What's the most reckless thing you've ever done?
Asked by Jane Belanger
March 24, 2010
From Downtown (Day-Care Worker)
Oh, I’d have to say it’s being on the phone and driving, or texting while driving. I’m guilty of doing it. I wish I didn’t do it. And I’m really good about it now. I’m trying really hard not to do it anymore. That’s probably about the most reckless thing.
From Downtown (Nurse Clinician)
I always game up to do things, but I do have limits. Bungee-cord jumping? Probably not. But I did go parasailing. For me, that was pretty right up there. We were in Hawaii and it was phenomenal! It was great! We went tandem with my sister, and I squeezed her to death. Would I do it again? Yes. I’m glad that I did it, but when I got back, in Florida there were two gals that, unfortunately, they were too close to shore and they died parasailing. Fortunately that was after I had already done this, because otherwise I may not have.
From Downtown (Sales Associate)
I was swatting a bee once in my car, and I almost flipped my car over on the freeway. That was really reckless! I don’t remember if it actually stung me. I forgot about the bee when I almost crashed the car. I noticed it when I was on my way to work, and I got so focused in on getting rid of the bee, because I’m scared of them. I’m not even allergic! I was just scared of the bee and I didn’t want to be stung and I actually forgot for a second that I was driving. I could feel the car literally getting out of control, so when I came back to my senses I saw that all of the cars on the freeway had totally backed up behind me. There were no cars in front of me or on the side of me or anything because they could see that my car was out of control. And it was just by the grace of God that I didn’t crash that day. Next time I’ll let it sting me, or pull over, or just let it have the car. It’s not worth both of us dying!
From Sherman Heights (Assistant Stylist)
One time I fell asleep at the wheel driving a 30-minute drive. I had been drinking with my mother, actually. I was at the party with my mom and I left. I fell asleep at the wheel and spun out my car on Interstate 95. This was in Florida. I woke up, drove myself to my boyfriend’s house, and knocked on the door. My car was completely covered in dirt and grass and everything, and I had six hickeys on my neck! That was pretty reckless. My boyfriend was, like, “Let’s just go to bed and we’ll talk about this tomorrow.” That kind of thing kept happening, so I don’t do that anymore. I barely even drink anymore because I learned my lesson.
From North County (Retired)
I fell off a roof onto my back. I didn’t break it. That must’ve been about five stories. I hit a car and broke my collarbone and broke my arm and my shoulder. I had a back brace on my back for my fifth lumbar, but I didn’t break it; I just injured it. Then I fell down a ladder at a mobile home park. I was on the roof coming down, and I was coming down for lunch when I got both feet stuck in the ladder. I hit my head and the back of my shoulders on the ground. An old couple tipped the ladder over and got me up. I was fortunate.
From Clairemont (Unemployed)
Driving through a storm drain and I hit a wooden stump, and the stump flew up and took out a power line to a house. I totaled my car and I got a DUI. I was drunk, and I took a bunch of ecstasy. After I drove through the storm drain and totaled my Mitsubishi Lancer, I hit this wooden stump and ripped it out. It flew up, like, 15, 20 feet and took out a power line to a house. Then I drove over to my friend’s house in my fucked-up car and smoked some bowls. The cops pulled up, like, two hours later and arrested me. It was, like, three in the morning when it happened. They probably got a call that the power was out, and they were driving around the neighborhood and saw the big pole in the yard that I knocked down. Plus my car was right in the driveway! It was completely fucked up.