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BS: Closest Encounter to Death

SamStone 02 Jun 19 - 05:50 PM
Big Al Whittle 02 Jun 19 - 07:04 PM
Mrrzy 02 Jun 19 - 07:35 PM
punkfolkrocker 02 Jun 19 - 09:13 PM
wysiwyg 02 Jun 19 - 10:06 PM
Joe Offer 02 Jun 19 - 11:43 PM
robomatic 03 Jun 19 - 12:15 AM
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Subject: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: SamStone
Date: 02 Jun 19 - 05:50 PM

Closest encounter with death was being hit by shrapnel in Vietnam while running to help a friend who was just hit. that was 55 years ago...that was yesterday.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 02 Jun 19 - 07:04 PM

Golden Valley Working Mens Club, Stoke on Trent.

We were a country and western duo who didn't know Folsom Prison Blues, or Crystal Chandeliers, or Okie from Muskogee.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: Mrrzy
Date: 02 Jun 19 - 07:35 PM

Malaria.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 02 Jun 19 - 09:13 PM

saved from drowning in a deep fishing pond when I was 5 or 6...

and.. crossing a railway line very drunk in my early 40s...


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: wysiwyg
Date: 02 Jun 19 - 10:06 PM

Too numerous and too long for Mudcat.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Jun 19 - 11:43 PM

I was walking with my three kids on the Pacific beach at Santa Cruz, California. It must have been about March, because the weather was blustery and chilly. My oldest son was maybe 7, my daughter about 4, and the youngest son about a year old and riding in a backpack. We saw lots of people wading across a river or creek that was flowing across the beach into the ocean - I'm think it must have been the San Lorenzo River near the Boardwalk. The water wasn't up to their knees, so it looked safe; and we went across.

We couldn't have been ten feet off the path the other people were taking, but the water got deep quick, and the current made me lose my footing - with a baby in a backpack and us all wearing winter clothing. I held onto both kids and somehow grabbed the last, barnacle-covered rock as we were being washed out to sea. I held on for dear life, but couldn't get out of the water. Some teenagers came and helped us out, and we were safe.

But it sure was scary.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: robomatic
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 12:15 AM

I had a somewhat similar experience on an Alaska hike with friends. It was July in the 80s and we were in I am not kidding The Musical Mountains. We hiked in on Organ Glacier, most of us went up Calliope and Eagle Peak and on the way out we had to cross Eagle River which was well braided but the final braid was deep and fast and cold as fresh ice melt can be. We roped each person and they crossed on a tippy well positioned log. Well, it was too tippy for me and I went into the water with a heavy pack on. I hold it against Bledsoe that he took my photo before he hauled me out. I'd lost a lot of feeling in my limbs and on the final six miles to the end of trail I wanted to stop and sleep, but no one would let me. I don't think I'd have died because I was on land and it was July, but the folks who were with me wanted to take a chance. When we got to the parked cars, someone had gone ahead and picked up a six pack of cola. I could feel the sugary fluid turning into heat in my gut, the transition from refrigerated lassitude to some sort of awareness and volitional motion was pretty fast. I think I was even able to drive home.

I had to go into work the next day. Ten hour days doing 4 days a week. I zoned out with my head propped on the screen. I was working for a martinet but he didn't show up that day.

Ah, youth!


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: BobL
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 02:30 AM

Measles at the age of 6. Don't remember much about it beyond being hospitalised, but I was later told it was pretty serious.

More recently, some worrying symptoms gave me reason to contemplate my mortality. Fortunately they turned out to be not what I had feared, but I ended up feeling I had looked death in the face from a safe distance, and was a better person for having done so.

And at least my Will is now written, along with suggested funeral details!


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: Mr Red
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 04:40 AM

Not been near.............





yet


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: Mrrzy
Date: 03 Jun 19 - 09:01 AM

Wysiwyg, pick the one closest of the many, *or* the best story?


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 04 Jun 19 - 01:54 PM

I was in my early 20s and working as the manager at an independent grocery store. Part of the end-of-day routine was taking the day's receipts to the owner's house a few miles away. I was making the drive when a pickup truck pulled out of a driveway, blocking my way. I was cussing the driver for a blind idiot when a guy wearing a stocking over his face and carrying a 12 gauge shotgun jumped out of the passenger side, stuck the gun in my face and said, "Give me the money!" I did.

