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Is It Worth the Risk? A Moment with Bill Reflection

Updated on June 26, 2015

Montana in a Blur

110 miles per hour.

161 feet per second.

A blur.

Is it worth the risk?

Two guys, in their early twenties, road-testing a 1972 Porsche 914 on a trip from Tacoma, Washington to Fargo, North Dakota. Pedal to the metal, no fear, no sense, no comprehension of what could go wrong. One gust of wind, one wayward jackrabbit, one rock on the roadway, one tire blowout, any number of situations that would launch the car skyward.

The top was down, the aerodynamics a thing of dreams, near-perfect balance, the wind howling like a freight train, and driver and passenger howling like the damned fools they were.

110 miles per hour.

161 feet per second.

A blur.

And then flashing lights behind them, then the sound of a siren, and quickly our heroes calculated how many miles per hour over the Federal speed limit and what that would mean in terms of a ticket if, in fact, they were lucky enough to just get a ticket. $500? More?

“Any idea how fast you two were going, gentlemen?” the cop asked.

“Umm, a little over a hundred, officer,” the driver responded.

“Speed limit in these parts is seventy, son. You were going a tad over that, don’t you think?

“Yessir!”

“Lucky for you we in Montana don’t believe much in Federal laws. Keep in mind, though, that what you’re doing is dangerous. How about you ease off the accelerator a bit and you two can live to talk about this to your grandkids. Here’s a warning. No ticket. You both have a fine day in Montana.”

True story.

Me and my best friend, Frank. We still laugh about it.

Was it worth the risk?

Hell yes!

More guts than common sense
More guts than common sense | Source

Let Me Be Very Clear

"The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks."
Mark Zuckerberg

No, I’m not suggesting you go do a stunt like Frank and I. It’s dangerous for sure. Hell, I’ve done crazier stuff than that, and I’m not suggesting you do those things either.

But…..

Let me tell you about a friend of mine.

We’ll call him Brian.

Brian assesses risk.

That’s not his job; it’s what he does in everyday life before he does anything.

I remember meeting Brian about ten years ago. We had mutual friends and I believe we met at a parade downtown. One thing led to another and eventually Brian and I had coffee and got to talking. While we were having our chat some guy rode by the café on a bike and he wasn’t wearing a bicycle helmet. Oh my God! You should have heard Brian go off about the dangers of riding a bike without a helmet. He quoted insurance statistics, and then he talked about the injuries that can occur, and how helmets save lives, and when he was done I didn’t have the heart to tell him I hated helmets and think they look stupid and I’ve never worn one nor will I ever wear one because I love feeling the wind in my hair and the sense of freedom. I just shut up and let Brian have the stage.

But that wasn’t an isolated incident with Brian. He thinks that way about everything in life. He weighs the risk and then decides whether to do something or not. There is actually a mental process he goes through in determining if something is safe enough to do.

It’s exhausting watching him go through the process. It’s actually painful for me. I want to grab Brian by the shoulders and shake some of that “risk assessment” out of him. I want to scream at him that life is about more than weighing risk.

Life is about living!

Behind the wheel and looking for adventure
Behind the wheel and looking for adventure | Source

Watching Children As a Teacher

Recess duty!

One week per month every teacher at our school would have recess duty. Most teachers hated it because it took them away from the break room and the ever-growing gossip. I loved recess because it took me to the kids in a fun atmosphere.

So standing there watching kids play during recess is educational to say the least. There are always those kids who instinctively throw caution to the wind with any activity. They are the first to toss themselves face-first into potential danger. There seems to be no thought process happening at all. They just dive in and if they get hurt, they get hurt, but as soon as you bandage them up they are right back at it again.

And then there are those who sit on the sidelines assessing risk. They come home from school every single day with no grass stains on their pants. They never have a rip in their shirt. They wouldn’t know adrenalin rush if it smacked them between the eyes. Their parents sleep soundly knowing their little cherub is safe and sound and in no danger of ever taking a chance so great as to risk injury.

BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where are you on that risk spectrum?

