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  •  One of my great regrets in life, and I don't have (6+ / 0-)

    many, was the day I declined an offer to accompany a young man, with whom I was passionately involved, on his sail from San Francisco to Hawaii.  I would spend weekends with him on the boat in Sausalito, but chickened out on the big sail.

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    by Susan Grigsby on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 09:28:20 PM PST

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    •  The idea of that (5+ / 0-)

      scares the daylights out of me. Speaking of Hawaii, there was a series of four mysteries written (set) not long after WW II, featuring Lily Wu and Janice Cameron; the last three were set (almost) entirely in a Hawaii that was very rapidly disappearing altogether.

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    •  So sad Susan... (7+ / 0-)

      You missed an opportunity of a lifetime. It's one thing to sip champagne and eat caviar on a cruise ship. It's an entirely different experience to do it on a small sailboat.

      Mrs. R and I have sailed more than 32k miles on a 37' long, 11'6" wide, 6' draft sailboat through the western and South Pacific. We're currently in the Marshall Island and will be sailing south in a few weeks to Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and then on to Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

      We certainly don't get served drinks underway, and a special treat is having conditions safe enough to throw a steak on the bar-b-que. But there is something about being in complete control of your own destiny that has a an excitement to it that makes finding the words to describe it difficult.

      Someday in the future, I may even sit down and write my a book on our adventures. I too am very much looking to get underway again!

      Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

      by reflectionsv37 on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 01:54:00 AM PST

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    •  It's a matter of (2+ / 0-)
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      Susan from 29, Limelite

      who the captain is, I think. There are people I wouldn't get into a rowboat with on a calm day. This person had a lifetime of sailing experience, had been in those waters for half a dozen summers, and knew when the ice would break and when it would return -- good local knowledge is always important.

      We also had on board Arctic survival suits, GPS, two compasses, charts, and an Epirb -- the signal the boat sends when it's sinking, so the Coast Guard knows where to look for the wreckage. Oh, and the shotgun against possible polar bears.

      Fortunately, we used not much more than chart and compass, with occasional GPS.

      Republicans only want government small enough to fit in a woman's private parts. -- Caroline Heldman, Professor of Politics, Occidental College

      by Mnemosyne on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 09:51:44 AM PST

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