Originally published January 19th, 2004.
The time has come, the walrus said
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I used to go diving in the keys. Interesting place where you drive on A1A and see the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf on the other.
Did some diving around a sunken tanker from WW2 – hit by a U Boat – not much left of it except the keel and lower part of the hull – I think the Navy used it for target practice.
Currents…..I learned the 1st of 2 hard lessons about fighting currents. Dropped a flipper off the little Boston Whaler and typical of the Keys you could see straight down 25-30 feet – like a swimming pool. Dove in looking for it and when I come up the boat is 200 yards away. and anchored.
For a sailor having a house there – near the water – had to have been paradise and – I guess with the possible exception of Hawaii (and there you’d have to be pretty high up on the chain to have a similar home) – the best place to be stationed.
Only thing to be wary of is the hurricanes – which seem to come every 10-20 years.
Wasn’t expecting Lex’s story to take the turn it did – sorta like the C & W song of the squirrel in the church
God … how I miss that. The storytelling. Wow.
I hear ya Kris. The man could spin a tale.
I took my mother to the commissary today and told her Lex’s tale – she laughed for a long time!
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