Planes, Trains & Automobiles – Part 6: Midnight on the Pittsburgh Express

Okay, (hopefully!) this will be my final installment in this series, at least for awhile. I’ve covered my rather unique history of surviving accidents on foot, on bicycles, in cars, and even in planes. I haven’t yet touched trains. So, in this final piece, I think I’ll chat briefly about my second near-accident (this time… Continue reading Planes, Trains & Automobiles – Part 6: Midnight on the Pittsburgh Express

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – Part 4: Extreme downhill

Okay, I’ve talked a lot already about near-misses on planes and automobiles. But, some of the mishaps for which I am best known actually occurred on two wheels. And the first of these mishaps, as painful as it was, actually went a long way to strengthen my faith. And no, when I say “two wheels,”… Continue reading Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – Part 4: Extreme downhill

Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Part 3: Pride comes before a fall

  My second automobile accident occurred to me as a driver. It was January 3, 1984, a rainy night in Upland, California. Darlene’s mom had given us her car, and it was a beauty — a 1967 Ford Mustang, cream-white, low mileage. It had one of the smaller V8 engines made, and offered 289 horses… Continue reading Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Part 3: Pride comes before a fall

Planes, Trains & Automobiles – Part 2: Kissing the ground in Alaska

I promised I’d share about the rest of my transportation accidents in today’s post … though I’m sure now I won’t be able to fit them all in! There may need to be a part 3 or more. Parking lots are dangerous places … … particularly the parking lot of a high school! When I… Continue reading Planes, Trains & Automobiles – Part 2: Kissing the ground in Alaska

Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Part 1: “Look, ma, no seatbelts!”

This morning there was a clever piece on The Today Show about actor Tom Hanks. (I think it came from a Chicago Tribune article titled: “Sully is the last straw: You should never travel with Tom Hanks.”) They warned: “Look at all the movies made about disasters that occurred as a result of his travels.”… Continue reading Planes, Trains and Automobiles – Part 1: “Look, ma, no seatbelts!”