Old as Dirt!
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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Re: Make No Assumptions.
Thank you all for your kind sentiments and well wishes. Ms. Priss is now up, limping about, still bandaged and much black and blue, but demanding to know when she can get "her" car back (which, of course she cannot until mine--which she was driving in the event-is repaired). With still only one functional hand and moving only with pain, she can't safely drive, so we're not even going close to that yet, which will certainly engender more complaints regardless of how wise. In the mean time, the torn and tattered jacket she had on in the event, with wheel tracks/tire marks across one sleeve, hangs on a hook in laundry room near the garage entry door and so will remain as a (grim) reminder not to assume (which my daughter pointed out makes an "ASS (of) U (and) ME").
I have discussed these events with other friends at our yacht club and each seems to have one or more tales of injury/mayhem with equipment on yachts or otherwise that all seem to begin with the same foreword: "She saw me/him use _____ (fill in the blank) dozens of times so I/he assumed..." followed by descriptions of terrible injuries or, in one case, fatality.
Live and (if lucky) learn... Once burned, twice wise... For me/us, in future assumption will not outweigh instruction/assurance regardless of how often repeated.
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."