Sunday, April 15, 2012

Day 25 - Good Ship Down

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the great ship Titanic, I was trying to think of a drink-related topic. Like how many bottles of wine went down with the ship. According to Jim Sadur, who collects facts about the fallen ship, there were 15000 bottles of ales and stout on board; 1000-1500 bottles of wine; 850 bottles of spirits; and 1200 bottles of minerals. I bet these would be some pretty valuable vintages right now.

I've spent a good part of the last few (sick) days watching Titanic Week on National Geographic. James Cameron going down on the old girl for the umpteenth time. He said he wanted to dive the wreck even more than he wanted to make the movie.

Another program about Dr. Bob Ballard - the man who discovered the Titanic in 1985 - trying to ensure that the site remains as undisturbed as possible, a losing battle since now there are literally thousands of small sub-mariners that can visit the wreck in the North Atlantic. For a mere $60,000, you can even go down and see her on your own.

There was also a doc about how hard the technical crew had to work trying to keep the ship afloat as long as possible so that more people could escape. Below deck, in the engine room, the men who'd been shoveling coal for days continued to work even faster to put those fires out. If the cold sea water reached the super-heated furnaces, it would've created a thermo-nuclear-type explosion that would've blown the whole ship and everyone in it to smithereens.

Wow. This is getting depressing.

Can you tell I'm on my last legs? Five more days of the cleanse. I've been sick with the worst cold I've ever had for exactly one week now. I haven't been out of the house in God knows how long. Haven't been able to eat or work or sleep or workout normally. This will not go down in history as the best cleanse ever.

Good thing I've had all those Titanic stories to cheer me up.

Kidding. I'm really a Titanic fanatic and want to add my silent prayers to the the memories, the stories, the mysteries, that still haunt our hearts one hundred years later ... hope ye all continue to rest in peace ...


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