Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Inflated Pants, was First Class req. 9b, c, d
Re: Inflated Pants, was First Class req. 9b, c, d
Fri, 25 Jun 1999 16:20:14 -0400
On Fri, 25 Jun 1999, JIM VAN HECKE wrote:
> At 12:48 AM 6/25/99 -0400, Michael Bowman wrote:
> >The skill of inflating one's trousers or shirt may seem a bit out of
> I certainly do not think this can be considered an "out of date"
skill. Not everyone may have benefit of a PFD when they find themselves
in water over their head and a long way to where they can walk out or
get swept away in a flash flood and don't have any control over where
they go or how long it takes them to get there. Certainly the floppy
Well, no, but then again -- from what I see of flash floods and hear from
people who barely got out of their way, the chances of being able to
shuck out of your pants or shirt and get it inflated are somewhere
between slim and none. If you're tumbling head over tincup, it's hard to
tell which way is going to be UP, and it's not likely to be UP long
enough to inflate anything, sometimes not even your lungs. You're in
water moving fast enough to lift and carry a house, and at those speeds
and force, you can get killed by a teaspoon.
It's not like falling out of a canoe in whitewater: every whitewater
canoist KNOWS that before too long there's going to be some calm water,
all he has to do is get to it. Someone swept up in a flood doesn't have
that pre-knowledge in the back of his mind. It makes a difference.