It's no wonder:while bike riding with my daughter one evening at dusk that she hollered at me, "Look at the moon!" It's fascinated humans since the dawn of it all, evidenced in thousands of things from ancient literature to the calendar that conducts our modern lives. It's up there every day . . .
The unthinkable happened on Thursday February 28, 2013 to the Charrette family of Ridgway, Colorado. There's no easy way to say it, 2-year-old Axel Charrette was murdered while on an open-ended adventure trip with the family.
"Taking your family surfing — I like the sound of that." So the words flow from one of Australia's most decorated surf writers. But it's not just words, he did it. He packed up the Toyota, hitched a camper, loaded the surfboards and set out for the big lap around Australia, some 30,000 kilometers, with a wife and two kids. Here's how that worked out . . .
It started very innocently, I swear. I changed lanes on the bridge because the traffic in the right lane had totally stopped and I couldn't see why. I shifted into second gear, got ready to stomp the throttle, looked to the right and I saw exactly what the problem was. A minivan. It wasn't moving, and then I noticed the blond girl standing there utterly puzzled and stressed out.
"Oh, I know her." I laughed to myself, pulled over, blocked more traffic, got out and smiled at the girl.
What says "midlife crisis" like a new found interest in motorcycles, sports cars, or bombshell girlfriends? When my brother turned 40, all of a sudden he was into punishing his body. He was pulling off ultralight day-long sprints on trails that normal folks spend two or three days backpacking. He completed a rim-to-rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon in one weekend. He clung to the door of his Tacoma, dragging his legs down the pavement for a half block, as a thief stole it right out of his driveway. Turning 40 ain't easy.
The salt-n-pepper dudes in this film hit midlife at full throttle but from a different angle . . .