Here is an example of some of the madness that goes on in my demented little brain. I have to start out with cold hard facts. See this picture of the beautiful gulf waters of Venice Florida? Well there have been a lot of news stories lately about an amazing archaeological find somewhere out in those very waters. Divers have discovered a prehistoric burial ground. Prehistoric people! Pre-history! This is not hundreds of years ago, or even thousands but millions of years ago! Wow!
That long ago the coast line was different, the oceans have definitely risen so this burial site was then not underwater. The skeletons, they believe there are at least six of them, are fairly well preserved, after resting in the silt that forms on the sea bottom for multiple millions of years. It's very exciting! There are only two other remotely similar finds. One in Israel and one in Denmark. This is The Only one remotely like this in either North or South America. Wow again!
Ok now I must digress a little bit. Venice Florida has only been touched by 3 hurricanes in the past 55 years and even then, with very minor damage. Amazingly and incredibly fortunate, for sure. The locals say the legends of the Calusa Indians who lived here long ago believed that this area was protected by those who had lived here before even them. So let's get this straight. The Calusa Indians who disappeared from this area mysteriously more then 12 thousand years ago (thousand not million) ...they believed that people who lived here before them (!) those spirits protected this area.
Well, (and here is the Sam's demented mind part) what if it's the spirits of those six people that have been protecting us? Sure they were found buried under 30 feet of water now but that used to be just an area near the shoreline. I'm serious, what if those are the ones protecting this area? I know that sounds ridiculous and superstitious but what if I'm right? I say, do NOT disturb them. Allow them to rest in peace where they are. I was especially concerned because I know that scientists, being scientists, really wanted to dig in (literally) and learn more. Most of the time I am firmly in their camp. 99.9% of the time I say, "Learn things". Learning things is almost always a good thing. But this time, I'm getting a creepy crawly feeling about it. This time I vote no. Leave them alone. I may get my wish. In fact, I read this morning that the Seminole Indian Tribe has requested that no further testing be done and it appears that their wishes may, eventually, be honoured. Whew!
Now why would I, a reasonably intelligent, well read, educated person for one minute believe such nonsense. Ancient spirits protecting us indeed. Humph. It sounds like fiddlefaddle, superstitious, ignorant nonsense. And I'm sure it is. But I have to be honest with myself, and therefore you. This time around I don't care how ridiculous I sound. I want those people allowed to remain, unmolested, exactly where they are. I'm going with my instincts instead of my head on this one.
Of course I am also the person who, this morning at Pilates class, fell into a giggle fit that took me far too long to recover from. Picture this. Here we are, an entire class of people balancing carefully on our butts, arms and legs up and out in a Vee-shape. At our beloved instructors direction, we curl up into a ball and the release back into that vee postion over and over. The instructor says, curl and release, curl.....and......release. Curl............release. The last time she said release, in my head I heard Liam Neeson say, "Release the Kracken!" and I lost it. teeheehee
Ok I hope whatever ancient spirits are protecting you and your loved ones, stay on their toes and continue to do so. And that nobody is releasing any Kracken nearby.
Have a wonderful weekend
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.