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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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Gary

I'm so glad you managed to work fractals into this post.

It really is a shame that guy didn't plunge to his death. Really would have gave this post that added zing.

messiestobjects

Well, it really is the Grand Fractal. The fact that it happened to have taken the form of a canyon is incidental. That thing is crazy.

And thanks for helping me to not feel like a bad person for sort of wishing a spectacular death on a stranger.

Matt Lesoine

"The ladies who lent him the poles had to go to the other side of the lookout so they couldn't see him; they couldn't watch, he was making them queasy." I'm almost queasy just looking at the picture of him about to plunge to his death. The only thing that seems helps is the "cartoon falling sound" followed by the splat...

messiestobjects

I waited until he was safely back behind the railing before making that whistle sound... I was totally keeping it in check while he was in action in case, you know, it upset him.

But I really wanted to see what that fall sounded like in real life.

Miss Luongo

That picture doesn't show the absolute peril that guy was in. It looks like he would have just fallen on that rock below the camera. But that little rock ledge was like 2-stories lower and very narrow. He would have bounced off of that thing like a ping-pong. There was no hope if he fell. None. And Michael ... he was the only voice of reason saying "I wouldn't do that." The rest of us were just sort-of dumb-struck.

messiestobjects

I think that the vacuum of sound in the Canyon made you mishear me. I was actually shouting "Jump! Jump! Jump!"

Matt Lesoine

You know, it is actually pretty interesting to observe these types of situations. The fact that a voice of reason is merely a whisper compared to the shouts urging the person onwards into their oblivious danger, really says something about the society we live in today. I certainly don't want to come off as a kumbaya singing, bleeding hearted protector of the downtrodden, but damn. I know you guys realize that he could have just as easily plummeted to his death; but I doubt that HE does. I guess that is one of Darwin's points, though.

Gary

He knew what the danger was. But he probably felt if he didn't get the camera he'd have to listen to his girlfriend moan about it until the end of time. Death or success probably seemed like the best options.

messiestobjects

Exactly Matt. Survival of the fittest doesn't mean survival of the strongest, it means survival of those who fit their environment the best. In the case of human Darwinism, once upon a time it meant survival of the most intelligent & brave. That's not as true any more, but sometimes natural Darwinism still beats out consumer Darwinism.

Not this time though. Gary's survival of those with the most demanding girlfriends was in effect.

Miss Luongo

She was a sweet woman just sort-of swept up in the moment. If she'd thought it through a little longer, she probably would have insisted he stop.

messiestobjects

Either that or she was looking for an insidious way of getting out of the relationship.

Dad

Wow... and to think you're my kid!! I think his "heroics" still qualify for the Darwin award... reminds me of the time we were up in Rockport and you walked off the rock wall over the harbor (about a 30 foot drop) and I just reached out grabbed your hand and pulled you back like it was planned... of course you were only 3 or 4... nice pics though

messiestobjects

Not the same thing. As you say I was 3 or 4, but this guy, judging by the age ring on his head, is at least a few years older.

kc

I bet he got the best blow job of his life that night.

messiestobjects

Funny you should mention that... the ladies who lent him their walking staffs instructed his girlfriend after the successful camera retrieval to take care of him "real good" tonight.

Gary

I certainly hope so.

Gary

somebody let a bold tag loose around here?

messiestobjects

KC has a chronic bold problem. I'm always unbolding her.

Miss Luongo

It's a typepad problem. You don't need to close your bold at Wordpress. And that's just one of the many reasons why wordpress rules.

kc

why do you unbold me????

messiestobjects

Because when you don't use the end tag ( <-/-b> ) it bolds every comment after yours as well as the entire right side column of my blog page. No one likes a bloglluter. :)

kc

well I didn't realize that ANY of my code would reach outside of the independent field in which my comments were occupying.

damn.

messiestobjects

You would think... but oh well. Typepad hasn't been around as long as Wordpress so I guess they're still working the kinks out.

kc

I knew there was a reason that I liked Julie's blog better then yours.

messiestobjects

You mean besides the fact that hers is more interesting?

kc

obviously.

=)

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