Carnival is a visually compelling experience.  Tens of thousands of people march through the streets in surreal costumes creating enough memories to last two lifetimes.  Carnival is impossible to explain with just words.  Although words help, it must be seen to be understood.


Carnival speaks the language of the mind.  It's all about powerful images full of stunning colors burning themselves into your memory.  If glitter is good, then carnival must be the best thing that ever happened on planet earth, because it's full of glitter and glitz..


The costume in the above picture is more than twenty feet tall and at least twenty-five feet wide.  Costume designers must limit the size of their regalia so it clears overhead electrical cables as revelers dance in the streets.

The skull and bones theme of this design is indelibly imprinted in my memory.  I will be able to recall it to my dying day.  This monster of the mind doesn't frighten me, but it's the kind of thing that nightmares are made of in children.

Monsters of the mind aren't your friend when you're offshore fighting for survival in stormy seas.  In all my years at sea, I never had to deal with mental monsters, because I'm careful about what I allow into my mind.  I've learned to carefully manage potential monsters.  I don't put anything into my mind that could come back to haunt me while I am at sea.


A good example of this is a movie called The Perfect Storm.  I didn't watch the movie, because I didn't want to have those images in my consciousness.  Dozens of people have told me they could never go to sea after watching that movie.  Just looking at a boat brings images of The Perfect Storm into their mind.  They visualize giant killer waves sweeping over their vessel and fear keeps them immobilized on land where they feel safe.

It would have been hard to sail around the world if I had a storm phobia blowing through the corridors of my mind.  I've only been in a couple of storms with winds in excess of forty knots, and I never experienced fear, because I didn't have any mental monsters blowing the winds out of proportion.

When the wind comes up, and the seas become unruly, and a storm starts to take its toll on the crew, it's the storm of thoughts that causes problems.  You can usually deal with the wind and waves without too much difficulty.  But mounting exhaustion aggravates and augments waves of fear, and if fear takes control, a manageable problem can degenerate into something frankly dangerous.  I can't speak for other people, but for me there's no question that when I'm exhausted in the middle of a storm, I don't want to have images of the perfect storm flashing in my mind.  Those images could become mental monsters that compromise my judgment, and put my ship and crew at unnecessary risk.


What I put in my mind is important, because I am the captain of Exit Only, and my crew trusts me and depends on my judgment.  That means I should never do anything that could compromise my judgment under duress.  I never allow things in my mind that could become a mental monster during a storm at sea.

I sailed around the world for eleven years on Exit Only, and I never found any sea monsters or monster seas rising up to haunt me.  Although I'll happily look at carnival monsters by the dozens, there's no room for The Perfect Storm in my memory banks.  When the wind is blowing fifty knots, you'll not find the perfect storm howling in my mind.

Life is good.


Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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