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ATVing with Team Moshman

I finally had a chance to catch up with Collin Moshman and some members of Team Moshman over the weekend. If you don’t know who Collin is, you probably live in a deeper cave than the one I live in. Okay, I’ll admit that was a tad harsh. However, Collin has written some great poker books, and his website features lots of interesting blogs.

We went ATVing in Vegas on Saturday. It was a lot of fun! Unfortunately, I probably won the award for worst accident. For about 3 hours, I drove without any major incidents. My ATV got stuck at the very top of a steep hill, my ATV got stuck in some sand, and that was it. However, in my last run of the evening, I navigated a small drop suboptimally. The right side of my ATV ended up on higher ground than the left side, I fell off the left side, the ATV fell on top of me, and the ATV leaked a bunch of gasoline on me. Fortunately, Collin was behind me, and his former strongman competition training came in handy: he easily rolled the ATV off of me. In fact, I had to make sure that he didn’t move the ATV too fast because of the location of my left ankle.

After the incident, Collin confessed that one of his first thoughts after seeing my fall was having to blog about my death. But after it was all said and done, I escaped with a few scrapes and a nasty bruise on my left tricep, which had absorbed a lot of impact. I attribute my good fortune to being skilled at falling (yes, one can be skilled at falling) and ensuring that my body was braced for the impending impact. I was able to hop back on my ATV like nothing happened (though I proceeded a bit more cautiously the rest of the way). The saddest thing about my fall is that about 4 other riders were able to navigate this drop with little effort :(

This fall wasn’t nearly as bad as a mountain biking incident that occurred on my first and only mountain biking adventure. We were riding on a single track trail, my bike slipped on some mud, and I fell off the trail. I rolled about 50 feet down a very steep hill, grabbing for everything in sight, until a collision with a big tree ultimately stopped me. And as bad as that sounds, I also escaped with just bruises and cuts (though I was really shaken up afterwards). Again, calmness and being good at falling helped my cause greatly there. Of course, some good fortune probably didn’t hurt my cause.

Whether you’re falling off an ATV, making a tough decision at the poker tables, or dealing with some other difficult situation, the most important quality that you can bring to the situation is calmness. No matter how fast things are moving, make sure you take whatever time you do have to properly assess the situation to the best of your ability. In the end, a calm, focused, and lucid disposition prevails over a panicked, unfocused, and chaotic one.

May Your EV Always Be Positive!

Tony Guerrera (The Tsunami)

P.S. I hope no one threw a lit cigarette into the trash can outside MGM’s Signature Tower 2 since that’s where I disposed of my gasoline-soaked shirt :)

P.P.S. The chemist in me laments not following proper procedure for disposing a flammable organic chemical.


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