Se7en

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  1. Se7en

    If you like Uni...

    I've lived and dived in SE Australia. The black urchin with the long spines is not endemic here, rather it has been introduced, and the warming water from the East Aus current has allowed it to thrive. It denudes areas so the abalone et al have no food sources. 25 years ago we didn't see them in Tasmania. Last year over 500 tons were commercially harvested. That's how they are an invasive pest.
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    If you like Uni...

    Wow. For the last 30 years I've been diving, Ive considered sea urchins an invasive pest. Which it is. So on any dive where I'm carrying a decent size knife, I break them open and feed the fish with them. Fish love them, but they never looked appealing to me. I do like abalone... but so do my kids, so they are a lot of work to clean for the amount of food I end up with.
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    Texans

    Just as a matter of interest, where about have you gone hiking in Australia? How many folks that do this sort of stuff do you actually know. Some of the folks I know even carry their own poo out. (I don't go that far). We all try to carry out any plastics etc we find. The sort of folks you are talking about rarely venture more than a few hundred metres from their cars - very unlikely to be folks who actually go anywhere remote. I've done a few trips where we have carried lilos or blow up pool toys to cross rivers or lakes - Mikey's foldable boat looks interesting for that. My main concern is that the lakes in Tas where I have done this stuff can get a bit bumpy, and the folding boat doesn't look like it would cope with much chop, nor with current in a river. The other advantage of a lilo is that you paddle with your hands / arms, so don't have the weight of paddles to add. You do need to be able to double bag your backpack though. Swings and roundabouts. I've also carried kayaks. It's hard work.
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    California boaters card???

    You can take a passenger. BTW - it's mainly the bikes who embed themselves in the scenery, oh, and bankers from the UK with a Ferrari.
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    California boaters card???

    Just a point to admit that Aus is just as disjointed as the USA; In Victoria, you don't need to do a practical test, you can do it as a multiple choice test at the DMV. It is a seperate physical license to your drivers license, although the number is the same. You do need to carry it when driving a boat, the police sometimes check at boat ramps (I've never been checked). You don't need one in order to hire a boat, as long as the hire boat can't exceed 6 knots. Also, kids can get a license from 12 years, but are not allowed to exceed 10 knots boat speed. I kinda like it compared to the old standard of _nothing_ as at least people at one point in time had some idea that they should give way occasionally. And there is an outside chance that they might respond to horn signals... who am I kidding?
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    Dominion sues Mike Lindell

    Not to mention that most of them are lawyers, who live by the maxim "win, lose or draw, make sure the lawyers all get paid first".
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    Sorry, but I've done both and call bullshit. Venice was more expensive than renting a yacht in the whitsundays, or a townhouse in Airlie. We visited a couple of the abandoned resorts, they are not that big a blight. Apologies for assuming you wanted them reopened.
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    Most? Most of the lagoon is too shallow for boats drawing more than than 20 cm. Aside from bommies in the anchoring area, it was all pretty good in 2017 when I was there last. Did you actually spend much time in the water there?
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    Why? They were uniformly shitholes where people went to get drunk in a swimming pool. Keep those folks at Hammo and out of everyone else's way. It's pretty simple to hire a motor boat and drive to the islands if you want to visit. Or hire a yacht and drive that instead. At least that way you are swimming in fish piss rather than other people's.
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    Party Bus

    In at least some waters (Sydney Harbour) ferries have right of way. Either by statute or tradition.
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    Stites Rats!

