The Summer of Sharks and Flags

We approach our first year of living on the island and are 3 weeks from the end of our first full summer here.  Two main topics stand out as we inch toward fall :  Don’t swim in the waves and don’t tell me what I can wave or not wave.

The Sharks have always been there, much longer than we have.  I think the bigger story would be if the sharks disappeared and left us alone.  We certainly cannot taste good to them and our nutritional value based on what we are putting inside ourselves for decades has to be the equivalent of “fast food” for a hungry shark.  Then again,  based on our speed versus anything else in the water,  “slow food” may be a better description.  I continue to swim in their waters, albeit with both eyes open and a ton of respect.  I can always defend myself with my Iphone strapped to my ankle.

On to the other wave.  It seems the latest decoration on the back of most trucks is to fly multiple flags of territorial distinction.   You have have read the story of the symbol of the south being under some restriction in this region.  We all know how humans don’t like to be told en masse what they can or cannot do..  I think it is important that everyone has the chance to let everyone else know how much they are proud of their region,  or their country, or their football team, or their gun club, or their deity, or their boy scout troupe,  or honor student status of their son, daughter or second cousin. I do not own a truck,  but if I did I would have so many flags flying off the back of that thing that you would only be able to see my monster tires.  What sets us apart from the sharks in the ocean is the ability to separate ourselves from everybody else. We are proud, we are the best, and if you don’t like it, we will kick your ass…..

The more I think of it,, I think I will go back in the water.   I like my chances there better….(Cue the John Williams shark music,  and Happy 40th anniversary to my favorite movie of all time)

P.S – Another Happy 1st Anniversary to the gang of four who followed me here.  You know who you are.  You have helped me realize a childhood dream of living on the water in this magical place…  Ok,  NOW I am going in the water, after I wash all of my flags….

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