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  1. I went to an Itzhak Perlman recital around 1995. Just awe-inspiring how one unamplified guy with a violin could fill a large concert hall with sound. And such beautiful sound.
  2. Maryland has been whinging about and studying where to put another bay crossing for ages. EF is in a perfect spot to make it part of the solution. Build a new bridge-tunnel combo like at the mouth of the bay. Just run Rt 100 out through that park where everyone is gawking at the ship from, tunnel under the channel, pop up to a manmade island (hi Ever Forward!), and bridge/ tunnel the rest of the way over to Rock Hall. Get rid of the containers and fit out the spaces to make a casino, use gaming revenue and bridge tolls to pay off the bonds. Seems like they're missing a golden opportunity.
  3. Have you read any other Pynchon? I like him but can understand why he's not to everyone's taste. For M&D, there's a lot of surveying in the 1000 pages, but I'm not sure it's worth forcing yourself to read all the rest of it if you're not enjoying the ride. With anything of his I figure I'm probably missing half of it (if I'm lucky), but I still enjoy the world he creates and the stories he tells, and how he tells them. The Crying of Lot 49 is also terrific, and very short so a good intro to Pynchon without committing to the length of M&D or Gravity's Rainbow.
  4. Went to see these two last night, first live show I've been to since covid.
  5. There are four Navy 44 Mk1 up for sale on https://gsaauctions.gov/gsaauctions/gsaauctions/ Auctions end Feb 3.
  6. I was searching youtube for evidence that I really saw Bela/Sam/Jerry play since I was starting to question my memory and found there's already bootleg cellphone video of the encore at the Sunday night show you went to posted. Won't post the link in case you as a professional musician frown on bootlegs, and it's not super high quality anyway, but looks like it was a pretty cool show.
  7. Sorry about the money, but I would have believed $180 too. The $25 I would have guessed was a scam or counterfeit if someone told me that on the street. I bet the $25 seats didn't last long. I got to see Bela Fleck play with Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas at Merlefest a few years ago. They were amazing. You'll have a great time.
  8. Good video, on the greatest hits rotation at every safety standdown. For a flyover at an NFL game, there's decent chance flight lead was someone fairly senior. Flights like that can be the kind of thing where a senior guy who doesn't get to fly much any more says, "yeah, put me on that one."
  9. Guess I'm waffling here, but just watched the cockpit view again and on the other hand it doesn't look all that bad from there. If you're used to flying low and close to obstacles like the 101st does all the time, I could see why the pilots would feel going between the light towers wasn't that big a deal. They land in LZ's at night with a lot less clearance than that, and seemed like they were going fairly slow. But perception counts so they may find out the reward didn't justify the risk even if they didn't think it was risky. That mystery cable in the cell phone video is the thing that r
  10. Not true. Military pilots are subject to FAR in federal airspace unless there is a written exemption. I'm way rusty on that stuff, 10 yrs plus 3 days since my last flight actually, but every military pilot knows that unless the got winged in the 1940s. Funny comment about MOA's though because my understanding back then was that civil pilots could and did ignore them completely and blast right through, the advisory call from ATC that " x MOA is active" was purely advisory. Could ignore them as a mil pilot too if we were passing through the area, not participating. Re flying over a stadium, I
  11. Jerome Rand is off on a new adventure, no YouTube videos I'm aware of but he is soliciting donations this time. For charity, not a Patreon scheme. https://mssociety.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=64138
  12. Since Undaunted Courage and Pynchon were mentioned above, I have to recommend Pynchon's Mason & Dixon. Tremendously entertaining, historical, all-around amazing book. Written with a lot of Snaggletooth-ian olde english I recall, but it has been 24 years since I read it. Long, and so good I wish it had been twice as long. Save it for when you have a lot of time because it could be hard to follow if you lose momentum. Perfect book for a deployment or maybe an ocean crossing. Just so happened I read Longitude by Dava Sobel (non-fiction, excellent, short, nautical) just prior and that turned
  13. Don't remember Mrs Marshall, she might have moved on or I might just not have been paying attention. Anything we were taught about etiquette didn't stick. In my case anyway. There are a bunch of books they issue to plebes with all the other gear on Induction Day. Sail and Power was one, Service Etiquette another. Could easily go 4 years without opening either one. Thread drift, that's all. Fearless, I'll DM you a pdf of the yawl chapter in case it's of any use. Not sure if attaching a pdf to a post works. The present day Fearless is on cruise right now. AIS has them in Mystic, shou
  14. There's one called Argo that a Maryland developer wrote, not designed specifically for the Chesapeake but sounds like it might have that crowd sourced piece if it gets critical user mass. I haven't really tried it. I think there was a Spinsheet article about it.
  15. Don't forget to put "Service Etiquette" up there with them.
  16. @BuenaOnda What about built-in obsolescence on the SailProof? Is the battery replaceable by user and will the OS get updates?
  17. And thanks for the Sly video, hadn't heard that for a long time and that version sounds way better than most youtube audio. Wish I could move like the trumpet player. Gotta be the shoes.
  18. Bob, In a old thread here about Shannons you expressed dissatisfaction with Schulz designs. I think in the Perry on Design articles I've seen you compliment Gillmer, Crealock, Paine on their work. To my untrained eye I think they are all nice looking boats and pretty similar. Comparing say a Shannon 37, Southern Cross 35, PS 34, Morris Justine 36, what looks off to you about the Shannon? Is it discrete elements like a rudder or the overall picture or both? Something aesthetic or some functional characteristic where you see a better solution? Thanks.
  19. @Ajax, glad the trip has been working out so well, hope you enjoy the sail home too. It's been a pleasure just to follow vicariously through your planning and execution. Lots of good gouge on here and the related threads that I hope to be able to put to good use in a few years.
  20. Same picture, in case jpg works better than pdf.
  21. I hope the attached file shows up, has a photo of the two rudders from Chapter 8, Luders Yawls from Sail and Power by Henderson, 3rd ed 1979. I didn't see anything in the chapter text about the rudder beyond what's in the photo caption, but didn't read too carefully. If any of you yawl lovers want the whole chapter, PM me and I'll email the scan to you. Luders yawl rudder.pdf
  22. That's pretty cool. Is it your main water pump, not an alternate? Nothing engine driven for coolant?
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