Originally Posted by GBWW
I have adopted the philosophy to invite a wildcard on any trip I get or organize for someone else. Now I can say without question that it doesn't always work out perfect, but the stories are often worth the aggravation.
The kid who talked about being a pain in the ass on other trips and then self fullfilled his prophecy...the guy who worked hard but his passenger wouldn't do anything...the guy who stopped taking his meds...the guy who felt unmannly because his girlfriend was the boater....The bad ones make the best stories.
The good ones don't make great stories, but they end up being the people you boat with and want to boat with more....The guy and his wife that were the best people on the Selway....the guy and his girlfriend who are now part of our core boating group...the guy who I work for that is now a good friend...the five or six people I met when I was a wildcard on a trip.
Now inviting kayakers, that is another level of craziness!
This sums it up pretty good! I'm at least 9 out of 10 on the plus side of this equation, including least three posters on this thread who I all met at a put in.
I'm thankful for all the great people I have met boating, but I agree the really bad ones make better river stories.
Speaking of great river stories, Wayne Bath's celebration of life is this coming Friday.
We will be toasting Wayne's life and telling many river stories, some of them will even be true.