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"My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?" — David Mitchell

Chasing the Llama

Posted from Gerlache Straits, Antarctic Peninsula at 6:55 am, January 17th, 2006

Doug woke everyone up this morning at 5:45 to announce that a group of humpback whales was lunge feeding around the ship. It took me a while to get out on deck, but once I finally did it took only a few minutes of watching whales lunging and fluking within spitting distance of the ship before I got my camera. As usual my photographic skills were only sufficient to capture some shadows on the water that might (with imagination) look like whales, but it was fun.

On a slightly different note, during conversations at the bar last night Carter was talking about mountain lions and said he had a problem with them “chasing the llama”. When I asked if that was a metaphor it was realized that, while he does actually own a llama, it should be a metaphor. It works for anything:

“What were you doing last night?”
“Oh man, I was up all night chasing the llama.”

“You feeling OK?”
“Dude, I’m chasing the llama”

“Man, you crack me up.”
“That’s ’cause I’m always chasing the llama.”

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