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  1. Last year I read Martin Gilbert's History of the Twentieth Century. Three large volumes worth chronicling almost every aspect of the world between 1/1/1900 and 12/31/1999 in great detail. The political, social, economic and cultural arenas are all discussed exhaustively obviously including WWI, WWII and all the major and minor conflicts that you knew of didn't know about. There were countries created and eliminated that I had never even heard of before. Well written, it very clearly and repetitively confirms the old adage, "The one thing we learn from history is that we don't learn from histor
  2. Poor Jeffrey Epstein. Prison justice system handled his ass. Somehow Sirhan managed to avoid that fate. Are all incarcerated Cali murderers Republicans and protected him? Or maybe, Kennedy clan wants him out so they can administer some old fashioned biblical justice. Whatever. This is so fucked up.
  3. Yeah. Seen her 3or 4 times in small local venues. Incredible voice and great banjo/guitar/fiddle player to boot. Comes around to smaller venues. Just today heard some rediscovered old Joni Mitchell outtakes. Great voice and brilliant song writer as well. Also bold enough to follow her muse into jazz and other music forms.
  4. Apologies to all you impatient types. This is a pretty long article about bowling ball design and construction. Nevertheless, it's interesting how the beer stained balls I'll occasionally chuck down an alley have evolved. Enjoy, or not...... https://www.wired.com/story/one-mans-amazing-journey-to-the-center-of-the-bowling-ball/?bxid=5cc9e0c42ddf9c1a7add58ae&cndid=49422623&esrc=mobileInterstitial&source=EDT_WIR_NEWSLETTER_0_DAILY_ZZ&utm_brand=wired&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_mailing=WIR_Daily_052721&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl&utm_term=list1_p4
  5. I live in the SW corner of New Hampshire. Wofsey's right (hate to admit). NH is is insular, but the Southeast part of NH has become a suburb of Boston. Many Massachusetts residents moved over the border to escape the higher cost of living and tax structure while still working in Boston or the tech corridors. Their number and influence is doing much to change the social, political and economic climates. Merrimack though not coastal has a kinda moderated (how's that for a precise meteorological description) climate. Not the huge snows or super frigid temps that an outsider might associ
  6. This country is awash in self righteousness from every angle. Olive Oil's is of a benign sort. He continues to have the passion to engage the unwashed SA masses and no doubt derives pleasure and validation from his effort. Yet another rhetorical amusement. I hope he offers the political science students at the prestigious institution where he teaches "fair and balanced" perspectives of whatever he subjects them to. Carry on....as long as the fires burn bright. I'll simply spectate periodically and expend my remaining energies elsewhere. This too shall pass.
  7. If you love dogs.........don't be stupid efuf to buy pet insurance for them like I did. Always adopted dogs. All mixed breeds. Adopted a 3 year old lab this time and was wary of the health issues particular to the breed as they age so signed up with Healthy Paws. "Highly rated", glowing testimonials, all the right stuff that appeals to over attached sappy dumb ass dog lovers. Put up with the relatively high annual increases and inquired every year to be greeted with justifications like the increases in vet bills, etc. So last year the premium increased over 30%. This year its going fro
  8. Previous positions no doubt compensated him quite well. Unless he was canned, US Sailing probably had to offer an extremely attractive package to lure him over. Are there enough remaining memberships or other revenue streams capable of supporting this? Tune in next year for the next exciting episode.
  9. Cancer's ugly grip reaches out for someone else. Personal trial for them, their family and loved one's. Thoughts of strength and positivity to all affected. The SA community unites in support yet again.
  10. Daughter introduced her 4 year old daughter to skiing at Loveland this year. Thankfully loving it. This Saturday I understand to be their last day.
  11. No[t that there's anything wrong with that............. Perhaps explains why this thread hasn't evolved into a hot chicks at the dog park gallery.
