posted on Jun, 17 2014 @ 03:06 PM
One summer afternoon on the Texas coast, I was such a total idiot that I was riding on an inflatable raft at the beach, at low tide. Friends were
playing out on an exposed rise only visible at low tide. Thing was, they were further out, on solid .... sand, further out than I was. Behind me, up
the beach, here was a row of 6 lifeguard towers, maybe a hundred yards apart, down the length of the beach. I was between the two middle towers, out
in waist-deep water.
I was smoking a cigar (!) and lying on the air raft with my eyes closed. I guess I dozed off. I woke up because my hand got hot--the cigar had
burned down to a nub.
I freaked out and rolled off the raft,. Into calm but icy cold water. After an extended battle I got back up on the raft. The raft had a hole in
one compartment, when the coals from my cigar must have melted it. Looking up, I could see a line of land on the horizon. I paddled for what seemed
like an eternity, but made steady progress. I kept freaking out about the scene in "Jaws" that is filmed from below the waves, where the kids on
rafts look like sea turtles to the shark...
I finally beached the raft in the sand at sundown, exhausted. walking up the beach, the land behind it was undeveloped. But I could see the last of
the 6 life-guard towers in the distance. It looked like a tiny white speck on the horizon, dimming quickly in the dying sunset. I walked for another
hour before I got back to my group. I had the sunburn of a lifetime. Never told anyone what really happened.
-Don't fall asleep in the ocean
-Don't fall asleep while smoking
-Don't depend on other people to keep track of you, if they are there to have fun.
edit on 17-6-2014 by tovenar because: punctuation saves lives