Ultimate WNY Wakeboard Fail – When Confidence Overtakes Your Abilities
Getting hurt sucks. Unfortunately, in life, it's going to happen. Repeatedly. Both physically, and emotionally. Most of the time (physically at least) it's not necessarily our own fault, rather it's an accident. But sometimes, more often for men than women, it's due to our own stupidity. As a rule, us guys, aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer when it comes to judging our own abilities. And we come up with what seem to be great ideas at the time. But then, the inevitable happens. An epic fail.You know, like this Bills fan when he went to Nashville to watch the Bills take on the Titans a few years ago.
Or that time a guy slammed two different women (who volunteered?!?) into a table at a Bills playoff game back in 2017. It's hard not to hear Forrest Gump in your head when you watch the clip below.
The good news is that most of the time, even if it's painful in that moment, you can laugh at yourself or the situation later. It's a good thing too because you know damn well your friends won't ever let you live it down. Or your friends could be like my friends and laugh at you immediately after it happens.
And that's exactly what happened to me last weekend. My fiance and I went to Conesus Lake, over towards Rochester, with some friends. It's never a bad thing to spend a day on the water. Six of us were on the boat, wakeboarding. Understand it's been at least 10 years since the last time I went wakeboarding...but of course, I thought I still had it. That's how guys think, right? It doesn't matter how long it's been, if we did it once, we can do it again. Anytime we want.
After a few questionable runs on the wakeboard, I was finally feeling like I had "it" again. So I gave my buddy the signal to increase speed, and I cut out hard to the right. I saw the wake ahead of me and it was perfect. I decided to try and show off for my fiance who's never seen me on the water, by doing a backflip. Yes, a long time ago in a land far far away I could pull that off. But back then, I was on the water every day for three summers. So there I was, cutting back towards the wake, getting ready to throw myself backward. That's when it happens. The board slips out from under me, hitting the wake as I'm trying to throw my weight back. You can guess what happened next. SMACK! The board flew up and over backward alright. The problem was, I was already on my back in the water and the front of the board smacked me right in the face. More specifically in the mouth, breaking two of my teeth. One on the top and one on the bottom.
The impact stunned me. Literally stunned me. I was just floating in the lake, face down. I was awake and aware but the pain and the impact combined just dazed me. When my friends finally get me out of the water and onto the boat, everyone except my fiance is really concerned and worried. My fiance? She was laughing. Still dazed, I asked what she was laughing at. Her reply? It was perfect. "Why am I laughing? That hit on the head must have knocked one of your rules out of your head. If you're going to make fun of somebody, make fun of them while they're angry. It's more fun for you!"
And she wasn't wrong. That is my Rule to Life #3. And I have to admit, it is funny. After the fact. It hurt like hell when it happened, but it is funny now. It'll be even funnier when I get the permanent caps for my teeth.
All of this just proves my first two rules to life. Rule #1 - Everyone's an Idiot. Rule #2 - See Rule #1. And I was the idiot this weekend. Thi