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Franke, sorry to try to catch your attention like this, but could you take a glance at my recent post to the "Re: !!! stuck in spell !!!" thread (Message-ID:
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I really would like your opinion about something.

Christopher ('CJ')
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Dena Jo wrote on 07 Aug 2004:
"My wife just hit someobdy with the car and broke ... with them. She's a bit hysterical and I should drive."

Gosh, I'm really sorry to hear that. Fingers crossed for everyone involved.

Thank you , DJ.

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Spehro Pefhany wrote on 07 Aug 2004:

I'll echo the others in their best wishes.

Thank you, Spehro.

May I also express my best wishes, Franke. I had such a backlog of unread posts that I've only just reached this thread. I hope your wife has got over the shock somewhat, and that the boy is doing well.

wrmst rgrds
Robin Bignall
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On 7 Aug 2004 15:05:13 GMT, CyberCypher
I don't know about the riders in Taipei, Taijong, or Kaohsiung, but out in the country where I live, few ... is a windshield to protect the helmet rider's face from rocks, bugs, and dirt, and his eyes from the wind.

Whereas installing a windshield is a poor idea, since they tend to catch the wind, using goggles is sound thinking. A tiny rock, even a bug, hitting your eye can result in a very dangerous situation. I also think it is pretty obvious that one sees better when wind is not striking the eyes. Glass aviators' goggles though, not cheap plastic ones, are what I'd want and once had: hard to find, but well worth the search.

Charles Riggs
Fingers crossed for everyone involved.

ObEtymology: Is Christian symbology at the root of this expression? That or early pagan crosses must be involved, I'd think.

Charles Riggs
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My previous remarks about this were: "My wife just hit someobdy with the car and broke his ankle, so I've ... My wife is now at the police station explaining why she didn't call the police. It's 1:40 a.m. Taiwan time.

I'm guessing it's almost lunchtime now. Hope things turn out alright and all right.

Rob Bannister
Robert Bannister wrote on 09 Aug 2004:
My previous remarks about this were: "My wife just hit ... she didn't call the police. It's 1:40 a.m. Taiwan time.

I'm guessing it's almost lunchtime now. Hope things turn out alright and all right.[/nq]Thank you, Robert. All has turned out well enough, I think. No charges have been filed, and yesterday when we went to the hospital to see the boy, he had been operated on. The surgeon had inserted a steel bar and used screws or pins to hold it in place. There was no talk at any time of complications. The boy's father, who'd been driving the motorcycle when my wife hit it, explained what had happened from his POV. Typical country-driving problem: neither my wife nor the father had expected anyone else to be on the road at that time of night, so neither had been paying attention for the unexpected.

That's a major mistake when driving, even on what seems to be a deserted road here in Taiwan: a substantial percentage of Taiwanese drivers don't use their headlights lights for reasons of economy (false economy since the age of generators) or because they just don't bother to replace burned-out bulbs. Few replace their tail lights, either out of laziness or ignorance of the fact that the bulb is burned out, or because they think that a new bulb is too expensive and that if the stop light works, that's good enough.

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On 9 Aug 2004 04:52:44 GMT, CyberCypher
... a substantial percentage of Taiwanese drivers don't use their headlights lights for reasons of economy (false economy since the age of generators) or because they just don't bother to replace burned-out bulbs.

ObAUE: when referring to motorcyclists, they 'ride', they don't 'drive'.
I'm very glad, needless to say, things turned out all right, Franke.

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Charles Riggs wrote on 09 Aug 2004:
... a substantial percentage of Taiwanese drivers don't use their ... or because they just don't bother to replace burned-out bulbs.

ObAUE: when referring to motorcyclists, they 'ride', they don't 'drive'.

I know this, Charles, but so does the passenger. When there is an accident and two riders on the bike, the cops don't ask "Who was riding?" or "Who was steering?"; they ask "Who was driving?" In this context, the verb "drive" is as generic and neutral as "operate".
I'm very glad, needless to say, things turned out all right, Franke.

Thank you, Charles. Me too.

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