Saturday, January 06, 2007

The 'Young' Man And The Sea

Into the ocean went the sixty-one-year-old...

And he danced a bit back towards the beach the way children do... when a wave flattens itself at the end of its shore-bound journey.

(Of course, the ocean water was slightly cooler than "nippy".)

This "man of the sea" had grown weary of theories of exercise, diet, vitamin and mineral supplementation, and all the jargon of healthy aging and "life extension".

And on this first day of 2007, he followed up his little dance with some slow wading into the slate-gray brine...until the water was to his waist and to his chest, where it took his breath away...and then WHOOSH, a wave broke over his head.

One very chilling wave was plenty! He hopped backwards to shore as quickly as his numb extremities could carry him...and, on shore, he paused and took several deep breaths of relief.

He no longer felt old; he really did feel momentarily reborn.

A young man and woman, parked alongside Highway 101 at South Beach, were cracked up with laughter watching the portly sixty-something trot along the beach to his van.

"Are you CRAZY?" they shouted.

"Yes, I am." he yelled in exultation.

"Is the water cold?"

All the man was capable of by way of a reply was hysteric laughter that escaped from deeper inside than any laughter he had experienced in a very long time.


At 2:41 AM, Blogger LJ said...

Those little moments of crazy and alive beat all the theories of exercise, vitamin and mineral supplementation etc. hands down.
Everybody into the wave.
Lovely, lovely, Chuck.

At 6:02 AM, Blogger Leazwell said...

Bully for you! Reminds me of the time I ran around in two feet of snow completely in the buff. An invigorating experience.

At 4:31 PM, Blogger chuck said...


'Little moments of crazy' renew my zest for living... do 'comments' from blogger friends...



At 4:31 PM, Blogger chuck said...


'Little moments of crazy' renew my zest for living... do 'comments' from blogger friends...



At 4:50 PM, Blogger chuck said...


I'll bet your "winter wonderland" romp put some colour in your cheeks.

Your readers await a fuller story of what could have been a "peak experience"

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Hannelie said...

You brave brave man! One thing I can't stand is cold water! That comming from a swimmer and scuba diver.
All the best for 2007!!

At 9:38 PM, Blogger chuck said...


A warm swim in tropical waters sounds ideal...still I am grateful for the sea as I find it!

At 5:16 AM, Blogger Dave said...

Not to mention the proverbial shrinkage effect of the cold water.
Being crazy ain't it GREAT.

At 7:02 AM, Anonymous Jessie said...

Haha! Happy freaking new year, Chuck!

At 12:40 AM, Blogger chuck said...


Back at you!


No ocean swim today.

Instead, I stood on HWY 1O1 S
with a few buddies in the midst of the late afternoon snowfall here in Crescent City.

Our signs had messages like STOP THE ESCALATION and BRING TROOPS HOME.

We received lots of horn honks of support in addition to "thumbs up" support gestures.

At 1:30 PM, Blogger Jess D'Zerts said...

Alright, Chuck! Proud of you!

Speaking of snow, awesome day in Portland today--about 3"!

At 8:00 PM, Blogger chuck said...

I want a big bowl of clam chowder at Portland's DAN & LOUIE'S OYSTER BAR, followed by a cup o' java and cake at one of the cafes in the NE Broadway area; then, I could hang out at POWELL'S BOOKS for awhile.

I like CHINATOWN and SE HAWTHORNE as fun 'hang-out' places.

Saturday Market (samedi marche) is a barrel of laughs, as well.

You have it all, there.


At 8:08 PM, Blogger chuck said...


The "shrinkage effect" (like the MOBIUS STRIP)-- a confusion of 'outside' and 'inside'.

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous jess said...

Ah, Chuck, in view of Portland's current weather situation, clam chowder sounds excellent... if it could be delivered by dogsled.

At 5:55 AM, Blogger Jess D'Zerts said...

Yo! It's February 6, Chuck... time for your monthly blog post...

At 11:12 AM, Blogger chuck said...



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