Have you ever felt your life was in danger

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I have a sec to elaborate. I've told pretty much all these stories here over the years but never all together. In the mid '70's coming home from San Jose to Sacramento on Interstate-5 a semi hit my parent's Celica hatchback (which had both my little sister and I fast asleep in the back) and pushed it off the side of a bridge overpass with about a 30 - 40 foot drop. The car was half hanging off this bridge and the firetruck and towtruck had to pull us back before we all fell to our deaths, we all had to stay inside the vehicle until it was safely pulled out. In the late '70's I was with my parents up around Lake Tahoe near the start of Spring and we were near a flowing stream that was still covered in ice, there was about a 20 foot area where it was indented and I got too close and slid all the way down to the water, breaking through the ice and started being sucked down under the water. The current and undertow were unbelievably strong. I strayed away from where my parents were so nobody could hear me yell and scream. No idea how I fought trough the current and didn't get sucked up under and die that day, I should have been dead. In the mid-'80's I was at a house party in G-Parkway in Sacramento (ghetto ass) and everything was cool until some fools nobody knew rolled up and started causing trouble. At least one of the guys got smacked and they all left, but within about 10 minutes there were two cars full of fools creeping up slow with their lights off, I was outside talking to this honey but we both knew immediately what was about to happen, we both ducked into the fence area of the next door unit when it all started jumping off. Just like the 4th of July guns started popping. I'd say at least 60 - 80 rounds went off, unloading into the townhouse. Amazing nobody died but I think 6 or 7 people were shot and needed immediate medical attention. In the early '90's when I was still dating my current wife I took her up to this awesome area down Jones Fork Creek in the Sierra Nevadas between Icehouse and Union Valley Reservoir, for us to go fishing and watch the sun set. As soon as the sun went down while it was still light outside we started making our way back, as we got into the denser part of the woods around the stream I had us head up the hill from the creek as it was getting darker. Within a minute I stepped on a broken tree limb on the ground and when I looked up I immediately noticed something else moved not too far from us, maybe 20 - 25 feet, and looked it's way. This is when i locked eyes with what looked to be a 500 - 600 pound black bear. It was sitting on top of a log with those fucking dead animal eyes like I was a fucking sandwich. First real time in my life I was really, genuinely afraid with no mechanism to cope with it. It was the look in the thing's eyes, wild crazy huge yellow looking animal eyes. The only thing I could think to do was grab my wife's hand and head back down to the creek and continue as fast as we could back to my truck. I could hear shit moving in back of us but never looked back to see if it was following. Wifey was hella pissed when we finally got to the truck and I told her what happened. In the mid-90's I was working two jobs, going from one to another when I was going down a 45 mile per hour industrial area strip and saw a 53 foot semi truck almost stopped in the left lane looking like it was going to turn left, so I went into the right lane to pass. Literally about 20 - 30 feet away the truck driver flips a hard right directly in front of me and I'm cruising around 50 miles per hour. A second before impact, not sure I know why, I involuntarily laid down on the seats and pulled my hands down. Just like the movies I hit the bottom of the trailer and sheered off the entire top of the cab of my truck, and took out the top of the steering wheel. I would say I was about 3 - 4 seconds away from being decapitated from the shoulders up if I hadn't reacted and laid down. Man, it's amazing how fast someone can type if they already know what they're going to say.
 
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A few times. A couple of those it was actually in danger, a couple it could have turned that way as s possibility and a couple it probably wasn't.

I wrote this incident on another site on a similar thread. If I can find the full post I wrote I'll put it up here as I think I described it well. Like I think @AntG mentioned mine was also at Caldwell Park. At a track meet with my uncle, grandad, brother and cousin who were both very young.

We'd spent the day watching car racing, and finally got to the perfect spot to see the start finish line of the final big race of the day. Now I'm going to have to ask my uncle exactly what the details of the day was and what happened just to get a few details I can't seem to fit right. What I do know is that he had forgotten his camera that day, as well as being into Motorsport he took photos. That meant we took up a position slightly away from the perfect photography spot. This I think saved at least his life. The cars lined up two by two, but quickly became three by three as they picked up speed. Unfortunately the track kinda funneled them back to two by two and that is where the mass collision happened. The image is still very clear, just an explosion of muck and debris from the central reservation and car parts flying as other cars went into each other or past each other. My grandad threw himself Infront of us kids to shield us, as he did I saw a huge tyre fly off. It only lasted a few seconds I guess. I have no Idea. The area where we would have been stood was smashed to bits, one guy was on the floor in a real bad way receiving medical attention. I've seen a few crashes since, but nothing to compare to that. The sound of thought cars is amazing and loud, do imagine 20 of them and then them crashing.

