“What does a person need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all - in the material sense. And we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention from the sheer idiocy of the charade. The years thunder by. The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.” Sterling Hayden in 1963. I wonder what Sterling would think now given how idiotic the charade has become, and how amazing the gadgets are! Isolated in a sea of eerie stillness under endless Alaskan twilight, its hard not to contemplate such thoughts. At anchor on S/V BOB in Chapin Bay. South East Alaska. USA.