Cats and Possession!

I realized this post could go several ways. But no, XO is not devil spawn. Nor to my knowledge does hw have the heritage of a temple cat. But he is both a very cuddly and possessive cat. He likes to cuddle next to me when I am sleeping. He tucks himself in against my chest. What I find interesting is he always has at least one paw on top of me. It I change and put my hand on top he immediately restores his paw on top! Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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London Attack

This is not a post about sailing…As I travel the world I am frequently asked about the “gun culture” of the USA. I usually answer that except for acquaintances who hunt and an occasional trip to the range I don t really know much about it other than the right to arm oneself is burned into the American psyche. As I read the most recent news about London it struck me that this could have happened in New York, LA, Chicago (where only gang members carry) or a number of other major cities in the US. All have taken intense steps to disarm their law abiding citizens. Since every major massacre in the US in recent history has taken place in a “gun free zone” this strategy seems to have major problems. I don t know the right answer. But the fact is that there are thousands of these crazy people in Europe and the USA already. More border controls may keep more out but that is just closing the barn door after the horse is gone. I don t see “shelter in place” a viable strategy unless we change
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English Queens


This is a very politically incorrect post. Do not read on if easily offended. In the spirit of humor.We (the “Royal we”) are aware that the current Duchess of Cambridge is quite attractive. So was Lady Diana. So the question is: Was Queen Hillary s failed coronation an consequence of losing out in the looks contest to Melania Trump? For comparison lets look at some historical English Queens in the photos attached.Now as for quality looks, let me offer up these three women, all painted by Elizabeth Louise Vig
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The Ugly

Copy of a Facebook post about the cruising life.***********Final thoughts on this thread offered after 8 years, around 30,000 nm (I stopped counting years ago,) and three ocean crossings (Atlantic solo, Atlantic crew, Pacific 1/2 solo, 1/2 crew):1. What you read in the classic sailing books is very dated. The Caribbean has been destroyed by the cruise ship industry. Most islands are only interested in your money. The nightlife is gone. Cruise ships leave, everyone closes their stores and restaurants. I have never been in the Med (yet) but the Portuguese and Spanish coasts are not cheap.2. Sailing is a very slow way to get anywhere. One hundred (100) nm per 24 hour day is a good average. If you are going to anchor between sunset and sunrise realize in the winter that is only 8 hours. At 5 knots average that is 40 nm. You need to plan. You can easily get “closed out.” The Med in winter. The Caribbean and parts of the Pacific in hurricane season. Once there (wherever there is) you should
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Kindle Fire help

When I post my blog to Facebook through a forwarder it drops all the CR/LF data. This is unique to my Facebook posts. All the other sites render it correctly. Is there a key sequence for a “hard” carriage return on the Fire?….. Blast from the past: in 1968 I operated an IBM 1620™ computer*. The operator console was an IBM Selectric™ typewriter. We amused ourselves by writing routines to make it loop “tab, tab, tab,tab, cr/lf.” Not quite as satisfying as it would have been with a full carriage. We were young, male, and stupid…….* I also walked 20 miles to school each day through a blizzard; uphill both ways……Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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Biosecurity Inspection

Yesterday I had my first post arrival biosecurity inspection. Under the current rules I had to weight anchor and take Reboot to the quarantine dock here in Bundaberg. There Aimee Hall, the local biosecurity officer, met me for the check. She made sure that XO was still on board and took off my garbage. She was very professional and friendly. Unfortunately biosecurity charges for these visits at $200 per hour. Since they charge in 15 minute increments it only cost me $50. In the old days apparently the biosecurity officer could dinghy out to the boat but that practice has changed. At least the holding here in Bundaberg is good so I did not have problems when I returned to anchor. I am not sure how often these checks will happen but they are not a big deal as long as the weather is benign. I have, in the past had to deal with government officials that don t understand sailboats. The requirement that I immediately proceed to the customs dock in 35 knot winds in Bermuda comes to mind.Thei
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