Message in a bottle

On my recent vacation through the breath-taking Gulf Islands on the West Coast of British Columbia, a novelty gift caught my eye. It was a message in a bottle kit, complete with wax beads to seal the bottle and keep the message within it dry. What a sweet idea for the children on our trip to send a message in a bottle and forever wonder who may have read their letter! The nostalgic hand-drawn pictures on the kit showed the bottle floating on the waves. Then, it dawned on me. What a terrible idea!  Images of the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, a.k.a., the continent of floating garbage came to mind. Even if this bottle didn't get sucked into the Pacific vortex of trash, who would possibly notice floating debris, let alone holler with joy, " Look! A floating bottle. Where could it have come from? What can this mean? Let's go retrieve it!" The novelty, as they say, has worn off.  Even Sting tried to send out a message in a bottle, to send an S.O.S to the world: Walked out this morning, don't believe what I saw Hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore Seems I'm not alone in being alone Hundred billion castaways, looking for a home I'll send an S.O.S. to the world I'll send an S.O.S. to the world I hope that someone gets my I hope that someone gets my I hope that someone gets my Message in a bottle, yeah

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