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Safety, luck no match against stupid factor

By David Zizzo Published: January 29, 2009
r 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.