Safety is a good thing. As government experts have discovered through research on unsafe things, safety is the best defense against danger. That’s why we have OSHA and CPSC and other government-sponsored collections of capital letters. Safety also is why we have safety helmets, safety glasses and safety safeties on guns. Still, safety is no match for stupid. For instance, if a person — say someone a lot like myself — were to take a circular power saw in one hand and run it across a piece of wood being held in his other hand, which is positioned so that an index finger is directly in the path of a saw blade, no amount of blade guards, product warnings, helmets or other safety stuff can prevent the outcome. Stupid wins hands down. However, luck also plays a part. For instance, if I were to whack off only the bottom half of the last part of an index finger, which I have, well I could consider myself lucky compared to what I could have chopped off, which I do, you know, consider myself lucky. And as anyone who has a relative win the Publisher’s Clearing House Sweepstakes knows, which I don’t, luck is relative. For example, a car pulling in front of my motorcycle so that I bounce over the hood and land on the pavement — unlucky. Suffering only scrapes and bruises — lucky. Crashing a bicycle in every imaginable way — unlucky. Having no broken bones over it all — lucky. Same with flying hang gliders, ultralights and airplanes, scuba diving, skydiving, skiing and bungee jumping, and coming away with only a couple of broken bones. Enjoying decades of crazy fun stuff and still being pretty much intact — lucky, not to mention a hoot. Of course, learning proper techniques and procedures reduces risk. But luck doesn’t hurt either. Still, the key is avoiding stupid. As anyone who has faced it knows, when stupid shows up, it usually wins.