  12. Best 1969- Jefferson Airplane with Grace, Neil Young with Crazy Horse in a tiny venue. Less Ancient- Peter Gabriel, U2 More Recent- RichardThompson/Shawn Colvin at Levon Helm Studio in Woodstock NY Worst- Accompanied my then 15 year old daughter to Mariah Carey concert at Madison Square Garden.Surrounded by gum chewing, cake makeuped, leather jacket wearing Long Island housewives that spent the entire time loudly yacking with one another. I hope I earned some good dad points somewhere that evening. Guess I should lie and say I went to Woodstock like half the people w
  13. A life lived well. My daughter inherited much of my love for German cars and driving, A strong athletic blonde lady, I sent her to a couple of Skip Barber schools at Lime Rock and she feels very confident and capable behind the wheel. Also sent her Sabine Schmitz's vids not just to view the driving but appreciate the seemingly constant joyous spirit Schmitz put forth. Couldn't be a better role model. Vielen Dank Frau Schmitz
  14. You're getting quite good dump this weekend. Enjoy!!!!!!!!
  15. I will not look at that boat a second time. I will turn around and walk away without looking back over my shoulder. Damn cool boat. Begging for some delusional idiot like me to waste way too much time and money on it, The siren song of boats beckons yet again.
  16. Thanks for the moorage info. Have to get my sorry ass out there first. Then poke around and get a true sense of the regular drive inconvenience to Dillon vs. puttering about on Cherry Creek.
  17. Like last year and the year before I say I'm moving to Colorado this year. Covid thing put a big crimp in plans to travel anywhere. Thought often about boats for out there. If I stay in the Cherry Creek/Chatfield arena a J22 would be the choice. Dunno about Dillon. Reluctantly would prefer something with overnight ability so I don't have to drive back to Littleton. Cramped below but owned an Olson 30 and a 29. Damn I loved those things. Comfy cockpits and great daysailers. Easy and superfun to sail. Singlehanded the hell out of both. Not surprised but bummed about mooring wait li
  18. What a wonderful way to warm a frigid winter's eve. Stowe still mooching off his family and desperately clawing for notoriety. And his fans still hang on his every word. Waiting for the inevitable NPR interview to supplement the NYT bit. Wonder how many people lost money betting against the successful conclusion of his drift. He did somehow beat the odds. More valuable however are the reminders of the SA characters that used to hang here. The traffic the 1000 day thread generated probably paid a lot of Scooter's bills. Reminded of some memorable moments. Wikipedia bat
  19. Live in Spofford. Bought the snowblower in Keene at a dealer that closed shop. Used to get parts in Brattleboro but they no longer carry Toro equipment. Had Tuckers in Keene pick up and service the blower and my John Deere tractor but they don't sell Toro or regularly stock Toro parts. Found a shop in Winchester that does. Have heard good things about Troy Powersports.
  20. 15 year old Toro bought from dealer that closed. Actually have a hard time finding parts in my area of southern New Hampshire. Go figure. Agree with having extra shear pins or proper bolts around. Always break in the middle of the task and during the most frigid or inclement conditions. Tip. Put the specific tools you need to replace aside and ready to go. It will speed an uncomfortable task. Also get a pair of the sacrificial guide shoes on either side. They do wear down. I'm getting chains for the wheels this winter. Have a decent slope on part of the driveway and if there is an ic
  21. Haven't been on SA for a bit and read this. Several exchanges over the years but never met him. A thoughtful gentleman, admired and appreciated. Carry on Sir, wherever you are, I'm sure you will. Genuine Respect from this quarter.
  22. Sea Sprite 23, a Carl Alberg design Edey an Duff Stone Horse. A classic comfortable easily handled boat.
  23. Hy baby, $300 and I can use your image for life? Sounds like the deal a porn photog would offer an innocent or not so innocent subject. With those goofy oversize aviator shades and his constant hustle patter, I wouldn't be surprised. Real estate, wedding photographer? Really?
  24. What is the likelihood of Gomer finding some other drifter/grifter scamishness to pursue, sneaking back to the boat to remove the one or two things that have minimal value and then walking away from the fine yacht leaving storage charges and ultimately disposal responsibility to a victimized yard? He's a really amateurish second rate hustler. Youtube enables that sort of behavior. We all benefited from the brief amusement. Having said the above I hope he returns and continues this monumentally brave hyperbole fest. Wonder if he'll hook up with another feminine attractant to drive int
  25. My heart would be with the E22. Sailed for decades on the Western Long Sound and loved them since the day they hammered the Soling in the bogus Olympic trials. If I ever get my sorry ass out there the J22 is the more likely candidate simply because it's more versatile and there appears to be a fleet at Cherry Creek as well. All this talk and I'll probably wind up with a 12 foot aluminum skiff with electric trolling motor and a beer cooler.
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