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Fri, 31st Jul '09 3:46 PM


Hello all -

I was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident at 4PM this past Wednesday. I do not recall the accident in any way and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. It's all very blurry but prior to the accident I was working on the site and had to leave to get a computer monitor for a development server here at my house. En route to pick up that monitor is when the accident occurred, leaving my connections to the production machines open. Ultimately one of the scripts I was running crashed, causing a cascading failure which brought the entire site down.

Unfortunately, my truck and I crashed at about the same time - and without a proper disaster recovery or access control policy the site was left unavailable for quite some time. Policies are now being put in place to prevent this from happening in the future.

My vehicle was not nearly as lucky as I - but here I am home now and feeling OK. I will post details about the accident later so that those of you who are interested can get the scoop. It was a life-altering event for me. According to a deputy and a medic who were on the scene I am lucky to be alive. I would agree with that assessment.

Thank you,

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 3:50 PM

So glad to hear you are home and ok. Never mind the site! Tho it brings joy and challenge to thousands.

Cjar855  (Level: 135.1 - Posts: 837)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 3:52 PM

Good to have you back ,and to hear you are OK.


Carreau  (Level: 247.4 - Posts: 140)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 3:54 PM

Wishing you a speedy recovery.


Collioure  (Level: 115.6 - Posts: 9952)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 3:55 PM

Glad there is at least some good news for you in all this.

Mend at your own pace.

I lived through such an accident myself at age 16.

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 837)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 3:56 PM

So glad you are okay Justin...hope you have a speedy recovery!

Francesann  (Level: 55.5 - Posts: 124)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 3:59 PM

So pleased you are okay, I now know what a complete addict I am to Sploofus having to have gone without it for what seemed like forever

Sploofus Editor
Sploofishy (Editor)  
Fri, 31st Jul '09 4:01 PM

Glad to hear from you, chief! We were worried about you.

Amyt  (Level: 143.1 - Posts: 240)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 4:05 PM

The important thing is that you're okay. Take care.

Surreyman  (Level: 275.0 - Posts: 2776)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 4:06 PM

Well done indeed, Justin, and all the best to you!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 4:07 PM

So, in other words, you want us all to write the newspaper and admit that it was all OUR fault the accident happened.

I, being the worrying mom, was beginning to fear you were pulling a Snake Plissken on us.

I've never been more pleased to be wrong. And I've had LOTS of practice.

(Shut up Al!)

Asor  (Level: 162.7 - Posts: 595)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 4:07 PM

Thank goodness you're OK! (Sorry about the car...) Savor life! A good reminder for all of us

Virtus  (Level: 171.1 - Posts: 2497)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 4:26 PM

So glad you are well enough to be home. Rest up, the prayers are being sent up for you, Anne

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 4:30 PM

I suppose this means I'm not getting my one/three hundred and sixty fifth rebate? : - (

Sherilynn1962  (Level: 116.6 - Posts: 372)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 4:36 PM

Praise God you are ok - praying for a speedy recovery. Cars can be replaced. People cannot.

Sheri Ras.

By the way, did they take you to a trauma room and video it for one of those tv shows?

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5224)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 4:40 PM

Very happy to hear that you will recover! (Sorry about your truck) I didn't realize how much I would miss the site until it was unavailable....all is right with the world.

Flcyclist  (Level: 132.6 - Posts: 691)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 4:46 PM

It's really great to have you back, Justin, and I am so glad that you weren't more seriously hurt. Sorry about the loss of your truck. So keep your phone in your pocket from now on when you're driving...and I say that as a retired paramedic!


Gypsylady  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 6108)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 4:49 PM

I can't believe you're back, Justin, and posting and the site is running! I was thinking it may be a long time before the site was back up and wasn't sure how serious your injuries were. I guess you were really lucky, or someone was watching over you. Probably the latter. Glad you are back and doing as well as you are. Thanks for being so dedicated, too. I imagine a lot of Sploofusers days weren't the same last night and today. I know I would wake up in the night and no picture to check out. Guess it's hard to break old habits. Thanks, again!


Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 4:51 PM

So glad you are still with us!!
Life will be more precious to you now, each day a treasure.
I thank God fervently for watching over you.

My prayers for your continuing recovery and safety!


Lucimoore  (Level: 194.3 - Posts: 1738)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 5:00 PM

Glad you're okay Justin, and that's all that's important.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2402)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 5:02 PM

Posting on behalf of Seniorrita:

Sending best wishes for your recovery Justin, and hoping you are doing OK.

Suzannec  (Level: 260.3 - Posts: 616)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 5:17 PM

Thank goodness you are on the mend! I have been a basketcase of worry about you and the site. I had absolutely nothing to do last night without my beloved Sploofus. I am sorry that you were in an accident and I will continue to hope and pray for your complete recovery.

