Nicely done takeoff on that ironic tragedy I read about this last Spring. (Driver hitting a cyclist who turned out to be his friend). The irony of that freak accident really hit me at the time I first read about it. Being a cyclist (the fear of getting hit by a drunk or inattentive motorist is ever present when out riding), a paddler, and a searun cutthroat angler myself, I could really identify with your story. Thanks for the Gil Scott-Heron vid, too. You nailed the wake/capsizing scene. This Summer, I warned a fellow yak angler about the max ebb running in opposition to the incoming waves when we were fishing outside the tip of the South Jetty. It was almost 2 hours after the high already, and I could see the changes in conditions happening at an accelerating rate. I warned that the quickening and opposing current would make the waves stand up and break, and that we should go in. I got a look from one of the 2 dudes I was fishing with like he thought I was just a scared old man. I said "do what you want, but I'm paddling inside the tip, and I suggest you do the same very soon." Then I paddled inside to where I was out of the current and in a back-eddy. I kept casting and jigging. I looked outside and only saw one yak angler. Then there were two again, paddling in. When they reached me, one sheepishly told me that I was right, and with his back to the horizon, a wave had broken on him, capsizing him,. He lost his brand new jigging rod/reel. Thanks for taking that real tragedy and morphing it into a story that explores some of the dark and disturbing thoughts and feelings that the real event (involving a driver hitting and killing a cyclist who was a friend of his, and who had attended the same party that night) evoked in me. And to think I had postponed reading this because I had thought it was just boot asking a question about anchor management!