Almost got hit by a car while on my bike. I didn't check if anything was coming while crossing a road going full pelt. A car turned in and I somehow managed to miss is by inches. Also did a jump of some sort then rode like fuck for ages til my heart stopped pounding. Think my initial speed got me out of the way. For a second I thought I was a gonna.

I have had a couple of occasions as an adult where I've lost a lot of blood. During one of them I thought I was done. I'd not realised the severity of the situation or amount of blood I was losing and couldn't stop it. Took me a long time to get over that.

Had Sepsis and took an awfully bad turn spends a few days in hospital. My memory of that time is fairly hazy, but at some point during the illness I thought I'd fucked it. Apparently the people around me were quite worried too.
 
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A few times. A couple of those it was actually in danger, a couple it could have turned that way as s possibility and a couple it probably wasn't.

I wrote this incident on another site on a similar thread. If I can find the full post I wrote I'll put it up here as I think I described it well. Like I think @AntG mentioned mine was also at Caldwell Park. At a track meet with my uncle, grandad, brother and cousin who were both very young.

We'd spent the day watching car racing, and finally got to the perfect spot to see the start finish line of the final big race of the day. Now I'm going to have to ask my uncle exactly what the details of the day was and what happened just to get a few details I can't seem to fit right. What I do know is that he had forgotten his camera that day, as well as being into Motorsport he took photos. That meant we took up a position slightly away from the perfect photography spot. This I think saved at least his life. The cars lined up two by two, but quickly became three by three as they picked up speed. Unfortunately the track kinda funneled them back to two by two and that is where the mass collision happened. The image is still very clear, just an explosion of muck and debris from the central reservation and car parts flying as other cars went into each other or past each other. My grandad threw himself Infront of us kids to shield us, as he did I saw a huge tyre fly off. It only lasted a few seconds I guess. I have no Idea. The area where we would have been stood was smashed to bits, one guy was on the floor in a real bad way receiving medical attention. I've seen a few crashes since, but nothing to compare to that. The sound of thought cars is amazing and loud, do imagine 20 of them and then them crashing.

Almost got hit by a car while on my bike. I didn't check if anything was coming while crossing a road going full pelt. A car turned in and I somehow managed to miss is by inches. Also did a jump of some sort then rode like fuck for ages til my heart stopped pounding. Think my initial speed got me out of the way. For a second I thought I was a gonna.

I have had a couple of occasions as an adult where I've lost a lot of blood. During one of them I thought I was done. I'd not realised the severity of the situation or amount of blood I was losing and couldn't stop it. Took me a long time to get over that.

Had Sepsis and took an awfully bad turn spends a few days in hospital. My memory of that time is fairly hazy, but at some point during the illness I thought I'd fucked it. Apparently the people around me were quite worried too.
Know a guy who nearly died of sepsis. Collapsed at home, lucky he was found in time.

Came from a tiny cut.
 
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February 2020 - Doncaster Royal Infirmary - "Mr Trail you have approximately six months to live, you must now stop drinking alcohol to try and avoid this"
February 2020 - Doncaster Royal Infirmary the day after - "Mr Trail the average life expectancy of a person whose liver is in the state yours is in...is six months, you must stop drinking"

4 doctors, 1 consultant and 1 senior drug and alcohol nurse told me this within 36 hours. The alcohol nurse (very fit) has been in the business 20 years and she said my liver was/is in the worst state she'd ever seen.

I'm not sure if this is feeling like my life was in danger, but it's pretty much up there. At the time I was told I couldn't give a fucking shit, they could have taken me and buried my there and then. I cared not one iota, it didn't matter to me, I wasn't bothered at all. It's when I returned to the four walls that is my one bedroom flat after discharge, nobody around me, not even a little lassie Staffy dog to snuggle up to, that it hit me...like a bus.

20th January 2020 - last time I touched anything close to alcohol. I guess I dodged a bullet there. Mine's a pint of blackcurrant and soda, please.
 

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Know a guy who nearly died of sepsis. Collapsed at home, lucky he was found in time.

Came from a tiny cut.
When I burned half my foot off I was down to get Sepsis if I'd have left my visit to the Burns Unit much longer. I have the picture of my foot posted on here somewhere I think.
 

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A few times. A couple of those it was actually in danger, a couple it could have turned that way as s possibility and a couple it probably wasn't.

I wrote this incident on another site on a similar thread. If I can find the full post I wrote I'll put it up here as I think I described it well. Like I think @AntG mentioned mine was also at Caldwell Park. At a track meet with my uncle, grandad, brother and cousin who were both very young.

