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Tuesday, October 24, 2006


Sooty shearwaters taught me a lesson.

The 1.7-pound seabird flies 40,000 miles in 200 days in search of food, following an endless summer of abundant sea life in the southern and northern hemispheres. They never experience winter or touch land once they leave New Zealand after breeding.

They cover the Pacific Ocean in a figure-eight from New Zealand to Antarctica to Chile to California, Alaska or Japan and back again. Some have been logged to travel 565 miles a day.

And here I complain about having to go less than a mile to the corner grocery store. Then again, the sooty shearwaters don't have to deal with the mad rush to get that No. 1 parking space or run-over-your-heels shopping-cart bumpers inside the store.


Anonymous proofreader said...

Do you think they have handicap decals on their wings to differentiate the healthy from infirmed or receive special perks from the rest of the flock?

Tue Oct 24, 02:45:00 PM  
Anonymous eat out of wawa said...

hey, i'm all for endless summers.
and no traffic in the grocery store.

Tue Oct 24, 10:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Spoiled American said...

No wonder Americans are a bunch of fatties. All we have to do is get in our cars and drive thru McDonald's. We all should have to dig for grub worms in Africa if we complain about driving to the local grocery.

Wed Oct 25, 02:53:00 PM  

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