Saturday, February 11, 2012

I May See a Trend ...........

It's been done before .... an outdoors enthusiast faced with impending decrepitude decides to go out doing the thing they love  most to do.
I am reminded of the true story where a well heeled professional ... diagnosed with a terminal health problem ... spent a sizeable chunk of his estate and the last of his vitality on a non-stop helli-skiing vacation in the BC Rockies. Over the years, there have been cases of sky divers taking a last big jump .... surfers swimming out to sea or just giving it all up to a Hawaiian North Shore wave. A paraglider or pilot who flies off into the wild blue yonder... or a mountaineer hanging it all out on an impossible rock or ice wall. Sailors ... on a last single handed and one way trip to the end of the earth. A big game hunter facing down a charge ... but not taking the shot. A warrior's last stand ... a blaze of glory .....
Well ... there might be a certain elegance and esthetic symetry to going out with a bang ...
Posted: 10 Feb 2012 08:23 AM PST


Solitude, UT - A 74-year-old Rhode Island man died in a skiing accident on Jan. 31 at Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah, First Tracks!! Online has learned. A spokesman with the Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake indicates that David R. Reid, of Bradford, R.I., had left friends to ski Solitude's double-black terrain in the area of Milk Run, an area with gated access that drops from the top of the resort's Powderhorn II lift toward the loading terminal of the Summit Chair. Reports indicate...


Posted: 10 Feb 2012 09:01 AM PST


Keystone, CO - Keystone Resort in Colorado recorded its third death in as many weeks on Tuesday. William Emberton, 72, of Stonington, Conn., was found face down in the snow alongside Keystone's expert Geronimo run on Tuesday afternoon. Emberton died of traumatic brain injury and a broken neck, according to the Summit County Coroner's Office. He was wearing a helmet. Emberton's death was the third at Keystone and the 11th in Colorado thus far this ski season. Just this past Sunday, a...


...  but in these times one might also consider the terms of a financial package that may include a double or triple pay out for accidental death ....


OMMAG

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4 Comments:

Blogger Gino said...

i'd rather die in bed. it hurts less.

2/12/2012 7:57 AM  
Blogger OMMAG said...

That's what they call "The big sleep"

2/12/2012 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are free to surmise what you think happened in all these instances, but it may not be correct to sum them all up this way. I was one of the five friends on the ski trip with the man from Rhode Island and can share a little personal insight--our friend, at 74 was a extremely strong skier, and had plans to ski the very next day at Alta (as some of us were leaving to fly home the following day). I had purchased a spare lift ticket on a Super Pass and he was happy to take it from me to use it for this purpose. Yes, he did pass away doing one of several extreme sports he was accustomed to participating in, but I believe it was just his time to go Home. I know Dave was ready to meet his friend and savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Are you ready when your time comes?

2/13/2012 6:53 PM  
Blogger OMMAG said...

Well ... I don't claim to know that these recent accidents are anything bu accidents. It's just a thought I have that over time there have been a few cases where the consequnces were sought out.

I hope I'll be able to enjoy things like skiing when I reach 74 ... heck I hope I reach 74....

Thanks for the background on your friend Bill and take care yourself.

2/13/2012 10:02 PM  

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