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  1. jewingiv

    9 yrs and no more attempts??

    He's been up to a pretty cool project in the interim: http://saildrone.com/
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    Tom Wolfe DTS

    He was an original, and one of the greatest observers of our time. Time to re-read much of his great works, particularly his poignant cultural ("Radical Chic," "Mau-Mauing") and artistic ("The Painted Word," "From Bauhaus to Our House") criticisms, the points of which remain true today.
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    Box turtle fence anarchy

    Growing up I lived in a house with a cement wall around the yard in downtown Charleston. My elementary school teacher knew this, and one day she offered a found Western box turtle (female, with one eye missing) as a rescue. We took her on and loved having her around. She was very content, and when she knew that an appearance on our breakfast patio at 7 in the morning might lead to a tomato or piece of lettuce, she made regular appearances. A few years later, when my sister had the same teacher, the opportunity to rescue a (male) Western box arose. We took him in, and it turns out the two box turtles got on - and got it on - splendidly. Those morning tomatoes were sometimes accompanied by a reproductive act, and we soon had a bunch of little baby turtles, some of whom we gave away (and some of whom could get under our wooden gate*, and we would sadly find squished in the street). But they were great pets - we all really loved them. And they were no maintenance, other than having a securely fenced yard - including against burrowing. (These turtles also hibernated a few inched below ground, and we would occasionally dig into them - not harming them - when doing our winter planting). I cannot recommend them enough, but as everyone here said, make sure your fences and gates are secure, and that they go deep into the ground. *The gate had a clearance of about 3" over the concrete patio, so burrowing under the gate was not an option.
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    NBA Playoffs

    The Celtics are fascinating. They can play tremendously well as a team, even with their two superstars out for the season and playoffs. Ainge has done a good job of assembling players who came out of team-oriented programs (Butler, Duke, European leagues, etc), which plays to Stevens' strengths. And they all seem to like each other. That said, it seems the attitude in Boston is every playoff win is icing on the cake this year, and no one has any real expectations without either Kyrie or Hayward. Plus, the old saw "wait 'til next year" actually carries some heft in this context.
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    Hug your teenager

    First off, your story is beyond frightening, and I am so happy that the ending was a very good one. I learned a lot reading it. To your point about what allergists say now, one thing I have noticed after living in Europe (& having many European friends), is that deadly allergies over there appear much less common than in the US. I’ve never seen a nut-free building in Europe. And, regardless of whether the country is Sweden, Britain, Italy, or Germany, kids there are much less sheltered from dirt and potential ‘harms’ than they are here. Despite all this, Europeans do not have higher child mortality - indeed, it’s lower than in the US today. This all leads me to believe that the dirt and exposure hypothesis is real, and that those who say that is was just as frequent in the past, but we accepted it more, are probably speaking more from a position of mild self-justification or defense than actual understanding. I might ask the doctors about the (perceived) disparity with Europe today, and I would be interested to hear their responses. I ask this as a parent with a growing family, and fortunately no allergies so far, beyond a personal bad reaction to certain shellfish.
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    Things To Do In London

    Fuller’s, the Sam Adams of the UK, is from Chiswick in West London and has a few beers that are not half bad. I like the ESB, and I will never sneer at a pint of Pride.
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    Things To Do In London

    Starting in a couple of weeks, the British Library (between Euston and St. Pancras stations) will be hosting an exhibit on Captain Cook's voyages to the Pacific, with logbooks and drawings and whatnot. On top of that, the permanent exhibit "Treasures of the British Library" is one of the underrated gems of London - the Magna Carta, Shakespeare's will, lots of original Beatles stuff, etc. It's very close to Regent's Park. And if you have never been to Sir John Soane's Museum, it's an absolute must. Quite possibly the best pocket-sized museum / cabinet of curiosities in the world. Even better when they are open late with candlelight (the next night is Fri Apr 27th, with a Hogarthian gin theme ). Afterward, stop by the Courtauld Galleries - another small gem. I second the Imperial War Museum as a good stop. Also the Dulwich Picture Gallery. If the weather is nice, take the Tube to Richmond and walk over to Twickenham. Walk down to Marble Hill House, take a tour, then along the river to the White Swan pub. Have a pint and enjoy. Then just wander around Twickenham, maybe taking the ferry back across to Ham House. Pretty much the perfect afternoon. And yes, there's more in London than one can cover in a lifetime...
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    Continuous dock line?

