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    Quote Originally Posted by pzkpfw View Post
    Gillianren doesn't know why the first car braked hard so suddenly - maybe they were wanting to be hit?
    YouTube is flush with dash cam videos of people trying to do that very thing but it's difficult to prove without the aforementioned dash cam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek View Post
    Yeah. At the beginning of 2004 weighing 252 pounds I decided I needed to lose weight. Over the next several years, I got all the way down to 202. Now I'm back up to around 240. The sad thing is that I'm eating less and exercising more than when I was losing weight - I guess my metabolism continues to slow down.
    Or, muscle mass...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Yesterday morning, after getting Simon on his bus, Graham and I took advantage of his day off to run errands. We were heading north on the freeway when the guy ahead of me (who had, among other things, an Infowars bumper sticker!) braked suddenly and hard for no reason I have been able to determine. I stopped in time. The woman behind us did not.

    We are fine. Irene's car seat needed to be replaced, as you can't use them once the car they're in has been in a collision, but she was outgrowing this one anyway, and insurance will cover it. (One of our errands was actually Costco, so we bought the new seat while we were there.) Our car was still driveable, though it's going to need a lot of repair and will probably be considered totaled by the insurance company due to damage to its rear crumple zone. The car behind us was definitely totaled, as its front end was completely crunched in. My neck is stiff this morning, but it's working out of its stiffness with use. My back was already messed up, and I actually had physical therapy (including massage!) yesterday evening for my preexisting problems. It doesn't hurt any worse this morning than it usually does.
    I am glad to hear you are all ok.

    Today, a friend of mine passed away at his place of work. He had a heart attack, at the gym during his lunch break. One of my other friends reached out to me as soon as it happened. I was driving home from work and pulled over to take the call. I thought I took the news well, but then realized I had walked about a mile from my car and into a coffee shop to sit down. It took me a bit to get back home.

    About 20 years ago, I met Tom at work and one of the first things he told me was how worried he was for his son. His son was diagnosed as being "on the spectrum". I didn't know what that meant. My son was an infant, not a toddler, so I couldn't relate. A few years later, we all went to see Finding Nemo and Tom's son sat between us. We talked all through the movie, as my sons had fallen asleep. By the end of the movie, I told Tom not to worry, his son would be fine and he seemed very pleased with my pronouncement.

    Through out our two decade long friendship, Tom recounted his son's mile stones. First homecoming dance, first girlfriend, first car, first football game, soccer championship, first job, girlfriend #2 to too many girlfriends. At each step, he was worried about what would happen to his son through all of these adventures. I always answered the same way, he'd be fine. Why wouldn't he be?

    About 8 years ago, I quit the place Tom and I worked at to go find something or other. I wanted to be any number of things, but kept coming back to special education. Funny how things work.

    Tonight, Tom's son reached out to me to let me know what happened. I didn't even know he knew my number. But he did, because he is a fine man, like his dad.

    I told him so.
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    Solfe, sorry to hear about your loss of a good friend. It seems that you were very helpful to Tom and provided a friendly ear and good advice to him in his times of worries. Obviously his son also recognised the help you had been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzkpfw View Post
    I have heard of people running scams dependent on this sort of thing, where they deliberately cause accidents to get someone else's insurance to fix their car, or just claim damages. (Whiplash!)

    Gillianren doesn't know why the first car braked hard so suddenly - maybe they were wanting to be hit?
    Yes, there are such cases, but if this was one of those, the way they usually work, Gillianren would be in on it.

    I think people who do that kind of thing ought to be punished, but if you are driving the way you're supposed to be driving*, it won't work on you.

    *In this particular case, Gillianren was driving the way she's supposed to be. The person behind her wasn't. Also, the person who hit Gillianren cannot say, "There was no valid reason for the car in front of me to stop." The person in front of Gillianren may or may not have had a valid reason, but she did.
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    Simon's going to have to miss his cousin's birthday party today, because he woke us up throwing up. Even if he feels better, Chuck E. Cheese is not somewhere I'm going to take him in less than three hours.
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    My brother just rang to say that his wife's brother had died of a probable heart attack. That is sad enough for her family, especially his wife & children. (I would only see him once every three or four years so he was not a particular friend of mine).

    However, what makes it even more confronting is that he died on a visit to the Falkland Islands. I haven't got the full story but I assume that he and his wife were on a voyage to the Antarctic as those often stop-over in the Falkland & South Georgia Islands. Anyway, it appears that his wife is now stranded on the Falkland Islands. I assume he was taken to the local hospital and the ship departed.

    Apparently there are only a couple of flights a week from there and she may have to try to get on a military flight to London and then travel home to Perth. So not only has she lost her husband of some 40 years but has a horrendously complicated, and long, path to get herself and his remains back here.

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    That is very tough and sad ozduck. I wish her the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swift View Post
    That is very tough and sad ozduck. I wish her the best.
    Thanks, apparently they were on an excursion to see the penguins on West Falkland (?) when he had the heart attack. They helicoptered him to the hospital on the main island but nothing could be done. The ship had to sail on and she was left behind. My sister -in-law has been in contact with her and she said that the islanders and military people have been fantastic and have done all that they can possibly do to help her out - so that is good to hear.

    She will probably travel back to Australia to see her children without his remains and they will be repatriated once all the formal paperwork can be completed. At the moment she is hoping to get a "lift" on the weekly RAF flight to the UK and return from there.

