Life Boat

It's interesting to note what sort of prejudices people dispose of in need or acquire in leisure.

Hair

The Operating Room supervisor said no. My girlfriend said yes.

Furious

Life is not always lived at a furious pace. The conductor turns the page, and the moderate pace of an andante begins.

TOW

I love to watch the inexperienced motor out of the river mouth and into the ocean.

Adventure

One of the lessons my parents struggled to impart to me was that adventure is a relative term. A trip to the beach is a great adventure at age six. At sixteen, it's a routine summer activity. It can also be dangerous.

Sally

To quote the old Mickey and Sylvia song, "Love is strange." There is no ordinary on that carousel, and sometimes you need to jump off before the music ends. That's how it was for one summer entanglement that I had in Boston.

Elio

The owner wanted to dump the property in the worst possible way. It would have been too kind to describe it as a fixer-upper.

Boot Stripe

The origin of the boot stripe is lost in time but probably dates back to some Viking bosun who needed to find an occupation for the crew between raiding sessions, cow tipping, and drinking. It's a picky job

Despair

This city boy became acquainted with working in the woods while living in coastal Maine. Specifically with cutting wood for the woodstove in my in-law's living room. I had been a Boy Scout, so I was familiar with saw and hatchet. But gathering wood for a scouts campfire or cookout was the limit of my exposure.