Sunday, June 04, 2006

Cheat the Nursing Home

I'm not really a morbid person.

Yes, it is true I wrote a post yesterday about eleven different ways to get yourself killed while on or in the water.

And yes, I do have a bumper sticker on my car saying Cheat the Nursing Home. Die on your Laser. It's a joke, OK?

But as we seem to be on the theme this weekend of exiting this life while having a good time on the water, let me draw your attention to this article in the Fairfield County Weekly, in which Alan Abel describes a business that offers elderly people tired of life the opportunity to end it all aboard a luxury cruise ship. The ship aptly name The Last Supper is operated by Euthanasia Cruises.


Anonymous said...

The euthanasia cruises are a spoof. There are indeed many ways to die at sea, but so far that is not one of them.

Tillerman said...

Of course they are a spoof. Any sailor would know immediately after reading that reference to a three-masted sloop.

Fuff said...

Erk. Had me going for a minute. Had a hunch about the tilting 45 degrees too.

Tillerman said...

Yeah - the bit about beautiful social workers providing one-on-one therapy sounded too good to be true too.

Anonymous said...

Are you going to request burial at sea? Or is that redundant if you die on a Laser.

Tillerman said...

I plan to donate my body to science so that researchers (perhaps including several of my own 39 genius great grandchildren) can investigate how this old geezer could still a Laser at 107 years old.

OG said...

Perhaps they will stuff you and display you in a museum! I think in a hiking pose would be best!!!

Pat said...

A Hobie 16 would be a cheaper way to die ... unless you hate cats. Of course, there are also some really badly built monohulls that you could take out, say from San Francisco during a winter storm on an ebb tibe as a way of celebrating birthday number 97 or 107 or whatever.

Dwayne Clark said...

To take the risk vs. boating safety discussion further:

"Psychological research studies that have investigated the mental health of risk takers have been inconclusive or contradictory, and in some cases risk taking behaviours (e.g. ocean sailing) have even been shown to lead to increases in self-esteem."

From this internet site:

They also add this:

"• Psychoanalytic theorists stressed the importance of these safety needs, and concluded that people who deliberately chose to take risks were therefore illogical or even pathological. There is no evidence to support these speculations however.
• Although some people are undoubtedly “riskier” than others, it can be argued that we have evolved as a species to take risks in order to survive. Our own DNA is therefore likely to contain genes that influence our risk taking behaviours."

I leave this for your readers.


Carol Anne said...

John B's widow was so pleased that the medical school accepted his body -- the folks there told her that many apply, but very few corpses actually get in.

You can aspire to join him; you will be in august company.

Tillerman said...

Yikes Carol Anne - I never thought of that. You mean you spend all your life trying to be accepted - get into the right school, get the right job, marry the right woman, get the promotion, join the right club - dealing with rejection and disappointment, and then even after you're dead there are still people deciding if your corpse is worthy of acceptance? That's so depressing.

Carol Anne said...

Don't worry. You're the same sort of person he was, so you should be equally interesting to science.

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