Yes that's right
Smack dab in the middle of summer
(OK, that it's really summer despite what the calendar says is debatable)
The cable programming giant Discovery has scheduled "Shark Week"
Non stop, 24/7, continuous carnage of the most gruesome nightmare provoking kind!
Which is not altogether a bad thing...
On one hand
Jaws and its cinematic genre have kept more people out of the water during the summer that any other factor
Here in occasionally sunny and ridiculously over crowded SoCal I'll take it,
(We actually have a movie night in the local inlet where you can float on inner tubes and watch JAWS while floating in salt water, at night! God love the parks department!)
on the other hand
when I get up in the morning
and attempt to get the kids to come along for a surf,
I get a cornucopia of excuses and semi scientific facts about why they couldn't possibly get in the water today.
Dad, did you know that
The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, also known as great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is a large lamniform shark found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans. The great white shark is very well known for its size, with the largest individuals known to have approached or exceeded 6 metres (20 ft) in length and 2,268 kilograms (5,000 lb) in weight. It reaches maturity at around 15 years of age and can have a life span of over 30 years. The great white shark is arguably the world's largest known extant macropredatory fish and is one of the primary predators of marine mammals. It is also known to prey upon a variety of other marine animals including fish, pinnipeds, and seabirds. It is the only surviving species of its genus, Carcharodon.
I usually respond with a semi fact gleaned from the cooking channel
"cooked over medium heat with garlic and butter for 5 minutes the great whites are DELICIOUS!"
Now get in the car!!
Either way it's part of the summer experience and I think I will throw some shark on the grill later this week
Here are a couple of my favorite scenes from the movie
almost as good as the drunken singing part and easily the best acting of all the shark movies
"Were gonna need a bigger boat"
The phrase itself has worked it's way into my verbal interface with the world in too many ways to count.
one more thing
The mat meet is still scheduled for the middle of the month BUT it always depends on the swell etc. If you are interested please shoot me an email with your contact info and dates your are available or not available. If we don't get together until the end of the month or oh-my-gosh September I don't think the world will come to a premature end. I'd would rather get more people on a good day than run it on the appointed day just because it was mentioned a month ago. This isn't a surf contest, there aren't permits to pull, no deadlines that have to be met. Just friends getting together to surf a mat. Besides I just looked at some long range forecasts and it looks a little weak.