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(Chron)   I used to enjoy a day at the beach. Then I took a surfboard to the face   (chron.com ) divider line
    More: Fail, Harris County, Galveston, woman sues  
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2013-04-22 11:57:17 PM  
Ahh Galveston. When the water doesn't smell like shiat, it looks like it.

Saddest thing about this is subby's headline reminded me there's no more DLC for Skyrim.
 
2013-04-23 12:14:14 AM  
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2013-04-23 12:16:15 AM  
It was the arrow fish to the knee that did me in
 
2013-04-23 12:19:29 AM  
I have been run over by surfers several times while in the water.

They are not laid-back party dudes when chasing the waves.

Not at all.
 
2013-04-23 12:26:27 AM  

scottydoesntknow: Saddest thing about this is subby's headline reminded me there's no more DLC for Skyrim.


Not official, probably (unless they let the devs play with stuff in their free time), but I'm willing to bet the mod community will step up and release some really good game extending mods (isn't someone basically trying to port Morrowind over to Skyrim by using the assets from the Dragonborn DLC?). I've seen some promising elf expansions, though I haven't played any yet. There were some really good fan-made mission packs for both FO3 and FONV.

Point is, yeah, no more official stuff is sad. But I don't think we have to worry about running out of more stuff to do until well after TES:VI comes out. ;)

/let me guess, someone surfed over your sweetroll ;)
 
2013-04-23 04:05:20 AM  
The lady's being a litigious biatch, but tether your board, dipshiat.
 
2013-04-23 05:50:40 AM  

Solid State Vittles: The lady's being a litigious biatch, but tether your board, dipshiat.


So she should just eat the medical costs she incurred in getting her face fixed because... (?)

Also: Tether your board, dipsh*t.
 
2013-04-23 05:58:35 AM  

Solid State Vittles: The lady's being a litigious biatch, but tether your board, dipshiat.


and if you had medical bills out the wazoo you'd just laugh it off?

and if you were a woman with facial scarring you'd just say "oh well!"

moran.
 
2013-04-23 05:59:46 AM  
Surfs up ? Stay outta the water, unless you have a board, dummies . Surfs not up ? Keep your eyes open, and avoid folks with boards. Easy Peasy
 
2013-04-23 06:00:26 AM  
Back off, Warchild.
Seriously.
 
2013-04-23 06:01:10 AM  
Plausible Assumption of Risk.

now shut up and sit down.
 
2013-04-23 06:02:41 AM  

Solid State Vittles: The lady's being a litigious biatch, but tether your board, dipshiat.


It depends on what the beach rules are.
If there was a section specifically devoted to surfing (as there should be, like in most places where surfing is common) and he was in it, then maybe I'd cut him some  slack, otherwise it's his responsibility to make sure he's not going to hit anyone -and not wearing a leash? wtf? who the hell goes surfing without a leash? He lost control, ok, shiat happens, but then he should cover medial expenses. Actually, medical expenses should be covered by the state through universal health-coverage, but yeah, I know, that's a whole 'nother thing 'Murrica has gotta get fixed.

As long as she's not trying to profit off of it, but is just seeking to recoup damages she incurred (which he evidently refused to offer), she has every right to take him to court. In a nation where frivolous lawsuits are ubiquitous, this one actually seems pretty justified to me.
 
2013-04-23 06:03:18 AM  
then stop doing that , dnftfa.
 
2013-04-23 06:03:34 AM  

alienated: Surfs up ? Stay outta the water, unless you have a board, dummies . Surfs not up ? Keep your eyes open, and avoid folks with boards. Easy Peasy


lol, no.  That's like saying "stay off the sidewalk, unless you have a bike, dummies."  The water on a public beach is open to everybody and your inability to control your toys should not be any of my concern.
 
2013-04-23 06:04:07 AM  

Agarista: Plausible Assumption of Risk.

now shut up and sit down.


His board, his responsibility. Not wearing a leash at a crowded beach sounds like negligence to me.
 
2013-04-23 06:05:11 AM  

sudo give me more cowbell: Actually, medical expenses should be covered by the state through universal health-coverage


So what you're saying is that the person who is responsible for causing the damages shouldn't assume the liability, it should be evenly distributed among a bunch of people who did not cause the damages instead? And you think that's a GOOD idea?
 
2013-04-23 06:06:08 AM  
I've been smacked in the head with a leashed board once or twice.  I don't see how a un-leashed board could attain higher velocity than at the moment when the surfer kicks off it.
 
