Harriman Nelson's Journal

My Friend Lee-page 14
The Creamsickle
The Invitation
Bike Week
The Java Connection
Lee's Tattoo
My Friend Lee-page 33
My Friend Lee-page 34
My Friend Lee-page 35
My Friend Lee-Page 36
My Friend Lee-page 37
My Friend Lee-page 38
My Friend Lee-page 39
My Friend Lee-page 40
My Friend Lee-page 41
My Friend Lee page 42
My Friend Lee-page 43
My Friend Lee -page 44
My Friend Lee-page 25
My Friend Lee-Page 26
My Friend Lee-Page 27
My Friend Lee-Page 28
My Friend Lee -page 29
My Friend Lee -page 30
My Friend Lee-page 31
My Friend Lee-page 32
My Friend Lee-page 24
My Friend Lee-page 23
My Friend Lee- page22
My Friend Lee-page 21
My Friend Lee-page 20
My Friend Lee- Page 19
My Friend Lee-page 18
My Friend Lee page 17
My Friend Lee-page 16
A Short Story
A 'Harry Halloween'
My Friend Lee-page 15
My Friend Lee-page 14
My Friend Lee-page 13
My Friend Lee-page 12
My Friend Lee-page 11
My Friend Lee-page 10
My Friend Lee-page 9
My Friend Lee-Page 8
My Friend Lee-page 7
My Friend Lee-page 6
My Friend Lee-Page 5
Life With Lee-page 4
Life with Lee- page 2
Life with Lee-page 3
Reflections-the 'In Between Years'
My photo-scrapbook album
About Me

I appreciate a present, same as anyone else, but it was a bit difficult to feign delight with the signed first edition of Moby Dick. My sister Edith had found it, of all places, at a garage sale.

I had to agree, finally, that such sales were not ‘recycled junk’ as I’d always espoused.  In fact, the book was probably worth thousands, and she’d arranged an appointment for us at the Boston Museum to have it evaluated.


I didn’t get many chances to enjoy her company so I enthusiastically agreed; almost rolling my eyes heavenward with memories of my own encounter with a mega whale and wished Lee were here on leave with me for a little unspoken support.


It had all begun when the government wished us to assist the Bryce’s in their heart research. The gist of it to record its EKG to discover how it could avoid a coronary or some such thing that we mere humans incur if we only have a few excess pounds.


Walter’s first expedition had been devastating. His research boat, one could hardly call it a ship, smashed by the whale, resulted in their son’s death, and his own severe injuries.  



Lee was not amused by our mission, nor was he exactly thrilled to have Ellen aboard. Sometimes Lee can be a little dense, even now. We’d had three women aboard before this mission and only one had been a problem. Why he considered a marine biologist of Ellen’s stature a potential headache is anyone’s guess. I really will have to have a little talk with him about it sometime.


In any case, we searched for and met their ‘Moby Dick’; a huge whale which decided it didn’t like us and rammed us. Lee, and rightly so I can see now, wanted to get the badly damaged Seaview ‘the hell out of Dodge’, so to speak. But unbeknownst to us, Walter had jumped ship with a barbed spear gun. When we found out, Ellen admitted he was insane and only wanted to kill the creature in revenge for their son’s death.


Lee wasn’t going to turn Seaview around to go back for him. Not even at my order. Believe you me I was so angry at his refusal I almost (‘almost’ being the operative word) wanted to fire him right then and there. But there was no need for me to voice it. Ellen’s eyes had started to tear up, and all bets were off. The saying’s true, ‘never underestimate the power of a woman’. That solicitousness common to most men regarding the weak and helpless, (well, she was at that point; weak in that Lee was the Captain, and helpless that as the Captain he had the last word), kicked in, and he ordered Seaview to limp back to Walter’s (and the whale’s) last known coordinates.


We could only idly stand by as we witnessed with our cameras that he was being dragged under by the whale, tangled in his spear guns lines. And then he was out of view…


Moby Dick, my sister said, bringing me out of my reverie, was an imaginative classic, the ‘perfect bedtime reading’ for her big brother.  


Of course my own experience with an outsized whale made me think the better of it and I’ll have to take it back with me to Santa Barbara where I’m sure it will find a nice home in my office bookshelf, not in my bedroom or cabin.


I am also  reminded that I’ve never apologized to Lee for wanting him to go against his better judgment regarding our own ‘Moby Dick’.


First Edition

Similar first editions were sold at auction for over $35,000 dollars!
I'd be happy if any of my books are even read by the general public.

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