Friday Funny 36: Funny / Not Funny

>> Friday, May 15, 2009



Matt, my brother-in-law and the other half of “Team Happy Pants” for Sunday’s duathlon, was out on a bike ride last night. He was cut off by a car, and was forced into the curb. The next thing he knew, he was on the ground, his helmet was cracked in 3 spots, his rear derailleur was busted, and the car was gone. Matt’s fine (minus a little road rash), and he thinks his bike frame is OK too. BUT THIS IS WHY WE WEAR BIKE HELMETS!! If you have a idiot friend who thinks it’s “not cool” to wear a helmet, show them this post. For Matt, it was either a few cracks in his helmet, or a few cracks in his skull.

1 big crack in the middle, 2 smaller ones on either side

Matt actually gave me his helmet and said “Here, take this to your CVA Triathlon Club and show them THIS is why they need to wear a helmet!” Let’s pray that Matt’s and my race on Sunday goes better than his ride yesterday! Happy weekend!

(Oh, here’s one last funny from one of my new favorite sites:


jen 8:01 AM, May 15, 2009  

Oh wow, I'm so glad Matt wasn't seriously hurt. How scary! That is definitely a good reminder to all of us to not only wear a helmet but watch out for idiot drivers.

Have a great weekend Steve! :)

Mel-2nd Chances 8:10 AM, May 15, 2009  

not sure the first pic is funny either! LOL So glad Matt is ok, I had the same thing happen to me last year with a car -- and i certainly need to protect what I've got left in my noggin.

Marlene 8:36 AM, May 15, 2009  

YIKES! Thank goodness Matt was okay, and this definitely serves as a good lesson.

tfh 8:40 AM, May 15, 2009  

That is so scary. I've been hit by a car and was just SO angry and frightened-- and that car stopped to make sure I was okay. So I hope Matt's mentally okay as weel as physically okay! Sometimes I think I need to wear a helmet just to cross the street-- some drivers seem to value their time over human life...argh.

P.S. My cousins had that sign when we were kids! They also warned us that if we peed in the pool, it would turn the water red and everyone would know-- not true, I soon discovered. ;)

Ryanoutloud 8:52 AM, May 15, 2009  

Ok, I'll admit it... Wednesday I was one of those idiots that decided not to wear a helmet b/c the other two I was riding with weren't. I think that's the first time in my life I succumb to peer pressure, at 26 you would think I would have fought it off enough to go with my own good judgment. Anyway I had just got a new Kestrel Talon Tri bike last week so I was all proud, we just get started and I start to cross over from the left lane to the right and my tire gets caught in a crack between the lanes and I immediately know I'm going down. My hip took the brunt of the hit but my momentum had carried me to the curb and by the grace of good my face passed the curb and slammed into the grass. I was too upset about my bike to even think about how close a call that was. Like Matt my rear derailleur hit the curb and the mount was bent in but I was able to pull it out and continue the ride. I have a nice bruise on my hip now for my race on Sunday and I still don't know how I missed the curb besides giving props to the man upstairs...Needless to say I will go with what's best for me from now on and wear the ol helmet!

Mario 8:59 AM, May 15, 2009  

I've seen many helmets like that and the rider lived to tell the story. Good deal. BTW, send that back to Bell and he gets a new one, free. That used to be the deal.

duchossois 9:15 AM, May 15, 2009  

Glad to hear Matt is OK. Kids, wear your helmets.

Jen Rife 9:32 AM, May 15, 2009  

Glad to hear Matt is OK. Good reminder of how important helmets are!

Unknown 9:38 AM, May 15, 2009  

Glad he's okay! Helmets are brain savers.

Nitmos 10:26 AM, May 15, 2009  

I'll have to send this photo of the bike helemt onto my son who still insists that a cracked skull is better than being "uncool" in front of his friends. Of course, maybe I should upgrade him from the Dora the Explorer helmet...

Ryan 10:29 AM, May 15, 2009  

Know what this means for Matt?

An excuse for cool new gear!

Maybe a Slipstream argyle? Something cool and fast looking from Giro?

May even require new jersey to match the helmet.

And let's not forget about glasses...

ShirleyPerly 10:41 AM, May 15, 2009  

Yep, I've cracked 3 helmets in my lifetime (all no fault of a car, just riding and falling for one reason or another). Bike helmets are definitely worth the investment. Glad he wasn't seriously hurt!

KK 10:44 AM, May 15, 2009  

OMG I am so glad Matt is okay. I can't believe that person DROVE OFF (that is is infuriating and frustrating). But at least your friend is okay.

Funny about the ool.

