12 thoughts on ““Say What’s In A Year”

  1. Woke up at 3 a.m. with an insistent pen and notebook screaming for attention…did you know you rapidly are running out of life? What a terrible thing to say to a sleeping man. Reached with unblind fingers for the terrible twosome and their cousin the windup single-diode sidewinder flashlight and volleyed back at the unsane trio. I need all my beauty rest – and theirs, too!

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      • When I toiled in pleasant comfort a lifeguard at a U.S. Naval Air Station’s officers’ pool and then at the all-hands lakefront I kept a roll of the Life Savers fruit-flavored (more like imitation fruit and imitation flavor: just differing degrees of sugar) candy right where the ring buoy should rest in its holder-clip. I kept the real life-ring down at the bottom of my ladder-chair where I could reach it on the way down. Got lots of questions from the inattentive on my sense of humor and what happened to the life preserver – suchlike, but I never had the nerve to retartly point out both are exactly where they are most needed: one to throw to the drowning t’other to throw to those trying to distract.

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    • At the tender age of 3 or so I was pulled almost blue out of a freak wave on the Atlantic shore of the DelMarVa peninsula protecting The Chesapeak(sp?) Bay. I always have loved The Water…and waves. Taught myself to swim – vice dog-paddle – as soon as we got to Sanford, Florida from Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. My older brother as well; but, the youngest continued to paddle well into elementary school days. As a licensed – and patched – Red Cross Senior Life Saver – lifeguard) let me assure you drowning is possible in far fewer inches of wet stuff as you attempted. By some strange quirk one of my most favored happenstances is walking in a thunderstorm’s near-whiteout deluge. The idiot me likes watching the lightning filigree the overhead skies and go all shocked at the closeness of the massive bolts beating the nearby trees. Also a fine way to get a free laundry and body-wash. Once while well-imbibed in a downtown Titusville (Kennedy Space Center’s nearest town) I took a bar of Dial soap out of my camera bag and dragged a stool outside under a rain-spout and did my laundry: the tee shirt. Then I took that off and rinsed it under the pour and then did a Dial shampoo of hair and beard before an applauding batch of layabouts with whom I took a customary three-hour lunch as traffic whizzed by on the bifurcated U.S. Highway 1 which runs from Maine to Key West in its various guises and nomenclatures. Yes, well-washed and well-lubricated. I even wrote an haiku “Dial Done Shirt” about such in an earlier blog as I was attempting to learn enough to start richwrapper.

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    • There is a technique – not swimming! – we underwent in the Marine Corps: DrownProofing. Non-swimmers especially may benefit. Lookitup. And women had an alleged “bouyancy(sp?) benefit” which sometimes allows their heads to remain above water-height the entire time. You will die of thirst, hunger or exposure before you drown, assured the swimming instructor at Parris Island who taught the drownproofing technique. Any who go near – not even in – the water need this technique. The most important factor: calmness – unpanic.
      Arrange the body to hang loosely vertical. If your head is just at or below waterline, fine: bring the arms slowly upward from your sides; reaching the palms outward in front of your body, describe a slow half-circle until the arms are perpendicular to your shoulders, Press the arms downward with the palms cupped as you bring your legs into a slow but firm scissors kick, this will propel your head above water: take a brath.
      Slowly relax and put your face down into the water again, moving your hands and arms to a beside-the-body position.
      Repeat.
      If in fresh water you may drink.
      If in salt-water do not.
      Stay calm.
      If in moving water (rapids) try to bend over to say goodbye to your butt.*
      “Facetious and not to be attempted alone.
      Shehanne: you should be able to find “Drownproofing Techniques” as a video on several platforms. Hate to lose a water-lover to non-swimmers’ disease. J

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  2. Then there is nothing to it but a big life vest – the kaypok kind – with spare pockets for little liquor bottles as well as an inflatable raft with its own wet bar!

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