We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Another good one from Mario: Going Fishing? No You’re Not. Every time you leave shore, you leave safety and, however relaxing and fun it may be, you are entering a dangerous environment on a contraption which is floating at the moment, but wants to sink. If there were no bit of adventure to boating, nobody would do it without getting paid.
It's not that the water wants to kill you but, as a reader commented elsewhere, "Nature doesn't care."
Last I heard, commercial fishing is the most dangerous occupation in America, and unwatched swimming pools are death traps for little kids. I know a couple whose 3 year-old drowned during their poolside cocktail party. Fifty people there, and nobody noticed the little kid slip under.
I recently took a hunter safety course and the Game Warden told us several times that the major causes of injury and death for hunters are drowning, exposure, and slip-and-fall. It was a requirement to bring a first aid kit to pass the course - simply to ensure you had one.
Of course there was lots of gun safety too, but half of it was tenderfoot Boy Scout stuff.
I was a lifeguard in the 60's at pools and a southern California beach for several years. It always amazed me how little fuss the drowning victim made. I always imagined that the macho guys didn't want to embarrass themselves and the timid ones just didn't know, until it was too late, that they should make noise.
Since becoming an adult, I've pulled two 8-12 year old children out of pools with more than 25 adults within 20 feet of the pool edge; nobody even noticed the child laying in the deep end on the drain.