“It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.”
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A few years ago, a work colleague departed for a short-term political appointment with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. I told him he could one day have his job back if he ended the ban on lawn darts. I loved those things as a kid. I also loved the Slip ‘n Slide, BB guns, itty bitty Lego pieces, model rocket engines, and biking San Francisco’s hills with no helmet. It wasn’t just toys. There was the tennis tournament where I got ill from drinking too much water. (Water! Who knew?) Or the time I ignored open cuts on my hand and stripped old deck stain without wearing gloves. And the time I jacked up my car without setting the emergency brake while it was parked on a hill.