I was going through some old photos when I came across these two. They brought to mind a couple of funny stories. They’re both from the barrel cleanup on the Des Plaines River in May. The first one shows the site where my previous cell phone was last seen. As I was taking pictures and videotaping, I decided to step out of the boat to get a closer shot. I got within about ten feet of Roy on the shore to the left when I took a step onto what appeared to be solid ground. It was actually soggy garbage and I ended up in the river. Five minutes later I realized my cell phone was gone, never to be seen again.
The second photo was shot a few minutes before the boat hit a wave and it (along with everything in it, passengers included) went airborne. The barrel at the front of the photo landed squarely on my foot while a drill went flying into the river. Shawn, my video camera and my digital camera, also all nearly ended up going overboard. Lessons learned: Never ride atop barrels in a small boat; package valuables in ziploc baggies with floating peanuts (tip from my aunt, a fishing enthusiast); and never, ever accelerate into an oncoming wave.