Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How did she break her arm?

Well, you will find out by reading this amusing true story. We tend to be amused by somebody else’s misfortunes or accident. The Germans have a word for it’ it is called “Schadenfreude,”  meaning: delight in another person's misfortune. However, here we have double trouble; this is not a tragic story and you should get a chuckle from it, which we need from time to time to brighten our day, in this case at the expense of another person’s misfortune.

Even if you aren't a skier, you'll be able to appreciate the humour of the slopes as written by a New Orleans newspaper. - Werner

A friend just got back from a holiday skiing trip to Utah with the kind of story that warms the cockles of anybody's heart. Conditions were perfect...12 below, no feeling in the toes, basic numbness all over........the "Tell me when we're having fun" kind of day.
One of the women in the group complained to her husband that she was in dire need of a rest room. He told her not to worry, that he was sure there was relief waiting at the top of the lift in the form of a powder room for female skiers in distress. He was wrong, of course and the pain did not go away.
If you've ever had nature hit its panic button in you, then you know that a temperature of 12 below doesn't help matters.
With time running out, the woman weighed her options. Her husband, picking up on the intensity of the pain, suggested that since she was wearing an all-white ski outfit, she should go off in the woods and no one would even notice. He assured her, "The white will provide more than adequate camouflage." So she headed for the tree line, began lowering her ski pants and proceeded to do her thing.
If you've ever parked on the side of a slope, then you know there is a right way and wrong way to set your skis so you don't move. Yup, you got it!!! She had them positioned the wrong way.
Steep slopes are not forgiving...even during the most embarrassing moments. Without warning, the woman found herself skiing backward, out-of-control, racing through the trees.......somehow missing all of them and onto another slope. Her derriere and the reverse side were still bare, her pants down around her knees, and she was picking up speed all the while. She continued backwards, totally out-of-control, creating an unusual vista for the other skiers. The woman skied back under the lift and finally collided violently with a pylon.
The bad news was that she broke her arm and was unable to pull up her ski pants. At long last her husband arrived, putting an end to her "nudie show," and then summoned the ski patrol. They transported her to a hospital.
While in the emergency room, a man with an obviously broken leg was put in the bed next to hers. "So, how did you break your leg?" she asked, making small talk. "It was the stupidest thing you ever saw," he said. "I was riding up this ski lift and suddenly, I couldn't believe my eyes! There was this crazy woman skiing backward, out-of-control, down the mountain, with her bare bottom hanging out of her pants. I leaned over to get a better look and fell out of the lift."
"So, how did you break your arm?? He asked
My thought for today. – Werner
Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.  ~Arnold Glasow

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Lucy said...

Thank you, Werner, for this delightful little story, perhaps not so delightful for the people concerned at that time, but I’m sure they will laugh about the incident as long as they live. I felt a little blue today and this story was just the right “antidote” for me and it gave me a “lift.”

Jaya said...

LOL! Great stuff Werner... and thank you so much for sharing with us! Cheers, Jaya.

Karen said...

Thanks for the laugh, Werner; it was just what I needed.

Brigitte from Austria said...

LOL, good one. As an experienced skier I can relate to skiing accidents and know only too well that skis can have their own mind when carrying inexperienced skiers.