Weekend regurgitation: Whirlpool Jet Tour – even the name is sopping wet

Either Mother Nature is incontinent or suffering a rampant bladder infection or just plain bitchy, I have no idea. All I know is that she’s been peeing all over our neck of the woods for, ummm … let’s see … FOREVER.

Helena’s softball season started about three weeks ago and so far, six practices and four games have been canceled, rescheduled and canceled again and again, due to soggy field conditions. Same with the fifth grade’s Cooperative Games Day which was rescheduled twice before being canceled for good this past Friday, leaving me with a deflated ten year old yelling WHY’D I EVEN BOTHER GETTING OUT OF BED THIS YEAR?

I leave you with a multiple choice quickie I posed last year involving another occasion when we found ourselves sopping wet except that time had nothing to do with Mother Nature, unless Mother Nature is a 6’2″ husband who quite possibly failed reading comprehension in school.

Happy Sunday, everyone!


Who’s game for another multiple choice quickie?

(originally published June, 2010)


Review the facts and the exhibits provided below and then answer the question(s) to the best of your ability. Or just guess. Whatever.


  • Nate planned this excursion himself and surprised his wife and two kids with it on the morning of.
  • Contrary to public opinion, Nate’s wife is in favor of spontaneity, provided it is thoroughly researched to within an inch of its life and comes equipped with a contingency plan. And a few Xanax wouldn’t hurt either.
  • This excursion did not come with a contingency plan.
  • No Xanax either.
  • At check-in, the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour employees processed the family’s paperwork and suggested they place their change of clothes in a locker adjacent to the dressing room.
  • A change of clothes falls under “research” and totally qualifies as a contingency plan.
  • Someone insisted “The website didn’t say anything about a change of clothes.”
  • This would be the same person who once adamantly insisted to the point of obnoxiousness that The Wedding Song (There is Love) was written and recorded by Art Garfunkel when it was, in fact, written and recorded by Noel Paul Stookey, a fact proven with incontrovertible evidence discovered by this person’s wife in May, 1999 in the music department of Barnes & Noble, located next to the cafe, across from the children’s section. Not that this person’s wife is keeping score or anything.


EXHIBIT #1: The website for WhirlPool Jet Boat Tours

The website for Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours


EXHIBIT #2: A close up of Exhibit #1 with added highlights:

What's that, Nate?

Which of the following is most likely to be true, based upon the foregoing facts and visual aids and, if applicable, any prior knowledge you may possess of the dysfunction known as FOR SHIT’S SAKE, WHAT THE HELL,  NATE?

  1. Nate will be getting Hooked on Phonics for Father’s Day.
  2. Hitting a Class 5 rapid head on and having approximately 50,000 gallons of the frigid Niagara River rush up and out your shorts like a mini tsunami is like having a wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am quickie with a Viagra infused Abominable Snowman, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
  3. Walking around Niagara Falls afterward with sopping wet shorts is not unlike carrying your own personal, portable air conditioner on your ass.
  4. Having your own personal, portable air conditioner on your ass is actually pretty convenient when it is holyshitcanitgetanyfreakinghotter° outside.
  5. There may be some truth to that whole “every cloud has a silver lining” thing.
  6. Nevertheless, Nate is no longer allowed to run amuk on the Internet and plan spontaneous excursions that expose his wife to nature, especially the wet kind.
  7. The fact that Nate is attached to his laptop by his umbilical cord pretty much negates any reinforcement of #6.
  8. As a direct result of #7, odds are that Nate’s wife will be spontaneously exposed to nature again at some point in the future.
  9. In light of #8, if Nate ever wants to wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am his wife again, he better hope that #5 goddamn well turns out to be true.
  10. All of the above.


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9 thoughts on “Weekend regurgitation: Whirlpool Jet Tour – even the name is sopping wet”

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    Hey, at least he doesn’t spend all his time in a barcalounger watching a ballgame and refusing to do anything else!

    This reminds me of EVERY time we went to Six Flags when I was a kid, and the first ride encountered in the park [then and now] is the log flume ride. You go on that, get soaking wet, and have to walk around the park sopping wet the rest of the time, OR go home.

    However, this is Georgia, where it’s always a wet heat, never a dry one, so walking around a theme park in spring and summer means you will be soaking wet anyway, and when it’s 90-100 degrees that’s not a bad thing, unless you get mildew in the undies…

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    Maybe we need to rethink our plan of you coming to Ireland – we do rain, lots of it, very well, most of the time! But just think of all those quaint Irish pubs you can shelter from the rain in 🙂

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    In the Same Boat Terri

    I can sympathize with Nate. Although I read everything I also should have watched the video… 50,000 gallons of water up your shorts is only half of it… the other 50,000 gallons is up your nose. My husband called it the Niagara nasal wash. My husband agrees with you and has band me from searching for the “fun” and “unique” things to do on trips… his loss.

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