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March 22, 2015
Vol. 8 No. 26
I’M SORRY, BUT SKYDIVING MAKES NO SENSE TO ME
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea Now that better weather is here, at least where I live, I am getting invitations to go outside and play. I am totally cool with that but just so we’re all on the same page here, there are certain sports/recreational activities in which I will not engage because they make absolutely no sense to me.
Skydiving: Okay, why in the world would I want to go zooming into the wild blue yonder and then hurl myself from a perfectly good airplane, trusting the rest of my life to a couple of big nylon tablecloths? My system does not deserve that. My body doesn’t know we are going to probably land safely on Mother Earth. It sees its life flashing before its eyes and for a stomach especially, that can be a pretty intense experience. So we can forget that one.
Bungee Jumping. There’s another dumb one. It’s like what sane/rational individual leaps off a bridge into this deep, steep, rock-walled chasm and at almost the last minute, has their life saved by this elastic rope that has been mass produced by machines? And rigged by strangers whose motives for providing such an experience are at least as suspect as those of their clientele. Yeah, that’ll work.
Mountain climbing. You mean for fun? The pioneers pushed Conestoga wagons over the Cascades to get here but they did not do it for the exercise. You want exercise? Take the stairs and walk to anything within a half mile radius of your home and workplace. Only one good reason I can think of to climb a mountain and it is NOT to get to the top. It is to get to the other side. And the only possible reason for doing that is because you cannot go around it. Give me a break here.
SCUBA diving. As in going into this huge world which looks nothing like mine and where to breathe, I have to wear a facemask and a couple of pressurized canisters with some weird plumbing attached? And all this so I can essentially swim the highways and byways and backyards of creatures so alien to my daily existence on dry land that they might as well be extraterrestrial? And where some of them are far more lethal than even the cobra, the tiger or the human? Where I might get lashed by a sting ray, brush up against a Portuguese man of war, or have a limb removed by a shark? And we’re talking about doing this recreationally? Right.
Downhill skiing. As a voluntary activity instead of just because you need to get to the bottom fast?
Contact sports. As in recreationally going out in 21st Century body armor to slam myself into other so-clad human beings? And be slammed into myself. By buff dudes (and/or dudettes) who have been brainwashed into thinking this is fun? That’s like charging up a hill when the enemy is shooting at you instead of keeping your butt down and waiting until they run out of bullets and go home.
And last on this list of insane forms of recreation is skeet shooting. In the first place, I do not own a gun. And second, what on earth did a skeet ever do to me? On a more profound level (since I believe in reincarnation), what if I come back as a skeet? What if the skeet comes back as me? In terms of karmic implications, that might be the most dangerous one on the list.
I sometimes wonder if extreme sports are not Nature’s way of culling out the truly-reality challenged from those of us who just want to have a good time without risking life, limb and future incarnations.
Have a good week, gang. And thanks for the ear.
P.S. As most of you know, I have lived in the mountains and on the coast of the greater Pacific Northwest part of my growing up years and most of my adult life. I’ve fished, hunted, camped, worked as a ranch hand, pulled green chain in a lumber mill, fought two forest fires and lived in a cabin in the Cascades of Southern Oregon without electricity or running water. I’ve never had a negative encounter with any form of wildlife except humans. I still enjoy nature. But I respect it enough to walk lightly in the woods.
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