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Updated on May 10, 2011
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Ah! Those carefree days of summer, sun, sand and seashore!

This happily floating character adrift just offshore of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, is about to get a strong and sudden lesson in paying attention to the obvious. For he is about to me submerged by the strong overtow generated by the colliding currents near Diamond Shoals.

Yes, we’ve all been cautioned at one time or another to be wary of undertow, that rapidly receding and unseen low flow of water that retreats from shore after massive waves have broken upon the beach. Undertow can surreptitiously suck an unwitting swimmer out to sea.

But overtow is nowhere near as devious, and always much more obvious. It just leaps up in a big, bold crest and crashes upon the bather from above, kinda like a mini-tsunami in broad daylight. So, learn a lesson from this hapless Harry — forget about the hidden, the mysterious, the unknown and the inscrutable, and start paying attention to the plain-as-the-nose-on-your-face. Don’t let overtow overtake you!

(On a similar note: 1. Quit worrying about the red dye no. 5 in your foods, and start eliminating the sugar, the salt and the fat. 2. Stop beefing about why you’re entitled to another half-day of paid vacation this year, and take note of whether your company actually does anything useful in this world, and thus may be going under next quarter. 3. Refrain from counting the cupholders in that slick new SUV at the showroom you’ve had your eye on, and find out instead whether it gets over 9 miles per gallon.)


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    • rickzimmerman profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      With the ability to swim like a rock, I assiduously avoid the froth of the waves . . .

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      Christina M. Castro 

      7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Can you imagine what the ocean would look like if it was tagged like our favorite ski slopes according to the difficulty of its level of waves. Of course, practical minds know that we can not predict what Mother Nature will do to those waves, so like a Scout, this hub's waterlogged character must be prepared. I am amazed anyway on how anyone can stay afloat on a wet slippery surfboard or even how those barefoot surfers with normal human feet can avoid falling down.(Perhaps the artist can illustrated the phenomenon of human-webbed feet)! Hee-hee! Enjoy your next trip to the ocean, Rick!


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