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Took my youngest Tom (8) to the Kart track this afternoon for his friend Jakes Birthday party.

8 boys...8 dads. Dual Karts (father /son) as all the boys are below 8. Once you turn 8 you can drive on your own. Tom turned 8 last week and asks me if he can drive by himself. I had some misgivings but reasoned that driving with me wouldn't be any safer. Plus...boys should learn to be boys.

He had two flawless 15 minute rounds. Midway through the third (and final) he is rammed into the wall and takes a serious hit. I saw his body whiplash and his helmet hit the steering wheel. Stewards got to him quickly just before I did. He was winded and face covered in blood. I took off his helmet ....only lip cuts....teeth firm....no apparent concussion...breathing fine. Took him to the medical room, iced him up, kept him calm and started asking about headaches etc. All looked good.

Arrived home. Wife (nurse) not amused. Bruising coming out. Tom complaining of gum soreness. She inspects and finds a nice deep gash in the top gum. Likely stitches required into the gum.

Currently they are at the hospital. 9Pm Saturday night.

So....in your assessment......how much trouble am I in :lookaround:

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» Took my youngest Tom (8) to the Kart track this afternoon for his friend

» Jakes Birthday party.

» 8 boys...8 dads. Dual Karts (father /son) as all the boys are below 8.

» Once you turn 8 you can drive on your own. Tom turned 8 last week and asks

» me if he can drive by himself. I had some misgivings but reasoned that

» driving with me wouldn't be any safer. Plus...boys should learn to be

» boys.

»

» He had two flawless 15 minute rounds. Midway through the third (and final)

» he is rammed into the wall and takes a serious hit. I saw his body whiplash

» and his helmet hit the steering wheel. Stewards got to him quickly just

» before I did. He was winded and face covered in blood. I took off his

» helmet ....only lip cuts....teeth firm....no apparent

» concussion...breathing fine. Took him to the medical room, iced him up,

» kept him calm and started asking about headaches etc. All looked good.

»

» Arrived home. Wife (nurse) not amused. Bruising coming out. Tom

» complaining of gum soreness. She inspects and finds a nice deep gash in

» the top gum. Likely stitches required into the gum.

»

» Currently they are at the hospital. 9Pm Saturday night.

»

» So....in your assessment......how much trouble am I in :lookaround:

Deep Brother! Deep!

I hope he recovers quickly. And so do you! :-D

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» So....in your assessment......how much trouble am I in :lookaround:

In the short term... maybe a little. In the long run it'll just be a story you tell your sons girlfriends just to embarrass him:

'You sure you want the keys son? Dont forget what happened to you when you were 8!' 'DAD!!! *whispers* Not in front of the sheilas'

Boys should learn to be boys.. I have my scars from it and emerged a better person for it. You can't be too much of a protectionist pansy or one day your son will be walking around in a bicycle helmet on his way to buy ballet tickets!

BALLET!!!! Just think of that!

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» So....in your assessment......how much trouble am I in :lookaround:

From the wife? Heaps of trouble, how dare you almost get your only son killed! Very responsible of a so called Adult to NOT have the Maturity to be in the Cart with his child! It makes no matter to her that Tom was of age to go by himself, it is All Your Fault Rob. You failed as a parent, you failed as an adult, you failed in displaying proper decision making, you failed, you failed, you failed..............:crying:

In Tom's eyes, you are the World's Greatest Dad!!!:-D

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» So....in your assessment......how much trouble am I in :lookaround:

Yowza. I'm sorry to hear about the bangup. I cannot even imagine what your wife might eventually do to you. :lookaround: Just hope that you get the "blow up" and not the "silent simmer." The latter is much, much worse.

In any case, I'm heartened that your boy's injuries don't appear to be very serious at this point.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you on both accounts, my friend.

Wilkey

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All fine. A few stitches, bruising. Released from hospital last night.

Silent treatment for me. Apparently the list is becoming very large.

* This accident ( apparently I should have been on the Cart).

* Crashing the Montesa with Becky on the back...no helmet. It was our friont yard ....little danger. The red wine and cigar in hand didn't help.

* Boomerang into Bens. eye. Beautiful thing seeing a boomerang complete a 50 metre arc...until it hits your 6 year old (at the time) in the head. I have always claimed as a defence: "how is a white man suppose to get a boomerang to come back?"

* The fishing hook removal surgery I did on the run to Ben. Apparently he almost required reconstructive surgery once I had finished.

*Making the decision to set up camp next to the home of a Red Bellied black snake on the premise that "It seems to have a nice personality".

We were camping there a week and the snake never bit anyone even when Ben stepped on him. My wife was furious.

There are more.......

The highlight was watching my 14 year old in action last night. He knew there was blood in the water and he circled his old man with a sly smile and a few one liners.

"Are you OK Tom? who made the decision to drive alone?"

" Are you saying all the other kids had there dads with them"?

" Geez dad, you have a pretty poor record of bringing us home safe?"

"Was there a bar at the track dad?"

.....I could have killed him.....but I was very proud :-D

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» The highlight was watching my 14 year old in action last night. He knew

» there was blood in the water and he circled his old man with a sly smile

» and a few one liners.

»

» "Are you OK Tom? who made the decision to drive alone?"

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» " Are you saying all the other kids had there dads with them"?

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» " Geez dad, you have a pretty poor record of bringing us home safe?"

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» "Was there a bar at the track dad?"

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» .....I could have killed him.....but I was very proud :-D

There is a young man that will do you proud Rob, probably takes after the old man.

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» The highlight was watching my 14 year old in action last night. He knew

» there was blood in the water and he circled his old man with a sly smile

» and a few one liners.

»

» "Are you OK Tom? who made the decision to drive alone?"

»

» " Are you saying all the other kids had there dads with them"?

»

» " Geez dad, you have a pretty poor record of bringing us home safe?"

»

» "Was there a bar at the track dad?"

»

»

» .....I could have killed him.....but I was very proud :-D

That is so completely awesome. You (and when I say "you", I mean "we") need him to join the board.

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Glad to hear MOM'S baby is OK. LOL That is one reason I bought a really good couch since I figured I would spend a lot of time on it. We have had karts for 20 years and never get old. I like them better then the 2 wheeled toys for the kids for safety. They heal fast. Good luck with mom.

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» * Boomerang into Bens. eye. Beautiful thing seeing a boomerang complete a

» 50 metre arc...until it hits your 6 year old (at the time) in the head. I

» have always claimed as a defence: "how is a white man suppose to get a

» boomerang to come back?"

How is it supposed to come back? Easy! Buy a guaranteed-to-return boomerang and make sure your name isn't Claudius! :D :D :D :D

(or don't throw it into a tree, lol)

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