Oh UncaDoug, what have you started? Last night I couldn’t get to sleep, and started thinking up limericks. And it’s gone on all day today too. Once you start thinking in limerick-ish, it’s very hard to stop. I hope this wears off soon!
None of them are very good, and I’m afraid they are mostly about me, but there isn’t much alternative material available out here.
My name is useful in that it rhymes with “Oz”, but not very useful in that it doesn’t rhyme with much else. I thought about changing my name to “Janet”, which rhymes conveniently with “planet” and “dammit” and other relevant words. But that seemed a bit drastic.
So here we go:
There was a young rower called Roz
Who rowed across oceans because
Of concern for the Earth
And to reduce her girth
That tubby young rower called Roz
Hmmm, not bad, although a bit of a switch of theme halfway through.
Roz set out to row across oceans
She wanted to cause a commotion
“We must take care of this Earth
This place of our birth
It deserves our respect and devotion
Ah, a bit earnest, and not at all funny.
Then there was the blatant sponsor-pleaser, dedicated to Sue Losson, the marketing manager of Green People skin products:
There once was a rower called Roz
Who rowed many miles because
Of concern for the ocean
She used lots of sun lotion
Supplied by Green People’s Sue Loz
(with apologies to Sue for vandalizing her name)
Or my final effort, which relates to my current inability to break free of the coast of Australia, and my penchant for a certain kind of espresso:
There was a young rower called Roz
Who left from the shores of fair Oz
Two weeks later she was back
Lamenting the lack
Or caramel lattes. Poor Roz!
Okay… I won’t give up the day job!
As aforementioned, I continue to weave figures of eight off the coast of Western Australia. Having busted out of the Leeuwin Current, I now find myself back on the wrong side of it, and another day or so of headwinds forecast. My weatherman and I are discussing options…
While I was stuck on the sea anchor today, it seemed a good time to do some laundry. But now I am running out of chores to do around the boat. The winds had better change soon before I get too bored!
Today I ate the last of my fresh bread. A seriously delicious fruit and walnut loaf from Abhi’s Bakery in Fremantle, with canned butter, swiss cheese, and ginger honey from Denmark in Western Australia. Sounds odd, but was completely scrumptious. But now, alas, gone. I had to throw the rest of the bread away. Having been okay for 10 days, in the space of 24 hours it all suddenly turned green and hairy.
Episode 29 of the Roz Roams podcast is now live “Attack of the Ocean”. Thanks, Vic. It must have been a nightmare editing job because of our comms problems!
Richard in DFW, good luck with the upcoming. I’m sure baldness will look very distinguished! Loved the quote from MASH – one of my favourite shows too!
Pippa – thank you SO much for your list of things that you have changed in your life to be more eco. It truly warmed the cockles of my green heart. If you haven’t seen it already, I really enjoyed watching the movie (and reading the book) “No Impact Man” about a New Yorker who goes as low impact as he can. It’s funny, thought-provoking, and somehow makes it okay to take your own food containers to the store!
Thanks, also, Pippa, for the fantastic pillow for my bunk. For so many reasons, just about my favourite object on the boat. It signifies the end of another day, and permission for a well-earned rest…
Pamela – thanks for the Yemaya description. Beautiful! You asked about dreams. I dream a LOT, because my sleep is so interrupted. Often about food. And friends. Friends eating food. etc etc.
Michael Guy – you gave me a bit of a funny turn just there. I thought you might be a different Michael Guy that I knew (blush!) many years ago…. but he wasn’t from Florida. Happy to make the acquaintance of a different “Guy”!
General comments: I’m bummed about the tracker too. Not that I ever got to see it, of course, as I was out here doing it! There is a slight chance that we may be putting together a very odd kind of tracker that would show my progress (or lack thereof!) but not my location. I know it sounds cryptic, but stay tuned and we’ll see if we can work it out.
Aimee – thanks for continuing to send through the comments, with editor’s notes as required. Very much appreciated!
Sponsored Miles to be rowed all over again! (having lost 59.78 miles going round in a circle)
Kiran Prathapa, Lucie Petrickova (Adam Henton, Simon Henton, Lucie Henton ), Geoff Gassner, Penrallt Coastal Campsite, Nancy Wilhelms, Janet Maher, Larry Grandt (for Kevin), Michelle Pitman, Monica Wilcox, Jo Fothergill, Jay Peterson, Russ Neal, Bradley Kehoe, Peter Wilkinson, Chris Walroth, Megan Lutz, Larry Grandt ( for Rica)