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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. We've been going to a small fishing village in Mexico for many years. There was an old guy in the village that liked young girls, and he would beg, borrow, steal, and ultimately pay for them. As there is no police presence in the village, the community (allegedly) took action. There is a lagoon with 350 crocodiles behind his casa on the beach. Somehow the community determined that he was never coming back to his home and distributed his belongings throughout the community. You could ask: Whatever happened to the old guy. . . and there were blank stares. Bueno!
  2. We went to a Billy Joel concert at the Hollywood Bowl. Billy Joel came onstage and his first words were: I have a throat issue and I'll be using a throat spray to help. Ted Nugent just did the same thing at his concert, but he was using Vodka. Billy then said: He should have sprayed it up his ass!
  3. I went to a presentation by the Alaska Airlines advertising guys about 30 years ago, they were amazing. We've have had great experiences with Alaska Airlines, their mileage program and benefits are typically rated the best and they have great partners. On the occasional mis-step I play the 30+ year mileage plan member and stockholder card with great success. I bought their stock just after 9-11 (mid $20) and it is now (mid $90).
  4. United’s stock falls 1.1%, wipes out $255 million off the airline’s market cap. I think that the CEO might be taken out to the woodshed?
  5. Rocketing downwind in an IOR wobble we took a massive knockdown with the spreaders nearly in the water. The entire crew is yelling "Get it Up". . . "Get it Up". . . "Get it Up" while trying to release appropriate lines, and the skipper says something like: "I'll get it up when you let me get the rudder back in the water".
  6. Both the Baltic 37 and C&C 37 were designed by C&C, as were both the Baltic 39 and C&C 39, very similar but sans the teak.
  7. I remember a freighter charging through the Round the County fleet a couple of years ago at the north end of San Juan/Stuart Islands. He said something like "holy shit. . . there sure are a lot of you guys (~120 yachts), you should see my radar screen. I'm going left to avoid most of you. I'll let you know if there are any potential issues. We applauded him. There were no issues, but damn, he had an amazing bow wave.
  8. I loved it when I checked in for my initial Medicare physical exam with my physician of 25 years, and the check-in person said: It's a physical exam, but he can't actually touch you??? If he does, that will be on your tab, and is not covered by Medicare. . . Most of the questions were about mental health issues (which I tried to evade). My physician apologized and suggested that we schedule another appointment for other potential issues that would probably be covered. What a great system? Actually, I love Medicare, and my secondary UHC coverage. I just had my prostate removed by a robot (my friend Da Vinci) and have not had to pay a cent.
  9. I was on a 5 hour flight a few years ago, and listened (bonded) with Johnny Cash on my iPod and NC headphones for the entire flight. I learned a lot from him.
  10. I have a friend who is a professional photographer that was shooting a newly built house here in Anacortes. The neighbor came out to see what he was doing, and my friend said that he probably had the best job in America, usually doing photo shoots for travel magazines. The neighbor said that he actually had the best job in America, and that he was a retired SR-71 pilot. They went to his study and he showed photos and told stories. Leaking fuel tanks, etc. He said that he would take off from Edwards AFB, and fly over the East coast before his refueling plane had landed back at Edwards.
  11. I ran into Jeff last night at a bar in La Manzanilla, Mexico. . . imagine that. His yachting efforts were recognized to the crowd by the bar owner and the band. His Baba 40 is currently in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico. We started talking sailing, and discovered that we had raced against each other for several years in the late '70s and early '80s in the PNW. He asked me if I knew "Billy" that owned Blackwatch, the C&C 39 that we traded bottles of Mount Gay rum with over the years. He's a great guy, but that could possibly be the tequila talking? I look forward to exploring his exploits!
  12. My son has a company that we will all soon hate. You walk by a Coke display in a store, and your phone goes ding. . . and tells you about Coke and that you haven't bought any in 127 days. . . do you want a coupon for that? They can also soon track your phone when it is turned off. Like I said, we will hate them.
  13. Rumors are that there is/was an anchor at the high side of the crater on Mt. Rainier. A pilot landed his small plane in the crater in the early '50s, skied up to the high side, spun around and threw out his anchor. When time came to leave, he cut the line and took off leaving the anchor behind.
  14. The best Vodka that I can afford from the freezer, with a few fresh blueberries, a twist of lemon, and poured in a chilled glass. Antioxidants, and everyone knows that scurvy is still a constant threat.
  15. My FIL had a Piper Twin Comanche, that flew like a rock. He had me try to land in Guaymas, Mexico with limited success. I can change direction, and descend, but apparently not both at once.