(12 April 2004, Netherlands) Certain land animals have evolved over the millennia to use speed in the pursuit of prey or avoidance of predators. The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) can run as fast as 60 mph over the plains of Africa, and the pronghorn antelope (Antilocapra americana) can reach 55 mph over the plains of North America. Humans (Homo sapiens) are not among these animals built for speed. The very fastest human can achieve a maximum sprint of 22 mph for short distances.
So things were bound to go wrong when a 19-year-old male, driving the A67 highway near the Dutch town of Blerick, sought to impress his two passengers by putting his car on cruise control at 20 mph, getting out of the car, and running alongside it. He planned to jump back in and drive on, but the moment his feet hit the ground, he fell over and slammed headfirst into the asphalt. He was admitted to the hospital with severe brain damage, and died the next day.
So, here I am, just stumbling through the ether that is our social world on the web, and up pops an email. So I dutifully click to read, and what do I find? My buddy Big Jim Wright has nominated me for the Liebster Award. How cool is THAT?
After digesting this delicious little tidbit, I continued on my merry way and ventured into the bowels of my blog – where I discovered that my pal Superphoenix (has there ever been a cooler screen name than that?) has also nominated me. Hoo boy. I barely have time to wipe the sweat from my brow when I go to Facebook and trip over the posting that my dear friend Jenna Brooks has seen fit to include me in her nominations for The Next Big Thing. Now, I’ve put on a bit of weight over the last few years, due in large part to flying a desk for a living and having a beautiful wife who can cook like the Galloping Gourmet, so I wasn’t quite sure how to take that, at first. However, upon discovering that “NBT” is actually a pretty cool writer recognition doo-hickey, well, then my chest started puffing out even more – even far enough it got past my belly just a bit. I took a picture, if anyone wants to see….
So, suffice to say, thank youguysl….you having my undying gratitude :)
It’s truly been a grand week. I solicited for, and received, many new authors for my “Chatting with the Authors” segments, and garnered three very nice nods from my fellow pen-bearers – life is grand :)