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Guess Who doesnt have a Safety Device!!!

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Well.....I'll make you a bet that there's your next FMX'er that's going to depart this planet.....not sure if I want to say prematurely or not ;)

That kid has GOBS of natural talent........operative word being a kid.

I dunno....maybe I appreciate life a bit more being middle aged and watching all my friends die around me.......BLEH!


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Did you know that Travis, the guy who has no fear during the day, has complete night terrors. He screams bloody murder in the middle of the night and wakes up crying. The docs say that is where his mind releases his fear.

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