I Learned Something Today: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

I don’t travel much. It’s not that I’m afraid to get out on the open water, it’s more like I don’t necessarily have the skills for travel. I tend to be a homebody but I’d love to go to distant lands. I’m a walking dichotomy. I know I need to get out in the world and now I’m better prepared thanks to the lessons I’ve learned from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

The Lessons of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker

  1. A baton can control the wind
  2. Boats are king
  3. Leaves can be floating devices

A baton can control the wind

I learned something today. I used to be a huge kite flyer. Every windy day opportunity meant a day full of kiting for me. This wasn’t the type of kite flying that meant just standing in one place. I’m talking about kite surfing. Actually more like kiteboarding because I did it on land. But in my old neighborhood stupid houses would always get in my way. Especially if the wind was blowing to the north. I couldn’t exactly kite board directly into a house. The house might have gotten injured. I did try jumping up on to the roof of a house once. It ended in disaster. I needed a way to change the wind so I could have an open stretch of beautiful green grass to flatten. My friend played guitar so he lent me a copy of Musician’s Friend. I saw this magical music wand on the back page and ordered one right away. By waving it around, music would float into the air. An August summer night. Kite boarders passing by. Listening to the winds of change. I made the wind go wherever I want it. Thanks, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

The Wind Waker

The Scorpions have nothing on me.

Boats are king

I learned something today. I’ve heard that boats are huge money pits. It will always be cheaper to buy one than to own one. You know who owns boats? Kings. I’m not talking about your Sacramento or Los Angeles types. I’m talking real rich dudes who rule shit. I’m just a peasant on a lonely island when it comes to boats. They even make boats that can talk to you. They tell you where you need to go and who you need to see. If you’re lucky, a boat might even take you underwater without turning into a submarine first. That’s a crazy boat. When I do get the chance to get on a king’s boat I want everyone looking at me ’cause I’m on a boat. Man, I just can’t wait to be king. Thanks, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

Leaves can be floating devices

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Link's waving at everybody, he's on a boat.

I learned something today. Have you ever talked to a tree? I have. It didn’t talk back. That might make me weird but it did afford me the opportunity to understand a little more about the tree and all tree beings. I knew that we have used trees for hundreds of years for shelter, wood, paper, syrup, and weapons but I never knew that those little green things on the end of branches could also be so helpful. I used to play with those maple tree seeds as a kid. To this day I still refer to them as helicopters. So I thought to myself, if the seeds could fly then maybe I could use the leaves to fly as well. I’m a big dude, some assholes might call me a brumak. If I was going to use a leaf to fly I would need to find a big ass leaf from a big ass tree. I journeyed from forest to forest looking for a suitable option. It wasn’t until I came upon a tree from the Deku family that I found my leaf. It doesn’t actually make me fly but if I have a long way down I can use it to float. It’s been extremely helpful. Thanks, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.

Conclusion

I think I’m ready to travel. If the weather gets bad, I change it. I’m cool enough to hang out on boats and I have a sweet leaf to get me out of dangerous places. Does travelling the world involve anything else? Thanks, video games.

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