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  1. puddin

    Pit Bull ban in your community

    Pretty crappy article. Yeah, you guessed it, we have an 'aggressive breed' that wasn't included in the survey, so I disagree. The 'primitive' breeds (Akitas, Mals, Huskies, etc...) are what they are. Great animals, but not 'pets' for all people. I take full responsibility for our Akita for the sake of the 'breed'. As an 'individual', she's a gentle goof and is perfectly comfortable in crowded urban environments. Ironically, during an evening walk, our 'aggressive breed' was launched on by a labradoodle that the owner couldn't control. Both dogs were on leash. Unfortunately I had to kick her dog and got nipped in the process. The 'doodle owner was pretty upset, but it certainly prevented a trip to the vet or worse. Yeah, I'm not a fan of pits, more because of the owners than the dogs themselves.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    But in the meantime, you're current ride still looks mighty good! Nice to you and the other local Bob P out last night!
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Very few have monitors big enough to see the whole sheet at the printed scale. No peripheral vision comes into play like the old days on a drafting board. Zoom in, zoom out, scroll scroll scroll click.... great view of the bark beetles eating the trees, but the forest has long been logged out and converted to pasture land.
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    Perry Sliver Class Day Sailor

    Sketch up sure has proved that point in architecture, Sons! Sad thing is, most offices actually think it's necessary to use it when in fact they're just being cheap skates.
  5. Larry,

    It's a great boat for these parts. I've always been surprised how well we do in light air races, and as you probably know, the boat charges well in 15-18 true. Definitely more comfy than the 27... We don't have cabin heat yet (bought a new blade instead), but it's something I'd certainly like. Cruising is fine as well. Have you sailed a 34?

  6. How's the Express 34 in Puget Sound? I'm moving from SF Bay Area to Port Townsend within about six months, and it's very high on my short list of boats I'd like to own. We had an Express 27 for a number of years and she was a great boat, but we're older now, and I want something cruisier to take advantage of all the islands up there.

    thanks,

    Larry Fisher

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    Swede 55

    Hello Jsailor, interesting. How long did it take you to bring here back to California? Any fotos from that trip? You did it on behalf of Jom Walton? As far as I know, Temptress was lost in a gale with a singlehanded sailor (David Poole) in the northern pacific/Alaska (just the new icebox cover, which was made new, was found later which helped to identify the boat which was then named "Bird"). That happend in fall 98. There was an article in a magazine called Latitude, perhaps one of you in the US can trace the report. I tried but never managed. Best, Zebra I hopped a few beer can rides with David and Bird way back when... Definitely a unique individual, and a fun boat to sail. Sad to hear that he was lost. Found this link that has a little more information: http://www.inwap.com/pdp10/usenet/poole
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    Pit Bull ban in your community

    Sad stuff... but the whole "attacked unprovoked" in many cases isn't applicable. No. 1: No child should ever be left with a dog that isn't in it's immediate family, especially a dog (any dog) that isn't fully socialized with kids. This happens all too regularly. It's one thing when a strange dog enters a property and attacks an infant, and all too often it seems to be a pit bull, but the dog/child unprovoked attack is 9 times out of 10 completely preventable with nothing less than full time eyes on supervision. It's a pain in the ass, and if you can't it's better to crate fido when unfamiliar small kids are in the house. 9 out 10 of any kind of injury, accident, fuck up, etc can be prevented. wtf cant be prevented besides a meteor hit or a fukin tornado? thats really dumb logic to sit there and pick apart these incidents and say this stuff "could have been prevented". you know what will prevent ALL future killings and maimings of people by pitbulls? EUTHANIZE ALL OF THEM Hell mate, get a life. There are a lot of pinheads who get pit bulls to go with their illusion of a 'bad-ass' life style. Give these same idiots say, male black labs, and you'd have just about the same result with a different breed. And let me clarify. I'm not a fan of pitbulls. All too many owners use them for self aggrandizement and a display of latent aggression. Over the years there have been 'bad ass' breed of the day... Dobermins, Akitas, Wolf-hybrids, Shepards, Rotts, etc... Pits are the flavor of the moment.
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    Pit Bull ban in your community

    Sad stuff... but the whole "attacked unprovoked" in many cases isn't applicable. No. 1: No child should ever be left with a dog that isn't in it's immediate family, especially a dog (any dog) that isn't fully socialized with kids. This happens all too regularly. It's one thing when a strange dog enters a property and attacks an infant, and all too often it seems to be a pit bull, but the dog/child unprovoked attack is 9 times out of 10 completely preventable with nothing less than full time eyes on supervision. It's a pain in the ass, and if you can't it's better to crate fido when unfamiliar small kids are in the house. That a dog could be animal aggressive and react to a small child in a similar way isn't a surprize. Plenty of great pets fit this discription. The owners, again regardless of breed, should know this and act accordingly.
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    Pit Bull ban in your community

    please explain the human maulings... Pretty easy really. Kids, especially really wee rug rats should never be left around larger dogs without on hand direct supervision... ever. Little guys like the one sadly pictured have no idea how to read or behave around a dog, period. To the dog, they're just another animal with generally bad manners. No breed is exempt. Some breeds are tougher to read. I've got a female Akita who isn't comfortable with kids younger than around 12~13. I never allow kids to get on the ground or put their head anywhere near hers and let kids who want to say 'hi' how to go about doing so. That said, she's great with adults unless they're obviously in an altered state or at all aggressive toward us (life in the city... a fair number of meth heads and drunks around at times) Akitas are very quiet. You have to monitor their body language as they aren't going to vocalize much even if they're annoyed. That's my responsibility. It's taken seriously as they're great dogs that often get lumped into the 'dangerous dogs' category thanks to all the bone heads who got one after the OJ trial and had no idea that there's a very smart, strong, and willfull animal under all the fur and good looks. Pomeranians... there are about a dozen of the little wack jobs around the neighborhood. Only one is worth a damn. I'd ban those little f()%'ers in a heart beat if it were possible.
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    HB's 'new' boat thread

    Sounds like "crewing" to me. Welcome to the world of boat ownership where there's always something to do and rarely will any of what's needed will come from sweat equity alone! Cheers and good luck!
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    Swede 55

    I sailed on Bird 2 or three times years ago. Two beercan races and one Saturday afternoon cruise. Twin pole for gybes only. It was just easier for the owner to fly the kite by himself or double handing, but never flew it with twin poles like the quoted post suggests. I guess the hardest it blew when I was on the boat was probably 25...don't remember anything remarkable about the boat gong upwind or down in those conditions, but an interesting boat for sure. If the above is true, too bad it was lost.