So, I finally took the bull by the horns — or the fish by the fins, as will make sense in a minute — and posted another of my brother Scott’s remarkable life experiences, this tale describing when he was longline swordfishing off the Atlantic seaboard and encountered an unusally large school of ocean sunfish. These Mola mola’s are one of the largest fish in the sea, outsized only by three sharks: the whale shark (number one biggest creature on the planet), its slightly smaller cousin, the basking shark, and the great white shark of Jaws fame.
And don’t be fooled by the photo here, that diver is floating right next to the Mola. They’re really that big. Freaky big. The biggest on record over 5,000 pounds big.
So, who in their right mind would ever want to ride on the back of one?
Yeah, my brother Scott would. Check out his story at the Tales of My Brother website.
Just a thought.
So, I’m in the air again today, brother Scott, this time a quick one day turn around to New York City, rebounding home tomorrow. You always told me, especially in those last months and weeks and days, how you envied my travels. My gallivanting to hither and yon, seeing new sights, tasting new foods, experiencing new . . . experiences.
Well, I’ll get into Newark around 3:30, pick up my rental car, then head toward Queens and my Comfort Inn. I’ll find a FedEx Office nearby and print the copies that I need, then seek out a place for dinner with a few craft brews on tap. I’ll bring my Kindle and read a few more chapters of Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies. You’d like this one; it’s a CSI-ish search using the evidence of history to find the origins of cancer. Yeah, the roots of the Big C, that foul slayer of thee. At some point tonight I expect I’ll hoist a pint to you, perhaps coaxing the imbibers around me to join in. “To Scott, my brother. My elder. Gone now two years. Slàinte.”
And I’ll rise at dawn and greet my audience at 8, do my thing until noon, then aim my way back to Newark and home. Good times, eh?
I’m not sure I told you enough, Scott, in those final days, that for all my cities and miles and points and free drinks in first class, I envied you more than you could have ever envied me. I think about it often. Every day, in fact. And because of you — in honor of you — I’ve slowed myself down a bit. Given myself that chance to smell the roses.