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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

What sort of leader are you?

Props to Samurai Cat for the quiz:

It took me quite a while to clear the tears of laughter from my eyes :-D

I don't know the bit about pot smokers though, but it's a 110% right on the last part. Better to perish on a mountain than to be run over by some cell-phone-wielding-idiot behind the wheel of a SUV, or on a hospital bed with 10,000 tubes sticking out of you.

We are all going to die someday.
The least we can do is to die well and with some dignity.


Blogger codfish said...

"Better to perish on a mountain": That's what I thought, too, about Alison Hargreaves on K2 - and at least you died doing something you love; surely there are worse ways to go. Until I was informed that, blown off by a storm of that magnitude, she was probably in the air for a long, long time - for all the advantages of going out tragically, speed in death is definitely a big plus, don't you think.

7:44 PM  
Blogger -ben said...

Ah, there's also Dobroslawa Miodowicz-Wolf, who fell 3000 meters down K2 in the 1986 K2 Tragedy. Must have made one helluva snow angel when she finally hit the glacier.

On the other hand, Providence can have a sense of irony as well, as the following link evinces. This individual too, died on a mountain...

Tragic? Yes.
Heroic? No.
Romantic? No.

9:46 PM  
Blogger codfish said...

That's true. And then there are the British skiiers in the Alps who drink themselves half-unconscious and then try to ski down the piste *in the dark* and invariably crash headfirst into some tree. In which case it's just plain stupid.

Or Joe Simpson, who certainly did his damnest to try to kill himself, but to no avail. In which case it's just unbelievable.

Having said that, you know what Andy de Klerk said: "Perhaps in a way it is kinder to die young with dreams and potentials permanently suspended than to remain forever unsettled by our transience as we play our lives out on the wilder parts of the earth." And knowing de Klerk's exploits, maybe he does know what he's talking about.

5:56 AM  

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