Small Bites

Published 6:00 am Sunday, October 9, 2022

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Living life to the fullest

Cyril Derreumaux of Marin County, CA woke up one morning back in June, got into his kayak and paddled his way to Hawaii; he made the trip in a mere 91 days, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. Derreumaux told ABC News it was a personal, spiritual journey, “I wanted to do this to enjoy life,” he said. He had modified his 22-foot kayak for the trip by adding “pedals and a small sleeping cabin but no motor or sail.”  Derreumaux paddled a total of 10 hours a day, four hours in the morning, two in the afternoon and four more in the evening. He said he hoped that “People outside of the kayaking world, outside of the ultra-endurance adventure, connected with the message of living life to the fullest.”




A fixer upper

When the U.S. Government put the Hooper Island Lighthouse in Chesapeake Bay up for auction the opening bid was set at a mere $15,000, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. After all, said the Associated Press, it was in pretty bad shape. The AP wrote that, “The rusting lighthouse known locally as the ‘sparkplug’ has an outer ladder but no nearby dock for a boat to moor.  A 2019 inspection also found lead-based paint, asbestos, benzene and other dangerous substances inside, where there is no water, electricity or other utilities.” Nonetheless, in less than two months five bidders drove the selling price up to $192,000, not to mention that the new owners will have to spend quite a sum of cash on renovations and upkeep.  However, “there are people out there that love lighthouses,” says General Services Administration spokesman Will Powell.




Kids say the darndest things

The HuffPost website recently confirmed that, as Art Linkletter once told us, kids say the darndest things, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. In a recent publication, the news outlet published a list of “hilarious malaprops” provided by parents via Twitter. For example,  “My son calls grated parmesan cheese spaghetti sprinkles,” according to one mom. Another said her 4-year-old calls her bikini her zucchini. Yet another said her daughter says, “arts and craps” instead of “arts and crafts.” And then there is the child that calls Toys R Us “toys for us,” the 7-year-old who says “skelotope” instead of telescope and the daughter who calls the cemetery the “underground town” and refers to waitresses as “fooders.”



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