Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Topic for the Month.
A topic for the 'thinking Cuckooites.' An American friend said that he was going to ask me a question, but I couldn't think about an answer, just to come up with one off the top of my head. The question was, " If you could be anything other than what you are right now, what would you be?" Straight away I replied,"A marine biologist." He wanted to know why I'd said that, and I didn't know. "Well," he said, "there must be a good reason, all you have to do is figure it out."
A couple of weeks, and a lot of soul searching later, I recognised a book cover in a library, and had my answer. Years before, I'd read John Steibeck's novel, 'Cannery Row,' the story of a guy called 'Doc,' who is a marine biologist, but has dropped out of the rat race, after serving as a GI during the war, and now lives on a beach in Calfornia. He makes a living by paddling around in rock pools to collect specimens which he sends off to universities and laboratories, earning enough in one week to keep him boozed up for the rest of the month. That idea had obviously appealed to me and had been nesting in my sub-conscience all that time.
So, what would yours be? Remember, don't spend time pondering the question, you never know what might be lurking in the old memory bank.