It’s pretty rare that people comment on my blog even though I get a fair number of visitors. To change that (for at least one post) I thought I’d do a contest.
This contest was inspired by a friend of mine. When I was on my last cruise we only knew each other a little bit, basically just well enough to be friends on Facebook. When I posted that we were going through what might be shark-infested waters–and that we were throwing bait overboard–he asked if I could bring him back a shark’s tooth. I thought it was kind of an odd request at the time, but since we never spotted any sharks, I couldn’t bring him one anyway.
Since then we’ve become pretty good friends. One night he explained that not only is he fascinated with sharks, he wishes he could wrestle a shark for fun.
“Do you really think that you’d win?” I asked.
“Oh, maybe,” he replied. “But if I didn’t–what a way to go!”
I had to grin at that, because just a few weeks earlier I’d rushed outside during a serious thunderstorm to watch the lightning. Another friend of mine who was there that night ran out with me, as he’s also fascinated by lightning; we’ve both been within 50 feet of a lightning strike. (For my friend, more than once.) That night, as our friends asked us if we were scared of getting hit, we looked at each other, grinned, and said: “Not really–but wouldn’t that be a great way to go?”
In other words: I wouldn’t like to die wrestling a shark, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think about strange ways I wouldn’t mind dying. In fact, given that lots of people think about their own mortality on occasion, I imagine people have come up with some really weird potential deaths.
So here’s the contest: If you could choose your own death, something other than a peaceful going to sleep, something that might make the news, what would it be?
Enter by commenting on this post by July 4. Of course, part of the fun of a contest like this is reading many goofy entries, so TELL YOUR FRIENDS.
Winner will be chosen at random from among all entries. Of course I can’t offer a big prize–I don’t have a lot of money right now–but I will send the winner something (TBD) from my sub-tropical Port Of Call after my next cruise.