2013-04-23 06:07:47 AM  

alienated: Surfs up ? Stay outta the water, unless you have a board, dummies . Surfs not up ? Keep your eyes open, and avoid folks with boards. Easy Peasy


Why should the public have to stay out of the water on a public beach. Swimmers have every right to that beach that surfers have. Drivers, I mean, surfers need to pay more attention.
 
2013-04-23 06:10:20 AM  

Lifeless: alienated: Surfs up ? Stay outta the water, unless you have a board, dummies . Surfs not up ? Keep your eyes open, and avoid folks with boards. Easy Peasy

lol, no.  That's like saying "stay off the sidewalk, unless you have a bike, dummies."  The water on a public beach is open to everybody and your inability to control your toys should not be any of my concern.


No, its not the same. Most places where there are good breaks there are not public swimming areas. I have not checked out the place in question, but its common sense to avoid swimming in areas where folks with boards are in the water.
I live in an area where cyclists can use a freeway shoulder for a few miles. Is it okay if a  cyclist tries to pass someone and gets hit by a vehicle, and blame the driver ?
As far as the sidewalk analogy- thats apples and oranges- Bikes shouldnt be on the damn sidewalk. It does, after all, have walk in its name, not rideway or skateway.
 
2013-04-23 06:13:48 AM  

untaken_name: sudo give me more cowbell: Actually, medical expenses should be covered by the state through universal health-coverage

So what you're saying is that the person who is responsible for causing the damages shouldn't assume the liability, it should be evenly distributed among a bunch of people who did not cause the damages instead? And you think that's a GOOD idea?




Well, the irony would be that he isnt paying her damages, he is paying for everybody who doesnt have health insurance's damages "spread out" into her medical bills. So is it really any different?

If her expenses were reasonable, i have no doubt any normal person would be happy to pay... but costs arent reasonable, so you get bizarre manifestations of the system where people fight or dont pay the bills simply because it cost too damn much, which leads to even higher costs etc etc.

We have an amazingly retarded healthcare system.
 
2013-04-23 06:16:12 AM  

untaken_name: sudo give me more cowbell: Actually, medical expenses should be covered by the state through universal health-coverage

So what you're saying is that the person who is responsible for causing the damages shouldn't assume the liability, it should be evenly distributed among a bunch of people who did not cause the damages instead? And you think that's a GOOD idea?


Great. This debate again.
What I'm saying is that if someone is horribly injured in the hospital, and we have the resources to help them or save their life, then we do it. We just do it, because that's what human beings do when there is somebody who is injured and needs help. And since it's clear that somebody who is injured is going to get help, everyone should be required to pay for health insurance. Since they're going to get help anyway (again, (because the rest of us are human beings and not animals) they should be required to pay into some basic universal health-coverage system.

Or are you the type to say that when an uninsured person gets injured we should just let him die.?
 
2013-04-23 06:21:33 AM  

scottydoesntknow: Ahh Galveston. When the water doesn't just smell like shiat, it looks like it.

Saddest thing about this is subby's headline reminded me there's no more DLC for Skyrim.

 
2013-04-23 06:22:47 AM  

sudo give me more cowbell: Actually, medical expenses should be covered by the state through universal health-coverage, but yeah, I know, that's a whole 'nother thing 'Murrica has gotta get fixed.


If the U. S. ever gets universal health care, I wonder if the government would sue a negligent party to recoup tax dollars.
 
2013-04-23 06:22:55 AM  
By the way- I am not defending the surfer, but this lawsuit is stupid. I get that the woman was watching a child swim, but she should have not had tunnel vision on just the child. Thank the gods lady that in watching the kid you didnt not notice a hungry shark or anything....
 
2013-04-23 06:28:55 AM  
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2013-04-23 06:29:49 AM  

alienated: Surfs up ? Stay outta the water, unless you have a board, dummies . Surfs not up ? Keep your eyes open, and avoid folks with boards. Easy Peasy


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2013-04-23 06:30:18 AM  
I've gone surfing exactly one time. I had a board, my brother did as well. Somehow, my brother's board in my on the side of the head and I went out for a second. I was over the surfing thing pretty quickly.
 
2013-04-23 06:49:31 AM  

marius2: I've gone surfing exactly one time. I had a board, my brother did as well. Somehow, my brother's board in my on the side of the head and I went out for a second. I was over the surfing thing pretty quickly.


You turned out okay.
 