We'd spent the day watching car racing, and finally got to the perfect spot to see the start finish line of the final big race of the day. Now I'm going to have to ask my uncle exactly what the details of the day was and what happened just to get a few details I can't seem to fit right. What I do know is that he had forgotten his camera that day, as well as being into Motorsport he took photos. That meant we took up a position slightly away from the perfect photography spot. This I think saved at least his life. The cars lined up two by two, but quickly became three by three as they picked up speed. Unfortunately the track kinda funneled them back to two by two and that is where the mass collision happened. The image is still very clear, just an explosion of muck and debris from the central reservation and car parts flying as other cars went into each other or past each other. My grandad threw himself Infront of us kids to shield us, as he did I saw a huge tyre fly off. It only lasted a few seconds I guess. I have no Idea. The area where we would have been stood was smashed to bits, one guy was on the floor in a real bad way receiving medical attention. I've seen a few crashes since, but nothing to compare to that. The sound of thought cars is amazing and loud, do imagine 20 of them and then them crashing.

Almost got hit by a car while on my bike. I didn't check if anything was coming while crossing a road going full pelt. A car turned in and I somehow managed to miss is by inches. Also did a jump of some sort then rode like fuck for ages til my heart stopped pounding. Think my initial speed got me out of the way. For a second I thought I was a gonna.

I have had a couple of occasions as an adult where I've lost a lot of blood. During one of them I thought I was done. I'd not realised the severity of the situation or amount of blood I was losing and couldn't stop it. Took me a long time to get over that.

Had Sepsis and took an awfully bad turn spends a few days in hospital. My memory of that time is fairly hazy, but at some point during the illness I thought I'd fucked it. Apparently the people around me were quite worried too.
Although it's only slightly related to your experience NSFW I trust you've seen the F1 footage of the fire extinguisher guy getting killed on the track. Dangerous things those cars. I've never been to F1 (or 2, 3, 4, 5) or bike racing, but if there wasn't huge fences and crash barriers around a track you could expect more deaths. Remember that footage (last year I think) where that F1 car basically flew through the air and landed in the stands. I can't remember who it was but it was all over the news. @AntG might know if you don't know. I could google it but it's a bit morbid for late Saturday night.
 
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February 2020 - Doncaster Royal Infirmary - "Mr Trail you have approximately six months to live, you must now stop drinking alcohol to try and avoid this"
February 2020 - Doncaster Royal Infirmary the day after - "Mr Trail the average life expectancy of a person whose liver is in the state yours is in...is six months, you must stop drinking"

4 doctors, 1 consultant and 1 senior drug and alcohol nurse told me this within 36 hours. The alcohol nurse (very fit) has been in the business 20 years and she said my liver was/is in the worst state she'd ever seen.

I'm not sure if this is feeling like my life was in danger, but it's pretty much up there. At the time I was told I couldn't give a fucking shit, they could have taken me and buried my there and then. I cared not one iota, it didn't matter to me, I wasn't bothered at all. It's when I returned to the four walls that is my one bedroom flat after discharge, nobody around me, not even a little lassie Staffy dog to snuggle up to, that it hit me...like a bus.

20th January 2020 - last time I touched anything close to alcohol. I guess I dodged a bullet there. Mine's a pint of blackcurrant and soda, please.
Good for you, keep it up buddy.
 
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Good for you, keep it up buddy.
Thanks, Bob. I won't go back there. I had a (telephone) hospital appointment Wednesday (they're not seeing anyone in person). I asked the doctor whether it would be possible for me to drink responsibly in the future. He just said to me that from this day on I should consider myself a life long teetotaller. Sobering, quite literally.
 
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Although it's only slightly related to your experience NSFW I trust you've seen the F1 footage of the fire extinguisher guy getting killed on the track. Dangerous things those cars. I've never been to F1 (or 2, 3, 4, 5) or bike racing, but if there wasn't huge fences and crash barriers around a track you could expect more deaths. Remember that footage (last year I think) where that F1 car basically flew through the air and landed in the stands. I can't remember who it was but it was all over the news. @AntG might know if you don't know. I could google it but it's a bit morbid for late Saturday night.
I don't know about that incident but there was an accident at Le Mans back in the 50's when a car flew into the crowd and killed 84 people.
 
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I don't know about that incident but there was an accident at Le Mans back in the 50's when a car flew into the crowd and killed 84 people.
Shit, I didn't know that.

Might have to fast forward a bit in this video...

 

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Shit, I didn't know that.

Might have to fast forward a bit in this video...

Oh yeah I remember that, that was the Macau Grand Prix, I've been over there a couple of times as one of my mates used to race bikes on that track.
 
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Oh yeah I remember that, that was the Macau Grand Prix, I've been over there a couple of times as one of my mates used to race bikes on that track.
Trying not to derail a thread here, but I guess you've been around in the motor sports world. I'm jealous.
 

