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Old 08-13-2019, 11:41 PM
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Back in the late 1960s I knew well a guy from Rhode Island who told me his father had survived three lightning strikes. The third left his father paralyzed and in a wheelchair until a craps game at which the father was in attendance at the ice house was broken up by the police at which point the father stood up and ran. My friend himself had been struck by lightning in Soho. He showed me the scars on his leg which were quite impressive and told me that he had been unconscious for some time after the strike Perhaps some folks are just more prone. I also knew an old cowhand who was hit by lightning while on horseback near Chama, NM. He was unconscious lying on the ground three days. He was a very tough guy even in his 70s when I knew him. Now these were probably not full hits but peripheral or they each would have been volatilized.

While in college I lifeguarded at a swimming pool which was hit on one end three times. The strikes were all within a six foot radius. I alway got everyone out of the pool when the afternoon thunderstorms arrived during July and August. Some people did not want to get out but I somehow convinced them when I pointed out where the lightning had struck the pool in the past.
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Old 08-14-2019, 03:04 AM
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Neither, while most will leave a course at first sight or sound of thunder and lightning. It’s still a personal choice, and only those who chose not to leave, can decide if they are crazy or really might have a death wish.
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Old 08-14-2019, 03:46 AM
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I was playing Bonifay last night when we saw the lightning (it was close), Immediately quit but all those in front of us kept playing.

I can play another day.
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Old 08-14-2019, 06:20 AM
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Growing up we lived at the convergence of two rivers. The thunderstorms would follow those rivers and stop right over our house. I have seen balls of fire go across the room, had fence posts blown from the ground so close the dirt covered me, was trying to get the cows in and saw one get hit, had a crab apple tree hit while standing under it and have never had so much as a scratch or tingle myself.

I think you get to the point where you become immune to it. I have come so much closer to meeting my maker in airplanes, on highways, on motorcycles, sailing, in Vietnam and in other ways that lighting just doesn't bother me anymore. So I would be one who would just keep playing. Life has been good so if it's time so be it.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:18 AM
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Growing up we lived at the convergence of two rivers. The thunderstorms would follow those rivers and stop right over our house. I have seen balls of fire go across the room, had fence posts blown from the ground so close the dirt covered me, was trying to get the cows in and saw one get hit, had a crab apple tree hit while standing under it and have never had so much as a scratch or tingle myself.

I think you get to the point where you become immune to it. I have come so much closer to meeting my maker in airplanes, on highways, on motorcycles, sailing, in Vietnam and in other ways that lighting just doesn't bother me anymore. So I would be one who would just keep playing. Life has been good so if it's time so be it.
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:15 AM
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Courses I played in Illinois blew the horn if lightning was a factor and off the course you went. No choice. I wonder if a lawsuit looms because of no policy like that here. I can see a personal injury attorney's field day in court.

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Old 08-14-2019, 08:31 AM
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Caddyshack - Bishop golfing - this is the best game of my life - there is no god - YouTube Whatever! Great Memory.
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:41 AM
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I've always been amazed at the people still on the golf courses when the sky is black and it's thundering (here...you can bet there's also lightening). As someone said---you can't "fix stupid". Years ago, but up north, there was a couple who sought cover under a kiosk on a golf course AND they both got struck and killed, leaving behind a young family. Guess we'd need a fatality or two before "some" might wise up.
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:54 AM
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My mom is 96 and, unfortunately, in a nursing home. Every time I go there and she tells me something hurts, etc., I tell her don’t worry mom the next time I come I’ll bring a carton of cigarettes and a bottle of Johnny Walker, that will fix everything. She never did smoke or drink but I told her at 96 it might be a good year to start, lol!
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:59 AM
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Courses I played in Illinois blew the horn if lightning was a factor and off the course you went. No choice. I wonder if a lawsuit looms because of no policy like that here. I can see a personal injury attorney's field day in court.

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My understanding is that is why the Villages does not blow a horn, their policy is personal responsibility and play at your own risk. Once the course management takes on the responsibility of determining when it is safe or not to play, they also expose themselves to liability if someone gets struck by lightning and they did not blow the horn.
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