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blubberboy

Member Since 19 May 2004
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In Topic: Chicago Mac Race

22 July 2016 - 04:42 PM

The 5 Stages of dong the Chicago to Mackinac Race:

 

1. Denial and Isolation - The first reaction to is to deny the reality of the situation. It is a normal reaction to rationalize overwhelming emotions. It is a defense mechanism that buffers the immediate shock. We block out the words and hide from the facts. This is a temporary response that carries us through the first wave of pain. ( Before leaving the dock)

 

2. Anger - As the masking effects of denial and isolation begin to wear, reality and its pain re-emerge. We are not ready. The intense emotion is deflected from our vulnerable core, redirected and expressed instead as anger. The anger may be aimed at inanimate objects, (winches and gear) competitors, fellow crew members. Anger may be directed at the race itself. Rationally, we know the race is not to be blamed. Emotionally, however, we may resent the race for causing us pain, or for sucking us in to it's grips; year after year.. We feel guilty for being angry, and this makes us more pissed. ( at the starting area)

 

3. Bargaining - The normal reaction to feelings of helplessness and vulnerability is often a need to regain control –

 

  • If only we had withdrew from the race earlier…
  • If only we had just called in sick…
  • If only we had just turned off our phone, and burnt all of our sailing gear....

Secretly, we may make a deal with God or our higher power in an attempt to postpone the inevitable. This is a weaker line of defense to protect us from the painful reality. ( Right after your start)

 

4. Depression - Two types of depression are associated with the Chicago to Mackinac Race. The first one is a reaction to practical implications relating to the the race itself. Sadness and regret predominate this type of depression. We worry about the wasted time. We worry that, in our grief, we have spent less time with others that depend on us. This phase may be eased by simple clarification and reassurance. We may need a bit of helpful cooperation and a few kind words. ( First 5 miles in)

 

The second type of depression is more subtle and, in a sense, perhaps more private. It is our quiet preparation to separate and to bid our sanity farewell. Sometimes all we really need is a big kick in the ass. (Second five miles in)

 

5. Acceptance - Reaching this stage of the race is a gift not afforded to everyone.  It is not necessarily a mark of bravery to resist the inevitable and to deny ourselves the opportunity to make our peace. This phase is marked by withdrawal and calm. This is not a period of happiness and must be distinguished from depression. Basically, is just an 'ah fuck it...'  moment.( A little before, or after the  Bahai Temple) 


In Topic: Chicago Mac Race

21 July 2016 - 01:06 AM

I'll try... Thanks Tim, hope you have a faster that Grinder race :)
Okay, a tie? for last... Oh, I'm kidding. You kids play safe and have a hoot. And when you get home, stay the fuck off my god damn lawn...
 
Maybe bbq this early fall at the new house, on your way up to the northern subs.

 
I hope Rowdy wins it all!!!!
Tim which 'burb are you moving to?
You know me, I wouldn't want to be a member of a community that would have me as a resident. A few more details need to be sorted before the sorted details are released. And I doubt it'll be broadcasted here on AA (Assholes Anonymous).

IHopefully I'll be sailing in your old waters...

In Topic: Chicago Mac Race

20 July 2016 - 08:27 PM

I'll try... Thanks Tim, hope you have a faster that Grinder race :)

Okay, a tie? for last... Oh, I'm kidding. You kids play safe and have a hoot. And when you get home, stay the fuck off my god damn lawn...

 

Maybe bbq this early fall at the new house, on your way up to the northern subs.


In Topic: Chicago Area III

20 July 2016 - 01:46 PM

dinky...


In Topic: Chicago Mac Race

18 July 2016 - 07:08 PM

Fed-Ex / UPS = $30 to your room. Suppose you don't have a room, you could have it sent to one of your crewmate's rooms. Still, $30... I'm talking $20. Maybe it could get schlepped to a hotel  for a few bucks more. But all the delivery shit doesn't need to go up to your room. That could persumably be in in a container on the Coal Dock.

 

And yes, it would all be insured....

 

If everyone who was sailing the race knew of a crew bag delivery service to the island, what percentage of the participants would utilize said service? 

 

326 boats, if half the fleet entered had just one person use the service, you'd gross $3260... So I'm fucking crazy?  Sheeeet... I could get a one (1) 20' container onto the cold dock for roughly 1/2 that...