Before I tell you what happened, you need to know why whistling is not permitted. Some people say whistling aboard a ship is said to summon wind. While this might seem desirable at times, sailors often forbid whistling onboard for fear of conjuring up too much wind in the form of a gale or hurricane. It is also said that if the winds died out to a dead calm, a young boy might be permitted to whistle a tune on deck because it was believed a boy could summon a little wind, but was not powerful enough to put the ship or her crew in any harm. I know what your thinking, sounds crazy huh? Well, I thought so too, until...
Our friend Bill invited us to go on his boat again. After taking the banana onboard the time before, I was surprised I got the invitation! Anyway, as we were loading the boat Bill began to whistle, I then told him that I read that it is bad luck to whistle on a boat, just as it is bad luck to bring a banana on a boat. I really don't think he took my warning seriously.
Shortly after we headed down the river it started to pour rain! If it wasn't for the fact that we were on a river, I would of sworn a hurricane was coming! (they say, whistling causes hurricanes!) I was really starting to wonder if there was some truth to this crazy superstition. By the time we reached our fishing destination we were pretty much drenched, the heavy rain did slow down to a drizzle at this time though. We all got out of the boat and started to fish. Shortly after, and without missing a beat on his fishing technique, Bill looked at us and calmly said, "there goes the boat". There it went, down the river, getting further and further away! John immediately jumped on the bank trying to find a way to retrieve it, while I was just watching with my mouth open in shock that my camera and my backpack was slowly making its way down the river. Bill was still calmly fishing. John quickly found somebody that offered to help chase the boat down with their boat. There they went, down the river in a high speed chase trying to retrieve, the boat that got away! As soon as we saw that they were closing in on the boat, and that everything was going to be alright, Bill and I kind of moseyed our way into John's fishing spot, hoping to catch a fish before he returned. (He had a good spot and he was the only one catching fish!) I really think John thought that we planned this just to get his fishing spot.
The boat was safely retrieved and brought back to the bank. This time it was secured a lot better!
John took his spot back and we continued fishing for a few more hours.
On our way back it started pouring rain!
Hmmm... Could it have been the whistling that caused all this havoc?