Those of you who have read my previous articles on Blogcritics know I don’t mind taking on a few sacred cows and have never been shy about expressing my opinion about things. I’m not stopping now, so don’t worry.
I just don’t want to inadvertently insult innocent fishermen, rock climbers, mountain hikers, skiers, snow-mobilers, or any other individual or group of people who participate in a sport or hobby that might be a little dangerous. We all know my chosen sport of shoe shopping online is fraught with danger. If I’m not careful I could develop carpel tunnel in my hands, or (God forbid) a blister on one of my typing fingers.
I’ve been known to overload the Bloomie’s card because those adorable pink Juicy flats were on sale, and I just had to have a matching pink handbag, but the card survived. Shoe shopping and cruising eBay for the latest deals on sterling, pink Depression Glass, or cabinet photos (they are for a book, I swear they are) is a heck of a lot safer than climbing Everest or ice fishing for walleye on Lake Erie in the middle of winter.
It isn’t funny.
Some of the fishermen who were rescued on February 7th were back the next day to retrieve their snowmobiles, ATVs, and fishing equipment. In order to prove they were safe, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, one fisherman even took a Stanley tape measure of the 14-inch ice on Sunday. Evidently he was trying to prove it was safe to go back out on the ice.
I am trying not to snicker. It isn’t funny. A man lost his life trying to ‘run for I’. I do feel for his family. It is sad. It is tragic when hikers meet some horrible fate in an avalanche or are stranded on some precarious location on Mount Redoubt when it is getting ready to erupt. I feel for the intrepid mountain climber who is stranded and then lost while trying to prove something to himself. The aftermath of rash behavior can be devastating to the surviving family members, not to mention the recovered lost individual who must deal with life-altering physical repercussions.