The magic but­ton on my coat

Midwest Times - - OPINION - Eleanor Gib­son

I have a magic but­ton on my coat. Ev­ery time I press it, money comes to life. Money I can ac­cess. Some­one seems to know I need it, but who? It has ar­rived so I’m off to spend, spend and spend.

Where to first? The real es­tate agent. There is a lovely lit­tle home on the canal, not far from here, which I’ll pay cash for, then that lovely launch I ad­mire ev­ery time I walk past it. And then a crew will be needed for my around-the-world voy­age. I should be away by the third of next month.

The third ar­rived, and I wasted no time in leav­ing. Fine weather and no wind, so it was full steam ahead. We just about hit a rock but the sea­weed draped over it, saved us. In the ocean’s deep wa­ter, sun­light, as op­posed to the sun’s heat, has a slightly greater ef­fect, down to a depth of about 100 me­tres.

Be­low that depth, it is hard to tell whether it is day or night above the sur­face. The oceans ex­tend to a depth of more than 1000 me­tres and shal­low wa­ter, less than one me­tre in depth.

Shal­low wa­ter is found only around the coasts of con­ti­nents and is­lands. Some ocean trenches can be miles deep. In many ways depth of wa­ter is more im­por­tant to ocean life then ge­o­graph­i­cal po­si­tion.

We were just about at the deep wa­ters edge. We had stopped for a while, as a rest was needed, when a school of sword­fish arched the sky and were gone.

We only had less than an hour to go, be­fore stay­ing for the night and do­ing our last deep sea div­ing to check out the fish life.

Then it will be time to re­turn to my new home, which I won’t be sorry to do.

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