I was at a big Trets meeting in 1981? They are BIG on claiming they never have accidents because of their practice, telling everyone to pray for no accidents, yet, they had these inexperienced YMD putting up construction scaffolding for the event and one fell off and broke his femur real bad. The Sokahan chiefs went nuts, running around like chicken without their heads, blaming everyone for the accident, not enough ichinen, not protecting the fellow members, weak faith... never once reflecting that they were the ones putting people in harms way.
That's really horrible and so typical of the kind of idiotic stuff that was going on all the time in they ymd. I still remember one time they wanted me to do something that I considered was unsafe and I was adamant in my refusal. Just another one of those instances that I slowly filed away in the back of my mind as to how reckless and unhealthy the "organization" was, especially the fruitcakes running it. The ymd chiefs were always running around like chickens with their head cut off, so I can imagine just how much more beyond berserk that incident caused them to go.
Also, those stupid 5 story pyramids. Did you ever wonder why, all of a sudden, at least in America, they either stopped doing them or pared it down to 3 stories? Because one collapsed seriously injuring a YMD.
You know, I expected as much; thanks for confirming. Not surprised at all. Those 5 story roller-skate human pyramids were sheer lunacy - an accident waiting to happen.
During the 1976 convention, they picked me, a nineteen year old who never drove a truck, to drive an 18 ton truck accross the Manhattan bridge and into Manhattan. You know, as Sokahan... you can't say no. I didn't even know how to drive well a standard shift at that time. I get into this old beat up truck and I'm half way across the bridge and I smell something burning and the brakes were not working well. Luckily I made it back and found out that indeed, the brakes were faulty. "Protecting the members"? What a hilarious joke.
On a humorous note, that would have been a fantastic "experience" to give at a future meeting. CONGRATULATIONS !!!
(They were always saying "contragulations!" for everything, like everyday was your wedding day or birthday.) My Ichinen kept those brakes working for Cousin Rufus!
And you could have also added a "famous" Mr. Williams line, . . . . "HOWABOUT ZATO?!?!?!
As I've said before, all these memories, always great for a good laugh (but not at the time).
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