Would I do it again?  Hell Yes!
Would I do it again? Hell Yes! | Source

A Reunion

Last week Frank and I got together for the first time in twenty years. He found me online, called me up, and eventually made his way to Olympia and our backyard. We had a great visit. We laughed for a couple hours about the stupid stuff we did as teens and young adults. We shook our heads in wonder that we actually survived some of the stunts we did. And we both agreed that it had been worth the risk.

Because life is meant to be lived, full-throttle, balls to the wall, screw caution and laugh your ass off at the risk you’re facing. Life is supposed to be breathless. It’s supposed to be curly-cues of spine-tingling, sweat on your brow, a catch in your throat, a fleeting thought that you might not survive this latest wild-assed adventure.

My dad used to say you should always have one foot in the comfort zone and one foot in the pee-your-pants zone and then pray for balance.

Our Lives

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light." Dylan Thomas

Should we move to a new home? Should we take that new job offer? Should we risk our savings on a new business venture? Should we change careers? Should we fall in love again? Should we risk heartbreak? Should we face our fears, or should we cower in a corner?

Should we lean more towards the comfort zone or lean heavily on the pee-your-pants zone?

Is there value in both?

I can’t answer for you. I have my hands full just living my own life. I’ve squeezed one hell of a lot of cold sweats into the first sixty-six years, and there’s a good chance I’ll try some more in the years to come.

I know which way I’m leaning

161 feet per second.

A blur!

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eldon! I'm just glad I survived them so I could write about them. :)

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      Eldon Arsenaux 2 years ago from Cooley, Texas

      Dylan Thomas is Boss!

      Enjoyed this read, reminds me of many mad moments on and IN the road (may look young cuz we gotta heart o' gold on the ol' corn road).

      Keep Hubbin Bill- I know you will!

      -E.G.A.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Missy, isn't it funny that when we have kids, our tendency towards risk seems to diminish drastically? I know it did for me. Oh well, I still have memories of the old days when it was hit or miss whether I would survive a crazy stunt. :) Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      In my young years' childhood up to my twenties, I think I was a real risk taker. I didn't think too much about how things would affect me or what could happen to me if things went bad. I mean, I think I always knew in the back of my mind it could end badly, but like you suggested in your article; Life is about Living!!

      Although, now that I have children, I think I've become somewhat of an old fuddy duddy! lol...I have lost several in my life from careless actions, and worry about my own children. However, I still agree with living life to the fullest and being brave, so I'm always struggling with this.

      I can say, with my writing, I think I'm finding my courage and bravery again. At least when it comes to myself. lol.

      I love the story with the cop. You don't find cops like that anymore!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond, I love that phrase...mollycoddled wimps....but I don't love the fact that it appears to be true.

      Where's the fun without the risk?

      Maybe my head is on crooked. LOL

      Thank you for the visit.

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      I loved this Bill. I tend to make major decisions without thinking them through. Sometimes it works out and other times I do a 'what was I thinking?' head slap.

      I would hate to get to old age and regret not having done the things I wanted to do.

      I think society is trying to keep people in a box. We are raising a bunch of mollycoddled wimps, I fear.

      Voted up, shared, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Heidi, it's a good thing if it works for you, which obviously it does. Don't change a thing. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. :)

      Happy July to you, my friend.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      I am also schizoid when it comes to risk. I'm self employed, love my freedom, am insatiably curious and love to experiment. But then there are other times, I'm just like your boy Brian, analyzing all the "what ifs." Maybe that's a good thing to keep me from riding off the rails of reason. :) Voted up and awesome, of course!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry my friend, thanks for taking the time to find me on this holiday weekend. Love it...110 on a Harley....what a tremendous thrill and sense of freedom. Not sure I would do it today but then again, I've still got a wild hair that seems to be uncontrollable at times. LOL

      Happy 4th of July, Larry! Stay safe and happy.