    Hey, is Scotty who hasn't been beamed up yet the longest serving PM since J Winston H? That simply stuns me.
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    Sailed past, spent a couple of days at Fitzroy reef (my 47th Birthday) and a couple of weeks in aggregate at Lady Musgrave. They are probably 10 and 50 NM away respectively. Loved both of them. This is from the perspective of a water family though, a day at LM would consist of snorkeling at the turtle cleaning station with my 7 yo daughter, then spearfishing outside the reef with 10 yo boy. Paddling around inside the reef in kayaks while kids motor the dinghy around the anchorage to swap cute smiles for junk food. Walk on the coral beach. Try a new snorkeling spot. Sundowners, eat sleep. Repeat until we run out of water, head to Bundaberg or Yeppoon. If that sounds like a good time, go for it.
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    The Senate Impeachment Trial of DJT

    Your President did stuff that directly caused 5 people to die. And there is nothing you all can do about it. USA has more lawyers than the rest of the Galaxy combined. You have a higher rate of incarceration than any other first world country. Yet you can't do anything about an old white rich guy when even his own team says that he caused mayhem and death. Fuck me. American exceptionalism is a double edged sword.
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    The UK Variant

    I havent had a weekend like that since Uni.
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    The Senate Impeachment Trial of DJT

    Well, yes. Instead of cocksucking interns, the white house has been filled with arselicking senators these last 4 years. I don't understand why this is considered an improvement?
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    You are only removed from suspicion because of Sports car vouching for you. That Hoppy fucker is dubious as shit though.
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    Aussie Government blow it (Again)

    I really can't wait for the reveal when we discover that Jack Sparrow (along with Random and Short Bob) are LB15 socks.
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    American Dumbass

    OK, sounds like you had a bit of a shit time then. Sorry. (Oddly enough, we also saw a fellow cruiser get sorted out in the Gold coast marina. In, on the hard, rudder dropped out, new rudder bearings machined and fitted, back in the water all in 2 days). I found that tradies are used to having to work to a schedule of a boat being lifted, so mostly get the idea of turning up on time. The couple of small things we needed we organised at a future port at a set time, and they all seemed to fall into place with a few days in the marina. The person I liked the most works in Tin Can bay. If work was urgent, he squeezes you in and you pay top dollar. If it's not urgent, then it will happen sometime in the next few months at a good rate, so he has the flexibility to move work around to cope with urgent stuff. Seemed to work well. Think the only time we went a week without seeing another cruiser was at refuge cove in late April. Getting a bit cold. But even there, I'm sure my kids could have found someone to feed them if they tried. Yes, Australia is relatively expensive as folks tend to earn a living wage. I thought most people knew that, and were not surprised to be paying 1st world prices in a 1st world country. ( People with $US tend to want to tell us how much better there currency is anyway.) As mentioned before, even with your big expenses, I'm not sure that the 10% GST you paid was excessive given the services you had access to in return.
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    Ramp launching is AWD necessary ?

    Why dick around with the winch? Just a length of rope and tow the boat with the car. We do it across the sand from time to time. (A good jockey wheel makes it easier, as does weight balance)
  20. Many (most? all?) things are "things". How significant is this thing in your life? (Personally I found the anti racism thing much more of an issue in South Africa than USA - but obviously I have visited neither for 18 months or so)
  21. Really? It was a not particularly well expressed opinion from a specific, and narrow, point of view. Yes, I encounter people who declaim I am racist by my very nature. I encounter more who espouse that I am chauvinist. Others who say I'm a socialist, and some few who express the view that I am a useless cunt. There is probably some element of truth in each of these, but none is the totality of how I live. None are the dominant element in my life. Do you find that the majority of folks around you are fixated on how racist and bigoted you are? Or do you encounter the same disparate range of opinions I see? Why focus so narrowly on the anti racist voices?
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    American Dumbass

