Male, born in 1956. I’ve wrecked two motorcycles and got some metal in my heart. I love technology!
I started working at the L.S. Starrett company in Athol, MA until it became obvious to everyone but me that I was gay. Company said “Seek treatment for your condition or else.” So I did. Didn’t work out the way Starrett’s planned. The APA had removed or was about to remove homosexuality from their list of treatable (billable?) illnesses. I like me just the way I am so I moved to New Hampshire in 1976.
In 1984 my motorcycle was truck from behind in a hit and run accident.
I spent a week and one half in the Eliot being flipped with a pancake and having the sheet peeled from my back. I wear a minimum of a leather scooter jacket now for running to the market and leather chaps and boots for longer jaunts.
Yeah, all you need to do is go through this once wearing a Bell helmet, jogging shorts and a thread-bare athletic shirt before you decide that ain’t enough protection.
I wore this rig for four months before it could be safely removed and replaced with a foam rubber support collar.