March 18, 2006
everyone wants to see the dead whale
From the window of my hotel room I can see a dead whale that washed up on the beach sometime yesterday. I noticed it last night as dusk was falling, but it was so far away on the empty beach that I had no sense of perspective and thought it was maybe a baby dolphin. Later I heard someone say it was a whale. This morning some guys came out with a small caterpillar-like earthmover and sort of danced around it for a half-hour but couldn't load it into the shovel so they left, but not before one of them walked up and stood next to the shape on the beach and then I could tell it was, in fact, a whale. Since then the whale has drawn a steady stream of visitors despite the 40ish chill and 20ish winds.
Posted by joe positive at March 18, 2006 11:37 AM
Good luck tomorrow!
Posted by: Dawn at March 18, 2006 2:34 PM
"This morning some guys came out with a small caterpillar-like earthmover and sort of danced around it for a half-hour but couldn't load it into the shovel so they left..."
I don't think I could come close to explaining why, but I love the absurdity in this description. Nature can be so unpredictable... so hard to clean up.
Run strong tomorrow, I hope all the moons and stars and things aline in your favor (ok, so the phrase "good luck" had already been deployed).
Posted by: khaulein at March 18, 2006 11:02 PM