Thursday, August 30, 2012
The difference between genius and stupidity
is that genius has its limits.
I came across an article about a sixty-year olde woman who went up on a mountain that any novice skier should have avoided. No one would have blamed her had she stayed behind. At twelve below zero, even Frosty the Snowman would have opted for the warm fire. Hardly a day for snow skiing, but her husband insisted. So she went.
While waiting in the lift line, she realized she was in need of a restroom, dire need of a restroom. Assured there would be one at the top of the lift, she and her bladder endured the bouncy ride, only to find there was no facility. She began to panic. Her husband had an idea: why not go into the woods? Since she was wearing an all-white outfit, she'd blend in with the snow. And what better powder room than a piney grove?
What choice did she have? She skied past the tree line and arranged her ski suit at half-mast. Fortunately, no one could see her. Unfortunately, her husband hadn't told her to remove her skis. Before you could say, "Shine on harvest moon," she was streaking backwards across the slope, revealing more of herself than she ever intended. ( After all, hindsight is 20/20.) With arms flailing, and skis sailing, she sped under the lift she'd just ridden and collided with in a pylon.
As she scrambled to cover the essentials, she discovered her arm was broken. Fortunately, her husband raced to her rescue. He summoned the the sky patrol, who transported her to the hospital.
While being treated in the emergency room, a man with a broken leg was carried in and placed next to her. By now, she had regained her composure enough to make small talk. "So, how did you break your leg?" she asked.
It was the darnedest thing you ever saw, " he explained. " I was riding up the ski lift and suddenly there was this crazy woman skiing backwards, at top speed, with her ski suit down around her knees. I couldn't believe my eyes, so I leaned over to get a better look. I guess I didn't realize how far I'd moved. I fell out of the lift."
Then he turned to her and asked, "So, how did you break your arm?"
30 August, 2012