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  • I saw a man die today

    Posted on April 30th, 2017 Scott 1 comment

    This won't be a fun post. It was not a fun afternoon, I need to tell people and clear my mind. I was going from Nashville, TN to Sparta, TN. I had to pick some stuff up (… which is also a pretty shitty story…). I was about 8 mile from my destination when I noticed the care in front of me go over the white line on the right. Not a lot, but I also noticed the passenger was "dancing". I got cautious.

    A couple of miles later, the car in front of them turned left into a driveway. We all had to stop. The car accelerated away VERY SLOWLY. I seriously pondered dialing 911 and reporting a drunk driver. Little did I know that I didn't have enough time to make any type of difference. The car continued to swerve. Being on a motorcycle, I was making sure I had a large space cushion. I thought as long as they were in front of me – I was safe. I could control my own destiny.

    Somewhat randomly, they accelerated into a curve – this is where the story goes horribly wrong. Rather than negotiate the very easy left hand turn, they got off the road into the grass. They drove through the parking lot of an old VFW, takign out a 6×6 pole, stripping the cable from another …. straight across the parking lot into the woods. The major problem was that the place they entered the woods was over what locals called a "holler" (may be "hollar"). I called it a gulch… it was huge, at LEAST 30 feet down. I don't mean to make any fun of this, but it looked like some Dukes of Hazzard driving off a cliff.

    I pulled over immediately – nobody was coming at us, nobody was behind – I was the only person that saw this. I called 911 and told them I saw a horrific accident. They asked me if I was okay, if my motorcycle was safe, if I was out of the way. We then started trying to figure out where I was, I had no address. I read a sign, described it – the guy on the phone knew exactly where I was. I could hear sirens almost immediately. The dispatcher asked me to yell – I did… I heard no reply. I saw a lifeless arm…. I was shaking.

    Numerous emergency vehicles came, including a life flight helicopter. The Tennessee State Patrol asked me to stay to discuss the situation. I waited patiently for what had to be an hour. As I watched, I saw them pick up a body bag. It was a sickening feeling. They did pull one person (the driver, I believe, but do not know out). He left in a helicopter.

    Knowing I had 220 more miles on my motorcycle, I pushed all the feelings down. I didn't think about it much, I told a couple people – but I didn't let myself FEEL anything. I told my neighbor as I walked in. He knew I was upset. He asked if there was anything he could do – and he GENUINELY wanted to help. I asked him to grab me a couple diet cokes from the store next door, he did.

    When I walked in the door, I quite literally broke into tears. Cindy came and gave me a full motorcycle gear hug.

    I don't know how I am supposed to feel, but I feel sad, glad, confused – but I know I am grateful, too. Tomorrow I will google the incident and maybe get more "closure".

    #blogit

    

    I saw a man die today

    This won’t be a fun post. It was not a fun afternoon, I need to tell people and clear my mind. I was going from Nashville, TN to Sparta, TN. I had to pick some stuff up (… which is also a pretty shitty story…). I was about 8 mile from my destination when I noticed the care in front of me go over the white line on the right. Not a lot, but I also noticed the passenger was “dancing”. I got cautious.

    A couple of miles

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  • Why #Keto Works For Me

    Posted on April 26th, 2017 Scott 1 comment

    Why #Keto Works For Me

    It's no secret I've lost a lot of weight in the past 9 months. Most of it I can directly attribute to myself adopting a #ketogenic diet. For those that don't know, Keto is a low carb, high fat diet. Many will say "Oh, like Atkins." Sort of – but less protien, more fat. You eat 20 grams or less a day of carbs, you eat about a gram of protein for every pound of lean body mass you have and the rest of your diet comes from fat. When I heard about this – I thought it was crap, stupid, worthless…. yeah, 52 pounds and 6+ inches off my waist later, I'm a believer.

    For me, it's the perfect diet (right now). And I don't mean weight loss diet, I mean lifestyle diet. You see, I've been sober for over 29 years. Some days, I am not sober due to my "great" recovery, rather than simply saying "I cannot drink that, I am not allowed." I made a rule for myself. Also, at 29 years … 1 drink is a pretty remarkable f'up and I don't want to start the count over.

    Okay, so that may have sounded random – but in fact, it is the current secret to my success. I cannot eat carbs. They make me fat. I learned that and I believe that and I don't eat carbs. It's almost binary for me. "Can eat that". "Cannot eat that". If I cannot eat it, I do not eat it. I have cheated exactly once. I ate 2" of a twizzler. I don't have just one cookie. I don't have just a few chips. I would rather be hungry than eat something I am not allowed to.

    Now – this wont work for everyone. A friend of mine cant do low Keto because it causes his gout to flair up. Others I have heard have kidney/liver issues. I've been fine – and for that I am grateful. I hear lots of people say "It's too hard". Bullshit. Eating bacon is not hard. Eating a cheeseburger is not hard. Only eating leafy green vegetables is not hard. Picking up 400 pounds is hard. Giving birth is hard. Keto is easy.

