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TransAmerica Update – Wear a Helmet

May 26, 2010

I shot and made this yesterday and have hesitated to hit publish. Not because I look a wreck – believe it or not, I actually look worse today since they took the stitches out. More because of how I sound.

I had a lot to say about why I think LIVESTRONG is amazing. And I said it pretty well in the first take. Unfortunately, I started weeping in the middle and that take is pretty much unwatchable. The edit here captures enough I think, but I’m still not particularly eloquent with it. And I got sleepy while editing, so it is what it is.

To summarize even less eloquently…

We are given opportunities in life to display humanity and kinship towards each other. To show a side of ourselves that’s all about looking out for another human being.

Because we’re all in this together.

In other words, don’t be a douche all your life. 🙂

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    May 26, 2010

    We laughed, we cried a little watching this. We hope you & Precious press on.

    Listening to Colin Hay’s title track to American Sunshine, and wishing you a speedy recovery.

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    May 26, 2010

    This is beautifully said. Thanks for posting this.

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    May 26, 2010

    Beautifully done — thank you for sharing. Here’s hoping you feel better soon…

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    Michael Clark

    May 26, 2010

    Thanks for sharing this video with us. Get some rest, let yourself heal some. I hope you are able to continue (and finish) your ride. Keep us informed if you decide to start up again.

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    peter k

    May 26, 2010

    When I lost my ability to ever say I’d give my left nut to do something because cancer took it instead, the first place I went was Livestrong. I remember my first day sitting at home just sitting on the couch on pain killers poring through the postings on the site. Just knowing there were a zillion other people who had been through a lot worse than I had to go through gave me a whole different perspective. For me it was just a group of people who understand. And ever since my testacular (new word, you can use it) experience, my dad wears the yellow bracelet. Never said anything about it. Not once. Just put it on. And every time I see it, I think about my simple experience, and I’m glad, in that little way, Livestrong was there. Please do give, folks. And Janeen, please get better. You’re living a hell of a good story.

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    Loving the Bike

    May 26, 2010

    With words like that, you’ve never looked more beautiful. Wow. Thanks for opening your heart and soul up to us. I wear my bracelets with honor and am proud to be a part of the Livestrong Army.


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    Alex V.

    May 26, 2010

    I hope you feel better soon so that you may continue your wonderful journey. It is what we do when we are down that defines us. Good Luck!

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    leon salleuf

    May 27, 2010

    coming over from Fatty’s and I have to say I got a bit choked up by what you said. Rest, heal, and keep on riding. Slay that dragon!

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    May 27, 2010

    Unbelievable! Noodle I am soooo sorry to hear what has happened. You look much better here though than in the original photos though. My god! That was horrific. I’m glad you’re alright.

    On a lighter note can you make those next 10kms without crashing cause they’re mine! All mine!

    I have an idea, I propose you get your existing helmet and attach it to the back of your head and buy another helmet for the front with a couple of holes cut out of it!

    I’m sorry if I’m being cheeky but i can’t help it knowing you’re ok now. Great stuff. Proud of you…

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    May 27, 2010

    I just popped over from a certain fat mans site (as instructed by the good man himself) to say hello. Never underestimate how people like you (doer) make people like me feel (intended doer….honest) Sincerest best wishes from London

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    May 27, 2010

    Great video. Laghed at the beginning, but the end was SPOT ON! LIVESTRONG is a human concept. We are about the people. Thank you for being a part of that movement and our mission.

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    Chrissy (The New Me)

    May 27, 2010

    Thanks for posting this – very inspiring, and I can’t wait until you’re back on the road! In due time, my friend!

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    May 27, 2010

    I too have come over from Fatty to support you and if you need a new helmet anyway…I’ve found that my LIVESTRONG Saros is great! Doesn’t cost anymore and always supportive of the cause. Great VLOG, Janeen and a great cause! Get better soon and ride on!

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    May 27, 2010

    Also coming from the totally fat site…hope you’re back in the saddle soon! Thanks for working so hard toward a worthy goal…you’re making a difference and inspiring people you’ve never even met (like me!)

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    May 29, 2010

    Holy dooly!

    You could finish your ride in a ’57 mustang and i wouldn’t hold it against you. 🙂

    Glad you are in good spirits.


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    May 29, 2010

    Hope you feel better as a recent veteran of a fall, I sympathize. Ride soon…

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    June 1, 2010

    Here via Fatty…wishing you a speedy recovery. Blessings…

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    June 1, 2010

    Can’t wait to see you back on the bike! Leaving you a get well at Livestrong, but I’ll buy a beer too if we’re ever in the same town!

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    June 2, 2010

    No trouble. Your from the mean streets of Tamworth. This is nothin.


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