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      Larry Kitzmann 2 years ago

      Knew I would find you on HubPages if I kept looking. As always my friend your writings are much appreciated. Much to identify with here. I've done over 110 on my Harley on U.S. 75 at 3:00s in the a.m. That was just after getting back stateside after 2 tours in Nam. Might have been a death wish thing or a What the Fuck thing not really sure. Been close to death more than once. Life is to be lived, it's really that simple. Yes over the years I've learned to take a little more caution as I do have a wife, kids, and grandchildren whom I hope to keep on enjoying. Just wanted to touch base say HI to a friend and hope that you and Bev are having a great 4th of July. Peace and much love my FRIEND.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora. I'm glad you enjoy my storytelling. :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great story-telling and moralizing! Always a good read and a few thoughts about life and living to think about.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Frank, if that's what you took away then I did my job with my writing. Thank you, buddy!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      I love when you take us down your memory lane.. you reflections entertain us today.. Reflections of Our Past fits snugly into our future.. and thats what I take away from your blur...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Robin! I always appreciate your visits.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS, if there is one reader out there who understands this, it would be you. This life is not meant to be lived on a sofa....moments cannot be wasted like they are a renewable resource.....full speed ahead, my friend, and blessings, love and hugs coming your way.

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      Robin Grosswirth 2 years ago from New York

      You remain a great teacher, even in this forum.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Absolutely, positively agree 100%, bill.

      Embracing each new day, each new event with gusto and throwing caution to the wind is how this walk should be made.

      Did you ever see Last Holiday with Queen Latifah as the star? She was told she had a terminal illness and would die very quickly.

      She had always put off eating those decadent dishes she longed for...as she flipped through a collection of recipes she had...she cried and said "O, should have eaten that, and that...O I should have eaten all of those things."

      Life is not meant to be lived around shoulda' woulda' couldas...not at all.

      So glad that you and Frank had the time to share your risk taking and decide you made the only decision that works.

      Angels are headed your way my dear Friend. Hope you and Bev are simply 'mahvelous.'

      ps Voted up++++

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, as always, you have beautifully summarized the article in your own style, and the truth is there for all to see. Life is a risk by its very definition. We might as well enjoy the ride and experience as much of it as possible.

      Thank you my friend, and may blessings follow you always.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hello Bill Holland.

      Yes, it is worth. If we wouldn't dare, we might never reach desired destination.

      You have done great introduction to the matter of existence,as you always do.

      The life is embedded if not constantly assimilated with the risk. I do not see it differently unless we dare to 'implement' a decision to act upon something viewing only afterwards it was a "risk". Wasnt it " normal for yong men to challenge the road condition with the engine made for the purpose of higher speed ? Or it might be a "lesser risk" for fifteen year boy to pack in a tiny luggage bare necessities and leave parents home going into the 'never been there' before city for self-supporting un- experimented before lifestyle? Wasn't that risk for a couple with two children flying to overseas to take a "job" for the people, with the people never knowing if they even do exist?

      Yet, one more risk we are taking every night going into the bed knowing that most of the dyeing happens in the bed often during the sleep? We are here to take challenges daring to overcome them and live fully not without the risk though.

      Voted interesting.

      Peace and blessings to you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Truer words were never written, Deb. Thank you!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      All I can say is that if you don't do it, you'll never know!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know, Zulma! Some creative license. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Kill something?! A bit of an overreaction but understandable. lol

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, amazingly, I had no idea that 75 miles was the furthest from the sea...my goodness, that is a small island, isn't it? :) I love off-road adventure as well. I just can't afford an off-road vehicle. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I love the image of you and your siblings on the back dashboard.....and riding in the back of the pickup trucks....great fun, waving at people as we drove by, not a care in the world, thinking, in fact, that we owned the world.

      Maybe it's that feeling we should try to recapture.....we own our lives. :)

      blessings and thanks always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, for some reason I'm reminded of a comic I once say....some buzzard with a mean look on his face and he said "Patience my ass. I want to kill something."

      LOL Have a great week my friend.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Waiting for someone to sign you up can be frustrating, but remember, Bill, patience is a virtue.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I don't do bikes. LOL And I actually don't enjoy driving to Portland anymore. So no, it wasn't me. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shyron, I love it....the wild child! No wonder I like you so much. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Word, I did the motorcycle thing as well. No longer for this boy. With motorcycles I have met my match and I concede defeat. LOL I love your statement...the challenge to be the best you can be. Beautiful thought, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Harishprasad, I love what you said about creative souls being reckless. Yes they are...yes we are...and that's how we should always remain as we write our articles. Utterly fearless!