2013-04-23 06:57:27 AM  
Don't most beaches where people surf have designated surfing/swimming areas? If so, don't swim in the surfing area or conversely don't surf in the swimming area, dipshiats.
 
2013-04-23 07:00:49 AM  

alienated: Surfs up ? Stay outta the water, unless you have a board, dummies . Surfs not up ? Keep your eyes open, and avoid folks with boards. Easy Peasy


Surf up in Galveston?

*insert Leela and Bender Let-me-laugh-harder pic*
 
2013-04-23 07:04:05 AM  

abhorrent1: Don't most beaches where people surf have designated surfing/swimming areas? If so, don't swim in the surfing area or conversely don't surf in the swimming area, dipshiats.


Galveston is in Texas, where playgrounds and schools are built next to fertilizer plants.
 
2013-04-23 07:22:26 AM  

sudo give me more cowbell: Great. This debate again.
What I'm saying is that if someone is horribly injured in the hospital, and we have the resources to help them or save their life, then we do it. We just do it, because that's what human beings do when there is somebody who is injured and needs help. And since it's clear that somebody who is injured is going to get help, everyone should be required to pay for health insurance. Since they're going to get help anyway (again, (because the rest of us are human beings and not animals) they should be required to pay into some basic universal health-coverage system.


Except for the part where it never works the way you describe.

Two teenagers, one goes to class every day and works hard. The other ditches and gets high. Both of these trends continue as one goes to college and the other one doesn't.

Now that the responsible one has a job he or she can look forward to bearing most of the costs associated with life for themselves... And as a bonus they get to help pay for food, housing, healthcare, childcare, education, and everything else the irresponsible person "can't afford". What you are proposing is not a "fair" system, it's just a system that forces everyone to subsidize and take on all forms of societies irresponsible behaviors. At an absolute best you are simply replacing one unfair system with a completely different unfair system.
 
2013-04-23 07:23:25 AM  

Howser: Back off, Warchild.
Seriously.


^    ^
 \_/
 
2013-04-23 07:27:01 AM  
I think the surfer should sue the woman. He was surfing a sweet roll, and she stole that from him.
 
2013-04-23 07:27:20 AM  

randomjsa: sudo give me more cowbell: Great. This debate again.
What I'm saying is that if someone is horribly injured in the hospital, and we have the resources to help them or save their life, then we do it. We just do it, because that's what human beings do when there is somebody who is injured and needs help. And since it's clear that somebody who is injured is going to get help, everyone should be required to pay for health insurance. Since they're going to get help anyway (again, (because the rest of us are human beings and not animals) they should be required to pay into some basic universal health-coverage system.

Except for the part where it never works the way you describe.

Two teenagers, one goes to class every day and works hard. The other ditches and gets high. Both of these trends continue as one goes to college and the other one doesn't.

Now that the responsible one has a job he or she can look forward to bearing most of the costs associated with life for themselves... And as a bonus they get to help pay for food, housing, healthcare, childcare, education, and everything else the irresponsible person "can't afford". What you are proposing is not a "fair" system, it's just a system that forces everyone to subsidize and take on all forms of societies irresponsible behaviors. At an absolute best you are simply replacing one unfair system with a completely different unfair system.


Nice apples to farking moonrocks comparison. 1/10
 
2013-04-23 07:30:06 AM  
Surfboard to the face?

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On the job!
 
2013-04-23 07:31:44 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: abhorrent1: Don't most beaches where people surf have designated surfing/swimming areas? If so, don't swim in the surfing area or conversely don't surf in the swimming area, dipshiats.

Galveston is in Texas, where playgrounds and schools are built next to fertilizer plants.


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Oh, Galveston...;(
 
2013-04-23 07:36:24 AM  
randomjsa:

At an absolute best you are simply replacing one unfair system with a completely different unfair system.

At some point you're going have to come to grips with the LIFE ISN'T FAIR thing.  Most parents drill it into their kids early in life.  Your parents were remiss.  Pointing it out to people that already know and accept it, is annoying.
 
2013-04-23 07:43:42 AM  
Socialists:  "We're all in this together so we own your ass."

Libertarians:  "Nobody owns me so fark you."
 
2013-04-23 07:48:09 AM  
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"People who cause accidents are liable for damages."
 
2013-04-23 07:52:34 AM  

sudo give me more cowbell: Actually, medical expenses should be covered by the state through universal health-coverage...


That's what Tony Wilson used to say. He can't say it now, because he's dead.
 
2013-04-23 07:54:40 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: Socialists:  "We're all in this together so we own your ass."

