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Tori vs. Dean: Is an Adrenaline Rush Worth the Risk?

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Dean McDermott and Tori Spelling

Last week, motorcycle enthusiast Dean McDermott (of "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood" fame) took quite the spill on his bike, puncturing his lung, "messing up a few things" and landing in the ICU.People magazine reports that he's out of intensive care now, but it'll be a while before he's in the clear.

If you watch "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood,"you know that Dean's wife, Tori Spelling, has held a firm anti-motorcycle stance for quite some time -- to the point that it seemed to fuel a rift in Tori and Dean's relationship. See, her beef wasn't about the fact that her hubby had himself a hobby, it was about the fact that he had a hobby that could potentially cause him bodily harm -- or worse. And now the poor girl is facing one of her biggest fears (while taking care of two small children, mind you).

This sitch got me thinking: Do we owe it to our partners and our children to stay out of harm's way when it comes to our recreational activities?

Don't get me wrong -- I'm all for parents striving to preserve a hunk of the pre-kid part of themselves, be it through a hobby, an adventure or what have you. But in this case, I'm inclined to agree with the woman. Would I have jumped out of a plane in my 20s? Hells, yeah! But seeing as I don't have to do it for work and I have two young kids to take care of, no adrenaline rush is worth my potential inability to care for my kids due to a busted limb, confinement to a hospital bed ... or worse. So I get my "me" on by doing things that don't involve parachutes.

What say you, guys? Are recreational risks worth taking once you have kids?


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55 comments so far | Post a comment now
Ane July 6, 2010, 12:05 PM

Maybe when my kids are old enough to fend for themselves then I guess it’s okay to do risky stuff again.. :P

Anonymous July 6, 2010, 1:34 PM

What about when pregnant? Should pregnant reporters be allowed on the front lines?

MommyMcMe July 7, 2010, 1:21 PM

I owned my own motorcycle when I found out I was pregnant with my son a couple years ago. My husband never owned a motorcycle and I only rode occasionally. But as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I decided to sell my motorcycle and I’m glad I did. There are enough things to worry about without making myself a vegetable or leaving my son without a mother. We take time to childproof our houses…why wouldn’t we also take precautions with our own lives?

Robyn July 10, 2010, 3:51 PM

I totally agree with what you are saying. There is no hobby worth risking your health and the ability to be with your children. When you make the decision to become a parent you become responsible for someone else and should act accordingly.

Deborah August 2, 2010, 10:20 PM

I’ve been watching Tori and Dean for three seasons…and I agree somewhat with both sides. My husband and I both ride together and my “requirement” if you will, is that he take and pass with flying colors a motorcycle training course. Which he did 3 yrs. ago. 100%, no errors. I think that it is important for a man to feel like a man,(even though he is a father),but at the same time be responsible to and for his family and use common sense.
Dean’s flaw in this is that he feels the need to “speed” or race motorcycles instead of a crusing rider mentality. which is safer, a much lower speed and a different bike. There is danger everywhere, driving a car, going in a convinence store, crossing the street or riding a bicycle with your kids. You should use common sense and not become involved in high speed sports and be a father at the same time.

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