Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Math and Safety

No, l I am not "canoe-wrecked" on Lake Champlain! But that's probably only because I have not been dumb enough to go out there! It's all based on mathematical and grammatical theories.
First the math. It's one of those word problems that plagued you in grade school. If a 15 foot canoe goes out on a lake of thousands of square miles, with only one Common Man aboard, and a thunderstorm comes up with 6o mile per hour winds and dime size hail, what is the Common Man's life worth at that point? (Hint: No insurance company would insure him!)
The grammar part is that when a weatherman starts using phrases like "severe" thunderstorms, damaging winds and take cover indoors immediately, it's probably not a good idea to be out on Lake Champlain, 8 miles from the nearest safe haven.
I know, they didn't have such warnings on TV in the 1750's. There was no Weather Channel. And Doppler was the court jester somewhere in Europe.
But American history has recorded lots and lots of shipwrecks on Lake Champlain. And I'm not going to add to those statistics if I can help it!
Thanks for checking in, Roger


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