It’s been a good long while since I commented on headlines, but today’s news is pretty noteworthy. Thirty-three sons of the Earth, called home in the bosom of the planet, are being born again – damn near literally – through what can only be described as the world’s longest birth canal. Over the course of 21 days, your body will acclimate to nearly anything. In three times that time, you’re not just acclimating to new conditions, you’ve moved in. This is your home now, and the place you used to hail from becomes a distant memory.
Today, these thirty-three men are being reborn into the light of San Jose, Chile, through a canal 22 inches across and half a mile long. They will remember this second birthday every bit as well as they remember their first ones – probably a lot better, come to think of it.
So to all the miners and all their friends and families, waiting as anxiously as expectant parents ever have: Happy Birthday!