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FLORIDA TO CUBA (ALMOST) BY OUTRIGGER SAILING CANOE
by jeffwith1f
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x Unread post xjeffwith1f   - at 10:49 pm on Sunday August 5 2007 x
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x jeffwith1f FLORIDA TO CUBA (ALMOST) BY OUTRIGGER SAILING CANOE

a lengthy read, but with some interesting insights into the sea, sailing and american people. (Read story...)
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x Unread post xxjeffwith1f   - at 10:50 pm on Sunday August 5 2007 x
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x jeffwith1f after several days at sea, and well into hallucinations:

"This was supposed to be fun. What had I done wrong? I looked at the boat. I'd built it and made the gear and planned the trip myself. How had I actually built a torture machine and imprisoned myself on it? This boat was perfect to keep me alive indefinitely and miserable the whole time. It couldn't sink or break up and had plenty of food and water and there was no way to get dry or sleep well out here in these waves. I'd done it all myself. These random events like giant current eddies and headwinds and storms could occur in just the right sequence to keep me at sea forever. Was I cursed? Was I actually dead, in hell, being punished for something? I imagined the waves talking to me.


Waves: "So what have you learned?"
Me: "That I like water, rocks, and trees, and now I've only got water?"
Waves: "And?"
Me: "And humans are land animals with skin that's got to dry out. That's why we pave and aircondition everything. To make it 70 degrees and dry like Addis Ababa, our ancestral home."
Waves: "And?"
Me: "This has all the features of torture except for some guy with a tray full of tongs."
Waves: "And?"
Me: "I'm an idiot."
Waves: "Are you sure?"
Me: "I could do anything and here I am. It's not bad luck. I did it all myself."
Waves: "Go on?"
Me: "I'm an idiot."
The waves didn't say anything, but they looked pleased.
Me: "So now what?"
Waves: "What do you mean?"
Me: "What do I do now? How do I act on the knowledge that I'm an idiot? Whatever I decide, it might be stupid. Do I need advisors? Or do you just want me to be aware that I'm an idiot?"
It went on like this for a while. The waves wanted me to admit I was an idiot and to remember it, but didn't have any answers for me about what to do next.
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