Obviously, the guy didn't shoot me or I wouldn't be posting this, but I've often reflected on how easily things could have gone the other way. If the gunman had developed a slippery trigger finger, decided he wanted no witnesses, or simply had less regard for human life, I'd be long dead.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: DMcG
Date: 04 Jun 19 - 01:58 PM

One of my closest was when I was doing some woodwork at school with a friend. We were using a vertically mounted drill and were chatting as we turned it on. We hadn't removed the chuck key, which flew between our heads and embedded itself in the wall behind us.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: MikeL2
Date: 04 Jun 19 - 02:29 PM

hi

My first meal they served me with on joining the Air Force yuk.. 1952

Cheers

MikeL2


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: punkfolkrocker
Date: 04 Jun 19 - 03:06 PM

That wasn't too long after my dad left the RAF..
He was ground crew, apparently in a top secret underground radar bunker.. so he said...

The only post WW2 / Cold War near death militry story he told me
was when he got in an argument with a prostitute
who pulled a service revolver on him...

How true that was, I'll never know...???


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: MikeL2
Date: 05 Jun 19 - 09:46 AM

HI PR

I too was ground staff. I was a radio and radar ground to air technician.

I was awarded a medal......yes.... I was first in the Naafi Queue

for most weeks.....lol

Was sent out to Suez in 1956 crisis. But by the time we got there the crisis was over. Never saw any action.

Cheers

Mike


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: gillymor
Date: 05 Jun 19 - 10:47 AM

40 years ago I layed down my Moto Guzzi on the GW Parkway after spinning out on some wet leaves and skidded about 200 ft. down a long hill. Thanks to the crash bars I wound up with minimal damage to the bike and my boots but thought I was a goner.
About 10 years before that I was on a "beginner" rock face along the Potomac river and after clearing the crack at the beginning that didn't look too difficult I found myself about 35' up where the face smoothed out and I didn't see any easy handholds. After a moment of panic and indecision (I contemplated jumping and trying to land on my feet) I screwed up my courage and scrambled up the last 20 feet. The last time I ever climbed without belay.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 05 Jun 19 - 09:26 PM

Twice, both due to medical errors or incompetence.

1. While in high school I was hospitalized with something that needed to be diagnosed. The family doctor thought it must be mononucleosis and gave me a med that sent me into convulsions. He hadn't waited for blood test results which showed I had hepatitis--there were no distinctions between different strains of hep back then, but it probably was from shellfish taken from unclean waters. I had a near-death experience during the convulsions--not the light at the end of the tunnel but the one in which I seemed to be hovering just below the ceiling, looking down and watching and hearing everything. The doctor was stunned when, later, I could quote him, including him telling an as-yet-unqualified person to give me an injection to stop the convulsions.

2. I went for my first routine colonoscopy. The doctor perforated my colon. That was followed by a month in an induced coma, coming out of it while on a ventilator, needing a tracheostomy after being on the ventilator so long, starting physical therapy with wiggling my fingers and toes, being dropped by two nurses who insisted I needed to sit in a chair on a holiday when no therapists were working, being transferred to a rehabilitation hospital for 3 hours daily of physical and occupational therapy, being sent home while still using a walker, getting more therapy at home, then walking outdoors and eventually joining my local YMCA so I could continue to regain the ability to do what normal people do.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: Jos
Date: 06 Jun 19 - 06:06 AM

The 'hovering just below the ceiling, looking down and watching' is an out-of-body experience, and not necessarily associated with being near death.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: Mrrzy
Date: 06 Jun 19 - 09:48 AM

I am enjoying this thread. Wish I remembered more anout having malaria... One story is I had a puffed-out belly like pictures of starving children in Africa, where we were...


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: gillymor
Date: 06 Jun 19 - 10:31 AM

Oh and another time, maybe 20 years ago I was wade fishing inside of Sebastian Inlet (FL) during a spring tide when the sand gave way and I swept through the pass with the very powerful current. It was close to dusk and the shark fisherman were on the bridge catwalk floating their baits out with the tide under balloons and when I got among them I thought I might become the blue plate special but after the rush of the current weakened as I got further from the bridge I was able to swim (one-handed as I was clutching a very valuable fly rod) to the shallow flat bordering the pass.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Jun 19 - 12:49 PM

Mrr, no thanks. PTSD.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 07 Jun 19 - 09:54 AM

On my 60th birthday I was in hospital with very severe anaemia and had to have a blood trasfusion. I was told later that in a matter of days I would have become critical! Leading up to that I had a number of close shaves due to falling asleep at the wheel of my car :-( The anaemia had made my existing apnea exhaustion 10 times worse.

