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(WTOP)   103-year-old woman killed in car crash when 81-year-old driver loses control of the car. See, this is why you shouldn't let young people drive   (wtop.com) divider line 15
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2013-10-30 12:28:20 PM
it's all spelled out in actuarial tables
 
2013-10-30 12:29:34 PM
How do you lose control when making a *right* turn?  Especially considering that it's less than a 90-degree intersection, with no close-to-the-road obstructions.
 
2013-10-30 12:30:00 PM
No mention of a farmers market? Hmmmmmmm teh game is afoot!
 
2013-10-30 12:32:00 PM
Oh, come on. A 103 year old woman could die from too much pepper on her porridge.
 
2013-10-30 12:33:32 PM

wildcardjack: Oh, come on. A 103 year old woman could die from too much pepper on her porridge.


What about too much pepper on her paprikash?
 
2013-10-30 12:47:00 PM
That's a shame. She was one of the few people in this world who could have died kicking and screaming "Nooooo! I'm too old to die!" It's sad and scary to read about horrible things happening to the super-old because it reminds us that the ancient Greeks were right to say "call no man happy until he is dead". Nobody is safe from tragedy or sorrow until they are truly beyond reach.

We've all seen the articles about people who are still healthy and hale and driving over 100. As the number of centenarians increase, the odds of one of them being in an accident while driving somebody even older must be approaching the critical probability level where it's bound to happen.

I am reading a book on Denial. The thesis is, very roughly, that man is the only animal that lives in denial or needs to (to paraphrase Mark Twain on the subject of blushing). Of all the animals, as ancient mystics and philosopher observed, man is the only animal that knows he must die and that spends his whole life in denial of that fact.

To quote Judge Judy, "don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining".

Buddhism is the only religion that is based on the willingness to tear away all of the illusions and face death, suffering and injustice without blinkers of denial. It is one of the few religions which has an atheist denomination. Even Buddhism easily becomes a denialist coping mechanism, however. Reincarnation is just another way of denying the permanence and reality of death.

Oh, well. Live fast and leave behind a good story. May we all be preserved from a comical or ironic death.
 
2013-10-30 01:00:18 PM

FrancoFile: How do you lose control when making a *right* turn?  Especially considering that it's less than a 90-degree intersection, with no close-to-the-road obstructions.


I think the answer is "bad driving".
 
2013-10-30 01:02:45 PM
Wow...she was old enough to be her killer's mother!!
 
2013-10-30 01:06:54 PM
You can kill a 103-yr-old by stepping on the break too hard.
 
2013-10-30 01:08:23 PM

brantgoose: That's a shame. She was one of the few people in this world who could have died kicking and screaming "Nooooo! I'm too old to die!" It's sad and scary to read about horrible things happening to the super-old because it reminds us that the ancient Greeks were right to say "call no man happy until he is dead". Nobody is safe from tragedy or sorrow until they are truly beyond reach.

We've all seen the articles about people who are still healthy and hale and driving over 100. As the number of centenarians increase, the odds of one of them being in an accident while driving somebody even older must be approaching the critical probability level where it's bound to happen.

I am reading a book on Denial. The thesis is, very roughly, that man is the only animal that lives in denial or needs to (to paraphrase Mark Twain on the subject of blushing). Of all the animals, as ancient mystics and philosopher observed, man is the only animal that knows he must die and that spends his whole life in denial of that fact.

To quote Judge Judy, "don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining".

Buddhism is the only religion that is based on the willingness to tear away all of the illusions and face death, suffering and injustice without blinkers of denial. It is one of the few religions which has an atheist denomination. Even Buddhism easily becomes a denialist coping mechanism, however. Reincarnation is just another way of denying the permanence and reality of death.

Oh, well. Live fast and leave behind a good story. May we all be preserved from a comical or ironic death.


This isn't your livejournal.

/I'm a notorious nihilist, and even I think you need to dry up.
 
2013-10-30 02:15:51 PM

groppet: No mention of a farmers market? Hmmmmmmm teh game is afoot!


No farmers market.... OK was it near a country kitchen buffet?
 
2013-10-30 02:38:40 PM
How sad. I couldn't imagine making it to 103 only to die in a car crash.

I wonder what the leading causes of death are for centenarians, and if it varies dramatically from those in their 70's and 80's.
 
2013-10-30 03:59:37 PM
Almost T-boned some woman from the late Jurassic this morning when she made a left turn in front of me from the right lane of the OPPOSITE side of the road, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2013-10-31 02:24:05 AM

Loaf's Tray: Almost T-boned some woman from the late Jurassic

...

I live (and drive) in Tucson, so I'm getting to drive with those people every minute I'm on the road.

/ It's not a kick
 
2013-10-31 11:15:36 PM
Another life cut short.
 
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