Libertarians:  "Nobody owns me so fark you."


Yeass... Horrible, evil, pinko, terrifying sercherlisms. Evil. Terrifying. All sersherlists are evil, horrifying terrorists. Might as well give your housekeys to the nearest commiemuslin, cos if you believe in healthcare for all, they've already won, ja?
 
2013-04-23 08:00:49 AM  

uttertosh: BarkingUnicorn: Socialists:  "We're all in this together so we own your ass."

Libertarians:  "Nobody owns me so fark you."

Yeass... Horrible, evil, pinko, terrifying sercherlisms. Evil. Terrifying. All sersherlists are evil, horrifying terrorists. Might as well give your housekeys to the nearest commiemuslin, cos if you believe in healthcare for all, they've already won, ja?


I was pointing out that both philosophies have their objectionable elements.  Yin and Yang; there is no good without bad or vice versa.
 
2013-04-23 08:04:03 AM  
I once knew a guy who got hit in the head with a surfboard....while walking along Interstate 80 in rural Pennsylvania. It blew off the roof of a car heading east to the New Jersey shore (no, not Jersey Shore, so save your pics of the road sign). Talk about astronomical odds.
 
2013-04-23 08:09:07 AM  

sudo give me more cowbell: What I'm saying is that if someone is horribly injured in the hospital, and we have the resources to help them or save their life, then we do it.


Even when there's a clear party directly responsible for the injury?

sudo give me more cowbell: We just do it, because that's what human beings do when there is somebody who is injured and needs help


Uh, citation needed, guy.

sudo give me more cowbell: And since it's clear that somebody who is injured is going to get help, everyone should be required to pay for health insurance.


Why not just require everyone to pay for all their own costs, if you're requiring them to pay for health insurance? What's the difference? Are people who can't afford to pay for care going to be able to afford insurance? That makes sense to you?

sudo give me more cowbell: Since they're going to get help anyway (again, (because the rest of us are human beings and not animals)


Human beings are animals.

sudo give me more cowbell: they should be required to pay into some basic universal health-coverage system.


Again, why not just require them to pay all their own costs? Makes as much sense as making them pay everyone else's costs.

sudo give me more cowbell: Or are you the type to say that when an uninsured person gets injured we should just let him die.?


Why would I say that? I would say that whoever is responsible for the injury should be responsible for the treatment. What is your rationale for making poor people pay for the injuries rich people have caused each other? How is that fair?
 
2013-04-23 08:11:10 AM  

Agarista: I've been smacked in the head with a leashed board once or twice.  I don't see how a un-leashed board could attain higher velocity than at the moment when the surfer kicks off it.


Depending on the size of the board and waves the leash can stretch up to 10 ft. Unless he was very very good at surfing, keeping control of your board when being tumbled around by water is pretty much impossible. The leash is there for more the surfers protection than anyone else's.

CSB:
Took lessons in OC, there were about 20 of us getting lessons in the designated surfing area. Two stupid tweens decided they were going to swim in that area because they wanted a better view of the instructor. After the instructor warned them multiple times to move to a safer area because of the large amount of inexperienced surfers, one of them finally took a board to the head. She ran up crying to her Mom who shrugged and said "should have listened, I got a better view of the instructor here than in tohe water."
 
2013-04-23 08:12:37 AM  

amindtat: I once knew a guy who got hit in the head with a surfboard....while walking along Interstate 80 in rural Pennsylvania. It blew off the roof of a car heading east to the New Jersey shore (no, not Jersey Shore, so save your pics of the road sign). Talk about astronomical odds.


When I was in highschool, this one kid was a competitive bicyclist.  He was riding along the road one day, when a deer darted out into the road.... and was hit by a police car.  The deer bounced off the cop car, and as it flew through the air, it reflexively kicked... the kid in the head... who was going in the opposite direction.  Killed instantly.

/CSB
 
2013-04-23 08:17:38 AM  
Just to be clear:  health care insurance is insurance for the health care industry, to insure its payment.  It does not insure that patients will be cared for.
 
2013-04-23 08:18:46 AM  

Peekachicka: The leash is there for more the surfers protection than anyone else's.

convenience so he doesn't have to swim all the way in to shore to recover it after he dumps. Leashed board also means it's closer to me when I finally come up from being tumbled. I learned to put my hand over my head when I'm coming back up lest I take my own board to the head. Which I did. Once.


Also: Tether your board, dipsh*t.
 
2013-04-23 08:19:02 AM  
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