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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.

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  1. Some good reading here, guys. Several years ago I took my daughter who was a freshman in high school out for a father/daughter dinner one night. Was just asking her how school was and she started complaining about history and how they were learning about Gettysburg and it was SO BORING. So I start mapping out the fight for Little Round Top using salt and pepper shakers, utensils and folded napkins, getting more and more excited, capping off my lesson with a very loud "how in the HELL can a teacher POSSIBLY make this boring??" It was then I saw that everybody was staring at me. I think my daughter wanted to crawl under the table, but she still loves telling the story!
  2. In the eternal words of Ron Burgundy "boy that escalated quickly"! Remind me to steer clear of the manly Dodge truck. Some of the best points made were about the women who ride. Almost all very high quality. Not sure I could say the same for most of those I see on the back of motorized two wheel vehicles.
  3. Chris is right, often I/we get waved through stop signs, particularly in rural settings. But...we don't assume that will happen! Also, I've chased down other cyclists when in my car to tell them that they are giving us all a bad name by their behavior. Have to say, I haven't got the impression that many were thankful for my words of wisdom!
  4. Stop signs are stop signs. Pain in the ass, yes, but how would you like it if a car slowed down and blew through the intersection without stopping? We had a guy in our group who would blow through red lights, stop signs, wouldn't yield, etc. Then would get in window pounding arguments with drivers. We tossed him from our group. He was nice guy up to the moment he sat his ass in a bike saddle. Then he became a personified version of why drivers hate cyclists.
  5. Cycling gear for me is about functionality and visibility. Usually wear solid white or yellow jersey and white helmet. Sure, I wear team gear for the charity rides where I am actually on a team, but usually dispense with all that. Also usually train with a Dinotte brand rear flasher. Adds a bit of weight, but I have been told by cops that they wish more riders would do that. More and more cycling gear is solid or nearly all black. Supposedly looks bad ass, but is VERY hard to see, particularly in low light situations, even cloudy days. if I'm riding my old three speed around town for an errand I may or may not wear a helmet. But riding with a group or for distance, always. I've broken two now in falls where I didn't have even a headache. One trend I'm seeing more and more are florescent yellow shoes or shoe covers. Between the bright color and the constant movement they are VERY noticeable. Again, function and visibility! I'm not going to wade into the Harley vs. sailors vs. cyclists thing. All groups have their share of dicks.
  6. I was flying to Frankfurt on Lufthansa and was woken up by a flight attendant spritzing me in the face with air freshener saying something in german and english about stop making stink. She thought I was farting up a storm. was the guy in the seat next to me (he admitted it to me smiling later). Gotta love the easy going krauts!
  7. My family was a camping family who decided that we were going to try sailing. My dad bought a V21 in the early 70's and we sailed it out of Westbrook CT on Long island Sound. We went everywhere on that thing because we didn't know any better. Shelter Island, Block Island, the Vineyard, Nantucket, Newport, through the canal and up to Marblehead and even the coast of Maine. All with a family of five! I used to sleep in the cockpit under a boom tent, curling up when it rained so my feet didn't get wet. But, compared to camping, it was easy! No tents to set up, camp kitchens to set up (we just left it open in the cabin) etc. When we went to Edgartown my dad refused to pay for a mooring so we cranked up the keel, set one anchor along the shore and the other off the stern and set up close enough to take our dingy the twenty feet or so to shore! We eventually got "smart", moved up to bigger and bigger boats, but I can't say that we, as a family, ever had more fun than on the Venture 21
  8. Nolatom, I went and looked at a buddy's Townie last night and you're right, too long for a Townie. I also think you're correct in identifying them as Indians. Kind of strange that class disappeared and the TC is going strong!
  9. I think they may actually be Townies.
  10. Absolutely agree with Dorado. Why the fuck kill that fish? Even said it was starting to rot by the time it came in, so seriously doubt it was eaten. I'm sure they have video the fight and could have made reasonable estimate of length and girth (therefore weight) and had a fiberglass replica made for the wall. I was just down in Cabo marlin fishing and we released all. Captains down there are catching on to how they screw themselves by allowing gringos to keep a fish just to take a picture of it hanging up.
  11. There was a boat in New Orleans named "TGV" which means Train a' Grande Vitesse, or high speed train in French. We had NO IDEA at the time and spent a race renaming her "The Goat's Vagina", later shortened to The Goat...
  12. amro is right, it's a box magazine
  13. My buddy has that same model of rifle in 300 WinMag. Uses it for deer and boar. Has dropped mule deer on Catalina from 200yds+ multiple times. The real problem with the lever action is getting is smooth second shot. Much more jerky a motion than bolt action. Not an issue with deer so much, but a mad pig with big shiny tusks running at you full speed requires all the concentration you can muster to end the discussion. He had a sling on it that simply loops around the stock instead of terminating at a swivel. Once it slipped down a bit, got under the lever, preventing it from fully engaging the next round. we were boar hunting. I had to jump in and finish his boar. Was really scary. I never thought about the pointy bullet ends hitting the primer in the magazine. Going to ask by buddy if he worries about it.
  14. A momentary lapse of judgment is all is takes for a tragedy like this. Very sad. But what kills me are the suggestions that recovery should/could have been done faster. Clearly not made by those who have experienced these kinds of conditions at night. The fact that she was found at all is a miracle. As we used to tell our crew, be diligent about clipping because if you go over at night you are dead. Period.
  15. One more item here. Last year I knew I was going to be in Chicago for a medical meeting and wanted to take a few docs out to dinner. I thought the CYC wold be something different for them. Turned out I needed a letter on club stationary sent to the CYC affirming that I was, indeed, a member in good standing, signed by the treasurer. The person at the front desk compared the signature to my reservation and apologized profusely. I thought it was pretty funny.