Gut Rumbles
 

October 06, 2005

i'll bet you a nickel

I took the bet. I was to hop up on the handrail of the bridge over the Cumberland River and walk that handrail all the way over to the other side. It was about 100 feet, with a long, deathly fall if you went off into the shallow, rocky river.

I made it, and earned my nickel. While I was bragging about how acrobatic I was, I looked behind me and saw my brother trying the same thing. I went into panic mode and dragged his ass off of that handrail. My brother was never the athlete I was and I didn't want to have to explain to my parents how I got my brother killed trying to do a stupid stunt that I pulled off.

I gave him my nickel and made him promise NEVER to do something that stupid again. He took the nickel and ran off to buy an ice cream cone.

Just damn. I never even THOUGHT about falling when I did it. But seeing my brother try the same thing scared the shit out of me.

What causes that?

Comments

Compassion.
Or you were afraid if you came home without him and had to tell your parents they'd kill you.

Posted by: livey on October 6, 2005 06:01 PM

When you do it yourself, you have supreme confidence in your own abilities. But you don't have that same confidence in the other's ability, so you freak.

Posted by: Grand Fromage on October 6, 2005 06:20 PM

Perception.

Posted by: a broad on October 6, 2005 06:49 PM

What causes that? Souds to me like it's caused by a realistic appraisal of the situation at hand and possible consequences.

Posted by: robert on October 6, 2005 07:29 PM

all of the above. actually, you knew you could do it, you didn't know he could. Ego? confidence? whatever you want to call it.

Posted by: caltechgirl on October 6, 2005 07:55 PM

That's easy, At that age you know you are immortal, but you suspect no one else is.

Posted by: Pawpaw on October 6, 2005 09:34 PM

I hope your mother never found out about this.

Posted by: Bonita on October 6, 2005 09:48 PM

Love.

Posted by: Maeve on October 6, 2005 09:54 PM

Oh BTW, taken from your "about me section":
"Worst feeling in the world: Losing everything you ever cared about in life and knowing that you'll never get it back."
I can see why you dont sympathize with the people of Louisiana.

Posted by: the same guy on October 6, 2005 11:55 PM

Fear causes it.

Posted by: Kelly on October 7, 2005 08:46 AM

"-is the most diverse state in the union"

That's a good thing?

Posted by: Ivan Ivanovich on October 7, 2005 09:01 AM
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