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    Good to here the locals have been helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astrotimer View Post
    Good to here the locals have been helpful.
    Yes, what an incredibly difficult situation she must be in.

    Not to sound uncaring, but if they paid for the trip with a credit card, the company may have insurance to help pay for things in situations like this.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    Yes, what an incredibly difficult situation she must be in.

    Not to sound uncaring, but if they paid for the trip with a credit card, the company may have insurance to help pay for things in situations like this.


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    Not uncaring at all. I also wondered about Travel Insurance. They were pretty experienced travelers so I would assume that the would have taken out appropriate insurance - either through their credit card or via an insurance policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    Not uncaring at all. I also wondered about Travel Insurance. They were pretty experienced travelers so I would assume that the would have taken out appropriate insurance - either through their credit card or via an insurance policy.
    Every remote trip like that we've been on (and we've been on a dozen or more) we've first had to demonstrate that we had a suitable insurance policy for medical emergencies and repatriation. With the best will in the world, the tour company and ship operator don't want to find themselves responsible, by default, for such things.
    And the RAF are generally very good at stepping into the breach in these situations - "Call it an exercise and get on with it," is the philosophy I've heard.

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    I doubt the credit card company will have anything in place to cover a medical emergency like this. Travel insurance should cover it, and as Grant says, it is standard that the travel company make sure you have cover. There are regular flights from Stanley to Chile but that might not be any easier.

    "We have to fly somewhere, it might as well be there" also covers it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heid the Ba' View Post
    I doubt the credit card company will have anything in place to cover a medical emergency like this. Travel insurance should cover it, and as Grant says, it is standard that the travel company make sure you have cover. There are regular flights from Stanley to Chile but that might not be any easier.

    "We have to fly somewhere, it might as well be there" also covers it.
    As you are aware Credit Card companies operate differently around the world. In Australia, if you have at least a "Gold" card you will probably have "complimentary" travel insurance included if you purchase your travel on that card. Overseas travel is seen as a fairly normal occurrence and card companies use the included insurance as a sweetener to encourage use of their product.

    For example my card has sufficient travel insurance that I am even comfortable travelling to the USA relying on that insurance - the US is recognised in Oz as requiring the highest level of Travel Insurance. The travel insurance included with these cards is offered via major insurance companies and covers the same things as "normal" travel insurance, including emergency medical evacuations or repatriation of remains. In my case I have only ever made one claim - for my wife losing her sunglasses in Malaysia and it was settled promptly.

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    I stand corrected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    At the moment she is hoping to get a "lift" on the weekly RAF flight to the UK and return from there.
    Is it a direct flight? That sounds like a long distance to fly nonstop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Is it a direct flight? That sounds like a long distance to fly nonstop.
    Don't think there is a stop, if it is military they could refuel in flight maybe.
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    They usually stop at Ascension Island.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    They usually stop at Ascension Island.

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    That is what I found as well. They fly to Brize Norton RAF airbase, which I see is about 17 miles from Oxford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heid the Ba' View Post
    I stand corrected.
    Sorry if it seemed like I was trying to "correct" you in a pedantic manner. It is just that I have seen, on other sites, that UK based credit cards companies seem to operate very differently than those in Australia and I was trying to clarify how ours operate with regards to travel insurance..

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    Got an e-mail from my mother yesterday that she has "too many commitments" to attend Irene's first birthday party. Does anyone want a couple of cute "adopted" grandchildren?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozduck View Post
    That is what I found as well. They fly to Brize Norton RAF airbase, which I see is about 17 miles from Oxford.
    Yes, Brize Norton is the RAF's Strategic and Tactical Air Transport hub, so the long-haul flights go in there. Part of their motto is "Assist in times of crisis."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gillianren View Post
    Got an e-mail from my mother yesterday that she has "too many commitments" to attend Irene's first birthday party. Does anyone want a couple of cute "adopted" grandchildren?
    I'd gladly take the role of "adopted" uncle, if I lived anywhere near you. Sorry to hear your mom is so "overcommitted"

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJSF View Post
    I'd gladly take the role of "adopted" uncle, if I lived anywhere near you. Sorry to hear your mom is so "overcommitted"
    She's retired, too.
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    This is much more than an annoyance but it was the closest existing thread I readily came across. Our dog Kroger is at the vet for a splenectomy. He’s a gimpy guy in the back legs due to arthritis and last night it seemed worse after his last potty break of the night. He seemed very uncomfortable and had difficulty getting out of bed. We assumed that he slipped or fell on the ice, as he had done a couple of years ago.

    I took him to the vet this morning and he initially agreed that he likely aggravated his arthritis but performed a precautionary ultrasound of his gut. He found a growth on it that may well be benign but he explained they can cause a life threatening hemorrhage and indeed, he had what appeared to be a small amount of blood in his gut. He said it wasn’t an emergency but that it could be and without much warning. So, surgery. Today.

    He may come home tonight or possibly stay over.
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    It can be difficult when a family member is not doing well.
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    I wish Kroger and his family a speedy recovery.
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    There's nothing quite like a loyal dog. I wish him well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Yes, Brize Norton is the RAF's Strategic and Tactical Air Transport hub, so the long-haul flights go in there. Part of their motto is "Assist in times of crisis."

    Grant Hutchison
    Well, I am pleased to say that they did live up to their motto. She got a flight to the UK with them and will arrive back in Australia tomorrow evening - Sunday 21/1

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