Summit Up 10-2-12: Straight outta Sicily
Ryan Summerlin October 1, 2012
Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that wants to float away to an island and start all over again.
Yes, while the chill in the air starts to nip at our little toesies, we’re thinking a mai tai or two (or three, or four) on a deserted beach would be pretty refreshing right about now. Yup, just us, a towel and a vast expanse of uninhabited land would do us well. We could stay for awhile, catch fish, grow our beards and talk to an inanimate object we named Wilson, a la Tom Hanks in “Cast Away.” We could even start our own daily column that we scratch into cave walls to help keep track of time.
The only problem with our plan is that it seems like most deserted beaches aren’t so deserted anymore. We feel like anywhere we go, we’ll run across hordes of families slathering on sunscreen and burying themselves in the sand. All those “deserted” beaches have probably all been discovered long ago, and probably have at least two hotels on-site.
Oh well. We guess we could sail away with The Seasteading Institute, a nonprofit that’s all about building floating cities, since there’s nothing really uninhabited left. According to the website, the communities “will allow the next generation of pioneers to peacefully test new ideas for government. The most successful can then inspire change in governments around the world.”
The mock-ups these guys have are pretty crazy – pretty much condo upon condo, and a few trees, floating on top of a huge rig. Maybe Summit Up could pioneer its own community … we’re pretty sure we could inspire some positive change through a strict regimen of strong mai tais, good books and a relaxed Summit County attitude.