    I have lots of tips, tricks, hacks and other comments I'd gladly share with just about anyone. The key to my success is watch my carbs, and remember the basic slogan …. "Keep Calm and Keto On".

    It's not an overnight weight loss program, it's a way of eating that gets your body using fat. Once you get there …. life gets REALLY GOOD!

    Just like in AA…. One day at a time ….

    #blogit

    

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  • Dear #ATL – We can cut traffic by 20%

    Posted on April 11th, 2017 Scott 1 comment

    Dear #ATL – We can cut traffic by 20%

    This has been my pet idea for a very long time. It is as simple as it gets and could benefit us ALL in the #ATL. If each and every one of us figured out a way to do an "Alternative Commute" just ONE DAY PER WEEK, traffic would be cut on average by 20%.

    You now say "What is an alternative commute?" Ride your bike, carpool, work from home, take Marta, ride the bus, hike, take your hover board – whatever! Just get off the road! You know I love my motorcycle, but even THAT doesn't really count.

    I challenged myself to take at least one alternative commute per week – do you have the courage to start the 20% movement? #LetsDothis!

    #ATL #FiftyNotFat #BikeCommute #TrafficSucks
    #blogit

    Dear #ATL – We can cut traffic by 20%

    This has been my pet idea for a very long time. It is as simple as it gets and could benefit us ALL in the #ATL. If each and every one of us figured out a way to do an “Alternative Commute” just ONE DAY PER WEEK, traffic would be cut on average by 20%.

    You now say “What is an alternative commute?” Ride your bike, carpool, work from home, take Marta, ride the bus, hike, take your hover board – whatever! Just

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  • Trying out Tuesday

    Posted on April 5th, 2017 Scott 1 comment

    In the 11 seasons I have participated in some way, at the Dick Lane Velodrome, I have never raced or participated on a Tuesday – that changed yesterday! It's Masters night – and being more masterly than I used to be, decided to give it a go.

    Five Lap Scratch

    On the line it became 7. I had about 5 laps of speed, but managed to hang in there and not finish last. The field was a spaced out just enough so I would have to squeeze through gaps to move up, and possibly make others feel funky… good race.

    Point-a-Lap

    I hate a point-a-lap. They are just not an event I have ever done well in. They are fast from the gun and only get faster. Undergeared and under-powered, I did enjoy about 7 laps second wheel behind Barman. I then faded, but was pleasantly surprised at my speed. With no track training, I guess losing over 60 pounds helps?

    Points Race

    Prior to our race, the beginners decided to crash rather dramatically. Lots of noise, sparks and people bouncing. I wasn't "phased" by this, but it led to a long delay. My legs felt like crap. I decided to stretch them out early, just a lap on the gas. It was fun to roll off the field and others commented later "It was good to see Scott roll off like Scott rolls off!" Anyway … 2-3 laps later, there was a HORRIFIC noise in the field. Sounded just like the previously described crash. I don't have time to bounce…. so I backed off…. went high, looking for bodies on the ground but they never showed up. Turns out Barman's chain came off. Riding a carbon bike, they amplify all sounds and make it sound like somebody abusing an aircraft carrier or something. As that sorted out they were ringing the bell…. I was OTB… race was over, but training continued for 21 more laps.

    I've got some work to do, but man, I had fun!

    #blogit #FiftyNotFat #44 

    Trying out Tuesday…

    In the 11 seasons I have participated in some way, at the Dick Lane Velodrome, I have never raced or participated on a Tuesday – that changed yesterday! It’s Masters night – and being more masterly than I used to be, decided to give it a go.

    Five Lap Scratch

    On the line it became 7. I had about 5 laps of speed, but managed to hang in there and not finish last. The field was a spaced out just enough so I would have to

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  • I miss blogging

    Posted on April 4th, 2017 Scott 3 comments

    Video killed the radio star.
    Texting has killed conversation.
    Facebook has effectively killed many forums.
    Twitter (and ADHD) have killed the blog.

    I miss blogging. I have always enjoyed writing up a description of an event in my life. Part of this is due to the “excitement” I get when I get a lot of comments, discussion or likes. I will admit to that the “attention whore” aspect of blogging is fun. That being said – I have always found it to be very cathartic. Just a mental mind dump about something that means something to me. Positive, negative or anywhere in between. I just enjoy writing it. (By now, most people have clicked back, but I’m not done!)

    The beauty of this sort of issue is I hold the key to my problem right in my hands… just get typing! I think – I am going to try to get back in the swing of things. Not pay too much attention to my likes, comments and such – just do what I want to do, because I want to do it.

    Look for more from my blog – it’s time to clear the mind from time to time!

    #blogit

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  • Just testing more stuff!

    Posted on April 4th, 2017 Scott No comments

    This is a post with a photo…

    #blogit
    

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