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Friend died in Big Bend last weekend

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Re: Friend died in Big Bend last weekend
« Reply #30 on: August 10, 2013, 11:10:18 AM »
I do not think any Monday morning quarterbacking is necessary or appropriate.   The family and friends of the loved one may be turning to this board to seek answers.

Bad things happen to good people.  We all make mistakes and misjudgements and everything else.  It's all a part of risk analysis, experience, and "life".  I have absolutely no doubt that these three started out the hike with the best of intentions and just got in over their head. 

I was in Houston this week on business and was just utterly amazed at the number of people texting and driving.  For the first time in my life, I saw a gentleman driving a pickup on the Sam Houston toll way with his IPAD or tablet on the steering wheel and he was heads down at 70mph tapping on his device.  I probably saved his life.  We were coming up to one of the splits and it looked like he was going to go crashing into the yellow barrels and concrete.  He was straddling two lanes.  I slammed on my breaks and laid on the horn.  All I got was the sign, the universal sign - you know, do you have a license to fly that bird.  :)  Last time in Houston, going down the toll way again, Sam Houston, a lady in a BMW zipped passed me about 85 in a black BMW - heads down texting.  Early morning Saturday, no traffic.  About 10 miles up the road, the car was on the left hand side having bashed in the center concrete median.  BMW was obviously totaled.  Others were already responding, so I tootled on along.  Not surprised, she was weaving the lanes. 

     

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Offline Casa Grande

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Re: Friend died in Big Bend last weekend
« Reply #31 on: August 10, 2013, 12:09:21 PM »
I do not think any Monday morning quarterbacking is necessary or appropriate.

I don't really believe anyone is doing that, Shane. Just pointing out to everyone, no matter your experience, to take this young man's fate into consideration when planning a hike.  This way, his untimely death wouldn't have been taken in vain.



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Re: Friend died in Big Bend last weekend
« Reply #32 on: August 12, 2013, 01:11:01 PM »
I've seen topics like these on other sites.  The only thing you can post is condolences, otherwise it ALWAYS turns into a pissing match. 

 


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