Originally Posted by kiwiski
I don't agree.
He was 12 years old, every 12 year old understands the concept that when you hit a tree at high speed it hurts. It doesn't matter whether you are on a toboggan, go-cart, bicycle or whatever - trees (and lamp posts and...) are to be avoided.
exactly. when I was about 7 we lived in an apartment complex in Adelphi, MD and there was a mild pitch, not too steep but long enough to get up speed for sledding, where we would sled when there was enough snow. one time I was there when there was a bit of crust on top of the snow... anyway, after a few runs I decided to ride the hill a bit further down to a point where there was a brick barbecue area... got up speed, didn't like the looks of the barbecue, and crashed into a pile of snow with some of the crusty chunks there to cut up my face.
it was just part of the risk of sledding, of course.
but some people would have to blame the architect that designed the brick barbecue and set it there, the apartment complex for not making a sled-safe hill, and all the other sledders out there that day for not warning me better.
I simply do not understand that victim mindset. no matter how hard I try.