Friday, July 04, 2008

Sailing Out of Safe Harbor

Steve, who blew the continent a few years ago in what had to be a big sail out of safe harbor, noted an old saying the other day.

Ships are safe in the harbor, but that's not what ships are for.

Interestingly Christine was perusing the lyrics of the Indigo Girls "Closer I Get to Fine" the other day and found the song includes the line:

"I sailed my ship of safety 'til I sank it."

Interesting thoughts both.

Keep moving.


Steve Malley said...

I prefer to say I made a heap of all my winnings, and risked them all on one turn of pitch-and-toss...

Thanks for the mention!

Charles Gramlich said...

Yep, some good points there. I found out that's not what motorcycles are for either.

Erik Donald France said...

This reminds me of two other types of ships --

Sunken prison hulks of the American Revolution.

German U-boats, prowling underwater.

Move silent, dive deep!

Lana Gramlich said...

I used to live by that philosophy, myself. Now I'm just totally enjoying the safe harbor (with my wonderful harbormaster.) Comes a point (at least for some of us,) when you just want to stop sailing & head inland for a cheeseburger. *L*

Stewart Sternberg said...

Your posting reminds me that the great Mackinaw Race is coming up. I live near Port Huron. The sail boats will be taking off from the harbor and racing toward the island to the north as people along the coast picnic and drink, waving to those brave adventurers. And of course, there's Boat Night. A rollicking good time.

But now back to metaphor. Sailing is a fine metaphor for people who live by water. Midwesterners prefer the metaphor of the road.

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