    Really? Trades will prioritise high cost racing boats over others, as they are a continuing stream of income, but my experience is that they will do whatever they can to fit you in and meet your timetable. Turn up at a lift with a flooding boat, and there will probably be a crowd to help, on the basis of 'yeah, yeah, pay me later if you can find me'. Explain your constraints and most will do their best to help you. (of course, saying that you need an engine replacement this weekend, for no particular reason, and you want it cheap, is not likely to get a great result.) Generally, there is the official winge "Yeah we are flat out for months", then the real story "We'll fit you in tomorrow if you can make it at 7:30 am and hang around to help". As for the example you gave of batteries / freezer, I found that the problem was saying "no" to other yachties trying to help. On a somewhat remote reef (Fitzroy perhaps?) we had another cruiser turn up with 60 litres of water in jugs after my daughter mentioned something about only showering every few days. (She was 7, and a grot anyway, so it was no hardship) This came up during the painting lesson she had been invited on board for. At the same time we had excess solar so were charging another boats electric outboard each afternoon. Perhaps my kids were younger and cuter than yours :-) as they sure managed to get well fed on other folks boats everywhere we went. As for the government, yes, you'd get hit for 10% GST on some stuff, same as us. But equally if you were hurt you could have walked into the emergency room of any hospital and been treated. And even if you didn't have the wit to quote someone else's medicare number, they would have let you off if you had no easy way to pay. Not to mention getting the benefit of all our parks (marine and land), clean environment and safe food etc etc. And any big expense you can claim the GST back if you leave in 90 days. Folks might not bend over backwards, but it's not exactly a poke in the eye with a burnt stick. Unless you are a complete wanker of course...
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    Ramp launching is AWD necessary ?

    When I was younger and poorer, we did a lot of things with a 2wd sedan. It went many places that were marginal, towing boats, carrying dive gear (just 6 tanks, 2 each) etc. We had Adventures. And enjoyed most of it, and survived it all (with a good helping of luck) Now I have a family 4wd. We do much the same things in much the same places. Difference is that we don't need to worry about getting stuck in the snow, or work out how to get un bogged from the beach as the tide comes in. So we have fun, rather than an Adventure. And that's nice when I'm taking wife and kids along. It also occasionaly opens opportunities to do stuff we might not otherwise do - we got a couple of nice days sailing in over Christmas simply because we were able to easily launch a beach cat across the sand. I ended up using low range and dropped tire pressures to do one recovery, so a 2wd would not have cut it. The way I see it is that a family sedan might cost $20k, but an equivalent 4wd would be $25k say. If I'm going to keep it for 5 years, then it costs me $1k a year to be able to safely an easily do the things I want to do. (actually, the 4wd will probably have a higher resale, so the real cost is less, but you get the idea). So the incremental cost of having the 4wd isn't that great. I also get to be the adult who helps out the kids who are having an Adventure with inappropriate equipment. And that is how it should be.
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    A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

    Do the words still count as literature? Yes / No? Curious - Do you watch TV or Movies? Or does the cheapest bit of schoolkid doggeral have more literary merit to your mind than Apocalypse Now? Because it's words in a book vs moving pictures?
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    A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

    I suspect at this point you are just trolling. If so - huzzah! You can quote from literature and say "Mr Se7en is not a sensible man". Otherwise, given that you have already ignored that the learned professors of English at Oxford seem to consider at least one example worthy of study as literature, can we approach it from the other end? What if we were to take something you consider literature, and set it to pictures? Poetry would be too easy - it's all to easy to imagine drawings of the vaulted and gilded caverns, the peaceful stream of Xanadu with the text appended. Or the gritty, salt encrusted shipboard life of Ryme of the Ancient Mariner. So, instead, can we look at one of my favourites - The Old Man and the Sea. Again in my minds eye I can picture that story woven through a string of illistrations - the wrinked visage of the man, the sunbleached boat, the wearyness on his face as he rowed back. A series of frames depicting the battle with the fish. The island disappearing over the horizon. And the novel is short enough that a graphic novel of the story would not be unfeasible. So - if you set it to pictures, does The Old Man and the Sea get rejected from the halls of literature? If not, is it possible that a few examples (and I'd probably only suggest Sandman and Watchmen, although there may be more) may classify as literature? (FWIW, I don't actually particularly enjoy them either - I would have preferred Sandman as a novel, and I can't bring myself to read any of the others. But I can still respect them for their artistic merit.)