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    One of my favorites. First dram I ever had was at the recently closed 21 Club. Now I need to have a drink.
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    Seascape 27

    The large problem being that I don't have enough friends to get a second order, let alone fill a container.
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    Did You Know...

    The version of that story that was relayed to me or, possibly, another story was that it was a "party trick" where the individual would get a few in him and proclaim he was Superman and then throw himself at a window. The fatal event was far from the only time people had witnessed this behavior. That was told to me by a prior boss who would tend to get defensive when I would point out his errors so I didn't bother questioning the story's veracity. However, the time frame, city, and floor number mesh with what he told me so it's possible his anecdotes were more factual than his work.
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    Did You Know...

    This story always makes me laugh. It's probably not true, but it still makes me laugh. https://everything2.com/title/The+circuit+is+completed+by+the+dog The Barking Dog (http://www.eio.com/repairfaq/sam/humor.htm) It is common practice in England to ring a telephone by signaling extra voltage across one side of the two wire circuit and ground (earth in England). When the subscriber answers the phone, it switches to the two wire circuit for conversation. This method allows two parties on the same line to be signaled without disturbing each other. Anyway, an elderly lady with several pets called to say that her telephone failed to ring when her friends called and on the few occasions when it did ring her dog always barked first just before the ring. Pat proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog. He climbed the nearby pole, hooked his test set to the lady's line, and dialed the number. The phone didn't ring. He tried again. The dog barked loudly, followed by a ringing telephone. Climbing down the pole the amazed Pat found: 1. The dog was tied to the telephone systems ground post via a metal chain and collar. 2. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current. 3. After several such jolts, the dog would start barking and urinating on the ground. 4. The wet ground now completed the circuit and the phone would ring.
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    Did You Know...

    Back in the 90's I worked on the 77th floor of the Empire State Building above the first upper setback that has lights shooting upward. An inebriated coworker was preparing to urinate out the window. Fortunately, a slightly less inebriated coworker jumped up and pushed him aside. After exchanging a few words, the wiser or less-inebriated one pointed out that lights at that time were, in fact, arc lights and that he might have learned something about the conductivity or urine. From that day forward I told all new male employees that taking a leak out the window was part of the initiation process, but somebody always ruined the electric show. (The little know fact part of this useless missive is that the windows open fully - even at those heights).
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    Seascape 27

    Not much confusion about that. My point about Big Beneteau was that if they're not going to do anything to incent existing dealers to sell the product and if they are unable to find an appropriate channel to the sell the product due to business, legal, or other constraints, it seems foolish to maintain the product and continue advertising it. The upsell to an 18 is roughly double the price and unlikely to be successful.
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    Seascape 27

    I had a very similar experience, but couldn't even get far enough to get a price. The closest I got was a thinly veiled "show up with cash and I'll find a 14 for you" type statement and a "get enough people to order so we can fill a container and then let's talk" response from another. At that point, I looked at the Melges 15 site and VX Evo site again. Pricing: check, options: check, detailed information: check, easy to buy: check I can understand that the gross margins on a $16k dinghy may not justify the time and effort required to sell them when your dealership is oriented around $200k-$600k+ boats, but if that's the case and you don't want to do anything differently to move the dinghies, drop it from the product line. After the ridiculous process I went through trying to get pricing for the 14, I am very reluctant to buy any of their larger boats. Maybe the idea is that larger boat buyers don't buy dinghies too. Regardless of capabilities, the M15 and Evo win just because they're easier to procure.
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    Moovie Review Threade

    There's that and few shots of the central park south are that I felt compelled to identify. Maybe if they just gave us the scenery it would have been a better movie.
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    Moovie Review Threade

    For a young Kim Catrall naked and some sailing, take a look at Masquerade. The acting is mediocre and the plot is good enough, but nothing memorable or particularly interesting, unless you're living in your mother's basement and will cling to the memory of Catrall's boobs.
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    But. It's a tin can. *facepalm*

    In the late 90's I watched tourists buy bottles of NYC air. I laughed at those buying it. In the 2000's, I would buy water named something like NYC H2O at LGA and JFK which was NYC tap water in bottles. The former was humorous to me. The latter was because I wanted to support anyone who had such an honest way of fleecing tourists. If you're confused about the logic, you're in good company.
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    Flying Tiger 7.5???

    I always liked the boat from afar, but thought it would be difficult to single hand. I have no real experience to support or negate that thought.
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    But. It's a tin can. *facepalm*

    “No one in this world, so far as I know — and I have searched the records for years, and employed agents to help me — has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.” H. L. Mencken Variants of that quote exist, but that's supposedly the valid one. If that doesn't cover it, WC Fields has: "It's morally wrong to allow a sucker to keep his money." In this case, it seems that Tiffany is making a morality play.
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    Motors on Sailing Dinghies: discuss

    You do realize that irony is lost on this character - which makes this even funnier.
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    Fulcrum Speedworks Rocket

    Back in the mid-2000s, there was a Village Voice-like free paper in NYC called the NY Press. It had a film critic named Armond White. He tended to have contrarian views on films and always filled his reviews with references to obscure films. A quick Google search suggests that, since that time, he was thrown out of the NY Critics Circle, but has continued to contribute to many publications including the NY Times while continuing to irritate and annoy many. Roger Ebert referred to him as a “smart and knowing troll” I say all that as a preface to my paraphrasing of one of my favorite letters to the editor as I think it may apply here. The letter read something like: Can someone please take Armond White out and tell him he’s smart? Seriously, tell him he’s smart, brilliant, intelligent, and possesses a tremendous knowledge of films and film making. Let him know that the whole world is not only aware of his genius, but that they are in awe of it. Once that is done we may actually get to read film reviews that are insightful, bring us greater understanding of the content, and illuminate the subject matter. Can someone in the CLE region please have a similar conversation with Blue Laser2? Maybe slip him a few drinks of his choosing to complement the praise and assurance. I believe his knowledge, experience, and insight are appreciated by many. An Armond White - type conversation may make the conveyance of that information more consumable by this audience.
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    Fulcrum Speedworks Rocket

    Stop trying to confuse this discussion with facts, real data, and cogent analysis. Conjecture, rumors, hearsay, and opinions extrapolated from isolated experiences are what drive the genius of the crowd.