8.13.2006

Welcome to me

I'm back in town, obviously. I'm highly pleased with the splendid job that H'n'B did with my blog whilst I was gone, and if you want details of the trip aside from the conversations with the dolphins, please ask. There were many exciting stories, some involving sharks and guns, and guns and sharks, and drama, and bones, and beer, and boats, and weather, and a general happiness not to be wherever else we would be had we not been where we were. (a la Cap'n Jack).
Speaking of which, (and this segment does horrible injustice to my thoughts on things at length, but to give you a beginning to my mental wanderings) as I was reclining at the helm of our new boat on a dive in which I could not participate for various reasons, I began to ponder. Facing southeast, away from land, one sees nothing but ocean. What sort of life does one live when he only comes ashore once every month or so (i.e. 19th century pirates)? What sort of life does one live when he lives on the ocean in modern times? There is a distinct something about people that have lived any (moderately) large portion of their life on the water, and this is what I want to analyze throughout the course of the next few days, with focus on a few specific people I know who are to serve as case studies. This is all in the light, though, of a certain other thought, which I feel convinced I had a discussion with someone about this very thing before I left, but it being this: one's ability to project oneself into a situation or circumstance and see the consequences (be they good or bad) is a quality/ability that is (or should be) highly valued. So, in this light, how would a maritime upbringing change you as a person? The ocean is a breeding ground for so many qualities, and to name a few, they are: an incredible use of common sense, a sense of duty, a sense of responsibility and maturity, respect in various forms, and a very strong quality of self-sufficiency and assertiveness. I'll discuss all these later with all the time I WON'T have this week while I'm catching up on things. I know it's very disjointed and sounds like anything but the narrative-type thoughts running through my head, but that's what happens when you sleep in a car for fourteen hours... mmhmmm.

2 comments:

Horse N. Buggy said...

Very interesting subject to me personally. When I am on the ocean I genuinely feel like I have salt water running through my veins. I cannot describe the addiction the ocean holds for me. I could seriously live on the ocean and never come back to land. But other responsibilities preclude me from heeding that call. I was thinking about this particular obsession earlier in the week. Not only were you gone to one of my favorite places on earth, I also knew a guy who'd gone to a cabin in South Dakota for two weeks. He showed me his photos on Friday. I just couldn't imagine spending two weeks in the middle of the mountains with absolutely nothing to do but serve as mosquito bait. But put me on a ship or boat for two months and I'd be perfectly content.

Mehsha said...

YAY YOUR HOME!!!!!! I missed you for some odd reason!!!!