Deadliest Catch

I forgot to mention that I have new favorite “must see” television show.

Howard and I have been big fans of The Deadliest Catch since the show’s inception last year.  Of course, we watch it because it’s based and filmed in our beloved state of Alaska, and also because we once lived right on the edge of the Bering Sea.  We know how rough it can get and how it feels to be in 100 mph winds.  True, we were never in a boat but we know what it’s like to wonder if you’re going to wake up tossed to sea.

I swear every time I watch the show, I sit in awe of these guys.  I mean, crab fishing is the number one job for fatalities. It’s the “deadliest” job in the world.  These guys are bad asses.  Hands down.  They keep going out there and doing it.  Oh my God, they are my heroes.  Makes me think of Gnarls Barkley and the line from the song “Crazy”:

“My Heroes Had the Heart To Lose Their Lives Out On The Limb….And All I Remember Is Thinkin’ I want to Be Like Them.”

Years ago, Howard and I toyed with the idea of applying to work on a crab fishing boat.  Sure, we heard it was dangerous, but we were crazy (still are), and ready for a challenge.  Then life got in the way and we never did it.  I always regretted it too.

But after watching the show, I know now that I don’t and frankly never did; have it in me to do what these guys do.   I mean sure, I’ve got moxie and I’m all for adventure, and even risking life and limb at times.  But I have to admit, I don’t think Howard and I would have survived a season.    And if we did, I don’t know that I would have done it a second time.  These boat captains have been doing it for generations.  They’ve seen men die doing this work, they’ve lost friends, family members, and dammit they cry about it openly.   These big strong men, bad asses of the sea, willingly showing their emotions at losing their comrades.  It takes a lot of strength to be able to pull all of that together.

Oh my God.  I officially have crushes on all of them.  Good thing I’m married.

Anyway.  If you haven’t checked out this show, you should.  Even if it’s not what you’re really in to, I challenge you to try and change the channel while watching.

2 Responses

  1. Heather Says:

    That show is just AWESOME!!!! Steve found it while flipping one night last season and now we catch it when we can. But when we find it on we can’t change the channel.

  2. Jen Says:

    It’s Sunday afternoon at 6:15 pm and I’ve been HOOKED on the Deadliest Catch marathon since, o’ bout 10 am this morning! Thank goodness for commercials or I would have no housework done. Things I’ve learned: Blake is a hottie who can’t count! Kharma is alive and well at seas when you save a fellow fisherman from the freezing waters and all day I’ve had massive cravings for some Alaskan King Crab Legs. Can I get a side of crab legs with my Red Lobster biscuits? Damn land locked states! HA!

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