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Golf

One of the advantages of being retired U.S. military is that you have access to the bases. Most of the larger bases have golf courses, available at a reasonable cost. So while in Jacksonville I took advantage of the Naval Air Station Jacksonville to play a couple of rounds. This for many people would not be remarkable. Since I had not played in 7 years and have been carrying my clubs on Reboot for the last 5 1/2 years it was a bit of a departure.

You can guess that my score was not good! The alligators in the water hazards were a treat too!

Fair winds and following seas :)

Visiting St. Augustine, Florida

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I have been docked, moored, and anchored in St. Augustine a number of times. This past few days I did something else, actually spend a lot of time walking around and visiting various historical sites in the town.

St. Augustine was founded by the Spanish and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States. Extensively developed by Henry Flagler (and others) it is now reminiscent of the various "cruise ship" ports in the Caribbean. There are lots of little shops and bars etc.

There are also a lot of fun historical sites to visit. Some that we have sampled include:

Castillo de San Marcos (above)
Lightner Museum
Flagler College
Villa Zoroyda

St. Augustine Tourism site has the details. Anyway, quite a break from the normal visit.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Sweet tooth

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OK. I am evil. I have a real sweet tooth. It is hard to keep ice cream on the boat - the refrigeration system is not that good. So the other day when I was shopping I decided to give in. Bought vanilla icing. Eat it with a spoon. Why bother with cake!

Yum.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Fear, Anxiety and Epiphany

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FEAR

noun

1. an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

We all experience fear. Motor quits in high winds on a lee shore (Long Island), winds whip up to 50 knots with a water temperature of 34 degrees Fahrenheit, we all have these moments sailing. Well, perhaps we don't all have these moments. In the world of offshore sailing they happen. The nice thing about fear is when its over, its over. One gets the sails and heading under control and rides it out.

ANXIETY

noun

a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. The problem with anxiety is that it is, at least for me, cumulative. I have been sailing in the Great Lakes and offshore for about 10 years, my sailing career spans over 50 years. I have done about 20,000 NM offshore in the last 5 years. And for me the memory of each event that caused me fear is still burned into my brain.


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Running Lights and Water Infusion

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One of the advantages of being in a slip is that you can pull the bow forward over the dock and work on those items at the stem easily. This morning with a clear sky I got off my apathetic butt and addressed the running lights.

You may remember that I changed out the bow light just before I left Masonboro Yacht Club Marina on my way to Jamaica. You may also remember that the new light did not work. This morning I went out with a voltmeter and tested the power to the light. Wow - there was lots of power. Greatly relieved that I did not have to spend hours crawling through the boat to find the broken wire I then tested the bulb. Fine. The problem, it turns out, is that the two spring tabs that power the light bulb were not bent enough to make contact. But, what the heck, I spent 60 for a cheap piece of plastic. Why should it work? I also noticed that there was a little bit of water infusion - it has been raining on and off the past couple of days. Why would they make it waterproof? It …

Robert Crandall and American Airlines

The title of this post was going to be "Rot in Hell, Robert Crandall" but since Mr. Crandall is still alive that seems to be severe. Who is Robert Crandall? The retired CEO of American Airlines. Mr. Crandall had an illustrious career and won several awards from business groups.

What is my problem with Mr. Crandall? He was the "industry leader" who decided that comfort on airplanes was overrated. Pack them in like POWs in tiger cages. Reduce the pitch. Take the padding out of the seats. Reduce the amount of recline. Pack more seats in each plane. (Charge extra for everything came later by people who wanted to be seen as innovative as Mr. Crandall.)

Yesterday I returned from Chicago and a visit to my sons. After a hour delay (caused by the Boston snowstorm, as was my two hour delay when departing Jacksonville) I got on the plane. Now I could have spent $90 for a first class seat. Or $35 for a "better" seat." Or $15 for priority boarding. Or $9 for food…

Everyday things a sailor will kick you ass at

Everyday things a sailor will kick you ass at!

Fair winds and following seas :)

Fluid Dynamics

Whenever I go to a fast food outlet and order coffee I am astonished that no one in these multibillion dollar companies has ever studied fluid dynamics. Do they really think that skinny little plastic stick is going to effectively stir my coffee?

Fair winds and following seas :)

Closet Cleaning

When I visited my sons for their birthdays in October I just stuffed some shirts into my bag. When I arrived they noticed that one shirt in particular was very stained. I had not been paying attention and was unaware.

I got my laundry back from the laundromat the other day. In the course of putting away my clean laundry I noticed that the laundromat had destroyed two shirts with bleach stains. Since these are custom shirts with the Reboot logo I was quite upset. (I still am, I have not made it back to the laundromat to talk to them.) Since this reminded me of the incident with my sons I decided to empty the closets.

I have always had two piles of shirts: nice, for adventures with friends, and crummy, for every day wear working on the boat. The every day shirts take quite a beating, not only from boat projects but from XO. He has a habit of jumping up on me and purring when he wants attention. Of course this requires that he hold on until I grab him - my everyday shirts are covered wit…

Our Enemy, the State

An early look at a future post. This is the opening of Our Enemy, the State by Albert Jay Nock. What is interesting is that it was published in 1935 as FDR rose to power. (My emphasis added below.)

" If we look beneath the surface of our public affairs, we can discern one fundamental fact, namely: a great redistribution of power between society and the State. This is the fact that interests the student of civilization. He has only a secondary or derived interest in matters like price-fixing, wage-fixing, inflation, political banking, “agricultural adjustment,” and similar items of State policy that fill the pages of newspapers and the mouths of publicists and politicians. All these can be run up under one head. They have an immediate and temporary importance, and for this reason they monopolize public attention, but they all come to the same thing; which is, an increase of State power and a corresponding decrease of social power. It is unfortunately none too well understood that,…