Tuesday, August 21, 2007

A short course in deductive observation

From the 14 thumbprint-sized purple bruises on the right inner thigh, we deduce that this windsurfer climbed back on her sailboard no fewer than 14 times on the port side.

Just above the inner left knee, a mottled purple circle some 3-1/2" to 4" in diameter suggests she got back on the board at least as many times from the starboard side. The greater concentration of bruises suggests greater dexterity in regaining the board; thus we deduce that she is right-handed.

Eyewitnesses report that shore wind direction varied from north to east and wind speed from calm to gusts of 20 mph. Frequent 180-degree shifts were observed in sail activity of wind-driven vessels at the center of the lake. The boat ramp, sole access to the lake, is situated on the east-northeast shore; i.e. upwind.

That the sole bruise in the upper chest area is on the left suggests, together with the wind direction, that at least half the falls occurred on a downwind or beam reach when the sailboard was traveling away from the boat launch. Witnesses report that the windsurfer fell head first at least twice while traveling downwind, but failed both times to make contact with the point of the sailboard.

The board itself was made in West Germany. Hence we deduce that is no less than 18 years old. In addition, the mast foot travels freely in the mast track.

Witnesses further report that the sailboard and rigging were abandoned for approximately 1/2 hour on the east bank of the lake. Witnesses also report that the user later transported sailboard and gear back to the boat launch using a plastic paddle.

Scratches 5" and 6" inches above the left and right knees respectively, taken together with the approx. 45-degree slope of the embankment above the lake shore, suggest that brambles between the lake and the county highway were no less than 2-1/2 feet high.

Whether she was having fun yet will be ascertained when she wakes up, which could be as early as tomorrow afternoon.

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Anonymous said...

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FididdlyDaily said...

Thanks, Anonymous. This one didn't require any research, so it took maybe three or four hours. I tend to rewrite and edit things to death.

BTW "how are you?" makes me wonder, "who are you?"