Sean, I'm not picking any fights with anyone. I'm laughing at being reminded of my own tangled mistakes
(including a couple of crashing gybes during my learning
curve/dinghy sailing days, one of which sent me swimming when I ducked toward what would presently become the leeward rail to avoid being brained by a spruce boom that was in a big hurry to get downwind). That, and in general the human propensity for us to talk a better game
afterwards than we play away from the dock
Knowing a certain event is undesirable does not mean we can always avoid the occurence of that event. If you've found some talisman that covers the gap of human imperfection that exists between the solid footing of careful planning and prudent seamanship, please tell me where to find one for myself, because I certainly need such a charm.
I don't know which smiley is appropriate here, but it should communicate the idea of self-deprecating humor.
I can only rely on experience that distills wisdom in tiny drops over time. Thus I'm doomed to continue making mistakes
. But because I fear I will never live long enough to eliminate them all, the best I can hope for is not to repeat the same ones over and over.
After all, no one is prefect. . .