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Curing What Ails Us

By Barb Hansen
June 2017

I’m sure most of you have seen this, people waving hello to one another. It happens on land and at sea. You see folks on motorcycles doing it, the same with people driving Corvettes. Most often they are strangers, but share a common interest or affection be it cruising at sea, cycling along our highways and bi-ways or driving the same type of vehicle.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Those friendly gestures reflect groups of people who care about one another. They don’t just wave; they’ll stop to help, if something’s wrong. These community-minded people trade ideas and figure things out, doing whatever it may take to help make things right.

I like that, and I am especially glad that that type of conduct is well reflected among boaters. I see it all of the time, and it doesn’t matter the type of boat or boaters on board. It could be just a wave or more. Whatever it is, I think that’s the basis for what is needed these days on land, sea and in the air.

Geez, I don’t know about you, but I am really tired of all of the discord and divisive language that we experience every day on the web, on the air, in print and in person. It’s like an illness that has spread all over the place. I don’t think physicians can prescribe anything to cure this malady, but I would like to see that sense of community and friendliness that’s reflected by certain groups spread and “cure” that annoying and totally non-productive divisiveness that seems to be the norm these days.

Maybe you don’t want to buy a motorcycle or a Corvette, so give boating a try. My husband Vic and I have been boaters for a long time and we’ve operated our nautical businesses for more than three decades. Based on our first-hand experience with this segment of the community, I have no problems making that suggestion. Believe me, it won’t be long before you experience the “cure” and remove that perpetual burr that seems to be under most everyone’s saddle these days.

That’s my “prescription” and I’ll leave the dosage up to you. If you see me, give me a wave and I’ll do the same.


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