Oceans are great aren’t they? I’v always been fascinated by them. I haven’t had much occasion to visit them, but when I have, I’m always in awe at the vast beauty. I’d pretty much only ever visited the Pacific Ocean until my daughter decided that she wanted to go to college in North Carolina. She didn’t end up anywhere near the beach, but when we dropped her off for school her Freshman year, we ended up having a free day, so we took the four hour drive. I’m so happy we did it. There’s just something about it.
I’m sure that if you live by an ocean, you’re sitting there scoffing at me that they’re not so great. I do the same thing about mountains. I’m surrounded by mountains and can pretty much take a twenty minute drive and find a trail to hike on that will take me into the mountain wilderness somewhere. I really do try to appreciate the beauty, but when you see it every day, it’s hard to appreciate it.
My husband is fascinated with the movie Jaws. For whatever reason, that is his go-to relaxation movie. In the almost five years (holy cow!) we’ve been together, I couldn’t even tell you how many times he’s watched it. We have it on DVD but he also has a version of it saved on our DVR so he can easily watch it anytime he wants.
He ended up recording some special on the Reelz channel about the true life story behind the movie. It used to be interesting when movies would claim they were based on a true story, but it’s happened so much, I think it’s lost its impact. I’m not sure if Jaws used it, but it is, in fact, based on a true story. In 1916 there was a shark terrorizing the New Jersey coast. It was pretty awful to know that the movie followed the actual story almost exactly.
However, I was delighted when it turned out that the death of the shark happened in real life and wasn’t just a happy Hollywood ending. Two fishermen caught the thing in their net and one of them beat it to death with a broken paddle. Can you even imagine? I can’t!
I suppose the moral of the story is that while nature can be beautiful, it is also terrifying in many ways. It kind of makes you think twice about jumping into the ocean…
Just Jot It January and Stream of Consciousness Saturday are hosted by Linda G. Hill. Today’s prompt is: ““oc.” Find a word that starts with “oc” and use it in your post. Bonus points if you start and end with your post with an “oc” word. Have fun!”