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Are you superstitious? Do other peoples superstitions affect you? Edited.

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posted on Sep, 20 2021 @ 08:13 PM
This OP is about Superstitions, any superstition.

Please, tell of any Superstitions you have or how other peoples Superstitions may impact you now or how they may have impacted you in the past.
Better yet, just spin us a yarn of your very own favorite Superstition. Go deep, get into it!!!
I’m all eyeballs and I believe many others here may be as well.

Side note: It’s really, really hard not to slip into my Swamp Yankee Fisherman speak while typing. Hence the big edit.
Think my phrasing odd now? Haaaaa


Thanks in advance!

I’ll begin.......”The TT Gillie”

The TT Gillie was a 45’ wooden Western Rigged (wheelhouse forward) boat that looked more like a Gulf Shrimper but with less curvature to her rail line.
In her time she was kinda the odd duck around here in this corner of the Nor’east when it came to hull design.
She (the TT Gillie) was painted white with black rigging and trim.
The wheelhouse/galley/bunk space and head was all just a single story with a flat roof on which sat everything you’d expect to see atop such a vessel, radar, life rafts, powerful spotlights etc etc.
The TT Gillie also had a main-mast easily 1 1/2 times the height of other boats of her size. Her mast was topped with cross trees that included a platform and barrel ring on each side where lookouts could safely stand for hours scanning the Sea.

You see, the TT Gillie was first and foremost a Stick Boat.

She was a boat that sailed throughout Buzzard’s Bay and South through Quicks Hole and all around Gay Head, Martha’s Vineyard searching for sunning Swordfish to harpoon.
In later years spotter planes flew above her finding and directing the crew to the fish.

The TT Gillie was also the very last Stick Boat to survive in New Bedford’s fishing fleet and when Swordfish slowly disappeared from the waters I just mentioned above throughout the early to late 70’s, her fate was sealed.

The TT Gillie also had a 30 ft. sprit jutting off the bow from which they’d harpoon the fish.
Such a long bowsprit does not well work when tying up along the crowded docks of New Bedford Massachusetts so it was hinged and could be risen when homeward bound.

In other seasons TT Gillie worked for lobster ( I believe he had 750 traps) and she also set gill-nets along the South side of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket for Winter Codfish.

I don’t consider myself superstitious at all but Fishermen as a rule are a very, very superstitious breed.
Through the years I have found fishermen’s superstitions to be not only extremely funny but also aggravating as all get out.....Phew! 😡

TT Gillie who was just called Gillie was the owner of the TT Gillie 🤪 and he was without a doubt THE single most superstitious person I have ever met. His crazy, and to some people, insane beliefs were legendary among fishermen everywhere!
Gillie would not sail on Friday, EVER! 🤷‍♂️
Pork was not allowed on the boat in any form. NO BACON? Yeah, right...
If Gillie did the throw the lines to go fishing and someone yelled Pig Pig Pig from dockside he would tie right back up and wait another 24 hours to sail again.
I witnessed this once.
Some guy, I don’t know who, would not stop screaming Pig Pig Pig at the top of his lungs and Gillie absolutely lost his mind, went ape#hit crazy.
As soon as Gillie had one line on the dock he came off that boat like a madman while holding a big ripper (knife) and chased this guy to the end Leonard’s Wharf where the guy ended up diving in the water after a vicious swing of the ripper from Gillie almost cut his throat. (that was so, so crazy)
The rumor was that the guy was an ex deckhand who thought Gillie robbed him, IDK.
Another of his superstitions was if a hatch cover from the fish-hold got accidentally turned upside-down he would spin three times on his heels then spit on the deck.
Bananas were not allowed on-board
as well, etc etc etc.

I could keep going but you get it.

Gille was a bat#hit crazy Superstitious maniac.
Ever know his kind? Are you one? 🤔

Do you have Superstitions?
What are they and why are they?....

Tight lines guys!!!

