While walking on the beach in Coney Island with the boy we stumbled across a plastic bottle with the cap taped on with duct tape and inside was a rolled up paper object. I cut open the bottle since the duct tape and cap were fused together and inside was an envelope with a letter from 1998.
The letter was written by a person named Latasha Pearson from Mr. Schwartz's Science Class from Glenfield Middle School in Montclair, New Jersey. The letter said that the class was studying ocean currents. Granted the bottle did not get far but it did take
8 years to be found.
We will mail it back and see what happens.
.............hold on a minute..............let me re think this...this plastic soda bottle with a duct taped lid did not "bounce around" Coney Island beach for the last 7 years and 4 months it could have been to Bali or even Phuket and back, (the note was dated 10-12-98) or it could have been floating around the Sound for a while and it could have lingered in Jamaica Bay for a long while and it could have been on the Coney shore for just a minute, or it could have been on the beach for the entire time just bouncing. No one knows. What we might find out is if anyone elses bottles got returned. Lets see if they write back.
on other notes:
I made some yams or sweet potatos or whatever you want to call these tropical tubers not of the orange variety. There is the wild yam that seems to posses enormous healing properties.http://altnature.com/gallery/wild_yam.htm The belief in the strengths of this plant overwhelm whatever doubts you might have. There are also several other varieties that are easily available. I made the yams in tribute to the Bunlap tribe and the Yanomani tribe that I have had the slash fortune slash misfortune of having seen on TV. The fortune is apparent, I get to see a "live" tribe and the misfortune is equally obvious, they have been discovered. To further enhance the misfortune the "documentation" of these two tribes has not stopped since the initial discovery. As a result of this "discovery" that I have watched on the Discovery Channel every so often I have seen these people slowly "learn" everything about western culture that they never had any need to know before. Some of them can now speak english and the Bunlap tribe now has a phone. Not good.
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