Superstition ain't the way
The way I look at it is I'm not religious/superstitious. I don't believe in god(s). I do not believe the river is intelligent or spiteful; it can not read my posts or emails.
When I swim, it's because I failed, not because the river is pissy about some stupid floater. Nobody likes a swimmer. Being one is highly embarrassing, a pain in the ass for everyone around, and likely leads to injury. These reasons are much more powerful deterrents for me.
Fuck drinking out of a bootie that isn't even allowed in the house.