Now, mustering the spare poles from below, and selecting one of hickory, with the bark still investing it, Ahab fitted the end to the socket of the iron. A coil of new tow-line was then unwound, and some fathoms of it taken to the windlass, and stretched to a great tension. Pressing his foot upon it, till the rope hummed like a harp-string, then eagerly bending over it, and seeing no strandings, Ahab exclaimed, “Good! and now for the seizings.“
At one extremity the rope was unstranded, and the separate spread yarns were all braided and woven round the socket of the harpoon; the pole was then driven hard up into the socket; from the lower end the rope was traced half-way along the pole’s length, and firmly secured so, with intertwistings of twine.
Penetrating further and further into the heart of the Japanese cruising ground, the Pequod was soon all astir in the fishery. Often, in mild, pleasant weather, for twelve, fifteen, eighteen, and twenty hours on the stretch, they were engaged in the boats, steadily pulling, or sailing, or paddling after the whales, or for an interlude of sixty or seventy minutes calmly awaiting their uprising; though with but small success for their pains. At such times, under an abated sun; afloat all day upon smooth, slow heaving swells; seated in his boat, light as a birch canoe; and so sociably mixing with the soft waves themselves, that like hearth-stone cats they purr against the gunwale; these are the times of dreamy quietude, when beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean’s skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would not willingly remember, that this velvet paw but conceals a remorseless fang. Thats all for now, gonna stop now. Have a good night
“Chris spoke at the annual retreat of our informal group of senior executives and I have to say he was one of the most inspiring speakers we have ever had over the two decades we’ve been getting together. Our views of the future were completely changed and each one of us is already at work becoming younger next year.”
-Joni Evans, Former Chairman — Simon & Schuster, super agent at William Morris etc. New York City
“Chris made my job as Education Chair easy and fun; he is a terrific speaker, the topic was electrifying and our members loved it …. One of the best speakers we ever had. Our members have been raving ever since. I would highly recommend Chris Crowley as YPO resource.”
-Tom Kittredge, Mountain States Young Presidents Organization, Charleston W. Va.
“What an amazing night in Duluth! Over 1,200 people turned out to hear Chris Crowley talk about the Revolution in Aging. A superb talk – deeply informative and motivational but still funny and fun. The buzz went on for days…There is no substitute for hearing Chris live on this critically important topic. Took some organizing but it was so worth it for the city, and for all of us.”
-Pat Francisco and Jim Taylor, The City of Duluth Event Founders
“Recently, I was thrilled to host Chris Crowley as guest speaker at the Mayor’s Inspire Burlington Speaker Series. Inspire is exactly what Chris did, with great humor and wit.”
-Rick Goldring, Mayor of Burlington, Voted 2nd Most Livable City in Canada
“I have brought many speakers and performers to Tucson, but even I was mesmerized! Chris packed the room, beyond its stated capacity. He was amazing… you could have heard a pin drop, with the exception of many burst of laughter.”
-Jannie Cox, Rock The Ages
“If you can arrange to hear Chris in person, do it. Whatever it takes. He is a dynamic speaker, lives his message and is very convincing…Awesome!“
“Chris’s high energy Keynote Address (to Wellness professionals at the Bass Pro Fitness Festival) was absolutely inspiring. The YNY books have already changed a lot of lives, including ours: My husband dropped 30 pounds, lowered his cholesterol to normal levels and has become a serious runner (he is doing his first 5K soon) at 51.”
-Marilyn Hill Wellness professional. Missouri
“What a home run! You were the perfect catalyst and Keynote Speaker for our “Reversing The Aging Process…Symposium. People need hope that they can intervene in their own lives and reduce their potential for disease and chronic illness. Not only did you give them hope but you lay out so clearly in layman’s terms the nature of aging as well as how we can take control of our own lives by better management of this vehicle we call our ‘body’. “Your humorous and folksy delivery style (intriguing for a Wall Street lawyer) makes you acceptable immediately as a friend with encouragement that we truly can live Younger Next Year….Your talk was a trumpet call that gives us hope and a blueprint for success…. It is LIFE CHANGING.”
-Bill White CEO THW Design, International Architects, and Founder, The Vital Nation. Atlanta, Georgia
“Enjoyed meeting you and hearing your great talk! Your message is right on for our [YPO] group. You are my hero and role model.”
-Tom Gart, The Gart Companies. Denver, Colorado.
“Chris was engaging and funny, which allowed the serious nature of his message to reach our employees. His story connected with employees on a personal level…. [His talk] will help our company control health care costs in the most direct way: by maintaining [employees’] health and avoiding illness.”
-Jeff Wheelock Director, Human Resources, International Nuclear Power Organization. Atlanta, Georgia.
“I recently day-chaired a great event in Toronto with Chris Crowley …. He is a very dynamic and fascinating speaker with a message that really resonated with our YPO audience …. Chris is one of the few people I have met that I can say with total sincerity that following his program can change your life.”
-Stephen D. Lister,Managing Partner, Imperial Capital Corporation and member Northern Ontario Young Presidents Organization. Toronto, Ontario.
“Our members and guests were not only delighted with your passion but were highly motivated by your message. Three weeks after the event, I still have members thanking me for having you as our guest speaker.”
-Toby Jenkins President, Columbia Lake Health Club (one of the leading fitness clubs in Canada), Waterloo, Ontario.
“Let me say how much I and everyone else enjoyed your talk at La Quinta. You were terrific!”
– David Beck President — American College of Trial Lawyers “He blew their sox off.”
“Chris summarizes the thesis he and his co-author (Dr. Henry S. Lodge) write about…He gives a high energy, entertaining summary of the physiological changes associated with moving past middle age and what you can do about it… He scored a 9.53 from the 32 [presidents] who rated him at our retreat. I would highly recommend him to a YPO audience.”
– Mark Hopkins Rocky Mountain Young Presidents Organization. Denver, Colorado
“I heard Chris [and Harry Lodge] speak at the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association annual meeting…. Absolutely terrific: great passion, great persuasiveness and great fun. The message is so important to our industry and it came through loud and clear and funny. Great show.”
– Dave Hall Fitness Industry Executive and former IHRSA Director. Hudson, Ohio
“Thank you for the outstanding presentation to the Vancouver WPO. …Your energy and humour were infectious … you were able to hold them in the palm of your hand… They went home with a smile, a book and a new determination to live a better life. What a great evening.”