    Chuck Norris doesn’t use dock lines; his force of will keeps the boat in place. Seriously, there are tons of solutions. I prefer rigging a separate bow and stern line on board before approaching the dock. Also before getting into traffic, I would walk them both to a good midships jumping-off point and loosely string them over the lifelines, in a way that’s easy to grab them both while hopping off the boat. Once my boat is all but in the berth, I’d walk forward and hop off, grabbing both lines. Done correctly and in mild conditions, it’s easy, instant control of both the bow and stern. That said, every situation is different, so try a few different methods and see what works best for you.
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    VOR Leg 7 Auckland to Itajai

    RIP
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    Bareboat charter in 2nd week of May

    I suspect it will be. The worst case scenario might be that you have to jump in and rescue her...
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    Bareboat charter in 2nd week of May

    Early May is still ahead of Caribbean hurricane season, but it's no longer high season there. You could do the classic BVI trip via St. Thomas. Another option might be The Bahamas, and the Abacos in particular. Getting there might require the extra step of a puddle jumper from Florida (PBI, MIA, FLL) or Nassau. The Chesapeake could be nice by then too. It will still be cold for swimming, but you should have warm days and relatively empty harbors (and possibly actual wind). BWI is a fairly inexpensive destination airport and close to charter options on the bay.
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    Sailing Books for Children

    Also for Scuppers the Sailor Dog and One Morning in Maine. Another very good one is Amos and Boris. Slightly nautical and perennially good are The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge (a personal favorite), The Little Island, and Circus Ship. And The Wind in the Willows, though not sailing per se, is a wonderful book for older kids. “There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing around in boats. Simply messing.” Those are words I live by.
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    Mesh Lifeline netting

    All of the thoughts above are excellent, and nothing - NOTHING - can substitute for constant vigilance and a wearing good life jacket. With our daughter, we did not put nets on until she was fully mobile, and even today they are only around the cockpit and pushpit (we can close off access to the bow via the dodger). They're ugly but they offer a decent extra layer of protection. Here are a few other things we have noted: 1) PFDs. We tried a number of life jackets with her and found that the Canadian Salus brand (available via The Binnacle online) was the best for her safety and comfort. Yes, it's not USCG certified, but I trust the Canadians, and I am aware that getting foreign PFDs certified in the US is more about bureaucratic hassle than actual safety measures. 2) Swimming. We enrolled her in ISR - Infant Swim Resource - for a summer when she was 1 year old. It's great. All it does is get infants and toddlers to learn how to float and slowly make their way to the side of the pool. It's not about strokes; it's about survival. It's geared towards suburbanites with backyard pools, but the lessons impart to boating. We would have kept it up, but there are no longer any certified instructors within a reasonable commute for us. 3) When down below, she gets the enclosed cabin to herself (her "playpen"), unless mom wants to join her. We had lee cloths made to keep her enclosed as an infant and young toddler, which worked for a couple of summers. Last year (approaching her 3rd birthday) she figured out how to climb over them. We also have locks on the slats at the companionway hatch to help keep her down below at night. I often sleep in the quarter berth adjacent to the hatch as well. We're not totally there yet, and until I know that she can swim safely out of any situation I'll still be fully on guard. But it has been a fun few summers cruising with her, and just a few weeks ago she started asking about when the boat is going back in the water (she's all of 3 1/2). We all cannot wait to get back out there.
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    Bareboat Charter in the Baltic. . .tips?

    On a serious note, read The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers before heading that way. While most of it is set along the North Sea coast, there is a noteworthy excursion through the canal to the Baltic and up to Flensburg. It's also a great sailing story and the prototype for the spy novel.
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    Bareboat Charter in the Baltic. . .tips?

    Isn't this how VHF calls in Germany go?