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Sunday, 29 May 2005


Jeff Hess

Shalom Shamash,

Growing up on the Ohio River at Marietta, I used to watch the crews from Marietta College rowing on the Muskingum River which flows into the Ohio at Marietta. For a time I wanted to attend Oxford, not for the education, but for the rowing.

Your morning time on the water sounds wonderful. I've always thought it was a great form of mediation since you never see where you're going; there is only the dip, pull, feather and return... dip, pull, feather and return...




For a year and a half, not checking to see where we were going as we rowed was harmless; we ran into an occasional buoy or patch of water hyacinth. Last week, however, our scull collided with a racer from the women's team, who was coming from the opposite direction. My oar hit her in the back, and she had to go into the water. Without a doubt, she was in a lot of pain. I felt absolutley terrible. Granted, Water Buddha is the one who's responsible for keeping tabs on where we're heading. But, ever since the "dip, pull, feather and return... dip, pull, feather and return..." turned into "dip, pull, feather and crash", I find myself checking where I'm going much more than before, just in case.


Lovely tale; although I value my soft bed and sleeping in too much to join you ;)

I especially like the very descriptive first paragraph, very evocative.

Ohio Valley Brethren

How cool to find someone (Jeff) from the same area that I spent a good portion of my money in! I went to OU and drove through Marietta each and every time I drove from Akron down to school. I know that there is a quicker way around, but I just liked taking the scenic route through town. I-77 to Route 7 to Route 50 into Athens. Ahh, you make me nostalgic for the best 6 years of my life! :)

And Shamash, don't feel bad about running people over - I do it all the time. Being large means that you tend to "bump" into many different types of things. So you were going backwards and whacked some women with a big long oar and she'll probably have a massive bruise, unable to practice for a week. No big deal. Look at like this - you've both been initiated into the club of the accident prone and you can now claim to be a major bad-ass after thumping someone with a huge wooden oar. I know your kids will think twice about goofing off in class once they hear of it...


Michiel: Sleeping in does have its merits, but as a morning person, I'm usually awake by 5 am no matter what time I retire. So, rowing at such "ungodly morning hours" (as my friends term it) is not really a discipline.

Ohio Valley Brethern: There are other people I'd much rather "thump" than unsuspecting athletes trying to beat their records. I'm sure you know who. ;-)


I like this post a lot, it captures what's great about escaping on to the water. In fact I'm off to do it now!

Ohio Valley Brethren

Feel free to thump away on whomever you like! As long as it isn't me.

I've left you a little gem over on my blog. Enjoy! :)


I am so glad to hear the details of what has made you feel sane. I still haven't found a consistent thing to do to help me feel good. I'd like to believe that my happiness lies in the hands of another person since I believe my sorrow lies in his hands too but I know that isn't true.
I just don't get why life is so hard sometimes or what the purpose of it all is. I know I am here and ain't dying soon so I better not live miserably.


Datta: I guess we all have our own ways of keeping sane... maybe it's writing, or running, or rowing, or reading, or dancing, or creating. The good news is that "down" periods never last forever; the bad news is that the "up" periods don't last, either. Hang in there.

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