Travels and Images
WEEK 28 2005
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Saturday 16 July
- watched 'The Terminal' with Tom Hanks. It was entertaining, if a bit
odd - not quite as Hollywood formulaic as usual.
We also watched the Dodgers/Giants game this afternoon. Bottom of the
ninth, tied, the Dodges have loaded the bases, full count to the batter
- and I offered to bet Dad a quarter that the Dodger's would win. For
some reason he refused.
Earlier in the week we watched the Home Run Derby, which was fun, and
the All Star Game, which was excellent. Except that the NL lost, again,
costing me a quarter.
There was an amusing misprint in the TV GUIDE this week:
what I call a
Friday - put together
a planter for the old Hydrangea.
The old planter was a wine barrel and has had it's steel bands rust
out, consequently the staves have sprung. You can buy these wine
barrels fairly cheaply, but I decided to build my own planter.
The new planter is some 1x8 fir planks, and is square rather than
round. It was assembled around
the plant since we think the roots have probably grown into the ground
over the years, making it impossible to move without killing it.
Thursday 14 July 2005
- it is said that an author should start a novel or story with a "hook
line". Dan Simmon's new book, Olympos,
(the sequel to Ilium)
has just come out, and it starts with:
"Helen of Troy
awakes just before dawn to the sound of air raid sirens."
13 July 2005
Wednesday - Reading "Eagle
Seamanship", a book about sailing the square rigger Eagle, the
United States Coast Guard training ship. On page 54 we have the
|RULES FOR WORKING ALOFT
|These simple rules are based on
longstanding traditions and practices
of sailing men. Cadets must learn to abide by them quickly and
- Take no unnecessary chances and avoid grandstanding.
- One hand for the man and one for the ship. Men aloft have
points of contact with the rigging: two hands and two feet. Three of
these points are always kept in firm contact with part of the standing
rigging; being sure never to get support from running rigging such as
clewlines, buntlines, or other gear which may come slack.
- Ratlines are light and sometimes carry away, shrouds and
backstays never do, consequently, when going aloft cadets should always
keep their hands on the shrouds and use the ratlines only for their
feet. They climb one ratline at a time.
- When laying out on the yard, cadets use the jackstay for
their hands, never trusting gaskets or bights of the sail.
- They never stand on the yard unless ordered to. They do use
flemish horses on the yardarms. Special circumstances may, at sometime,
require a cadet to straddle a yard or even stand on it; when this is
necessary, it is done only after carefully thinking what will happen if
the sail suddenly fills or shakes. A very small puff of wind in a sail
is quite capable of throwing a man entirely out of the rigging if he is
sitting on the sail.
- Cadets should never get on the lee side of a sail while
working on the bowsprit.
- They also always use the weather shrouds when going, or
down from, aloft. Either side may be used when the wind is fore and aft.
Tuesday - I've now stained the patio
table. Weather permitting I am starting to put on the varnish coats.
The hot weather makes for some rather unpredictable convection breezes.
I had thought that the varnish I was using would be similar to a
varathane finish, very thick and glossy. It's glossy, but it's going on
thin, and shows each and every grain and
imperfection in the sanding and finishing job. Oh well, it's
just a patio table.
I also though a single quick swish through mineral spirits would clean
the brush. Not so. I've bought
a new brush now...
11 July 2005
Monday - It's odd, I often find old CD's
laying by the side of the road while out walking. On this trip: Godsmack, whoever they may be. Some
sort of Christian Rock?
A little the worse for wear.
Sunday 10 July
Sunday - we had a little barbecue. Not a
whole lot to say - sailing was good Saturday, and I stayed overnight at
my brothers, too tired and full of steak and beer to drive home.