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Anna Farmery asked:
“Just wondering if you go through some fears of going to shore?”
This has been on my mind today. “Reality” (as landlubbers like to refer to that strange version of life that takes place on terra firma! 🙂 is already starting to extend its tentacles out across the ocean to embrace me. Last night I stumbled across a video file on my iPhone – a trailer for a film called “(Astro)Turf Wars”. Like most trailers, it had high-octane, rapid-fire editing. Its content included people shouting and waving banners. I ran the gamut of emotions in empathy with the characters on the tiny screen – anger, cynicism, scorn, indignation. By the end of the 2:36 minutes I felt quite exhausted by the bombardment of sound, vision and emotion.
Not to say that my time on the ocean has been devoid of emotion or exhaustion – it has had plenty of both – but they have been of quite a different nature, being generally much slower-paced and, of course, entirely solitary. I have been creating my own reality here – choosing my audiobooks, thinking my thoughts, composing my blogs. When I get back to dry land, I will suddenly be plunged into a different kind of reality – one that is much more interdependent with other people. I don’t know yet how that will make me feel. I’ve never been at sea for this long before. I’ll find out when I get there.
But regardless of any reservations I may have, there are many, many things I am looking forward to. I keep starting to feel impatient for them, and have to tamp down my eagerness, reminding myself that I still have several hundred miles to go, and that it is worth savouring these last precious days at sea. However, I can’t deny that I will be tremendously happy to once again see/do/have the following:
– putting together plans for the next phase of my life
– face to face conversations
– internet access – I pine for Google!
– iPhone data services – and is there a new iPhone out since I left Australia?
– hot showers
– cold drinks
– running water
– putting on makeup and wearing nice clothes
– a massage
– clean sheets
– sipping a cocktail while watching the sun go down
– any food that isn’t brown!
Photo: Friendly Welcome to Antigua
The ocean and I were both lethargic today. I think I need more protein. I don’t know what the ocean’s excuse is. Winds were light and progress was steady. Seems that more of my energy went into emails than into rowing – lots afoot for landfall celebrations. All will be revealed in due course.
Thank you all very much for the good wishes for this final stage of my voyage. It’s all getting quite exciting. I’m trying to stay calm and focused, but of course I am counting down the days!
Bruce – thanks for the barnacle limerick. Made me laugh! 🙂
And then you got into a limericking duel with UncaDoug – even better!! 🙂 🙂
I’m sorry, Doug, but I think that Bruce just narrowly edged you out – rhyming kiss, miss, and abyss together was a master stroke….
Marks-the-Spot – a very dry martini sounds good to me! And after 5 months without a proper shower, make that a very dry DIRTY martini! And fear not – Vic and I will be continuing our podcasts even after landfall. Looks like life on dry land is going to be interesting.
Julian Hapel – there is an International Talk Like A Pirate Day? And we missed it??!! Well, damn yer eyes and keel-haul the cabin boy, we’ll just have to make up for it now! I do think Woody could have reminded me….
Alanna – I loved the story of how you found me on Google Earth. I just had to share it with Evan, my man at Google, who was mostly responsible for me being on GE. Funnily enough, his wife is called Alanna – what are the odds?
Quote for the day: “The time is always right to do the right thing.” (Martin Luther King)
Sponsored Miles: Bruce Gervais, Margaret Andersen (quite a number of miles) and Dan Peschio – thank you.