Daily Archives: October 6, 2011

The Disagreement

Thursday has rolled around once again, and, as usual,  I’m linking up to Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.

The prompt I chose today is:

1.) Share a disagreement you’re having with someone and let your readers be the judge!

Motor Man and I have had an ongoing disagreement since the summer of 1998. At that time we had only been seeing each other a few months, and, one Sunday, decided to drive to the Outer Banks for the day.

During our visit, we passed by a business that rented, among other things, jet skis.  Since I never learned to swim, riding a jet ski was not at the top of my list of adventures I was waiting to experience.  But I didn’t want to be a stick-in-the-mud, so I agreed to go jet skiing.  However, I distinctly remember telling Motor Man not to go FAST.

I had no idea how terrified I would be.  I was gripping the straps of Motor Man’s life-vest so tightly that I almost had to pry my fingers off the straps when we finally got back to shore.

Since that time, the disagreement between us has been about whether or not he was driving FAST during the jet ski ride. He’s maintained from the beginning that he really wasn’t going that fast. But I’ve also heard him telling the guys – on more than one occasion – that he had it “full throttle”.

I realize that the term full throttle may not mean FAST if the jet ski were only capable of going….say… 5 miles per hour. Let’s just say that it was most definitely faster than that.

And since I’ve known him since 1971, I should have known better than to ride in- or on- anything with him, expecting him not to go FAST.

I realize that, since none of you were there to witness this life-threatening event adventure, it will be difficult for you to judge who’s right in this disagreement.

But, to help in your decision making process,  just keep these words in mind:  wide-open throttle….wide-open throttle….

not the day of the jet ski ride, but the same summer

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