      Thank you for some wonderful thoughts.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Just wondering......was that you and Bev in the bike race in Portland,

      last night? Sure did look like you, two. :-)

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kailey, it definitely still counts. I think rebels are risk-takers. It's a huge risk to be different. Keep on keeping on, my young, rebellious friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great thoughts, Manatita and no, for goodness sake, don't listen to me about risk. LOL I want you all to survive.

      Blessings always

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I love your reflections. You and I will get along just fine if we meet. Risk assessment and then just go for it anyway. LOL Yes indeed.

      I do believe life has prepared me to write. Now I wish it would prepare me to get published soon. :)

      Hot and thundering here. Hope you are having a great Sunday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I've never cracked a rib, let alone fractured one, but it sure doesn't sound like fun to me. Sheez....that might slow me up a bit for sure....then again, I probably wouldn't learn from that, either. LOL

      I hope you're having a superb weekend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rebecca, he did indeed, and I agree with you about our past. I am, in part, the man I am today because of friends like Frank. Thank you for your insights.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I'm sorry to hear your muse is a no-show. Maybe she's just taking the summer off and will return in September. I hope so. In the meantime, enjoy your summer and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, a need for speed....LOL Go fly, baby, fly, and hopefully you'll land smoothly. Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! I doubt you and I are very different. I am more conservative with money. I do like to eat and have a roof over my head, of course. But in all else it's just wing it and hope it works out. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, what a great life it is for sure, my friend. My goodness, I don't understand people who say they are bored. What is that? I don't comprehend the word.

      Still hot...now thunder storms...and it is magical.

      bill

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      Alan R Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Funny things happen to some cameras in rural places, Bill, like paint on the lenses etc. With the heightened terrorist threat in the London area the cameras might do more than one job. When I get away from London, north away from the A1 or A1(M) there are less of them, and then up on the Moors or in the Dales there aren't any until you get to places like Scarborough, Whitby or Middlesbrough and around Teesside...

      You still have the freedom of the road. Unlike in the States where you might drive for fifty or even a hundred miles without seeing anyone, aside from the motorways and A roads we have fairly bendy roads with lots of turn-offs, feeder roads, sharp bends on gradients of 1-in-4 or whatever... Nowhere in England is more than 75 miles from the sea, with Birmingham and its 'spaghetti junction' slap bang in the middle. The centres of Wales, Scotland and Ireland are a lot less far from the sea with lots of long and winding roads, but scenery to make up for it.

      I'd prefer to take a Land Rover off road, down cart tracks and gullies than belt around on motorways, there's more skill involved.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Bill,

      I love this, and I wonder how did we survive this long without wearing helmets and such ...hee hee I don't even remember having a thought to wear a helmet or knee pads back in the day. Not sure if they had such back then and if they did, I probably would have thought ...oh, my, not happening LOL. Well, we survived to live and tell about it.

      I loved your wonderful tale of your life's version of fast and furious! Maybe being so young has something to do with the no fear factor or as I used to say, "We were young and dumb" but we sure did have fun : ) I loved to drive really fast when I was young and still do, but just not as fast. I actually wanted to be a female racecar driver LOL; can you believe it?

      I remember my three siblings and I lying in the back dashboard of our parents big old long tank of a car and living. The way I figure it, is that God has a plan for us to be here this long, and so let's live it to the full. I love the questions you posed here. At this point in life, I do agree we should always take risks to love others no matter what.

      Up and all the way across and away

      I have always loved Tom Petty's music.

      Blessings always

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Bill, I love your "throw caution to the wind" ideas, and I have done that more than a few times. And my grandma (Mamaw) called her wild child, and mama said I should have been a boy.

      Voted up, across the board.

      Blessings

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hey billybuc, You're hilarious. I've taken lots of risks in life. Yes, a motorcycle dare devil, a rollercoaster thrill seeker and "playing the field." Nota, not anymore. There are lessons to be learned from taking risks. Fortunately, I'm still here. Some people don't make it after taking such risks. So, today I have found a better way to enjoy life in order to keep from the state of boredom. It's the challenge to be the best that I can be. I mean realizing the dreams that line up with what God created me to do. I love it. Your hub was very entertaining. Thanks for sharing and voted up!

