Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Get There Itis

Osprey Marina, Myrtle Beach, SC
Several readers wrote to express relief that we sought shelter rather than face this storm while out at sea. We too are glad, although I'm bugged that we could have been in Beaufort NC before the storm reached us. That is frustrating.
The emotion I'm feeling is called get-there-itis. I'm reminded of that because one of the people sending emails is a pilot. Pilots are thourougly trained on get-there-itis. That includes me, back in the days when I was flying. The disease has caused countless fatal accidents.
Here is the scenario. Unsafe conditions are approaching. Prudence dictates that one stay put in a safe place and wait for it to pass. However, you are bugged by the thought, "I want to get there first." That leads to unrealistic optimistic estimates of how you can beat the storm by getting to your destination first.
It is a powerful emotional tug on your brain. I'm feeling it right now, more than 24 hours after making our decision to play it safe. That is a symtom of a serious disease; if you feel bad about making the right choice.
Let's have it. All together now. Three cheers for training.


  1. Brings the serenity prayer to mind. Also, the story of Bounty, which left New London in the expectation of skirting around Hurricane Sandy.

  2. I just woke up to silent flashes of lightning bouncing around in our bedroom. This is very reminiscent of early morning April 17th, 2011 waking up in Mile Hammock after riding out a near tornado miss the night before. The safety of Osprey Marina sounds pretty good to me!


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