The Eternal Sea
THE SEA...THE BEAUTIFUL SEA
The sea is the great giver and taker of life.This has been made clear on the east coast of the USA in recent times. There flooding caused much damage.
Yet cities like New York would not have come into existence or been successful if not created near a great body of water.
There has been flooding in May, 2015 in northern New South Wales, Australia.
It has been said that life originated in some kind of liquid stew where proteins did their thing. There was an episode of Star Trek: the Next Generation that dealt with this concept.
The oldest creatures in the world live in the ocean and in the seas.
Occasionally, a creature thought long time extinct is caught up in some fisherman's net and is thus presented to our world as a living species.
The Indian ocean is so deep in places it has not been fully explored.
I was once told that, in order to keep diamonds expensive, large amounts are at times dumped into the deepest part of the Indian Ocean.
There may still be creatures in our seas and oceans yet to be discovered.
Strangely enough, sharks have been around a lot longer than humans. Yet we will probably be responsible for their extinction. And in making them extinct we may well damage a food chain vital to the health of the seas and oceans.
Nothing like a sea voyage to take the kinks out of an old bat such as a vampire or so we discover in stories about such fictional creatures. Certainly Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan made much of this notion when they were involved in the Tomb of Dracula comic book series in the 1970s.
Change is good. Change makes us feel young again or so we are told.
Adventure spices up one's life. Doing something new, something different can add zest to your existence.
In the waters of New Zealand it is actually possible to take your boat right through a hole in a glazier.
There is a beach in New Zealand where if you did in the sand you end up with a nice hot bath thanks to a nearby active volcano.
In Australia there is a great rock called Uluru that changes color over the space of a single day. It is, however, a great distance from any large body of water.
At Lightning Ridge there are stones with fire in them. And Lightning Ridge is also a great distance away from any large body of water.
On the Barrier Great Reef there are wonders only to be seen with the right diving gear.
There are islands not far from Australia that used to be home to cannibals. And this is only going back to the 19th Century. Actually it was only in the late 19th Century that cannibalism came to an end in Europe.
Charles Darwin the naturalist visited Australia. He got as far inland as Bathurst. There was a lot for him to see. There are a great many animals, plants and birds unique to my country.
In the USA there is a canyon so deep that the right scientists can tell you the geological history of our planet from studying its various levels. it has quite a substantial history.
The Grand Canyon was once used to train astronauts in the study of geology so that moon missions could be a bigger success.
It was theorized that if the astronauts knew more about what they should look for on the moon's surface they would be better capable of bringing back samples that will tell scientists in more detail the history of our moon.
There are creatures unique to the USA. The rattle snake is a fine example. Traveling once more to the USA would be grand. Hey! This time I might get to see the Grand Canyon.
Yet even a day at sea can be wondrous in and of itself. Sometimes it is just so brilliant to fill your lungs with salt air and to listen to the sea gulls overhead.They might have to hustle and bustle on the sand but you don't. Don't they sometimes sound like a pack of noisy kids squabbling over something?
Winter comes to us all. The hair goes white or simply goes, blown away by the years.
Wouldn't it be bad if we didn't have our adventures at the beach to remember? Wouldn't it be sad if we never held hands with that pretty girl as we walked along the sand?
Maybe in old age we still hold hands with that girl who is now a woman. Wouldn't that be something? There is no need to be young with her and there is no need to be old either. You can just be yourself whatever that might mean.
Yet there are now people living in Australia and other free countries who would love to take our beach freedom away.
They want pretty girls to adhere to a very strict dress code. And if we let them get away with that next they'll be wanting one part of a beach to be for men only and another part of a beach to be for women only. War does strange things to some people and, when they come to a free country, they have trouble leaving some of that strangeness behind.
In my novel Disco Evil the wonder and also the horror of vengeance realized upon the living becomes, for a certain vampire, both really old and even repugnant after a time. You can make changes in some people's lives by, for example, ended them but nothing really changes.
In my novel Ghost Dance both the wonder and the possible horror of continuous life through the blood of others is explored. The notion of very little being really new and those you have known who are not undead eventually going the way of most things...to ash.
In Desk Job, my salute to Lewis Carroll, we have an adventure in a very foreign land. I don't mean the office but a world existing in another universe. Here, in this other world, there is much that is different but there is still time and there is still tide.
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