A friend recently sent us a clip of old float planes doing their jobs in Canada.
Watching it, our mind flooded with great memories.
We’re always fascinated by the old planes – especially the ones we flew in. They’re leftovers from the days of World War II.
That’s what makes them so desirable.
They’re built strong. There’s no fancy technology. And they’re easy to maintain.
Today’s planes can’t touch them.
The plane we used to reach so many of Alaska’s remote lakes and rivers was crashed a trio of times before we ever got in it. A young pilot showing off for his girlfriend once died as the plane stalled and fell into the water.
Even after the tangled mess was hoisted from the bottom of the sea, the panels were straightened and the old plane was sent back in the air.
Only recently did it meet its final resting place. It went into the trees on a remote island and won’t be coming back. Fortunately, the pilot and his passengers did.
A New Adventure
The reason we bring it up this morning is that the clip our friend sent us was at least 40 years old. But the images of the job and the mentality of the bush pilots who hop into their left seat each day hasn’t changed a bit.
We haven’t had the joy of watching our floats skip over the water in years. In fact, looking at the calendar, it’s been a decade.
It’d be easy to curse the time that’s gone by. But we’ll never have the chance to. We’ll never see it again.
And, besides, we have much greater rewards in our life these days.
But deep down, we still consider ourselves pioneers of the wilderness.
We’re blazing a path… going where few have had the guts to go… and are exploring uncharted territory.
We’ll likely crash a few times. We’ll certainly get cold and lonely. And we’ll even get lost once in a while.
But you can bet that when somebody sends us a video in 40 years… we’ll smile like a mad man once again.
With that, let’s reach deep into the mailbag and do some modern-day pioneering…
You make a very important point about few things being entirely one way or the other, whether political, moral, religious, medical or dietary. Different groups stress the extremes to manipulate people and take advantage of them to attain their own ends. In my experience, the extreme is almost always dangerous, regardless which side it is on. – Reader D.F.
Warning… we’re going to contradict ourselves several times in the words ahead. We’ll confuse readers. And our thoughts will meander. But our point will be solid.
We’ve lived most of our life with a simple motto: “All things in moderation.”
It works well for everything from booze to sex.
But, alas, if you’ve read closely, you’ll know we’ve called for what we dub “extreme moderation.”
In other words, we’ve got to be quite serious about the notion. We’d even go so far as to say we need to be extremely evangelical about the idea.
With that idea alone, we disprove the idea that being extreme is always dangerous. It’s not.
Taking things further, we must remember one man’s extreme is another man’s normal.
When we lived in remote Alaska, 40 miles from the nearest road, plenty of folks told us our lifestyle was extreme. But for us, the folks cramming themselves onto a subway for an hour each morning looked extreme.
Confused yet? That’s good… because we haven’t even gotten to the realm of politics.
And we won’t.
That’s because our point here is simple.
Don’t be afraid of the word “extreme.” These days, it’s largely a word used by political enemies.
Instead, think deeply about what you’re passionate about and why. Then think about why others are “stressing the extreme.”
Chances are most things will end up somewhere in the middle. But if you’re not pushing some things to their limit… you’re simply not doing it right.
The note below ties to the idea well.
It’s an interesting response to our recent essays on a couple of odd topics.
In 1981, I developed joint pain. Blood test determined it was not rheumatoid arthritis. Elimination diet determined it was corn (yes, I had been overdoing the air-popped popcorn). It has been the best thing that ever happened to me. I must avoid nearly all packaged foods and restaurant/fast food meals unless I’m willing to take an antihistamine (rarely). I cook my own food. I do eat reasonable amounts of cane sugar (mostly in chocolate). My weight is fine, blood pressure fine, age 72.
Bottom line: sugar may be harmful to those with diabetes, but corn syrup is a threat to all. Corn syrup has been shown to increase thirst, which not only leads people to drink more soda, but thirst can be misinterpreted as hunger, which also leads to overeating (there’s a study on that). – Reader L.E.
This is a great example of most things in moderation… and taking others to the extreme.
There is no ingredient that’s reached its tentacles further into our nation’s food supply than corn. It’s in nearly everything.
And what doesn’t go into our food… goes into our fuel.
It’s a bit of a mess. We’ll explore it in more detail in a future essay.
For now, we want to share an edited (for brevity) note from a reader.
The gov’t, the doctors, Big Pharma, the phony “news” syndicates are all guilty of murder. Murder of the most heinous type. They have lied to the American public and have watched as millions of people have contracted diabetes and died. Many of them have died piece by piece as their extremities died from loss of blood… then their organs died from loss of blood… even Alzheimer’s is now being called “Type 3” diabetes because it’s diabetes that reduces blood flow to the brain and causes Alzheimer’s/dementia.
My family has suffered from diabetes. But I don’t have it because I watch my diet. I learned about the murder that the doctors and Big Food and Big Pharma have perpetrated.
The bottom line is that diabetes is 100% preventable and 100% reversible if you follow the correct diet and have moderate exercise as a health regimen.
Once again, diabetes is 100% preventable and reversible… just by diet and some exercise, alone.
Yet the above organizations don’t make any money if they tell you to “eat your fruits and vegetables,” do they? NO. They prescribe drugs that mask some symptoms of diabetes… and actually exacerbate the other symptoms of diabetes.
The American diet is so full of sugar and fat (there are 35 different names for sugar, used in the ingredient lists). It’s proven that when people in other countries eat the American diet, they too contract diabetes.
Diabetes is getting so widespread and out of hand that it is being called the “black death” or plague of the 21st century. Today, one in four adults has diabetes or is pre-diabetic.
I urge you to please help your readers. Save their lives from this plague. Tell them to change their diet.
Please, if you care, you can save your readership from this horrible… and 100% preventable and reversible disease. – Reader A.B.
Good stuff, A.B. Thanks for taking the time to write us. What most readers will be surprised to know is that the U.S. is not the leader when it comes to citizens suffering from diabetes.
We’re actually ranked 43rd.
But what’s crazy is that we almost certainly spend more on the disease than any other country.
As A.B. implies, diabetes is big business here in the States.
Just the sales of diabetes drugs adds up to about $33 million each year – a figure that’s growing by more than 13% each year.
In all, one out of every seven dollars spent in the healthcare industry is treating diabetes and its complications.
It’s good business… if you’re into that sort of thing.