August 20, 2005

Fun to One is a Potential Darwin Award for Another

Who am I to say that what is fun for others is not right? Sheesh. I saw THIS and thought, ‘Darwin Award’.

Hey, they can hang ten or go down on their bellies all they want. As long as they have health insurance and my tax paying dollar isn’t paying for their cuts, bruises and ‘broken necks’. Yeah, no joke. The guy broke his neck, but thinks this ‘sport’ is such a blast he’s still going at it.

As for not finding a sponsor… well, I must say I am surprised. I mean, with all this extreme sport stuff they can’t find a sponsor? Perhaps it’s the judging criteria of ‘style, length of ride and… survive ability’. That last one may be the clincher as to their troubles.

Personally, me? I’ll continue to pick sports where my living or dying in the end really isn’t a factor. As I’ve said in the past, I’m very in tune with my mortality. It’s gonna happen… I’d just as soon it be later than sooner.

Posted by Boudicca at August 20, 2005 05:50 PM | TrackBack

Yeh, as a youngin' (all the way up ,to your decade, Bou--still a youngin' :-), I believed in real risky sports... like baseball and tennis. Risking one's neck for fun? Maybe that's just natures way of thinning out the shallow end of the gene pool, eh?

Posted by: David at August 20, 2005 11:09 PM

I just loved the line about "no deaths or serious injuries" I guess a broken neck isn't really a serious injury then? I must be missing something!

As I was reading it - all I could think of was... if they had all jumped off the side of a mountain for fun, would you do that too?

Posted by: Teresa at August 21, 2005 01:15 PM

I'm with you. I see a Darwin Award in this guy's future.

Posted by: Sally at August 21, 2005 01:54 PM

The libertraian in me says if the sumbitch is nutty enough to try to kill himself let him do it. But, you are right in that he will hurt himself and it will be our tax dollars paying him out of the hospital.

But thats the problem with social programs-when society foots the bill then society feels it has a right to dictate a life style-RE: law suits against fast food places, seatbelt laws, motorcycle helmets, forcing kids to wear a helmet when they ride a bicycle-where will it stop?

Posted by: GUYK at August 21, 2005 03:54 PM

Guyk- Seriously, people can do what they want to themselves in my book. Want to kill themself? Not my problem. Just don't take anyone out with them in the process. That pisses me off.

But ultimately, we pay as a society for these idiots who don't wear seatbelts or helmets because some don't have health insurance. That REALLY pisses me off. And things with kids piss me off too. If some idiot doesn't want to wear a seatbelt themselves, so be it. But to not strap their kid in? That's a serious offense to me.

As Tammi would say, "Don't mess with the babies."

Posted by: Bou at August 21, 2005 09:58 PM

"But ultimately, we pay as a society for these idiots who don't wear seatbelts or helmets..."

I need to look up the source... (yeh, maybe someday). Premise of an article I read in passing was that helmet laws have saved lives, but increased insurance costs (cos of extensive rehab, etc., for folks who would otherwise have died) and other societal costs--think: government funded disability stuff.

As long as folks who take inordinate risks are willing to bear the cost of those risks, NOT shove them off on other folks, I say, sure: knock yourself out.

(But I'm the sme way about drugs and other risky behavior: as long as the user ONLY bears the cost of their actions, no sweat.)

BTW, Darwin Awards ought only to be awarded to folks who take themselves outa the pic by acting stupid BEFORE they reproduce. Don't necessarily need those genes in the pool.

Posted by: David at August 23, 2005 07:47 PM