Wednesday, April 8, 2009

There goes another dream

Summit County
Gary Lindstrom

There goes another dream

With the piracy in the Indian Ocean against super tankers I guess my childhood dream of sailing around the world on a tramp steamer has gone by the wayside. (smiling)

Actually growing up in very flat and relatively dry Iowa I have never wanted to go to sea. I lived in New York City off and on for ten years and went out on day trips fishing in the Atlantic. My head and stomach could not handle the movement of the ship.

I also find it funny that now months and maybe years later a bunch of people have come out of the woodwork as experts on pirates. I guess they read Terry and the Pirates as kids. Sometimes people become experts in their own minds.

The Marine Corps Hymn has a couple of lines of interest. One is "From the halls of Montezuma" that refers to when the United States invaded Mexico and marched all the way to Mexico City. It had something to do with manifest destiny and the push west to the Pacific Ocean.

The other one is "From the Shores of Tripoli" that refers to the American Navy and the Marine Corps going into Morocco to put down the pirates along the Barbary Coast. See. We do have a history with pirates. Hillary Clinton mentioned that on the news last night.

I guess I will have to remain high and dry at 9600 feet in Breckenridge. So much for sailing. g

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