Monday, February 21, 2011

Live By The Sword Die By the Sword!

I turn on my TV first thing this family day morning to hear that 3 people perish in a snow mobile accident or better put an avalanche. This had happened in Central British Columbia, Golden to be exact. Now what these people were doing was marking their territory with their sleds. They run as far as they can, and then have the machine either top over the top of a hill or cliff, or fall over backwards and cause a backslide of snow better known as an avalanche. Now some people are equipped with transceivers and beacons others are not that smart and they go in with nothing. I ask what should we do with these extreme adrenaline junkies? They cost our emergency evacuation groups large dollars to come save this person or people.

Now I do not say people do not have a right at their fun. I just ask to what cost is that fun dictated? I think if you want this kind of fun you should have a stand by rescue team ready, and waiting to dig your butt out of the snow when that avalanche falls down on your head. Now lets talk about whether it should be a mandatory occurrence that you wear the necessary equipment, and what fines are charged against you if they find you without it on. Now there is the bigger picture of death, but people have understand if you do not wear the equipment you are signing your own death warrant and could be charged accordingly.

Now there is the sad times of the family that lost there loved ones, and there is friends and co-workers that struggle with that loss, but as my title states you live by the sword, and Die By The Sword! If you want to play in those extreme sports you have to be aware that they come at a consequence. Your loved ones have to be prepared that there may be a day that you may go out and not come home. The famous last words I heard on a news cast the other day; "people die every day so if you can die doing something you love that is the only way to go!" Spoken by an extreme adrenalin junkie. Don't they have an special air about them?

The last subject I want to touch on is helmets. Now you might find me a real hypocrite on this one as I don't think helmets make much difference whether it be on a ski hill or on a motorcycle. Now by law I have to wear one on a bike, and you can bet it is the smallest I can get away with legally, because when you bounce off the ground or pavement at any speed all the helmet is there to do is make your head look pretty at the end of the day. Your brain is still going to look like jello if you make that big bounce if it is on a ski hill or on the hi-way. Case in point a gentleman from Ontario had a helmet on runs into tree dead as nit. So tell me what good did that helmet do? Now if he would have not had the helmet on the end result would have been the same except we can feel sorry for him because he took all the precautions. END RESULT PEOPLE HE IS STILL DEAD! Damn the animal kingdom can be cruel but none the less it weeds out the gene pool doesn't. Another short story I had a cousin that hit a tree head on with a full face helmet on a motor cycle doing approx. 25 miles per hour when he hit that tree you would have thought that helmet would have saved him. The base of the helmet was driven in David's neck and it snapped it clean. So tell me where helmets make a difference?

Well I feel better now I think I have probably ruffled enough peoples feathers. So remember not to eat yellow snow in the winter that is your tip of the week!

I am going to wander back in the jungle so:

Cheers

From the Crusty Old Ape