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fernwithy
fernwithy
Rules...
You know, there are some things out there that I wonder at the necessity of rules against. Is it really necessary to actually say that it's not proper behavior to throw books at each other in the library?

My favorite example of this, though, comes from Niagara Falls. For those who haven't been there, there's an island between the American side of the falls and the Canadian side. It's called Goat Island, for obscure reasons. There are bridges built out there and it's a nice place, but it's literally right above the Falls. Here's a website.

The island goes right down to the river and it's not blocked off. You're in the rapids.

There is a sign there, informing people that rollerblading and skateboarding on the bridges (and the island) is against the rules.

And you just know that it exists because someone thought, wow, it would be really fun to wipe out and fall in the rapids above a huge waterfall!
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author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: September 30th, 2005 12:41 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, you're right! People are so... thick. Ah well.

I'd love to go to the Island, though. Especially as I'm part American and part Canadian - it'd sort of be like, I'm in both countries right now!
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 30th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
It's terrific. I actually took the bus up to Niagara Falls just before we left Buffalo and sat on the island for a very long time, just listening to the river go by. There are also weddings that take place on the Rainbow Bridge, right on the border, which is easily walkable at that point. (The Canadian side is better for the Falls-walk side; there's more to do in the city itself on the U.S. side.)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 30th, 2005 12:52 am (UTC) (Link)
(I should say, "More to do that involves the falls." There's lots to do in the general tourist-city vein in Niagara Falls, Ontario.)
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: September 30th, 2005 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, there is; I know, my family lives exactly twenty minutes away. ;) We've never been to the Island though, just looked at the falls.

If you ever go back, go to Niagara on the Lake; it's so neat, little old fashioned shops... I love it. Kinda a muggle, Canadian Hogsmeade. ;)
merlinssister12 From: merlinssister12 Date: September 30th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, that's my hometown. It really is quite beautiful and The Shaw Festival is great theatre they usually have everything from Ibsen to Coward, even some Gilbert and Sullivan type musicals as well as Shaw of course. My kids love the candy shoppes, and my husband and I love to get my dad to drive us around to the wineries. It really is a bit like a Canadian Hogsmeade.
ashtur From: ashtur Date: September 30th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Every time I see a really dumb or obvious rule... I get the depressing thought "they wouldn't make a point of it if something hadn't happened to force them to make the rule explicit.


"Do not put your hands in the lion's cage"...
murasaki99 From: murasaki99 Date: September 30th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Anakin: Signs, what signs? (skateboarding merrily along the railing over the bridge)

:D Ain't nothing foolproof - nature only invents better fools.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 30th, 2005 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Anakin: Signs, what signs? (skateboarding merrily along the railing over the bridge)

Mwa-ha-ha.

Plus, icon love. Too true.
murasaki99 From: murasaki99 Date: September 30th, 2005 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Plus, icon love. Too true.
Hee, had to make that icon and this one after viewing the updated version of Return of the Jedi this week. Feel free to use if you want. I've discussed with other fans the Houses the Star Wars folks would sort into if they ever managed to get sorted. Anakin is so Gryffindor its scary. Even as Vader, he's still Gryffindor, only with no brakes. 0_0 Then again, no brakes never seemed to worry the kid.

And of course we both know Anakin would be fine skateboarding on the railing, it's everyone else trying to emulate him who would be in deep trouble and deep water.

A workmate has posted a photo of a sign: CAUTION: THIS SIGN HAS SHARP EDGES!! DO NOT TOUCH THE EDGE OF THIS SIGN! and then underneath the big letters way at the bottom in fine print: Oh by the way, the bridge is out ahead. XD
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: September 30th, 2005 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Even as Vader, he's still Gryffindor, only with no brakes. 0_0 Then again, no brakes never seemed to worry the kid.

Oh, yeah. That's totally clear as far back as ANH, when the Emperor's second in command says, "Aw, what the hey, I'll fly into battle with the stormtroopers." He personally boards ships and deals with dangerous rebels, and it never occurs to him to delegate. I don't think the Sorting Hat would even have to stop and take a breath on that one! (Anakin would be so lost in Slytherin--he'd want to stop all the scheming and planning and for heaven's sake just take over and do something... I mean, are you people serious about being evil or WHAT?)
murasaki99 From: murasaki99 Date: September 30th, 2005 06:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I mean, are you people serious about being evil or WHAT?

Ah-ha-ha!! Isn't that the truth? Slytherins would drive Vader crazy. He'd be saying, "STOP nancing about and DO SOMETHING!" This may well be why he doesn't bother to challenge Palpatine for years - the old sorceror's machinations give him a headache. It's probably much easier to leave Palpy in the top slot where he can scheme away, leaving him free to fly the latest fighters, lead the troops, and personally squoosh anyone who tries to mess up his tidy, orderly galaxy.

Anakin would've been so much better off with Molly Weasley as foster-mom - lots of siblings, parental care, and a certain exposure to loving chaos would've done him good. Aaargh! Shoo, bunnies!!
story645 From: story645 Date: September 30th, 2005 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Some rules against are great though. Especially some biblical regulations, can't remember which ones at the moment, make me wonder what people did a couple of thousand years ago.
victorialupin From: victorialupin Date: September 30th, 2005 01:59 am (UTC) (Link)
Some things should just be common sense.

That reminds me of a road sign I saw when on vacation this past summer. We were driving on the highway and as we passed by a large (and very noticable) prison, there was a sign that said: Do not pick up hitch hikers. *headdesk* (Also, it's nice to know that the government has such confidence in that prison's security. ;)
marissa_214 From: marissa_214 Date: September 30th, 2005 04:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry, I screwed up that html and forgot to close the link. I don't know how to edit comments.
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: September 30th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC) (Link)
When we were in New York last February, my friends and I decided to go on the Liberty Island/Ellis Island ferry. To get on the ferry, we had to go through the strictest security check I have ever been through in my entire life, and that includes at airports and the Canada/US border. I mean, it's the only place I've ever been asked to take of my belt and empty my pockets into the little plastic containers, etc., instead of just walking through the metal detector and having my backpack x-rayed.

Anyway, we got through the security and got on the boat and, five minutes, into the trip, heard the following announcement over the loudspeaker: "All passengers are reminded that there is to be no skateboarding, rollerblading, ballplaying or barbecuing while on the ferry or on the islands. Thank you."

BARBECUING. As if you would ever get a barbecue past that security, let alone a freaking match to light it with.
greyashowl From: greyashowl Date: September 30th, 2005 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
My iron has a warning:

"Do not iron clothes when wearing them."

which means someone has.
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: September 30th, 2005 10:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Owww... that sounds very painful!
merlinssister12 From: merlinssister12 Date: September 30th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Anybody that dumb, probably needs to learn it the hardway anyway.
danel4d From: danel4d Date: September 30th, 2005 08:37 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't think that sort of thing necessarily implies that people have actually tried it; they're just trying to make sure that they can't be held legally responsible if someone does. It's better to assume the absolute worst than to be unpleasantly surprised by someone's stupidity - and then hit by a massive culpability payout by some chancing no-win-no-fee lawyer.
wychwood From: wychwood Date: September 30th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
To join my university library, you had to sign a form agreeing to abide by the regulations.

One of them was that you promised not to take sheep into the library.

I'm not kidding.
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