Today I finished reading “The River of Doubt” about Theodore Roosevelt’s nightmare expedition in the Amazon. It reminded me of one of the things I really don’t miss about dry land – mosquitoes. I am sure they must serve some useful purpose in the overall scheme of things, but blowed if I know what it is. I spent a couple of weeks in the Amazon during my travels around Peru in 2003 and was relieved to get out. Mosquitoes love me. The feeling is not mutual.
Anyway, this got me thinking of what else I don’t miss about being on dry land.
1. Traffic jams: when are we going to realize that it would be faster to travel around city centres by public transport or bicycle? Many of the world’s great cities are now absolutely blighted by traffic congestion, with exhaust fumes corroding historic buildings and asphyxiating pedestrians.
2. Advertising: especially advertisements that show fast foods in gruesome closeup – gloopy cheese stretching from slices of pizza, meatballs that look like body parts, and slices of tomato bouncing into salads as if dropped from a great height. Are tomatoes meant to bounce? Really?
3. Airport security: laptop, coat, belt, shoes. Can I keep the rest on, please? Oh no, I forgot the toothpaste was in there. It’s not lethal, honestly. Please don’t throw it….. oh, sigh.
4. Spending money. Spending so much of this year at sea has saved me a fortune – well, apart from the fortune it cost me to get out here in the first place, and the other fortune I’m paying to the satellite phone company for the pleasure of posting my blog. But it seems a loooong time since I handled cash.
5. Worrying about what to wear, and whether I have it in this suitcase, and whether I can still fit into it.
As to what I do miss about land – well, it would be a long list, a very long list. But best not to think about it. I’ll be back on terra firma soon enough, and will appreciate all its pleasures anew. At least until I have to get on a plane….
Wet and wild today. The wind has been roaring in my ears all day, not to mention all night. It gets a bit crazy-making after a while. I’d like to turn it off, just for an hour or so, to appreciate the quiet. According to the forecast, another lull is in sight….
Thanks for the great comments on last Philosophy Friday’s blog. Really, really good stuff. I’ll pick up on as many of those as I can this coming Friday.
Texino – sorry to hear you’re not well. But it sounds not bad at all, being tucked up snug in bed with your Mac while a storm rages outside. Almost as I am now, except that my bed is probably not as comfy as yours! Hope you’re doing better soon.
John H – euuuwww! Bad joke!
Roger Finch – I see loads of birds, actually. Every day the storm petrels entertain me with their aerobatics. Today they have been whizzing around at breakneck speeds on the high winds. But no finches (haha!).
Quote for the day (thanks to Jay for sending this one): “Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” (Martin Luther King)
Sponsored Miles: Gail Brownell, Mary Kadzielski – thank you.
56 miles since yesterday morning – WOW.