Old man and the sea Monday July 31, 2006, 3 comments

Vacation complete. Mission? Not sure. We’ll see how long it takes for my stress to elevate to dangerous levels.

If you can believe it, there was a thunderstorm warning EVERY SINGLE DAY of the nine days I was off. Now, I know my boat is capable of dealing with a thunderstorm. People have sailed boats like mine around the world. The problem is more that the captain is a bit of a wimp, and doesn’t like sailing in heavy seas.

Nonetheless, Toronto Island Marina was a fantastic destination. Where else can you be 15 minutes from the downtown core of a major city, but not be exposed to all the problems associated with being in the downtown core of a city. No traffic (no cars!), no noise, no poor air quality. No major light pollution, no congestion. I could, and will, go there again.

I am relaxed and light as a fluffy cloud. Except not fluffy. Nor flying. Nor part of a thunderstorm warning. I did a lot of thinking, during some hours on the wheel. I did mention the failure of my autopilot, right?

I used my week well, otherwise. Read a LOT of books, mostly of the boring, industry kind. One notable exception was my first Hemingway. I read Old Man and the Sea, which took a couple hours.

It was a joyous read, quite a good story, but I found myself wondering about Hemingway. Specifically why he’s considered such a literary light. Oh, I enjoyed it, and the story was wonderful, but Hemingway is considered iconic in the literary world, and Old Man and the Sea is a seminal work. The story didn’t live up to the legend, at least for me.

Perhaps Hemingway’s legend is was built more for the man’s notable anti-American beliefs, or his peculiar personality and looks.

And perhaps I’m just a jaded Gen-Xer.


Comments

chris Monday July 31, 2006


perhaps.
welcome home Adrian.
~c

Daniel Tuesday August 1, 2006


Maybe you should pen your response, Young Man at the Sea.

Adrian Tuesday August 1, 2006


It’s certainly an idea.

Commenting has ended for this post, but I'd still love to hear from you.

The website of Adrian Lebar

A Rain of Frogs is written, designed and built by Adrian Lebar, a twenty(!) year veteran of web design and development. He is currently managing web and mobile development teams at Canada’s largest and most beloved classifieds site, Kijiji!

He is a father, sailor, snowboarder, skier, cyclist, writer, artist, graphic designer, classically trained musician and afraid of heights.

Adrian is not currently available for freelance and contract work. Learn more.

Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
- Steve Jobs

Twitter

  • Nice day for a #CollisionConf! t.co/UrEnOC2G99 Tuesday May 21, 2019
  • @JS_Cheerleader @eduardsi Build senior developers! Saturday May 4, 2019
  • This is now literally my worst nightmare. t.co/Aujkr1HGZI Wednesday April 10, 2019
  • @stephenaevans FB, what an amazing high tech company. 🙄 Thursday March 21, 2019
  • t.co/yhv9nt8v69 Friday July 6, 2018
  • So, on to new things! My last day at Kijiji was last Friday, but my first day at RBC Ventures is today. Starting so… t.co/zUoKjI6hVs Monday June 11, 2018
  • Well, today's my last day at @Kijiji. I'm proud of everything I was able to achieve over the last three years, and… t.co/RhytXz5Vgi Friday June 1, 2018
  • Hey #TTC. Good job telling us what’s going on with the streetcar problems at Queen and Broadview. The driver is lit… t.co/dU4ZVHwRbm Friday March 2, 2018