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The Ocean

I make a point of going to look at the Pacific every day.

It's pretty easy - just a few steps out the door. Half a block if I really want to get down there and hear the surf crashing.

Last night it rained. I woke up to it - I heard the strangest sound. Water, falling out of the sky! And I missed it, curse the luck. But when I got up this morning and walked down to take a look at the ocean, it was the most remarkable color. The sky was still cloudy, the winds were blowing strong off of the water. The ocean close to land was a dark, grey-blue - the color of wet slate. But off on the horizon where the clouds broke, at the very point where the sea and the sky meet - it was bright, brilliant, silver blue.

I had a girlfriend once, who's eyes were just like that. In her absence, I'm happy to have the ocean to look at. It'll do, she's always there.

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oedi
Nov. 28th, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
I use to feel that way when I worked in Yosemite. I'd walk out of my tent and look up to see Half Dome glinting in the sunrise.

Beautiful place by the way, had a great time yesterday.
aghrivaine
Nov. 28th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
I was glad to have friends over, and sorry to hear the parking was such a hassle.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 28th, 2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
You'll be a surfer yet.

Watch out though, last week around a campfire in Baja I was asked "So, how long have you had the Affliction"?
aghrivaine
Nov. 28th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
I just have to get a board - I see people surfing right in my neighborhood all the time!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 28th, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
I've got one you could borrow on a medium-term basis that'll get you through the winter. It's a 9'0" stewart longboard that I rarely ride.
aghrivaine
Nov. 28th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
Actually that sounds perfect - a longboard is, apparently, just what I need.

But are you going to teach me how to use it? And how come you deleted your account?
(Anonymous)
Nov. 28th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
It's here when you want it! Do you have a wetsuit? You'll need one. A longboard is definately the easiest thing to learn on. I can show you a few things, get you pointed in the right direction. When? I don't know - I've been way too busy for my own good, even though I'm really trying to streamline everything in my life.
aghrivaine
Nov. 28th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
I can get a wetsuit pretty easy. And I'm available any given morning - right next to the water! In fact, any time you want to surf and stop in for coffee, let me know.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 30th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
Get one then! Make sure it's a surfing wetsuit, not a waterskiing one and either 3/2 or 4/3 in thickness. Don't pay a lot- in fact get a used one off craigslist or something after trying wetsuits on at a surfshop to check size. Wetsuits are sized S, M, L as you would expect, but also MS, M & MT (short medium, tall medium and regular medium) to account for different builds. I pretty much don't surf Venice, cause the waves bite there usually, the locals are ornery and I think post-rain the water's toxic. I'm going to suggest starting at Sunset Blvd- easy mushy wave, no competition to speak of and handy for a Venetian. When can I introduce you to the Sport of Kings? I dunno, but soon I hope, as my own gills are drying out.
aghrivaine
Nov. 30th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
gotta wait a week till i can get a wetsuit. I know my size since we used wetsuits in tri. I'll propbably get a tri wetsuit anyway, for multipurpose reasons.
manywaters
Nov. 28th, 2006 07:12 am (UTC)
The ocean is one of the constants of my life. I'm glad other people appreciate it.
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