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Surfing Soapbox: Reflections from the center of the Atlantic
December 16, 2010|By James Pribram

It seems nothing more than a dream now that I am back in the comfort of home. At times it wasn't a dream but a nightmare. I suspect I learned more in those six weeks away from home than in the last six years, being confined to a sailboat with 13 people that was continuously thrown around like a toothpick in rough seas for nearly 32 days.

It was interesting watching people change colors like a traffic signal and being face to face with your ultimate fate. I have never had more honest moments in my life to evaluate who I was and who I want to become a man of fewer words whose actions speak for themselves, because I don't think I could ever, even in my best moment of writing, tell you what it was like.

One minute I was on a beautiful little island in Brazil and the next I was being swept across the deck by an 18-foot wave, scrambling to hold on until my clip finally snagged, jerking me back like I was holding onto a runaway train. Feeling imprisoned, I would sit up on deck looking out at the ocean as if it were my life's canvas. I had never seen so clearly before...

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"Being some 2,000 plus miles out to sea and seeing the harmful effects of plastic trash floating by was mind-numbing. There is no "out of sight, out of mind" because there will always be someone who sees it."


Wow really all the way out in the middle of the sea too ?
I didnt know that ....... Thanks for the link.

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"Being some 2,000 plus miles out to sea and seeing the harmful effects of plastic trash floating by was mind-numbing. There is no "out of sight, out of mind" because there will always be someone who sees it."


Wow really all the way out in the middle of the sea too ?
I didnt know that ....... Thanks for the link.
Do a Google search on "Pacific gyre".

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"The Eastern Garbage Patch floats between Hawaii and California; scientists estimate its size as two times bigger than Texas"

Ok I am from Texas so thats BIG....

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that flippin trash thing is just disgusting.

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I looked up this Pacific Gyre as it was previously unknown to me. I am apalled, disgusted, and deeply saddened by the videos I saw.
Human beings are a scurge that will leave nothing behind but waste and devastation. Knowing I contribute to the problem is only a stronger motivator to break out of the vicious cycle of waste and strive to waste as little as possible.
I really think I am going to stop buying water bottles now, even though I hate refillable jugs so much.
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