sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, November 26, 2018

Surf Report


The Jaws surfing competition at Pe'ahi, Maui was called today because the waves were too big. After it exceeded a 50' face all of the big wave surfers were getting hurt. It's a long damned drop on a thin, maneuvering triple fin board. Even with a goofy foot in the crew, nobody split the curl in two directions. Those sorts of wave sets are not for the feint of heart.

Tomorrow it's the Van's competition at Sunset Beach, where the waves may get nearly as insane at the Maui waves. 

So what do you do when the surfing competition is called for the day?

bacon cheeseburger in paradise
Maui onion rings
Making do as best I can.

The Prisoner (commentary)


I'm lounging on an island and that brought to mind The Village on The Island, and the old series, "The Prisoner" (1968), a seventeen episode series starring Patrick McGoohan.

In the series, a British case officer/spy quit and the Brits tossed him into the Village to try and figure out why...and to determine if he "knew too much". The standard gripes common to people who leave the service were never fully explored. 

He was #6 (but didn't like the number for some reason) and kept wanting to know who #1 was. The #2's were assigned to break him and everyone who failed left the show and were replaced by a "New Two"). Every time he ran, The Rover, a large bouncing ball/soap bubble went after him, sucked him inside of it, and deposited him back in the Village.

#6, the Prisoner, wasn't the only one in the village but he seemed to be the only one who counted.

AMC aired a re-make episode in 2009, but it didn't do well enough for a re-made series to come of it. I always thought that re-making The Prisoner should include elements of Bay Watch if you want to get the viewership interested. There were no women in the Village who could entice The Prisoner (in the series). Then again, he was never faced with the Bay Watch cuties, was he? If you wanted to keep our friend CW, from the Daily Timewaster blog on the island, she'd have to be a freckle faced redhead.

So there you are. It's on Netflix if you want to review episodes.

I don't think that I'm a prisoner in The Village on The Island. Then again, I haven't tried to run, invoking pursuit by a large soap bubble.

I'm content to crack open the I-Pad and read from the Kindle. In years past, I hauled paper books and they were heavy. The I-Pad is lighter and contains all of the Jim Curtis classics, should I wish to re-read them yet again. He's threatening to release another edition of Rimworld, but I haven't seen it yet. If Curtis doesn't get the novel into the cue, I have some other science fiction to read:

Fallen Dragon, by Peter F. Hamilton
Thin Air, by Richard K. Morgan
Children of Time, Adrian Tchaikovsky
Nelf Rings, Mervyn Miller
The Murderbot Diaries (series) by Martha Wells
Ancillary (series) by Ann Leckie

The Caravan

If the British could come up with a giant bouncing ball/soap bubble that sucked up fleeing people in the 1960's, the US should be able to come up with something similar to handle the vagaries of the Border Wall in 2018/2019. Of course we'd need more than one. It would send a message wouldn't it?
Juan and Maria splash across the Rio Grande just to be swallowed in a cool bit of Yankee tech and spit back out on the other side, still wet from the intended crossing. 
I'm sure that DRJIM and SIGREAYBEARD (who haunt this blog from time to time) could come up with something between them that would deal with the issue in a creative way. LSP could bless each giant soap bubble (invoking the Almighty) to find success.