<Aug. 15/13> Are you familiar with this phrase? (I had to look up the spelling of “batten"; wasn’t quite sure about it.) It’s basically nautical language for “prepare to be swamped, submerged, inundated with water … whatever."
& it’s in my mind right now, as the weather where I am at the moment (Algonquin Park) is a tad unpredictable. (Heh heh. Where is weather not unpredictable, these daze??)
& I thought it might rain & even storm, so I “battened down the hatches” at our camp site, &, as it happened, the storm-that-might-have-been passed us by
(though it may very well have wreaked havoc elsewhere)
& I am grateful the storm passed us by
& I hope it did not do harm anywhere else
& on the whole I think we HBs (human beans) had best at least mentally batten down the hatches
as I think many a storm is heading our way.
I used to think I had an idea what battening down the hatches consisted of … & now I am not so sure.
I think what’s coming – the events headed our way – are too numerous & unpredictable – to predict. To call.
So I have no idea, really, what I actually mean when I say “Batten down the hatches, people.”
Maybe, Be Ready for Anything?
Looks to be an … interesting ride ahead.
Always, always, always.
(The only place anything actually ever happens is Right Here, Right Now…right??)
p.p.s. all canoe trip postings now gathered up here, in one spot.
‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Bob Waldrop, the man behind the Oklahoma City Food Cooperative