Thank You......😎
edit on 08-19-2021 by PiratesCut because: edited

posted on Sep, 20 2021 @ 08:26 PM
a reply to: PiratesCut

Dude...I did a whole superstition post to your thread and then you erased your thread for an edit.

posted on Sep, 20 2021 @ 08:35 PM
I'm touching wood right now in hope I have no superstitions!

My only real kink about superstitions is that I will throw salt above my left shoulder when I spill some, just in case, but not really, but do.

And about the wood touching stuff? I do it more like the IN cool thing to do of the moment, but for a lifetime, and across generations, not really as a superstition. More like an empty social prosper response. haha

That fisherman captain of yours, or you'res for some, was pretty tight on his superstitions.

I don't think I have ever known anyone so driven by any *. * is for the word I won't dare writing again.


posted on Sep, 20 2021 @ 08:36 PM
Sorry, I tried to save that part.
Tried to save it, no, i just blew it. i did not think when deleting the OP. When I realized what I did and the comments were gone it was then I tried to find a way to get them back....grrrrr

I really liked it!
I’m new to all this and I blew it doing that.
If I do an edit again I know how to edit a whole OP now.
Really, I sincerely apologize. I never try to piss anyone off!

Thank you for replying again!
I’ve read a lot of your stuff and you crack me up!!!
Keep them coming...

a reply to: TheMirrorSelf

edit on 08-19-2021 by PiratesCut because: truth

posted on Sep, 20 2021 @ 08:45 PM

originally posted by: PiratesCut
Sorry, I tried to save that part.
I really liked it!
I’m new to all this and I blew it doing that.
If I do an edit again I know how to edit a whole OP now.
Really, I sincerely apologize. I never try to piss anyone off!

Thank you for replying again!
I’ve read a lot of your stuff and you crack me up!!!
Keep them coming...

Apology accepted...

posted on Sep, 20 2021 @ 08:59 PM
a reply to: PiratesCut

I'm not, but my grandfather was.

You definitely couldn't rock an empty rocking chair.
No whistling at night.
No peeling the vegetables too thick. (Because then whoever decides your fate will think you don't need them, so your garden won't grow big veggies. 😂)

No making remarks about religions because you never know who will turn out to be right.

No flicking the flashlight on and off incase someone thinks it's a coded message.

No talking while you're watching someone and being nosey, regardless the distance, because they'll sense you're talking about them and notice you.

Don't talk to horse owners or drivers before a race. Ever. It's bad luck to cheer them on or wish them luck.

Shut the f*€k up during radio bingo because somehow they might hear that your number is up and they'll just put that aside since no one is watching them (😂).

Never shoot a crow, because they all have a sort of meaning, and there's no telling which one is which.

Never grow too many pumpkins because that's greedy. It's a trick that pumpkins have so many seeds. You have to pick the best ones, and if you can't get one really massive/good pumpkin, it's going to be a bad winter.

Don't put brooms upside down or no one will visit.

Lightning with no bad weather means something bad will happen out of nowhere.

His superstitions were honestly endless. I loved them.

posted on Sep, 20 2021 @ 09:09 PM
a reply to: Atsbhct

Gramps would have so fit in down the docks!!! LOL
I knew a guy that got fired in the 70’s for whistling on a boat. You don’t ever “whistle up a wind”. They only did that during the age of sail....
Yeah, wish I could spend a few hours on the porch with your Grandfather, he seems like a really fun old boy!!!
But, I didn’t live with him either, I know how that can go too. 😆


edit on 08-19-2021 by PiratesCut because: words

posted on Sep, 20 2021 @ 09:16 PM
a reply to: PiratesCut

😄 Definitely not the easiest person to live with. He had eight kids out of the house by 18.

posted on Sep, 20 2021 @ 09:20 PM
a reply to: PiratesCut

Yeah, I have some.

Don't eat yellow snow.

If someone says "hold my beer" just run because something really bad is about to happen.

If the house tells you to Get Out you get out quick and don't come back.

If you are selected for a Jury, you must do your civic duty and ask the court to explain what jury nullification is to your peers.