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      What a great hub about having lived moments of utter recklessness, thrill, courage and defying death ! When I read about you and Frank speeding up on the road with such mind boggling insane craze, it reminded me of young rivers flowing down ferociously making a violent and tumultuous roar.

      Bill, though you spoke of adventures, but this hub meant something vital. You are right, shakes and jolts are necessary instead of sitting idle and doing nothing. I think creative souls are also sometimes utterly reckless in their thoughts and actions to reach at some goals. I love your great message of living a vibrant life, and am still feeling tremors !

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, thanks, Pop. I'm glad I lived long enough for us to become friends.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No sweat, Lea. I think being sick qualifies as a pretty good excuse. :)

      blessings my dear

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, do they even make a van that can go 107? If so, I want it!!!!! LOL Thanks my friend and Happy Weekend to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alan, there are parts of this country that don't see a cop for weeks. I can't imagine having that much scrutiny by the local enforcement. I think I would sell my car and walk. :) Thanks for another visit. Have a superb weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, raising three daughters would be a hair-raising experience, so you qualify for this article. :) Good luck in that tree and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, there have been times when telling the difference between enjoying life and being stupid was fairly difficult for me. LOL I think I've finally figured it out.

      Hot indeed. Stay cool and safe, and thank you!

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      social thoughts 2 years ago from New Jersey

      The opening story was great, and when you explained it happened to you and a friend I did not see it coming! This is an excellent piece about life. I wish I were more of a risk-taker, but I'm a rebel in the way I think and express myself. I think that still counts. I voted up as always!

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Good way to lean. Look straight into the Valley of the Beyond and dare, Bro.

      Well, I've been on German Autobans and French country roads. Anyway, when I did business, some moons ago, I believe the Chinese definition of 'risks' was danger vs opportunity. In this seeming darkness, there was always an opportunity of Light.

      Excellent Hub, and no, we won't necessarily take your advice. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      You Dad had the right idea, Bill. But sometimes you can lose your balance and get knocked into the 'pee your pants zone'. When this happens to me I just hang on tight cause I know it's going to be a wild ride. Funny thing is I never worry about the danger. I guess I'm having to much fun living to think about dying.

      Having said that, I do my fair share of risk assessment; and then I go for it anyway. My reasoning: There might make a good story worth writing about later. I suppose that's why you've done the things you have. Maybe it was Fate's way of preparing you for a writing career.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Buildreps! We did have some serious fun back then.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thank you. I'm not sure about writing brilliance, but I greatly appreciate the kind words.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      I have always been a risk-taker, Bill, and have never regretted taking risks. Oh, wait, there was one time when a river rafting ride resulted in 9 fractured ribs ... that was a difficult convalescence but it surely was one hell of a ride!

      Have a marvelous, risky weekend.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      That was a privilege to get together with such and old friend. It is our past that shapes our character more than some of us would like to admit, and I'll bet this friend added flavor to your life, and maybe some inspiration for your writing too?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I am not surprised that you were a risk taker. The way you live now proves that. Growing your own food and meat is a risk. I enjoyed reading about you and your friend Frank. I'm afraid I'm not much of a risk taker, but I'm working on being more adventurous. I just wish my muse would return. I haven't a clue why I can't write anything. Maybe I need to take a fast spin. lol....

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful. I was just wondering why I was in the doldrums. Hmmm, I feel the need for speed! I need something to get the juices flowing. If you do not hear back from me soon -- well you know.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love the message here Bill and your unique way of getting it across. Pedal to the metal, balls to the wall etc..you have lived life a little on the wild side :) love that Montana cop too, sound a little like the Northern Territory here in Australia. They have no speed limits on the open road there so you can sure open the throttle and test out your vehicle there..just watch out for kangaroos, dingoes and other creatures crossing the road. With things like finances, bills etc..I am a careful, risk assessor type of person..in regard to other stuff, it's spur of the moment reaction. I have often gotten myself in trouble by reacting without accessing the risk adequately, but that's another story. I love hearing your life memories and the lessons therein. Well done, have a great weekend.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I love driving, always have. Driving at speed is a huge buzz, as you know. Yes, I've done crazy things and taken risks. When I drive on my own now I drive faster and closer to the edge. I guess I calculate the risks more but I don't assess, it takes too long!