All sorted now I'm glad to say but they never did get to the bottom of where my red blood cells had gone!


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 07 Jun 19 - 10:23 AM

One night at college, some of the guys were having a light your own farts competition. One kid, a born again God botherer called Pete Something, did the deed without wearing his underpants - and he got blowback. They had to take to him to hospital with internal burning.

Several of us nearly died laughing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: robomatic
Date: 07 Jun 19 - 09:00 PM

Sounds like something the current God botherer in the Oval Office would try. . . in the Oval Office.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: SamStone
Date: 07 Jun 19 - 10:54 PM

as bad as vietnam...my ex and her two knuckle draggin' brothers took a dim view when i said their mother was batshit fuckin' crazy...no sense of humor at all...half quart of vodka helped a lot.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: beachcomber
Date: 08 Jun 19 - 08:02 AM

Back around 1982, driving en route to Kinsale on a camping trip, I skidded on the grass margin of the road. I had attempted to pick up a dropped cigarette from the car floor and veered slightly, putting the left side wheels on grass. The traction of the driver side wheels put me into collision with a stone fence. The car crashed and turned several somersaults across the road and came to rest on the roof with the booth against a stone pier. I was thrown through the windscreen onto the grass margin on that side, unconscious but , apart from a torn trousers and a cut on my thigh - unmarked. I came to in a hospital, lying on a kind of daybed/trolly in a deserted room. After about a half hour I got up and, meeting no-one, walked out and hailed a taxi to complete my journey.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 08 Jun 19 - 11:10 AM

The first time I flew 1968(well, to be accurate the second, it was the return leg) we burst a tyre on takeoff which jammed the landing gear. After many shenanigans we landed back in UK (from US) on a carpet of foam, followed by fire engines at an angle to favour the good tyre and no fire, no need for forced evacuation. Thanks, pilot. Then I was in A&E with undiagnosed sepsis a couple of years ago with all my vital signs dropping until they put me on intravenous antibiotics.
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: Bill D
Date: 08 Jun 19 - 02:00 PM

Several scary episodes in cars come to mind...

Was in high school riding with two guys to a swimming hole. The driver was a hot-shot who put his foot down and just went hell-for-leather. Up ahead was a car halfway on the pavement of our 2-lane highway..(I guess it had engine trouble).... A car appeared coming the other way. I 'almost' said something when Gary suddenly said.."That car's not moving!", and whipped the wheel (with one hand) to the left, then to the right, missing the stopped car, but sending the oncoming car veering onto the shoulder!
   The entire thing took about 4 seconds, and Gary never said another word and just kept going.

I heard later that he became a pilot and was flying jet fighters in the Air Force.

Then, one Winter day on the Beltway around Baltimore, MD, when there were small patches of ice, I was in the center of 3 lanes, doing about 55. Something moved to my left in my peripheral vision and a car came spinning in slow circles ... from the far right lane... just missing me (by maybe 30 ft.) and every other car in all lanes and skidded to a stop way over on the right shoulder. I never had time to slow, dodge of even worry. It was over before I could process it.

In both cases, a second or two difference in timing would have not been pretty.


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 09 Jun 19 - 02:42 AM

...there was an occasion when a WW2 bomb ended up in the cellar of the next-door house but I was only a baby so I don't remember that. It was defused while my mother, aunt and myself were evacuated to stay with grandparents. Dad came home on leave to find the street cordoned off and feared the worst until neighbours told him where we'd gone. no mobile phones in those days!
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Closest Encounter to Death
From: Rapparee
Date: 10 Jun 19 - 09:16 PM

Well, let's see....

Ground guiding a truck driven into a minefield (accidentally) out while walking backwards in the truck's own tracks. It probably wasn't very far in, but it seemed like several miles and years in time.

Rappelling down a 150 foot cliff without a harness and using cotton braided clothesline.

Homemade explosives.

Various bouts of pneumonia, beginning at six months old.

Being shot at by people who didn't even know me.


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