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Rafting sullies style

By johnboy 1 March 2012 66

It’s an ill wind that blows no good.

While the rains have been a huge inconvenience to many, and crushed the dreams of others, a surprising number of ANU students were able to grab rubber rafts and make merry on Sullivans Creek.

Thanks to Gus929 for the tip.

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Jethro 9:54 pm 03 Mar 12

HenryBG said :

Some people are completely averse to risk.

Like climate change deniers!

Seriously though HenryBG, pretty much every time there is a flood there are people who need to be rescued because of their own dimwitedness (whether it is people playing in flood waters, or people trying to cross flooded roads in their cars).

It is easy to say there is risk associated with everything in life, and we should therefore not condemn these people, but as with every type of risk, it is a matter of risk versus benefit. The simple fact is the risks from playing in storm waters outweigh the benefits of playing in them.

I don’t give a crap about the people who play in the storm water. If they want to risk their lives, that’s their prerogative. However, every time someone gets stuck in storm waters, people need to put themselves at serious risk to save them. It is a selfish action, in which a few minutes of fun can quickly turn into a situation where a rescue worker needs to put themselves on the line in order to save someone who is in a situation that was easily avoidable. It shouldn’t be applauded or even simply dismissed as harmless fun.

HenryBG 6:31 pm 03 Mar 12

dpm said :

HenryBG said :

…Imagine people taking risks! AND having *FUN*! How awful! Somebody should *do* something.

Driving really fast over the speed limit is taking risks is *FUN*. I suppose the only difference is in a car you have a higher chance of killing someone else too…?

Motor racing, hang gliding, rock climbing, heli skiing, solo round-the-world yachting, drinking a bottle of bourbon in one sitting, it’s all bloody dangerous, and it all puts others at risk (rescuers, bystanders, etc..)

Some people are completely averse to risk. They want to live their cocooned suburban life without ever seeing or hearing anything risky.

I suppose it takes all sorts, but I say you should live and let live instead of trying to make other people miserable by trying to impose your personal and peculiar values on them.

Now, where’s that bottle of JD got to….

dpm 6:26 pm 03 Mar 12

HenryBG said :

…Imagine people taking risks! AND having *FUN*! How awful! Somebody should *do* something.

Driving really fast over the speed limit is taking risks is *FUN*. I suppose the only difference is in a car you have a higher chance of killing someone else too…?

HenryBG 5:23 pm 03 Mar 12

Sandman said :

Disinformation said :

Sandman said :

Most of these guys have obviously been rafting before and know the deal.

You can tell their level of rafting experience AND what is inside their heads just by watching?

I’m going to have to ask by what criteria you’ve made this amazing judgement.
Was it their paddling techniques?
Their choice of watercraft?
Their personal floatation devices and protective headwear.

If there is nothing specific which leads me to believe that you have no super powers of observation towards judging boating experience level, I’m just going to have to put it out there that you’re full of crap and can’t actually justify your statement.

Looks like a bunch of no idea kids having potentially dangerous fun to me.

It was none of those criteria and no super powers of observation. I simply asked one of them. It’s amazing what you can find out when you don’t sit around at home cursing the world for being adventurous.

You can never beat the fun police: they are Right, because they are self-righteous.

Imagine people taking risks! AND having *FUN*! How awful! Somebody should *do* something.

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