As some of you may know, I've had a small bit of experience rowing a boat. While not always an adventure, it was certainly a lesson in work, teamwork and humility. Above all, it was slow. My experience with the ratio of rowing-to-distance-covered may have me more interested than most, but I still highly recommend looking into (not yet!) Roz Savage and her attempt to be the first woman to row across the Pacific Ocean.
Yeah. It's nuts. It is also incredibly inspiring and entertaining. What is, to me at least, unprecedented is the fact you can follow along with her journey day-by-day thanks to satellite phones and the Internet. The reason I put "not yet" above is because you can, if you are a podcast addict with a commute, follow her progress from the beginning on her podcast with Leo Laporte of TWiT. That's what I did, digesting a few podcasts a day until I caught up. There are quite a few now, so if you don't want to be bothered with that you can get the latest one here.
Thanks to her marine tracker, (I have no idea...) you can also view up-to-the-minute details of her position on her website, along with pictures of her boat and her daily blog posts. (Daily blog posts?!) I really do recommend the podcasts, especially the ones after she's been on the water for a while. She talks about some very basic things; life, relationships, work. It reminded me of the discussions we had on Colonial House after a few weeks cut off from the noise of the modern world. Once you are media free and don't have Project Runway, sports, lol cats, or the latest political news of the day to talk about, there remain only the Universal Human Conversation Topics: your personal history, your beliefs, and Life, which I suppose one could argue are the same. Hearing her mind slide into that same mode, it made me question why on Earth I spend time talking about the things I do talk about, or at the very least, why I don't spend more time talking about other things.
A friend of mine told me the other day that I was "strange" when I got back from that experience a few years ago. He said it in a way that pegged it as something that happened in the past and had since been rectified. He was relieved. I was disappointed in myself.