Saturday, November 12, 2011

Aqua Power

The news that two power boaters died in a high speed wreck this week came as a surprise. I watched them all roll through Key West last week and never did it occur to me that this bizarre sport could claim a life, or worst yet, two. But it did.

But life goes on and the loud platforms for high speed kidney damage have been rumbling around town, the boats on the water and their absurdly huge tow trucks cluttering the streets.

They are objects of dreams and fantasies for everywhere they go they draw crowds, to watch perchance to dream.

That must be why people risk their lives racing across the water at absurd speeds at horrid expense. Living the dream for everyone else.

The racers themselves took a moment and gathered in small bands across town to mark another crazy race in the Southernmost City before they left for their next appointment. We do see all sorts of strangeness here.

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Chuck and the Pheebs said...

Boat racing is the quest for speed; living on the edge. One tests physics and their own mettle, knowing there's so little of the boat in the water it's more of an aeroplane than watercraft - an aircraft with no control surfaces.

They are not there for the crowds. They are there for themselves, and if you asked the racers privately, they would tell you they would prefer to leave their mortal coil racing than to fade away in a hospice bed.

Conchscooter said...

If they aren't there for the crowds parading down Duval and up Whitehead Streets is an odd way of showing it. I would rather die in bed attended by caring nurses but I may just end up squashed by a teenager texting at the wheel of an Escapade.

David B. said...

Teens may have less experience, but they have quicker reflexes. My money says it will be a lady realtor applying lipstick.

Conchscooter said...

I will be on the look out as I commute this winter.