Good luck this weekend (is the race this weekend?)!

Badgergirl 10:48 AM, May 15, 2009  

Scary. Glad to hear Matt's OK.

Velma 10:55 AM, May 15, 2009  

Whew - close one. Glad to hear matt is OK. Good luck this weekend and way to go inspiring all of the students. Next thing you know, they will be standing on their desks screaming Carpe Diem.

Sarah 11:00 AM, May 15, 2009  

What the heck is wrong with people?! How could the driver not see the biker crash?? I'm glad your friend is OK.

Unknown 11:40 AM, May 15, 2009  

Glad to hear your brother-in-law is ok. I totally agree about helmets. Frankly if you don't want to wear a helmet to protect your brain, then there obviously isn't much there to be protected.

Great idea to show it to your class.

Shannon 12:00 PM, May 15, 2009  

How are you Steve-O, you never grace the pages of my blog anymore?!? What gives? The celebrity status too much for you?

LOL~Have a good one bro!

Shannon 12:00 PM, May 15, 2009  

BTW, glad the helmet worked! :)

Steve Stenzel 12:18 PM, May 15, 2009  

Yeah, sorry Shannon - life's been BUSY lately. Maybe next week I can hit up the good ole' blog-o-sphere again! I've missed it!!

t-odd 12:57 PM, May 15, 2009  

"Minnesota Nice" my left butt cheek! Put a Minnesotan in a car and add a bicyclist and you get the biggest d-bags in the country. Glad Matt is OK - yet another illustration for my kids why we ALWAYS wear a helmet. And - GO TEAM HAPPY PANTS!

Runner Leana 5:16 PM, May 15, 2009  

I am so glad that Matt is okay! How scary, but thank goodness for helmets! They really do serve a purpose, eh? My ex never wore a helmet and it drove me nuts. He even had a super expensive one that he said was too small and made his head hurt. I offered to buy him a new one and his response was, "nah, I wouldn't wear it anyway." Hmm.

Michelle 6:00 PM, May 15, 2009  

I am very happy that Matt is OK!!!

And no P is very good indeed!!!


John 6:08 PM, May 15, 2009  

Glad Matt is okay!

My Aunt had that sign at her pool... Funny!

Unknown 9:33 PM, May 15, 2009  

Glad that he is okay. It is sure a good reason to wear a helmet.

IronWaddler 6:41 AM, May 16, 2009  

My helmet looked like that last year and yes the driver again took off. Glad MAtt is OK.

Love the OOL sign.

Jess 7:37 AM, May 16, 2009  

At least he's okay!

Carolina John 3:38 PM, May 16, 2009  

glad matt's ok. good luck at the race! i know you'll be fast.

Coach Liz 9:23 PM, May 16, 2009  

YIKES!!! Glad to hear that Matt is ok. I have seen some bad crashes and I have had friends in some bad bike crashes that have put them in the hospital with head injuries. Thankfully, they are doing well now but it was scary having them in the hospital for a day or a week in one case with memory loss and other issues.

When I see the idiot @$$holes riding at the park all kitted up sans the helmet, I yell at them and ask where their helmet is. If they can afford a $90 jersey, a $3000 bike, a $250 pair of Sidi shoes, A $190 pair of cycling shorts, and a $200 pair of glasses then they can F--KING AFFORD TO BY A $45 HELMET!!!

OK, I will get off of my soap box now and just gently remind people...NOT!!!

Good Luck to TEAM HAPPY PANTS tomorrow.

Anonymous,  4:58 AM, May 17, 2009  

As a Trauma/Neuro ICU nurse I can't tell you how flippin' important wearing a helmet is.
Also from personal experience, I have cracked my own helmet flipping over my bike- CT was all clear but I knocked myself out. Scary.
You know what is the best? I was out and about one day and saw a little girl riding her bike (with helmet) and pestering her dad who was riding next to her asking why he wasn't wearing a helmet. Of course, being the trauma nurse/biker I am, I had to interrupt and say, "He should wear a helmet shouldn't he? So he can be around for a very long time and see you in a pretty dress at your prom, right?" A look of shame swept that mans' face faster than anything. I think our gang-up was a success....or at least I hope.

Nat 1:35 PM, May 17, 2009  

Sounds like what happened to The Man as few years back. He got cut off by a cab. Bike was history (the frame bent), his helmet was done. But he walked away with a few bruises.

Glad he's ok. Good luck this weekend.

Run For Life 7:51 PM, May 18, 2009  

Stupid idiot drivers, I'm glad Matt's ok.

Love the pool sign!

sRod 11:35 AM, May 23, 2009  

That first picture was NOT funny!

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