      I used to do rally driving, with a load of crazy friends and we had a ball. It was fun and I don't regret any of it. If I had a chance to do it again, I would.

      I totally agree with you. We have to go for it, to feel the excitement, feel the danger, in whatever we do. Hopefully we won't get hurt and we learn but it's a hell of a lot better than staying at home in supposed safety.

      A friend of mine always says, 'you could get run over by a bus tomorrow, so live life to the full'.

      What a great life it is! Here's to you and Frank, bill!

      Ann :D

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      I pictured you just the way you were and are. Your sense of adventure lends such authenticity to your writing.

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, so sorry for the miscalculation...I am embarrassed. :( I felt so rotten last week with a GI bug that I could barely empty out my email inbox! I don't know why the hub editors have your hubs listed as 998, that is what confused me. Thinking back, I did get on FB a few times and I may have seen an announcement somewhere...sent out a couple comments...so I apologize.

      I will track down your hub.

      God bless, and CONGRATULATIONS. You continue to inspire! God bless, Sparklea :)

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I had to laugh Bill. What good is it if you can't take risks? Now, I'm not saying I'm going to drive my van 107 mph, but there are some risks I'm still willing to take. We don't get to the end in one piece so why not have fun along the way?

      Glad you and Frank had a chance to meet up again!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Alan R Lancaster 2 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Hello Bill (doing my usual Charles Atlas impression again). Our motorways, A-roads and even some back roads bristle with cameras. Pass through three cameras over the limit and that's your license gone. You might get a buzz from the fuzz, but you'll certainly get a nasty letter with a court summons. Do two cameras and slow before the third and it's borderline. You'll still get the points. A newly-passed or learner driver gets an endorsed license with six points. Start again from square one, do your test again. You're with the beginners in the Theory class, (like in US schools, you do a grade again). It can be embarrassing for an experienced driver to be treated like a kid of 17 (qualifying age to start lessons in the UK).

      Our cops aren't usually known for a sense of humour either. Try to be funny and they'll have the bracelets on you before you can say 'didn't mean it!' At best you'll get a stiff warning: they're the comedians, you're the audience.

      Have a nice day now.

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Felling the wind blowing in my hair has not been an issue for a couple of decades now. So, I can scratch that off the bucket list. Raising three daughters was about all the risk I could handle.

      It is an interesting philosophy, this throwing caution to the wind. But what the heck, up the tree I go with a chain saw and no helmet!!

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill - I loved this!! Thank you for allowing us to sit in the back seat with you and Frank for a few moments. I don't think I did anything quite THAT reckless way back when, but darned close. (I remember when the posted speed limit in Montana was 'reasonable and prudent.')

      There are risks in every moment of life. But God doesn't want us to live in fear. He just wants us to keep in mind that there is a difference between enjoying life and being stupid.

      Find a place in the shade if you can my friend and keep the iced tea flowing. I'll be in the shade of the front porch on my farmhouse.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Sounds like you two are raking up old memories! Nice car you had then:) Have a good weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Jackie, thanks for weighing in. I'm sure glad you and your brother survived those accidents. I hear the wisdom in your words and I thank you for sharing them.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Irish, as always, thank you! Hotter than Hades here and I spend most of my time making sure the critters are comfortable. I don't love the heat like I once did.

      As for risks, I love your comment. My goodness gracious, that last sleep we take is a long one. I reckon I'll have a little more fun in life before that sleep arrives.

      Have a brilliant weekend my Irish lass.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      You do make us think about our own lives, that is for sure. I'll reach 76 years of life in a few days. I've generally been risk averse... but, over those years, a number of the things we've done, most folks would call very risky. So, I see it as a part of life. Thanks, again, for sharing your writing brilliance while setting each of our minds on fire!! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, I'll be laughing the rest of the day about your last sentence. What a rush that would be until the last split-second. LOL Thanks for a wonderful comment.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Hard for me to agree on this one Bill but I get your meaning, still...although I consider myself brave and daring when it comes to automobiles I am just in the last few years regaining a lack of fear inside one! I almost died at 16 and was in a coma for 2 weeks and then a few years later I saw my brother bandaged from head to foot with arms and legs lifted from his hospital bed from a motor cycle wreck. If you make it through it I am sure it was fun....but if you don't it is no longer excitement.

