On Thursday, the guy who is our technical contact for our computer hardware maintenance vendor took most of my department to lunch. He and I both like to wakeboard. We also both have wives and daughters who don't want to drive the boat, so we're looking for at least one more person to hit the water. (Takes three to ski is the rule.) I brought the idea of our department heading up to the lake one afternoon after work to all of my coworkers. It's only about 40 minutes from the office, we could be on the water by 6, go get a good session in, be back at the dock by 8:15, everyone would be home by nine. You should have heard the excuses. The worst one was from a guy who used to swim competitively when he was in school, saying something about needing to check his insurance. Insurance? We're going wakeboarding, not base jumping! What does he think is going to happen? You know how you ask people if they'd like to go flying with you, almost all of them say no? It's not just that flying scares many of them, although it does, it's that for the most part they just don't want to do things at all. Their default setting is to not try new things, or as I think of it, their default setting is off. Seems like a sorry way to go through life.