If you are attacked by a guy wearing a hockey mask or other white mask of any type, never assume he is dead and keep shooting, hacking or whatever until a leg comes off so he cannot get up follow you and kill you.

Never go investigate the strange sweet sounding cuddly animal noise unless your family is fully armed and ready for war.

Always remember, you don't have to outrun the bear, you only have to outrun others running from the bear.

If some strange guy offers to reveal the secrets of the universe by swallowing a Red or Blue pill, take neither because you are going to get raped, killed, or wake up missing organs.

edit on 20-9-2021 by infolurker because: (no reason given)

posted on Sep, 20 2021 @ 09:45 PM
I guess I do have one. I never really thought about it.

I have a concealed carry weapon, a Ruger LC 9 and two extra magazines. Before I put the pistol in my waist band, I drop the magazine that's in the pistol and empty the chamber of the 9mm. I insert one of the other mags and chamber the round and then I put the round that was initially in the chamber in the mag I just chambered from. I think it keeps the rounds from sticking in the chamber when they are fired. I think it reminds me of all the safety things I should remember when concealed carrying. Plus, I can tell if I need to re-oil the weapon and what kind of shape my ammo is in and if I need to clean the pistol.


posted on Sep, 20 2021 @ 09:49 PM
I call that wisdom.

a reply to: NightFlight

posted on Sep, 20 2021 @ 09:51 PM
If you’re going to be superstitious you may as well go alllll in!

Cheers! 😆

a reply to: infolurker

posted on Sep, 20 2021 @ 11:23 PM
Im a steel worker for 40 years. My welds are in bridges and buildings across the states. There are many in the Oakland Bay bridge, and several in the retrofit under the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. They are in house certified welds, by engineering and testing departments. I always tap 7 times on the welder before I run a bead (weld).

edit on 20-9-2021 by visitedbythem because: (no reason given)

posted on Sep, 21 2021 @ 07:14 PM
a reply to: PiratesCut

In my family, I am too young to have met my most superstitious ancestor ... because she lived in a different state (Kentucky) from the one where I grew up (Indiana). Her name was Louise _______. She was a US Marshal, the story goes, and very odd. She never married, but instead lived into old age with her sister, who also never married. They were both the sisters of my paternal grandfather (not the grandfather who lived in Massachusetts). Like I said, I never met her, unfortunately ... but ....

She could drive a car, which was unusual for a lady in her younger days. However, she would never enter the car from the driver's side door. Instead, she would get in the passenger door, and scoot across the front seat into the driver's spot behind the wheel. Apparently, she got out by doing the same thing in reverse. When driving, she would never make a left handed turn. Instead, she would make as many right handed turns as needed in order to turn left, even if it meant driving around an entire city block! She did this because she believed that to do otherwise was 'bad luck'.

In old age, her sister died, and then finally Louise also died. When she did, my parents drove south to Kentucky to load up her stuff, and bring it back to Indiana. It ended up in our garage.

We spent hours going through the stuff, and as kids, my brother and I were encouraged to help. While looking through her stuff, we kept finding hidden paper money. It was tucked between coasters in a coaster set, under furniture cushions, and all kinds of off places.

That's the most superstitious person with whom I have any connection hah
edit on 21-9-2021 by Fowlerstoad because: added a few words for clarity

edit on 21-9-2021 by Fowlerstoad because: had to remove a family name ... to stay more anonymous

posted on Sep, 21 2021 @ 07:20 PM
My grandma(she was lovely, btw) use to tell me Jesus is watching me, like he was going to grab me, an drag me to hell.

She never meant the last part, but it still there.

edit on 21-9-2021 by Proto88 because: (no reason given)

posted on Sep, 22 2021 @ 09:02 AM

If you say Evansville I’m jumping off a pier....

Just sayin...

a reply to: Fowlerstoad

posted on Sep, 22 2021 @ 11:33 AM
a reply to: PiratesCut

No need to jump haha .. but that is too funny. I grew up in Indianapolis, except during the summertime. My Dad's side of the family was originally from Kentucky (Cadiz), and then moved to Brazil Indiana, then finally up to Indianapolis.

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