      Well I am glad yours was not regret; it did make a great story and I am not trying to take your fun from you but remind you that you were very lucky and hope you and friend are through with physically exciting ideas! lol

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill, Oh how I soooo related to this hub! I have taken risks that your friend Brian would turn a whiter shade of pale at. My medical condition did not help either! Having Epilepsy in my early teens I developed this "it is not going to prevent me from LIVING my life my way" attitude. I took incredible risks and to this day thank god I did and will continue to do so. Life is for living we are a long time dead so don't dwell too much on is it a good idea or not but go with your gut!

      I would not have the wonderful experiences and friendships from around the world going back 30 years if I had not taken a gamble on life!

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend,hope the sun is continuing to shine there.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, we laughed for probably fifty miles after that cop gave us the warning. I had visions of sitting in a jail cell in Montana and the cop couldn't have been more understanding. :)

      Have a great weekend and thank you!

      Bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Denise, we all have to listen to our own inner voice. It's interesting to me what motivates us all...how different we are...and yet how very similar we all are. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Serenity, I could probably write a series of articles about the crazy things I did as an active alcoholic, but most people would think it was fiction. LOL I understand, believe me. I'm blown away that I'm still alive and well.

      I appreciate you stopping by. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MizB, I really do understand that retirement thing. My friend asked me the other day when I was going to retire and just enjoy life. My response: I actually enjoy working. What I'm doing seems worthwhile and it gives me joy, so why not keep working? I could get by financially without working but I'm enjoying life so I might as well keep riding this horse. :)

      Thank you and Happy Weekend, my friend.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hi Bill,

      It is a great article and that sharing of an incident from your personal life made it very interesting to read.

      "Is it worth the risk" is a good question to ask. My answer would be yes by all means, take risk, but have a margin.

      By all means go out alone hiking deep into the forest, but do keep a bear pepper repellent with you.

      By all means go out kayaking in a rapid, but do wear a life jacket and take a few experienced buddies with you.

      By all means go and attempt to summit an 8000der mountain peak, but be mentally prepared to turn around if weather becomes inclement.

      On the contrary, one can always jump from a height of 20,000 feet without a parachute and enjoy 19,999 feet of free fall. It's only the last foot that will suck.

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      I am not one to take risks. But, I do recall the first time my parents let

      me use their brand new LTD Ford. Of course, I picked up a car full of friends and we decided to see if the car would actually do 120 MPH as

      it had the numbers up on the odometer. I got it up to 100 before my

      sensibilities kicked in. I could have killed us all!

      A decision was made that night that I would stick to TP-ing yards at Halloween and stealing a watermelon out of a patch.

      Your story was most interesting. That police officer remembered when

      he was a kid.

      Thanks for sharing,

      DJ.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I would say I am more in the moderate zone! I have had enough near death experiences in my life that I tend to check the water before I dive in headfirst! Maybe that has kept me in the poorhouse, but it has also kept me alive!

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      Serenity Miller 2 years ago from Brookings, SD

      That's good stuff, Bill. When I look back, it is astonishing to me that I survived life... and then I look at all of today's parenting restrictions and can't help but think we're raising a generation of sissies. I averaged about one trip to the ER every 6 months when I was a kid, and life was fun! Of course, it got a little more serious when I started mixing alcohol with those tendencies... but that's a whole different story!

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      Bill, I laughed ‘til I hurt. Were we all that crazy? Seems like everybody in our age group flew along at 110 MPH at one time or another. What a thrill! Love your photo of the Porsche. My brother restored a brown 1972 914, then he sold it and restored a 1976 914. He wouldn’t sell either one of them to me. That made me mad.

      Bicycle helmets – there warn’t no sich thing when we were kids.

