Spring Is Coming

Diarmuid

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April winds are here. Sleeping with headphones on and cotton in the ears, cuz with no trees for ten miles, shit gets LOUD.

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Bull City

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North Carolina
I took my niece and her French husband sailing yesterday. At 12:00 PM the water was glassy, so we had lunch. By the time we finished we had 8+ knots from the south.

I inflicted sailing terms on them, so Sébastien taught me some of the French equivalents. I learned that starboard is tribord and port is bâbord. In two years of H.S. French and one year in college, I never learned lancer la vache as in:




 

hasher

Super Anarchist
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Insanity
Word of the day. Thanks for that Bull. Back when I was a wee lad in middle school, we used to have a workbook called Words are Important to help build vocabulary. Now, as I lose neurons at an alarming rate, I come to CA to learn...wonder what that means in the grand scheme? Either that I'm f**ked or that the interweb is a wondrous thing, depending how you look at it.
https://www.wordgenius.com/

 

Jim in Halifax

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Hasher: surely you're not suggesting a gentleman like Bull would resort to harvesting words from a web-based purveyor of light-weight lexicon?

(cool site actually)

 

Iain A

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On 4/5/2022 at 2:30 PM, Bull City said:

I took my niece and her French husband sailing yesterday. At 12:00 PM the water was glassy, so we had lunch. By the time we finished we had 8+ knots from the south.

I inflicted sailing terms on them, so Sébastien taught me some of the French equivalents. I learned that starboard is tribord and port is bâbord. In two years of H.S. French and one year in college, I never learned lancer la vache as in:


ah drunk and stoned theater memories, TY

any other useful french sailing terms...

 
Spring is indeed here.

Picked up LAGNIAPPE at the shipwright on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on Tuesday after her annual maintenance, which this year included varnish on all brightwork. Spent the rest of the week cleaning old sealant off of hardware and fasteners, polishing, and reinstalling with fresh Lifecaulk. 

Rigged the boat in the driveway to make sure all of the bits were still there and in the right places, ran the outboard in a bucket with fresh fuel, loaded her with all my camping gear, and buttoned everything back up for transport. I’ll drive to Fernandina Beach, Florida tomorrow, launch Sunday morning, and spend four days exploring Cumberland Sound and the St. Mary’s River. 

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bgytr

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Breaking of connections between China and the global economy.  Everything from credit card payment systems, data security laws, national security laws, the negative list of restricted foreign direct investment and the Human Genetic Resources Administration, to being able to get a fully validated WeChat account, (which is critical to everyday life), are being disconnected.  As recently as 2019 I could land in Shanghai and immediately use a foreign credit card to open a Didi ride-share account and be zooming around in no time.  No longer.  To be fare, the US recently has started to use CFIUS, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States in somewhat similar ways. Let's sat it's not completely one-sided. 

West Palm
Quite a story... glad you didn't have to sell a kidney to a party member to get out!

 

Fah Kiew Tu

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I'm in lockdown in Shanghai. When I am released after 21 days, the city itself will probably be in lockdown, or at least it seems headed that way.
Yeah, been there except it was in Australia and they let me go home to self-isolate after 10 days confinement. I was fully vaxed & 2 negative tests at the time, made zero difference. Rulez R rulez.

My commiserations. Fucking boring being confined in a single room even with unlimited internet. Only so many sailing porn vids I could stand.

FKT

 

Santanasailor

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North Louisiana
Not all pleasant yesterday, lots of wind and cool temps.  This morning, 38 (Yikes that’s a winter time low here). But it warmed up nicely.  Cleaned the teak on Anna, got in a nice ride and enjoyed a nice afternoon.  Tomorrow, I think Spring might finally arrive (High Temps in the 80’s and 70’s for the foreseeable future, Finally.). But wait, Easter is next Sunday and we always have a cold snap just before Easter.  

 

Bull City

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@Willin' Your "Interests" got me curious about Diddy Wah Diddy. From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diddy_Wah_Diddy):

"Diddy Wah Diddy" is a song written by Willie Dixon and Ellas McDaniel, known as Bo Diddley, and recorded by the latter in 1956...

Lyrically, the song makes mention of the mythical town of Diddy Wah Diddy. It was not unusual in the early part of the 20th century for African Americans in the southern states (particularly in Florida) to speak of various mythical cities and countries such as Beluthahatchie, Ginny Gall, Diddy Wah Diddy and West Hell as if they were real. Of all the imaginary locations that were in common usage at the time, folklorist and ethnomusicologist Benjamin A. Botkin has noted that Diddy Wah Diddy was "the largest and best known of the Negro mythical places." It was commonly believed that in Diddy Wah Diddy food could be found in abundance, the townsfolk did not have to work, and people and animals had no concerns.

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Elegua

Generalissimo
Quite a story... glad you didn't have to sell a kidney to a party member to get out!
Yeah. I got out at the right time.  The CCP is what the cool kids that are going places join. I had a junior AP accountant once that was a member and she would get teased like "How were you able to join?" 

My commiserations. Fucking boring being confined in a single room even with unlimited internet. Only so many sailing porn vids I could stand.
YouTube, any googl products and most media is blocked, so the ability of my VPN to work was key to avoiding insanity. Strangely, illegal pirate bittorents worked fine.  ;)

 

Willin'

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@Willin' Your "Interests" got me curious about Diddy Wah Diddy. From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diddy_Wah_Diddy):

"Diddy Wah Diddy" is a song written by Willie Dixon and Ellas McDaniel, known as Bo Diddley, and recorded by the latter in 1956...

Lyrically, the song makes mention of the mythical town of Diddy Wah Diddy. It was not unusual in the early part of the 20th century for African Americans in the southern states (particularly in Florida) to speak of various mythical cities and countries such as Beluthahatchie, Ginny Gall, Diddy Wah Diddy and West Hell as if they were real. Of all the imaginary locations that were in common usage at the time, folklorist and ethnomusicologist Benjamin A. Botkin has noted that Diddy Wah Diddy was "the largest and best known of the Negro mythical places." It was commonly believed that in Diddy Wah Diddy food could be found in abundance, the townsfolk did not have to work, and people and animals had no concerns.

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Thanks Bull, I never knew that. Seems like the black version The Big Rock Candy Mountain. I remember hearing that on the radio as a kid and never really paid attention to the lyrics but there are cigarette trees and alcohol springs from rocks, etc there. I don't think that would fly on the air these days.




 

toddster

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It’s mid-April and snow is blowing sideways past my window.  Faces of newly-blossomed wildflowers are screaming WTF?!

One forecast says “partly sunny.” Another says “4-6 inches accumulation.”  WTF indeed.   

 




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