I have told this one before...but is appropriate for this thread as well. I was once on a date at age 19. I was dating a young lady whom I had had several dates with off and on. In fact, she remarked one time...."Jerry, your inconsistency is starting to become consistent!"
Anyway we shared a lot time and experienced some strange events. ONE was a "close call" I had taken her to the State Fair of Texas "on the "MIDWAY" which was the "ride" part of the grounds. We climbed in one of 8 cages on the ride called the "Octopus"...with heavy steel arms sticking out and attached to these cages. The ride would rotate AND go "up and down" at the same time. Depending on who the operator was this ride could be rotated very fast! I learned a lesson. Never board a ride where the operator has a tatoo on his arm which says "Born to Lose"!
As we were being rotated very fast and could hear the screams....(especially "K") One could actually HEAR the motor revving up as the operator pushed the lever (pushing the envelope too) While we were rotating I started hearing a metallic "grinding" sound (akin to metal being stressed to it's limits) The sound was very audible (even above the screams) "K" started hearing it too. "What is that?" she asked. I said, "Something wrong....is what it is" She then started screaming as I was yelling at him to let us off. He rotated it full throttle! Huh? Mercifully he stopped the ride. We were the LAST cage to be opened! As I got out I yelled "Did you not HEAR us buddy?!" He just smiled this grin with Sommer teeth (Some er here...some are there!) The very next week I read in the paper (almost to the day) the ride had "thrown" one of the cages! One person was killed...and the other critically wounded I thought (could have died too) The cage was thrown and slid 50 or 60 yards! I called "K" and said, "Did you read the papers?" she said she had just then read the article. (we both just KNEW) that was the cage WE had been in! "K" then said, "Dating you I think is hazardous to my health!" (we still went out after that though)
(I thanked our guardian angels) I also added some humor here because I still "shutter" at what could have been.