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Re: Karen Crisalli on a soap-box



Karen,
Stay on that soapbox!  Everyone needs to your message.  My mother was killed
in a car accident when I was very young.  She fell asleep at the wheel (we
think) and hit a guard rail head on. She left six bewildered,  traumatized
children behind.  She was not wearing a seatbelt.  Airbags had not been
invented.
It only takes a second to fasten a seat belt.  It is worth the effort to
protect yourself.  It is worth the effort to protect your family from the
heartache of losing you.  Thank God you are able to tell your story.
G


-----Original Message-----
From: Karen Crisalli <KarenC5071@AOL.COM>
To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Date: Saturday, June 06, 1998 1:52 PM
Subject: Karen Crisalli on a soap-box


>Many of you know me from business dealings, or from the occasional posting
I
>have contributed to this list. Allow me to go way, way "off topic" here and
>put my two cents worth on a subject that has nothing to do with book arts:
>
>I live in New Jersey, and I drove down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina a
few
>weeks ago, to help my 26 year old son move into his new apartment (we have
>long had a vacation house there, and finally persuaded our son to move from
>back from California to South Carolina). Three days after arriving there,
my
>son and I were involved in a high-speed head-on collision on the highway. A
>driver coming the other direction lost control of her car, spun across two
>lanes of oncoming traffic and hit us head-on at what the police said was
"the
>equivalent of 130 miles an hour into a brick wall". My car has (make that
HAD)
>dual air-bags, and we were both wearing our seat-belts, which is the point
of
>this note.
>
>Fortunately, my son and my injuries will heal just fine, and it is amazing
>that we actually broke no bones in this crash, for it was a doozie!  I did
>suffer massive bruises, cuts, lumps and bumps from ankle to knee (I
actually
>cracked the dashboard with my leg/knee, but didn't 'crack' the leg
itself!);
>lost a lot of skin on my right arm which is also swollen and badly bruised
>from wrist to above the elbow, and have seat-belt bruises and swelling both
on
>my hips (from the lap belt) and "banner-style" across my shoulder and chest
>from the shoulder belt, plus trauma to the chest wall from the impact of
the
>airbag which activated at a force equivalent to nearly 200 miles an hour
>according to the police! Despite all this, I was released from the hospital
>the same day, thank you thank you thank you!
>
>DON'T LET ANYONE EVER, EVER SAY THEY DON'T WANT SEAT BELTS OR AIR BAGS ...
>these devices are the ONLY reason my son and I are still alive except
perhaps
>for the added advantage of having been driving an 11-month old heavy,
sturdy
>Lincoln Town Car, which is now totalled but held up enough to save us. I
have
>heard folks say "I know somebody who was hurt by the the air bag/the
seatbelt,
>etc.". DON'T USE THAT ONE IN A MILLION EXCUSE FOR NOT USING YOUR BELTS OR
FOR
>DISCONNECTING YOUR AIR BAGS. There are far, far more lives saved (mine, for
>one!) by these protective devices than the small number of negative
incidents.
>(note: We're not talking here about children, which have NO place in the
front
>seat of a car; my comments are directed to adults).
>
>I am thankful for every bump, bruise, burn, cut and abrasion I have. And
the
>next time you think twice about using your seat-belt or consider for a
second
>disconnecting your air bag, give me a call .... I would love to show you my
>scars ... because I am ALIVE to be ABLE to show them to you!
>
>I hope that the fact that some of you on this list actually know me will
>maybe, just maybe, cause you to spend just an extra second considering what
I
>have said ...
>because without the belts and airbags, I wouldn't be alive to harp on you!
>
>Okay, okay, I'm off the soap-box now.
>
>Regards,
>
>Karen L. Crisalli
>(formerly Bookbinder's Warehouse, and current President of The Guild of
>BookWorkers)
>


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