WEEK 16 2008
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17 March 2002
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- there was no wind on Saturday morning. None. Millpond calm. What the
Hey? So instead of sailing it was work - cleaning, checking the level
of oil after the oil change a couple of weeks ago, putting the name on
the starboard side.
I'd forgotten why I hadn't done that already - because there is a great
big bracket right in the way of the port-of-hail location. I tried to
unscrew it, but it seemed as it if were either stripped or had a nut
turning on the inside. Checking inside I could see that the lining was pulled away where
I'd attempted exactly the
same operation last year. I need to get a friend or
relative down to the boat to hold a wrench on the inside acorn nut.
On the plus side, I now own a nice handhold marine VHF, the Icom M72. And an actual
chart of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands & vicinity.
About 2:00 pm. as I was wrapping things up, the wind started. Nothing I
could do - not with fresh decals on the side of the boat, so off to
For dinner I bummed a nice omelet (and two Newcastle's) at a friends place. I paid for it
with a bit of computer wrangling. A newish laptop had lost wireless
connectivity - it turned out that their trial version of Norton had
expired - and shut down the network stack as it went. Sheesh. They had a free
extra copy, so I installed that and everything was hunky dory. Applied
Windows Updates, applied AVG antivirus, and Ad-Aware.
Friday 18 April
- warm, but not as warm as earlier in the week. I was going to go home
in the evening, but worked late and realized I'd forgotten the charger
for the mobile mapper, so went back to Ventura and stayed the
there. Maybe I'll go sailing Saturday, then head to Lancaster, where
I'm sure the spring grass is 6" high already.
Thursday 17 April 2008
- warm, in the 80's. Worked a long day.
A user's review of the ICOM
M72 handheld VHF transceiver:
|Me and a few other Indian
Engineers were hanging out in a friends dinghy. Suddenly a shark jumped
up and bit a friends hand off as he was playing in the water. We were
able to radio in the Coast Guard despite the heavy accent of the radio
operator. The coast guard came, and we danced the night away in joy of
being rescued after we left our friend off at the local hospital. Thank
you West Marin for this wonderful product
Wednesday 16 April 2008
- busy day. Not a lot to say.
thinking indeed. Ain't it the truth. I actually tried
putting a cat basket next to my monitor once. The cat preferred sitting
on my mouse hand. When I transferred the mouse to my left hand he sat -
or at least rested his head on - the keyboard.
patrols in the Persian Gulf. These Cyclone class
ships are actually smaller than my father's WWII era Flower
Twice the speed, but only 2000 miles range instead of 3500. She looks
about as wet though - look at the sea pouring off the foredeck.
Tuesday 15 April 2008
- tax day. I dropped off checks at a drive-thru at the local post
office - , didn't even have to get out of the car. The girl that took
my envelopes looked like a young Valerie Bertinelli.
I feel old, some days - she (Valerie) is the same age as my sister.
a sailing log. Kind of interesting.
Things I hate to do: find a pin on my carpet, pick it up and wonder
"How did that get there?" - and then drop it.
It's down there, somewhere.
Monday 14 April 2008
- Book #14
by Brian Hancock. (Yes, I know, same title as this years Book
#8, by Alan Steel. Titles can't be copyrighted.)
Anyway, it was on audio and was quite short, only two tapes, though
unabridged. A fun listen. Hancock's South African accent is a nice
change after the narrator of Chernow's book, and it's a lot lighter and
quicker in tone. Sea stories, mostly, and a couple belong in a nautical
"I Learned About Sailing
From That" sort of category. "I Learned About Flying from That"
is a guest column that used to run in Flying magazine, wherein a pilot
would relate some dangerous or surprising aerial adventure, with a
safety-of-flight related moral.
I see Hancock has another book, The
Risk in Being Alive, though it's not in audio. The title
probably relates to a quote in Spindrift - "To live is to risk, to live
more is to risk more".
Heh. I thought I remembered another book by that name, a Phyllis
Whitney novel my sister K
owned. (I was always a pretty non-discriminatory reader) And indeed, it
shows up at Amazon, third
return of a search for 'spindrift' in books. Can't remember what it was
Sunday 13 April 2008
- one of those days where you just keep going, until you realize it
10pm, past bedtime and you still haven't finished stuff you'd intended
I did get a haircut, but the cactus in the side yard remains.
Ben Eriksen has
sold his NorSea 27 and bought a Bristol Channel Cutter. Too
bad, I enjoyed reading about his live-aboard adventures. Well, the BCC
is a good boat too, maybe he'll blog about her.