Naomi4195  (Level: 51.7 - Posts: 184)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 5:26 PM

So glad to hear that you are okay and as many others have said trucks are replaceable aned you are not!!! I'm sure all those Sploofus prayers had something to do with your still being with us. Hope your recovery is speedy and thanks so much for getting us back up as I missed Sploofus terribly for the day we were down. Keep getting better and take your time with life. As you now know it is not there forever and should be appreciated every moment.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.7 - Posts: 3355)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 5:29 PM

Glad it was only your truck that was totaled. Don't scare us again!

Marynuala  (Level: 141.3 - Posts: 996)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 5:32 PM

Oh Justin it is so nice to see you back, and good to know that you survived your accident. When I could not gain access to Sploofus over the past 24 hours, I worried that is might be something more serious than a technical glitch, and connected with you. But all’s well that ends well, and long live the Island!

Alvandy  (Level: 242.1 - Posts: 7733)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 6:01 PM

Great to have you back. Without a doubt, everyone was very concerned about your well being.
Too bad Rita's Water Ice didn't pick Sploofus Goofus as the winning mystery flavor a few months ago.
I would be rushing out right now to have one to celebrate your return.
But I'll be patient [even Jank too-] and wait until we can nominate it again in their next contest.

M48ortal  (Level: 263.9 - Posts: 3851)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 6:17 PM

Thank goodness you're back and in decent condition. While Sploofus was down my wife was actually expecting me to (insert shudder here) work around the house.

Will we be seeing a "Ten Things About Justin's Accident"?

These responses show how much you and your efforts are valued.

Swiper  (Level: 154.8 - Posts: 875)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 6:42 PM

I'm just glad you're healthy and well enough to be talking to us and letting us know you're okay. I know it'll be awhile before you can shake that awful feeling about the accident but it's good to know YOU are up & running Justin.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6810)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 6:42 PM

Add my congrats for having a hard head (or a strong exoskeleton).
Good to have you and sploofus back,

Pennwoman  (Level: 163.1 - Posts: 2475)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 6:43 PM

What a relief that you are well!

Crazy4games  (Level: 125.1 - Posts: 1019)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 6:48 PM

Glad you're back home Justin.

Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2498)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 6:53 PM

Welcome Back!

Mindmonkey  (Level: 280.7 - Posts: 295)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 6:56 PM

Good grief! Don't do things like that. In the big picture, the site isn't that important. Your continued health and safety is what really matters. Good to see you are on the mend.

Tresgatos  (Level: 217.7 - Posts: 4464)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 7:00 PM

Thank you for giving us an update, Justin! I'll continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hope you make a full recovery! I'm very sorry to hear about your truck but thankful that you're still with us.

-- Geri

Difod  (Level: 256.9 - Posts: 107)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 7:01 PM

I'm so happy to see that you're back home and recovering from your accident.

The possibility that we could have lost you and Sploofus is a sobering and scary thought.

Welcome back, Justin!

Lodi  (Level: 108.0 - Posts: 2143)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 7:09 PM

Send pictures.

Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 7:13 PM

I'm glad to hear that you are doing okay. It's good to have you back. I hope your taking it easy and allowing yourself to recover fully. I think everyone would agree that your health and well being are a priority right now.

Smaug  (Level: 145.4 - Posts: 2763)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 7:16 PM

I think it is important to put things in perspective and remember that THE TRIVIA SITE WAS DOWN FOR ALMOST A DAY !!!!

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 7:17 PM

We were offline???

Just kidding. Have now complete withdrawal symptoms.

Hope you're up and around soon!

Bbear  (Level: 168.0 - Posts: 2291)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 7:38 PM

Man, and I thought being without cigarettes was hard!

Now hubbie (Haydn) knows what true withdrawal is like.

Any I got a panic call from my friend Joyce (rajuncajun) today "where's Sploofus".

I'm glad you're okay, Justin. Let us send warm fuzzies toward your full recovery.

And we know the starts are properly in line when Smaug has his priorities straight as usual.

Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6644)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 8:02 PM

Justin, I thrilled you're back. I had to breathe slowly while waiting for your recovery. We can have more fun now. I know about those monitors. One of my two lap tops monitors blew out and my grand daughter has my my brand new cherry red lap top for school projects. So I have to use this clunky, slow desktop.
The important thing is you're okay.

Stay well!

Papajensai  (Level: 203.6 - Posts: 1025)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 8:13 PM

Big relief to be able to log in and see your update, Justin.

You should be more careful! Leaving your connections open like that was very irresponsible!

