A cranky opinion for
CRANKY OPINION SATURDAY
Some of my readers may not be aware that I am a heartless prick. If not, this opinion will confirm that assertion.
I have no sympathy for adrenalin junkies. These cretins risk their lives doing all kinds of stupid stuff and then strut around like they are some kind of heroes. You meet them at a party and they are braggadocios.
“Oh yeah, I love to mountain climb; extreme cold, high winds, it doesn’t matter to me…you should try it.”
These clowns are all much admired. “Why bob, you are so brave, I would never be so courageous.”
Brave smave, they are idiots and whenever one of these idiots gets hurt or killed by their idiocy, I’m sorry, I just don’t get all teary eyed. These people are just addicted to adrenalin, and I offer no more sympathy for their addiction and the inherent dangers than I do for someone addicted to heroin, alcohol, cigarettes or any other drug.
Just the other day some guy had to be rescued from the rocks of Manasquan Inlet in New Jersey. Hey, I’m glad he was rescued, but he should have to pay back the coast guard for the cost of the rescue and the fact that he put several Coast Guard lives at risk along with a million dollar helicopter.
The Manasquan inlet which leads out to the Atlantic Ocean is dangerous in calm conditions. Most inlets are, as they are surrounded by rocks. Any engine failure can put you at risk. This dud was taking a jet ski out through the inlet when there was a hurricane that just veered east and there were small craft warnings flying. A Jet Ski is a very small craft. He was knocked off the Jet Ski and had to cling for his life on the jetty rocks.
You just know that if nothing happened to this guy he would be at the next cocktail party being the big shot. “Oh yeah, I was on my Jet Ski, small craft warnings don’t scare me, they are just for sissies.”
It is one thing that these people put other people’s lives at risk and chew up public resources while they are pulled out of the water or found in the woods by rescue parties, why do I also have to admire their courage and daredevilry?
These adrenalin junkies are dangerous to everybody; their speeding, tailgating and lane changing probably causes as many accidents and deaths as drunk driving.
Listen, if you want to hang-glide, cliff jump, row a dinghy across the ocean or climb Mt. Everest, have at it. Just don’t expect me to admire you, or give a dang about what happens to you. (Well I don't wish you harm any more than I wish harm on someone with a drug addiction, but you get my drift.)
If you are an adrenalin junkie and want my respect and or admiration, join the fire department, the police department, the EMT’s, any of the Armed Services, or any group that risks their lives to help others.
Those people are Heroes!
The preceding opinion was from a cranky old man and not necessarily that of management…Mrs. Cranky.