Sunday, February 8, 2009

Floating Away, On the Thin Ice of a New Day

Have you heard about the Lake Erie ice fishermen who had to be rescued when the wind sent them sailing away from shore? More than a hundred of them decided it would be a good idea to build a wooden bridge over a crack in the ice and drive out their ATVs and their snowmobiles, which are still floating around out there after the crack widened.

Sheriff Bob Bratton explains it well, "What happened here today was just idiotic. I don't know how else to put it." It's your big moment of fame, guys, enjoy. You've far outclassed the boring hunters who shoot themselves while falling down drunk and the ho-hum snowmobilers who kill themselves running into a tree or sinking into a lake. A couple of you could probably even get on Letterman (Top Ten Signs the Ice is Moving?) though I don't think he could insult you any better than the comments I've seen on newspaper websites from around the country.

I see these fishing shacks cluttering the ice off Duluth, feel like they should be banned for being an eyesore, and fantasize about seeing them drop through the ice before my eyes, but this might be even better. I wonder if the folks onshore waved goodbye.

Seriously, these clowns should be made to pay the cost of all the helicopters and air boats and emergency personnel which had to be used to save from their own stupidity.

So as you push off from the shore
Won't you turn your head once more
And make your peace with everyone?
For those who choose to stay
Will live just one more day
To do the things they should have done.
And as you cross the wilderness
Spinning in your emptiness
You feel you have to pray.
--Jethro Tull

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