We’re not really going surfing. It would be very difficult to surf in Missouri. That is a lyric of a Weezer song.
The kids have been listening to Queen in the car. Call me old-fashioned, but I like CDs (and for the record, I like being called “old-fashioned”). Once it’s in the player you can listen to it, exclusively, AGAIN and AGAIN. Play it TO DEATH. And if you have children, you know how they love repetition.
So anyway the past few weeks it’s been Queen for every car ride and if I listen to “We Will Rock You” one more time my head might explode. Baby was even starting to learn all the words to the verses and apply the concepts to her own life. i.e…
“We don’t want to get mud on our face. That would be disgusting.”
So it was time to switch things up. We switched it out to Weezer, the blue album. This CD was in heavy rotation when the Spy was in preschool. It was high time Baby got acquainted.
You take your car to work
I’ll take my board
And when you’re out of fuel
I’m still afloat
Let’s try to find a deeper meaning in this song:
Surfing can pay the bills.
Wave power is a renewable source of fuel and we shouldn’t rely on finite fossil fuels to gas up our SUVs.
Not necessarily. Shouldn’t we be drilling for oil here? And you can’t power an SUV with wave-power, silly!
Maybe it means they just want to be slackers and not work.
How about, challenge notions of “work” and you do what you want, and I’ll do what I want.
It may not be necessary to find meaning in Weezer lyrics. But I do think like the song because it is good to challenge notions of “work”. Finding meaning and joy and humor in your “work” is so important. Mostly I like Weezer because it is silly and fun to listen to. And silly and fun are top priorities in Spy Garden.
GOOD GRIEF! Where are you going with all of this?!
Mostly I just want to tell my surfing story.
I grew up in Southwest Florida. The Gulf of Mexico is not an ocean. Typically, it’s like a salty pond, lapping at the shore like bath water, and in the summer, is the temperature of bath water. On a very windy day when and there are waves they are still NOT surfable.
But one day there was a hurricane or a tropical storm (I don’t remember which) offshore enough not to be really stormy or dangerous, but close enough to create actual surf.
It was on the first beach after you go over the bridge from Sanibel to Captiva Island whence I surfed. The waves weren’t huge but they were big enough. I paddled out and tried and stood up and fell over and paddled our and tried again. And again and again. And again. At one point the board flipped over and on the underside of the board there was an octopus! It was a little one, no bigger than a human hand. Cool! I brushed it off and then continued on. It was cloudy and gray and windy. I paddled out, and tried again. And again. And then I got back to shore. And four hours had passed. It felt like 20 minutes. And that’s pretty much the story. (This is why I had to get philosophical about Weezer, otherwise this story is sort of useless).
I do not yearn to go surfing again. Sometimes, certain experiences have a “been there, done that” quality. It was great and fun and enjoyable and don’t think I’ve ever experienced such an extreme time warp (four hours, really?!) and the octopus sighting was way cool. I guess I feel that one can connect with nature and lose track of time in productive and more practical (i.e. things you can easily do every day) activities. Like gardening. I get the same feeling when I spot a giant spider or snake as I did when I saw the octopus. Let’s be honest, I get that feeling when I see a new bloom or vegetable forming on a plant (I really like plants). And usually once I start digging, an hour goes by in a snap. The idea of “flow” (losing yourself and a sense of time in enjoyable “work”) is the ultimate in productivity and creativity and the more ways in your life you can achieve “flow”, the more creative and productive (and fulfilled) you will be. It really would be a shame to have an undeniable passion for something (i.e. surfing) when it is not feasible to do it often (i.e. when you live in Missouri). Much better to develop passions and hobbies you can do OFTEN!
But surfing is so much cooler than gardening!
No it’s not, I swear. No one activity is cooler than another. Hiking, running, canoeing, a nice walk, bird watching, your job, whatever YOU like. Connecting with different aspects of nature or of culture. Tapping into your own unique “flow” where (for a time) there’s no question of energy source. You can’t run “out of fuel”, because you’re “afloat”.
I’m bailing out because I hate the race
Of rats that run round and round in the maze
I’m going surfing, I’m going surfing!