Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 8, Issue 6, pp 483–484 | Cite as

Parasailing and Professional Societies

  • McIntyre R. Louthan

Summer is a time for new experiences, attaining new heights, and seeing the world from a new perspective. Our family—children, spouses, and grandchildren—were gathered at our son Rick’s beach house when my wife, Fran, suggested that she could fulfill a lifelong dream by going parasailing. I’m totally uncomfortable on a step ladder and parasailing would be an experience in shear terror, so I didn’t volunteer to accompany Fran. In fact, I said I wouldn’t go. Rick said that he would go with her, but because he had been parasailing before, suggested that maybe someone else would enjoy sharing the experience. Fran then asked our first two grandchildren, Austin and Kate, if they wanted to ride with her on a parasail. Austin immediately said yes but Kate hesitated. She considered the offer for most of the morning before she said, “I have a dilemma: If I go with Mamaw, I might not like it; but if I don’t go, I might regret not having the experience. What should I do?” Fran immediately said,...

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  1. 1.RadfordUSA

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