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I witnessed a real life youtube moment today

Posted by StankDawg , 16 December 2009 · 1 views

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So I was driving to meet some co-workers for lunch today and they are doing some roadwork near my house. There was this dude who was about a 30-35 years old fairly built black guy riding a bike along the side of the road. He was maybe 8 or 9 car lengths in front of me so I saw everything clearly. He veered off of the road (on his own, no traffic near him) and I am not sure if was trying to show off on purpose or not but what happened was pretty awesome.

There was a pile of dirt (in Florida, that means mostly sand) about 2 feet high right in front of him where he was turning off of the road. Now he might have been trying to show off or just have fun or he might not have seen it at all. He might have been trying to jump it or something because he was pedaling really fast. I don't know what was in his head. All I know is that he went straight into that pile of dirt and I watched his back tire come flying over his head and his face hit the dirt with such impact that his back legs flipped over his head. For a second I really thought that he could have seriously hurt himself. His back flew over the bike and for all I know he could have broken his spine. It was that fast and violent. I think it was lucky that the dirt here was so soft that saved him. If he had hit concrete or something hard, he might have really injured himself. The first 10 second of this was the closest youtube video that I could find except the dirt mound was tiny and there was no cushion of dirt to land on. Also instead of a kid, imagine it was Mike Tyson riding the bike. I was amazed that I witnessed this in real life. IT WAS AWESOME! It is the kind of shit that you see one youtube when some idiot tries to do this intentionally and someone films it. Obviously he wasn't expecting this and neither was I so I didn't have any chance of recording it. I was so surprised that I actually witnessed something this freaking awesome that I didn't even really laugh...i just looked in my rear view mirror as I passed with my mouth hanging open.

Now here is where I am big stinky pussy.

I turn in at the next street which gave me a view directly back down the sidewalk/dirt path to where he was. I was too far to get out and help and I tried to yell and ask if he was alright but it was too far. He was getting up and seemed to be dusting the dirt off of his face and chest, but he was going pretty slow. So being the pussy that I am I turned my car around and drove back to make sure that he was ok and offer to help him. By the time I got back there, he was just climbing onto his bike and riding again. I just yelled out the window "are you ok?" and he nodded and just kept right on riding. And he was riding at full speed again I might add.

When I turned back around to continue on to lunch (at the Cracker Barrel, natch) he had turned down a side street and was clearly alright so after a few more seconds it hit me that he was alright and it was OK to laugh. My guess is that he though he was going to jump this little pile of dirt or something but he didn't think about the fact that it wasn't dirt hardened into a ramp. It was a clump of sand! Riding full speed into a soft pile of sand is not a good idea! The sand is not going to support you and launch you into the air...it is giong to move away from you and force you to come to a quick stop! It's called fundamentals of physics and IT WAS FUCKING HILARIOUS! I wish I had someone been able to film it.

Yeah yeah, i know it was one of those "you had to be there" stories...but it was funny dammit. I was lolling.




I love moments like that. I wish I had a camera permanently running in my field of vision for just such occasions. I remember one time on the bus, I looked out the window just in time to see some guy clip the back end of a mini-van on his Harley. He flew about 15 feet in the exact same position he was in on the bike, legs bent, feet on pegs, hands on bars. He wasn't on the ground for half a second before he was on his feet, trying to pull the bike out from under the van. Then the bus took off. The whole scenario lasted maybe 10 seconds.
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Another great blog, but I don't get the whole pussy logic thing. I mean you did go back and see if he was OK which is more than many people would do. You were in a car, what were you supposed to do run out of your car and turn into Super Stank or something? Probably would have given your fat ass a heart attack. Also, was it necessary to identify the guy as black? That was a little weird.

But I know what you mean about youtube moments. When I moved to the bay area from philly, I couldn't believe how bad people drive and people who drive bad get into bad accidents. I've seen a car go "airborne" and crash and a tracker lose control and smash onto the asphalt out here. Wild shit happens all the time...I guess that's one positive for Big Brother watching everyone on camera...a lot of good "Cops", Youtube moments.
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Another great blog, but I don't get the whole pussy logic thing. I mean you did go back and see if he was OK which is more than many people would do. You were in a car, what were you supposed to do run out of your car and turn into Super Stank or something? Probably would have given your fat ass a heart attack. Also, was it necessary to identify the guy as black? That was a little weird.


I only mention his color because you don't normally see a Mike Tyson look-alike riding a bicycle. :smile: I was just trying to give the full visual. If he would have been a skinny white dude who looked like screech from saved by the bell, I would have described him that way. It also would have been less funny, because I can visualize screech riding a bicycle... but not Iron Mike Tyson. :laugh:
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Jan 07 2010 10:52 AM

Another great blog, but I don't get the whole pussy logic thing. I mean you did go back and see if he was OK which is more than many people would do.

I totally agree. It would be a pussy move for NOT seeing if he was ok.
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