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Surfing, Knot-Tying

Saturday was the official day of no-stress hanging out. nephandi came over just before high-tide. We suited up and headed out. After a few brief instructions - and really, I've got to stop trying to teach people to surf as I'm such an unskilled flat myself - we headed out in dead flat waves. It was, however, a beautiful sunny day and the water was as warm as the Pacific ever gets. First wave that hit us, the leash on The Ladies' Man (the 10' black surfboard nephandi was using) snapped. What to do? I tied a quick knot but the rubber slid right through - and it was then that nephandi's several levels of "use rope" - dimly remembered from his boy-scouting past, became extraordinarily useful. He whipped up a quick double-clover-half-hitch-triple-cloven-splice-knuckle-braced-square-anchor-bent-bowline-overhand-noose knot. Most impressive knot tying. A hobbyist, apparently.

Anyway, the surfing was mediocre, until the tide brought in a gigantic bed of seaweed. It was just plain gross to swim out through it, and something of a pain since the seaweed would hang in vast fluttering banners from the leash-line. It occurred to me that even if I did manage to paddle out past the seaweed, the waves would just wash me right back into it. Gross. We packed it in, had some dinner at a charmingly weird Swiss biergarten right on the waterfront, and proceeded to watch most of two seasons of "Avatar: The Last Airbender". Now that was a day of no stress, let me tell you.

Tonight, the Eagles are on Monday Night Football, and so it is obligatory that I be home to watch it (high def, surround sound, of course) with copious amounts of beer and unhealthy food. By good fortune the autumn has arrived, and pumpkin ale is again available at local vendors of wine, beer, and spirits. I believe the itinerary is set: guests are welcome.

(edit to add - what amounts to plot spoilers about Avatar are in the comments. You have been warned.)



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Sep. 17th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
Glad you got to relax a bit!

Also, new Avatar starts on Friday. I'm just sayin'...
Sep. 17th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
Oh I know! And I timed it well - finished the second season just in time to start the third. I can't believe that rotten Zuko!
Sep. 17th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
I'm not giving up on him yet - I just think he has some issues he needs to sort out at home. You know, mother issues...
Sep. 17th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
Well sure. And of the villains he's the one who isn't essentially irredeemably bad. Still, I was shocked and almost hurt when he leapt into action at the end there. Which means it was good writing, and he's a complicated character... because either way could have made sense.
Sep. 17th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, I was really impressed with a lot of the storytelling and character development, especially in season two! Can't wait for more! :D
Sep. 17th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
The new issue of Nick Magazine is all-Avatar, and has some great comics which tell the story of what happens between seasons 2 and 3. It's the best $5 you could spend.
The best time I watched all of Avatar was with a group of 4 grad students in China. There's nothing as cool as watching Avatar in China, then getting up early for work the next day, and seeing all of the waterben-- I mean, old folks-- doing Tai Chi in the morning.
Sep. 17th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
It's especially cool, from a martial artists perspective, to see that from time to time some of the techniques they throw out are pretty authentic. I know each of the bending techniques was modelled on a different style of Kung-Fu, but sometimes it just devolves into anime silliness. But sometimes, someone does a right-out-of-the-book tiger tail kick, or (whatever the chinese term for Ikkyo is).

Earlier when the characters were not powerful benders, and had to rely more on technique, it was actually better in my opinion. Probably harder to animate, too.
Sep. 17th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)
Pumpkin Ale?
The things you can buy in Tortuga-upon-Venice. *impressed*

Also, kindly do not stop giving surfing classes within the next year, if you please.
Sep. 17th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'll just have to work on getting more skilled, then, I suppose. And yes, pumpkin ale is delicious - it's like pumpkin pie in beer form!
Sep. 18th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
She shot Aang!

Rarely has a fictional character filled me with so much hate!
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