Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Flat Earth Society!

It is quite clear that the world is flat as I have seen the evidence first hand and there are even experiments one can do at home for those who are scientifically inclined.  Water will stay quite nicely on a cookie sheet and even, as you tip it a bit, will mimic the tides.  Put this same water or even a smaller portion,  on a ball and, of course, it falls directly off!  An idiot can see that.  I have seen the Sun, clearly rising in the East and setting in the West as it circles the Earth (This is very observable from any location on the Planet) plunge into the Pacific, clearly falling off the edge, or, at least, extinguishing itself in the salty Pacific!  No wonder early civilizations prayed for a rebirth, a new day and another Sun.  I still do.
   The Pacific is flat as an arrow, a dead straight line for the entire length of the horizon with no curvature at all.  Standing on a cliff edge on the Oregon Coast, the last bit of land on our great continent, one can see seagulls disappear into the horizon, eaten by the sun.
   The Oregon Coast has no private beaches (true!), every bit can be walked on, hiked, explored and for the entire 300 plus miles of coastline you will not find a single fence.  Also true.  They claim that there are more stars in the sky than the total of grains of sand from all of the beaches in the world.  Personally, I have not counted either and can't even imagine such a number.  I think only scientists would have that kind of time and that inclination.  I do know that there are millions of crab, Dungeness, and they are easy to catch.  We sailed under power on a boat without sails on a five hour fishing trip and went near to the edge of the World as one would care.  We saw squid and jellyfish and a big giant whale I, personally, would not have cared to catch!  It was bigger than our boat and would have had an easy time with us.  Away from the sight of land it was easy to understand how the world is mostly water and yes, the sea was a nice deep blue, the color of the sky.  We stopped here and there at secret spots the captain  was aware of and drifted in the ocean currents, 24 fishing lines dangling in the water.
A whole wall of hooks!  I suppose we caught the dumbest fish.  Not this time but on a different fishing expedition I remember catching a 48 inch Ling Cod weighing about 75 pounds and with a mouth so big I could actually put my head in it!  That was a stupid fish for sure.  I didn't really catch it honestly in the sense of hooking it.  I had caught a very small Sea Bass, probably less than eight inches, not even a fighter he was just sort of wiggling on the line.  I hardly knew he was there when all of a sudden the pole doubled over.  I kept the line tight and the pole up as best I could and just seemed to reel in that line forever.  20 feet in and it would go out 30 feet!  I knew it was a big fish.  The deckhand did the actual catching scooping the fish in a big net as I brought it close to the edge of the boat.  Didn't hook him once!  Not a single hook in its mouth.  The big fella was greedy and stupid and could have let go at any time.  He had a bite hold on the small Sea Bass and just wouldn't let go.  Not a fair catch but good eating, that's for sure!
   On this occasion I was with my two daughters and I suppose if truth be told they took me fishing. My baby is 30 years old and my first born 33, very much adult, independent and living thousands of miles from home.  I am lucky and honored at these visits.  For the same price they could have gone to Paris!
The fishing was good. Although not big ones, each daughter caught three and I was happy with the two I caught, even though I caught them both at the same time at the beginning of the trip.  I was happy to watch them fish, just to be such beautiful girls and catch them smiling and looking at the ocean.


Nadia Johnson said...

Glad you had such an awesome time with your girls!

Barbra Joan said...

Oh Jerry, what a beautiful time you had with your daughters.
I love , love the pics.
Nothing like a deep sea fishing trip. I remember it well with my own dad. B

A Modest Scribler said...

Very nice, my friend. What a "fish story!"

Friko said...

And never a mention of the one that got away . . . . .

Of course the earth is flat, anyone knows that. We’d be dizzily spinning off into the void if it weren’t.

Sprechen Sie immer noch Deutsch? - I came across your comment at the Opt. Exist.