So glad you and Sploofus are back in action. We were worried about you. --Ron

Fudypatootie  (Level: 207.7 - Posts: 1301)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 8:16 PM

I'm a natural born worrier so when the site wasn't up, I was just sure you were fighting for your life. Thank God you are okay. Don't do that to us again!

Aquamar  (Level: 187.0 - Posts: 927)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 8:27 PM

So happy to hear you are recovering from the accident Justin. Thank you so much for thinking of us and letting us know that you are ok.

Ladyvol  (Level: 213.0 - Posts: 5678)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 8:35 PM

I'm really glad to hear that you are doing okay Justin...You have been in my prayers my friend...
Love ya,

Mplaw51  (Level: 185.5 - Posts: 1580)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 8:48 PM

So happy you're a bit better. Very glad that you've come through the accident quickly enough to write about it on here. Equally happy that you were able to resolve the issues of the island so we could come back on to relax. Hope you're back to feeling 100% shortly.

Salzypat  (Level: 162.6 - Posts: 5426)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 8:50 PM

Justin, I'm just glad your Guardian Angel was sitting on your shoulder. Glad to have you back and recuperating.

Now that everyone has been without Sploofus for an extended period, I suspect there is a new appreciation for this site that brings many friends together.

Get well!

Sploofus Editor
Sploofabulous (Editor)  
Fri, 31st Jul '09 9:43 PM

What Mindmonkey said. Your health is way more important than us Sploofusers getting our TQOTD. We're so thrilled that you're ok. Please take care of yourself.

Hey, Michael! (M48ortal) ... We'll be waiting for the "10 Things That Need Fixing at Michaels's House" WP.

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1736)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 9:57 PM

Hey Justin, so glad you are okay. Missed TQOTD anyway.

Tallactor  (Level: 153.1 - Posts: 423)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 10:04 PM

Let me add my best wishes to you, Justin--we all want you around for a whole lot longer!

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 191.1 - Posts: 687)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 10:05 PM

Glad you're doing better, Justin...wishing you a very speedy recovery.


Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 10:13 PM

So sorry to hear of your accident, Justin1 So glad that all is okay! Onward!

Titansgal  (Level: 17.6 - Posts: 35)
Fri, 31st Jul '09 10:37 PM

With my world collapsing around me I was forced to visit Bingo Sites. Thank goodness you're back - more importantly,
in one piece!

Allena  (Level: 268.8 - Posts: 1432)
Sat, 1st Aug '09 12:08 AM

I still can't figure out how you got yourself out of the hospital, off to Flint and made the corrections. Frankly, your long term recovery is more important than a rush job that does more damage to your well being so take care and get well, following the Doctor's orders. Fat chance, but I thought I would say it anyway. Thanks for getting us back up.

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Sat, 1st Aug '09 12:15 AM

Oh man, was it a relief to find this message when I got home from a long day of work. Justin, I am so relieved to know you are on the road to recovery and very pleased to see the site up and running!

Didb72  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 243)
Sat, 1st Aug '09 3:54 AM

My Sploofus friend Surreyman told me that you were out of hospital with mild concussions. It is good to have you back but don't put yourself through the ringer, your health and recovery are paramount and more important than us Sploofus addicts.
Best Wishes.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4583)
Sat, 1st Aug '09 7:01 AM

Even more cruelty of life:

Almost immediately after Sploofus went back online, the internet in my area went down, and it wasn't repaired till some time during the night.

More explanation why I don't buy lottery tickets. Sigh..........

Pierre  (Level: 205.6 - Posts: 25)
Sat, 1st Aug '09 10:21 AM

Glad you're in one piece and back communicating. All best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Bakerstreeet  (Level: 42.7 - Posts: 187)
Sat, 1st Aug '09 1:15 PM

Hey, Justin! If you were unsure just how much you mean to everyone on the Island, this thread certainly demonstrates how cherished you truly are. When you reflect back on this horrible -- but life changing -- event, take heart in all of the friends that you have, and absorb the mega-bytes of thoughts and prayers that are literally flying toward you right now in and out of cyber space to encourage and support your full recovery! Please, do remember to rest, Emily

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Mon, 3rd Aug '09 11:14 AM

So terribly sorry about your accident Justin, and I shudder
when I think of what the consequences might have been....

That's one of the things I think we learn as we get older.
No matter how important it seems to us - to rush around
trying to do everything perfectly - it's much better to take
the time and "get there"

I'm betting that your family are thinking about this accident
as we all are - and how we would have felt had we lost you.
Take care of yourself Justin.

Jeannette  (Level: 115.1 - Posts: 1734)
Mon, 3rd Aug '09 2:49 PM

motor vehicles can be replaced alas we mere motals can,t be .take care im so glad your safe and well and excuse my late reply x

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