Friday, May 27, 2011
And President Barack Obama agrees. Here he is free-styling, almost side-stroking, not a swan dive and not head down and trucking for distance , either. Whatever you think of him, he's a very good body surfer and I have a great deal of respect for that.
I wish the President would come check out our body surfing potential on SPI when the Pato ('paht-tow') Current from Mexico brings in a nice color of water like in the picture. My girls are getting more good waves than me and that's just not fair! But ... oh so much fun when you can get it. It's a feeling like "you got it." It's a remarkable thing, and always in the timing.
Cheap thrills? It takes a bunch of stamina, burns some serious calories, and requires some smarts. I'll tell you one thing - the people who drown are not the people who know how to body surf and swim ... we tough!
Friday, May 20, 2011
Ever since recorded time, about 5,000 B.C., people have been predicting the end of the world - which really did happen if you lived close to Mount Vesuvius when it blew its top (photo credits to National Geographic). But I think they meant when Jesus would come back and kick some booty on Mankind for our evils ways - a strange concept considering the teachings of the New Testament. I read somewhere that the Bible says "do not predict the end of time" but I guess that doesn't apply to hucksters, carnies, and carpetbaggers.
Did you ever notice that people who want a 'day of reckoning' always have a chip on their shoulder, like life didn't do them right? And when things go kaflooie, like a tsunami in Japan or a similar debacle, the damage is ... so localized, and not worldwide. Well dang.
I suppose I subscribe more to T.S. Eliot's point of view when he said "the world will not end with a bang but a whimper." Indeed, the Apocalypse could take another 500 years before we even get close.