Ignorance is bliss, and the world in general was more full of that bliss than it's been for a very long time now. Then I was playing in the aftermath of hurricanes. Now, I'm warning people of the dangers of playing in flood waters.
Actually, even then, we weren't playing or swimming in flood waters, even though we gleefully called it a flood. It was really "flooding" from the super heavy rains of the almost hurricanes. After Irene, however, I'm seeing videos of kids and grown adults, diving into the flood waters, which aren't the same thing as rain.
The flood waters from a storm like Irene are dangerous, harboring all manner of germs and hiding all kinds of dangerous items. This was a serious storm, and it caused massive flooding, carrying sewage overflow, contaminants from basements and garages, machines, automobiles, and possibly even dead animals and excrement from South Carolina to New Hampshire! Look at the video below, where a reporter is battered by sea foam, which we were later told contained raw sewage! Did I say ignorance is bliss?
Diving into Who Knows What