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The Whole Dam Pacific

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

The Whole Dam Pacific

On March the eleventh, two thousand eleven
I finally launched my one slice of heaven

a thirteen foot skiff with strong metal oarlocks
and rowed it away from witches and warlocks

I stocked it with food before leaving Japan
prepared to catch fish and so that was my plan

It wasn’t enough that I brought my new phone
I also brought stuff to avoid being alone

There was Charlie Chernobyl, my trusty Iguana
and a milk carton filled with the best marijuana

I bought from Yakuza, a Japanese mobster
whose last parting gift was a still-alive lobster

And so off it was as we rowed out to sea
a lizard, a lobster, my pot stash and me

By noon we were too far to see any land
I cranked up an IPOD to hear a cool band

and just when the solo began to get strong
I noticed the birds headed off to Hong Kong

Tuna and dolphins and whales said vamoose
Something real bad was about to break loose

Snap! Went the lobster, and snip! went the lizard
Queeziness took a good hold on my gizzard

Soon a crescendo of sound came around
Not from the sky but from someplace way down

That’s when a fish shouted ‘evacuation!’
I fumbled my radio onto a station

The radio managed just one garbled word
‘Earthquake’, (which we already knew from the birds)

Charlie Chernobyl

Charlie Chernobyl

Then in the background, someone called out, ‘Mommy!’
And I braced with both hands for a major tsunami

That’s when a wave went right under my boat
We were ok, and continued to float

One hundred and thirty three feet, that was huge
It made storm surge Katrina seem pro Baton Rouge

But splash! Went the lobster and sploosh! Went the lizard
None could have saved them, not even a wizard

I never looked back toward the sea of Japan
I’m nobody’s genius but am a bright man

The wave had bounced off Fukushima-Daiichi
like Fonz used to do to his poor cousin Ciacci

I just kept on rowing ahead of the glowing
which helped me at night to see where I was going

And just when I thought I was safely away
Two giant creatures burst out of the spray

One was my lizard, turned into Godzilla
and a thousand-foot lobster, now a one-man flotilla

May day, oh may day, I called on the phone
Is anyone out there un-cesium boned?
My mom must be worried, I want to go home
The whole dam Pacific’s a nuclear zone

jr

Thank You Whales

Monday, April 29th, 2013
August 17th- make plans to be there!

August 17th- make plans to be there!

Thank You Whales

Listen to the story, it’s a cautionary tale
of a seismic-test assault that was halted by the whales
whose historic appearance at the Avila shore
came with the message, “Don’t do it anymore!”

Sardine bait-balls were a whirling dervish
an army of anchovies pressed into service

Whale-adoring Pelicans dove into the waters
Kayaks followed close behind awe-struck paddle boarders

All brought together on a fateful summer day
when the whales of Captain Watson entered Avila Bay!

The show was on the internet in no time flat
Amazing though it seemed, whales were telling us that
seismic testing canons shot by PG&E
were killing all the creatures in the deep blue sea

The people of the land took heed of their cry
and called for protections so that none would die
Fought and won an epic battle, and what that entails
Now every year that passes we say, ‘Thank You Whales!’

News:

As our whales continue to face pressure from whaling, seismic testing and war games around the globe, it is important that we ‘never forget’ the amazing day when whales swam right up to the gates of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, arriving in pre-hunting numbers! Last year we decided we would remember by commemorating with a Thank You Whales celebration every year, and this year will be no exception.

By now, you’re probably amazed at the gorgeous artwork provided by Dolphin Shirt artist Royce McClure- so am I!
This art is featured on our event shirts and hoodies and they are emblazoned on the back with all our sponsors logos (which include the world’s best environmental groups), with feathers to acknowledge the Native American celebration of TOMOL (canoe), happening in the same place at the same time.

The Second Annual Thank You Whales will be held in Avila on Old Port Beach, near the fire rings. Dogs welcome!

There will be indigenous song and stories, a fire ring, kites, a speaker from Whale and Dolphin Watch, and our famous Thank You Whales sign making contest!

Last year the signs were beautiful and we expect more artistry this year too, so start designing yours.

For info on ordering your THANK YOU WHALES shirt or hoodie, e mail us at: ThankYouWhales@yahoo.com

More later!

Have you heard the latest on Navy Sonar? Our friends at NRDC are working hard for the whales. Here’s the link. It’s 3 minutes on National Public Radio:

http://www.npr.org/2013/04/26/179297747/navy-sonar-criticized-for-harming-marine-mammals

Finally, we’d like to thank our brother-in-arms Kurt Leiber and his fantastic ODA (Ocean defenders Alliance) out of Orange County, who have been removing deadly derelict nets from our ocean waters. This time, they dove with none other than the worlds foremost oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle! Check this out:

http://www.oceandefenders.org/

Well that’s it for now, get out there and save those whales!

with love and respect,

joey racano

artwork: Royce McClure