This freakin' oil spill has me sick as I may have mentioned. But one good thing came out of it. I've been reading all the reports and have been stupefied how many spell-checkers had replaced the word "collision" with "allision"...the Coast Guard, the Bar Pilots, newspapers, it was everywhere.
Of course, the obvious answer: "everybody but me is stupid". Since history has proven that theory wrong, I looked it up. It turns out a "collision" is between two ships, an "allision" is between a ship and a stationary object. Turns out I allide most every time I dock the boat.
So the tragedy has been lessened a tiny tiny insignificant amount, but at least that much, by my new knowledge.