      You know the risk I’m facing right now that is scaring the pee-waddin’ out of me: Retirement. To me that’s worse than jumping off a cliff. I’m older than you, and I still haven’t been able to make that jump. I grew up poor and I struggled financially to raise my kids. I learned to make do by driving old cars and decorating our home in a style now called “shabby chic.” I’m just lucky my uninsured kids weren’t accident prone. Now I enjoy not having to worry about how to pay for the next trip to the dentist. Having a good job and having just received a promotion and a big raise does not encourage me to retire, although my body and sometimes my mind says otherwise. It's gonna be a big jump, someday.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, I understand about that little one. Been there, done that, sweat blood with worry...and turned him loose to get his hard knocks.

      Have a great weekend and thanks for spending part of your Friday with me.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      My wife and I have our first little one. One of my biggest fears is letting her fall on her face and fail, but it is essential to allow her to so she can learn to succeed.

      A life without taking risks is perfect...perfectly miserable.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sally, thank you for sharing that part of your life with us. You described it all beautifully. Now I want to read the book. :) Seriously, I understand, and I'm glad you left in that small car, and you took risks...they all added up to put you in the place you are today....and made you the person you are today...and I like that person.

      Happy Weekend to you! It is very hot here and I'll be in the water somewhere.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, I passed #1000 three articles ago...in fact, while you were sick, I wrote an article about it. LOL

      I hope you are feeling better, dear lady. I don't like hearing that my friends are down and out. Take care, feel better soon, and know that you are greatly appreciated.

      The heat has arrived...ten straight days over ninety, which for this part of the country is unheard of. Sigh!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...a little skinnier, Sha, and it could be Tweetie.

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hello Billy,

      For 28 years. I lived in love and security and then I found myself sitting in a small car, driving away, with one suitcase alongside me. As heartbreaking as it was in the extreme, I give thanks every day for having been given that opportunity to live a different life, a more interesting life. With it came opportunity and travel and the opportunities came thick and fast, whereas before I had always wondered 'when it would be my turn' but without the shackles of 'things' I just had to choose which opportunity I wanted to take. Some I took, in spite of knowing there would be a price to pay, but I did them anyway, just because I wanted to!

      Life is for living. It is so very short and we owe it to ourselves to make the best of what opportunities present themselves to us.

      You have a wonderful weekend Billy and keep on taking risks, they are the things which make life worth living.

      Best wishes,

      Sally

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hi Billybuc, LOVE THIS, loved the first story, and I am thinking, WOW, I would have been screaming like a girl if I had been in that car!

      I do feel, though, that God is keeping you safe, that God understands your heart and He has SO MANY plans for you in the future that you have a long life ahead of you!

      Thank you for your encouragement with this great write about taking risks. BTW is this Hub number 999????? WOW, WOW, and WOW and congratulations!!!! is your next hub going to be about reaching 1000?

      Not to mention your writing these novels...I was ill all last week, even flat in bed one day, but I have FINALLY talked nice to the printer and I have your pages ALL printed! Can't wait to read it.

      God bless, and THANK YOU for brightening up readers' days on the hubs and Facebook. You and Bev are a treasure and I hope you are both surviving the heat as well as your critters. Sparklea :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I knew the second one is you. I love your beard! You remind me of how I pictured Tweetie.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nope, it came through loud and clear, Sha!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, reckless is my middle name. My goodness, i wonder what life would have been like if I had ever learned restraint? LOL

      That's me in both pictures.

      Have a great weekend my reckless friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, spoken like the health care professional that you are. :) Thank you as always. If I'm ever injured, I want someone like you taking care of me in the hospital.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, I love your style and attitude. Fun for sure, and I love what you said about not being able to predict the future. I guess I missed out on the day they were passing out "caution bones." LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We'll try, Liz. Thanks!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I think I screwed up in submitting my comment, so let me try again.

      I love this! I didn't picture you as being reckless. Taking risks, yes. But reckless? Glad to meet you Bill! :-)

      When I was a kid and well into my 40s I had many pee-in-your-pants moments and I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. There's nothing worse than living a boring, mundane life. At least that's the way I see it. I love your dad's philosophy!

      BTW, I hate helmets too. I love being in the wind!

      I hope you share more of yours and Frank's antics. Is that you or Frank in the photo?