Editor’s note: This article was one Eric had sketched out for 2012 and was completed with assistance from Tsunami Ranger Captain Jim Kakuk.
Disclaimer: We’re just joking.
HELL = Hedonistic Epicurean Libertine Lifestyle.
From time to time on this website you’ll hear references to HELL. Hell means a lot of different things to different people. There is the traditional hell as described by Dante in his “Inferno”. But to the Tsunami Rangers it means “Hedonistic Epicurean Libertine Lifestyle”. Let’s examine this.
In philosophy, hedonism means the doctrine that pleasure is the principal of good and should be the aim of action, or pleasure-seeking as a way of life. To be hedonistic is to live a life of pleasure and self-indulgence.
Epicureanism is similar but different. Epicurus, who lived around 342 BCE, believed the goal of man should be a life of pleasure regulated by morality, temperance, serenity and cultural development
Lastly, a libertine is someone who is free (i.e. liberty). In Roman times to be a libertine was literally to be a freedman. A libertine can also be one who indulges his desires without restraint, a rake or debauchee. A rarer but applicable meaning is a free-thinker, a skeptic.
Now you have an idea of what HELL means: a principle of enjoyment moderated by restraint. As Eric used to say, “We believe in moderation. LOTS of moderation!” With 7 wives between them Eric and Jim, co-founders of the Tsunami Rangers, would seem to exemplify HELL.
Disclaimer #2: OF COURSE WE ARE JOKING. However, Eric and Jim HAVE had 7 wives between them.
Here are Tsunami Ranger Capt. Jim Kakuk’s top reasons to go to HELL:
- All my friends are going to be there.
- It is sin – sational and temptous.
- You can get there in a hand basket.
- The road to hell is paved (with good intentions).
- You can go straight to hell.
- Three strikes and you’re in!!!
- You’re safe from acts of God because he/she can’t damn you there.
- All sinners are saints.
- The Angels there get to ride Harleys – you have heard of them.
- A lot of people go through hell.
- Hell is warm and the tubs are hot.
- Hell has bells.
- The little devil on my shoulder says you can get away with anything because the devil made me do it.
- You can covet your neighbor’s wife.
- You can speak of the devil all the time.
- The devil wears Prada
- The devil looks after his own.
- You don’t have to petition the Lord with prayer. (And you get a nickel if you can tell me what group and what song this is a reference to!)
- You can tell people to go to hell and they laugh.
- Everything is funny as hell.
- You can visit the devil and the deep blue sea.
- You can say Godammit and nobody cares.
- If someone says you look like the devil that’s a compliment. (Over the course of his life several people have looked at Eric and seen the Devil.)
- If you’re going to hell, at least you’re enjoying the ride (viz. the Grateful Dead song).
- You can surf the lava. (This one was Eric’s.)
All Tsunami Rangers are pleasure-seekers to some degree. All have achieved various levels of development with regard to morality, temperance, serenity, and culture. At certain times in their lives some could have been characterized as rakes, even debauchees. All are free-thinkers unmotivated by guilt.
The great thing about kayaking Tsunami style is freedom: freedom to innovate, freedom to explore, freedom to push boundaries and get out of the box; freedom of mind, body, soul and kayak … even the freedom to go to HELL.
Disclaimer #3: Juuuuuuuust jokin’! Another of Eric’s favorite phrases.
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