn't cut a proper 45 angle to save its life) but its all I have.

Myself I do like the feeling of building or fixing something, so yes if it needs to be done I just do it. Luckily I am physically able to. My leg is sound, my prosthetic leg is working well too, I have the interest so why not. haha

Good luck on getting back on the hind legs and free ranging!  :)

General Discussion / Re: ASLEEP {AGAIN}
« on: March 20, 2013, 11:15:47 AM »
Did I hear U say U were Columbus.....I live afew miles from Athens, Oh.

Ann, you little flirt. ;)

(It is a lovely bike. Enjoy!)

General Discussion / Re: things are looking up
« on: March 17, 2013, 07:27:59 PM »
I've been a BKA since 2000. It can seem like one step forward and two steps back at times. The hardest thing to master in the early days is patience. Rushing into things can set you back so take it easy and you'll get there!

General Discussion / Re: Joe A.
« on: March 17, 2013, 11:13:06 AM »
Good to hear he's on the mend!

General Discussion / Re: ASLEEP {AGAIN}
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:21:55 PM »
Good luck Dave. Hope your new leg is just what you want.

Myself, I've been a bit quiet because of a night out. I hadn't been out for a while so I went to a friends birthday at the pub and had a great night. Next day I was hungover. The following day I had the flu. 2 days later bronchitis hopped on and a week later an inner ear infection joined the party. Sick for a few weeks so far. If you haven;t had this little combo, we all know the flu feeling, bronchitis makes it hard to breathe and the inner ear infection gives a lovely dizziness and double vision. I must admit that trying to get onto a stool in a glass shower, on one leg while dizzy and with bad vision is not something I enjoy!

General Discussion / Re: Uncharted Waters
« on: March 07, 2013, 05:57:24 AM »
Hi Chuck,

Quite the story. I'm so sorry that you'd had to go through this but it does seem that you have the right attitude to get the best outcome.

Our stories are a bit different (I'm a BKA) but I thought I did in my knee on my good leg a few years back. It was nothing compared to what happened to you, but I was digging stones out of a hill with a pick-axe when the pick glanced off a large stone and came back to hit the knee full force. Blinding pain and I dropped like a sack of potatoes. I can remember thinking of what would I do if I had destroyed or somehow permanently damaged my knee. I was nervous but I would like to think I would handle it just as you have. (Like I mentioned before, my accident wasn't near as bad as yours and after a day or two I was pretty much back to normal.)

Let us know how you get on.

General Discussion / Re: Hello
« on: March 05, 2013, 06:25:06 PM »
Welcome. You seem to have great drive and perseverance! I'm a BKA so I don't know anything really about knees and all that. That said I can't wait to hear of your exploits!

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