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Although it's only slightly related to your experience NSFW I trust you've seen the F1 footage of the fire extinguisher guy getting killed on the track. Dangerous things those cars. I've never been to F1 (or 2, 3, 4, 5) or bike racing, but if there wasn't huge fences and crash barriers around a track you could expect more deaths. Remember that footage (last year I think) where that F1 car basically flew through the air and landed in the stands. I can't remember who it was but it was all over the news. @AntG might know if you don't know. I could google it but it's a bit morbid for late Saturday night.

Seen a few bits of footage of racing crashes over the years. I try to avoid them. Sure the one you described is one of the famous ones, they merge together. It's something I try blot out of my mind. I'm KO good with that sort of thing.
 
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Seen a few bits of footage of racing crashes over the years. I try to avoid them. Sure the one you described is one of the famous ones, they merge together. It's something I try blot out of my mind. I'm KO good with that sort of thing.
I have a similar filter on my brain which blacks out anything to do with animal cruelty. I just stop thinking about it instinctively as my head just can't deal with it at all. I've trained my brain to shut down. I love dogs more than humans, and that's the gospel - can't bear anything wrong to happen to any dog.

Although I'm not a dog eater (that's for the Chinese) I should probably go Vegan because of my animal love (and Morrissey adoration) unfortunately I like bacon sandwiches and steak and chicken and mincemeat too much. I am a pussy.

edit: strange thing re: F1 is that the crashes are part of the entertainment. I guess 20,000 people baying for Gerald McClellan's blood after the first round of the NB fight is just the same. Rubbernecking.
 
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I have a similar filter on my brain which blacks out anything to do with animal cruelty. I just stop thinking about it instinctively as my head just can't deal with it at all. I've trained my brain to shut down. I love dogs more than humans, and that's the gospel - can't bear anything wrong to happen to any dog.

Although I'm not a dog eater (that's for the Chinese) I should probably go Vegan because of my animal love (and Morrissey adoration) unfortunately I like bacon sandwiches and steak and chicken and mincemeat too much. I am a pussy.

edit: strange thing re: F1 is that the crashes are part of the entertainment. I guess 20,000 people baying for Gerald McClellan's blood after the first round of the NB fight is just the same. Rubbernecking.
I'm the same with animals.

I went vegetarian when I was in my early 20's. I still haven't went fully vegan though even though I believe it is the right thing to do, and that's just laziness and selfishness on my part.

I never comment on people who eat meat however, not unless they ask me specifically, or it involves endangered animals or extreme cruelty.

Re motorsports. I don't follow them so can't comment on that.

With boxing however, I like it despite the injuries. I always hope no one gets hurt, and I am usually quick to call for the ref to stop a fight.

I do love violence and fighting though. I loved to fight when I was younger. I loved boxing too, was never happier than when I was in the ring, didn't like the training and discipline so much though.

I also love watching violence. Boxing, mma, kickboxing, street fights, martial arts movies. Anything with real or fake fighting.

I'm a really calm, quiet guy, and I wouldn't fight now unless I had absolutely no choice, but there is always going to be part of me that just loves a tear up. I suspect a lot of us on here are the same.
 
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I'm the same with animals.

I went vegetarian when I was in my early 20's. I still haven't went fully vegan though even though I believe it is the right thing to do, and that's just laziness and selfishness on my part.

I never comment on people who eat meat however, not unless they ask me specifically, or it involves endangered animals or extreme cruelty.

Re motorsports. I don't follow them so can't comment on that.

With boxing however, I like it despite the injuries. I always hope no one gets hurt, and I am usually quick to call for the ref to stop a fight.

I do love violence and fighting though. I loved to fight when I was younger. I loved boxing too, was never happier than when I was in the ring, didn't like the training and discipline so much though.

I also love watching violence. Boxing, mma, kickboxing, street fights, martial arts movies. Anything with real or fake fighting.

I'm a really calm, quiet guy, and I wouldn't fight now unless I had absolutely no choice, but there is always going to be part of me that just loves a tear up. I suspect a lot of us on here are the same.
Out of that lot above (combat sports) I'm only boxing (bit old fashioned) can't get into MMA despite trying, kickboxing, etc the same - just a preference. You're absolutely correct about the tear up thing, once it all starts to kick off in a boxing ring it's a ridiculous rush. Same thing that has kept me screaming at TVs on fight night for plenty of years.

I know nothing about motor sports to address your other point, either. Barry Sheene, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton is about my limit. I probably know less about F1/motorsports than I do rugby, and my rugby knowledge is embarrassing. It'll not be my specialist subject on Mastermind.
 
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