Thursday, March 20, 2014

Evanston: tarped; 'O'

        In a email from New Zealand that included a link to a video of waves from passing ex-cylone Lusi washing across the frontage road in Pahia, John, who lives halfway between Opua and Pahia, expressed the hope that I have a good boom tent.  
        I don’t and never have had.  On CHIDIOCK TICHBORNE I lived in port under a tarp supported by a line tied between main and mizzen masts with shower curtain material clothes-pinned at forward and aft ends.  But that got me thinking.  A tarp bent over the boom above the companionway would during rain enable me to open the hatch without getting drenched and would at other times act as a modest sunshade.  So I ordered a white one 6’ x 8’/not quite 2 x 2.5 meters.
        I am aware that there are more efficient solutions, but I have always rejected them because of complexity and aesthetics.

        Speaking of unnecessary complexity, my new Nikon AW1 has a full size USB connector.  My Sony RX100 a micro USB connector.  My iPad 4 has the older 30 pin connector.  My iPad mini Retina the new Lightning connector.
        Carol and I are flying to Florida for six days next week for an early 20th wedding anniversary celebration.  We were married in Key West.  I’ll be somewhere in the South Pacific on the actual date in August.  
        I plan to take only the new camera and the iPad mini with me, and just realized that while I have the camera and SD card cables for the IPad, they won’t work with the mini.  I need yet another cable.



        Occident:  the part of the world lying west  
(or east) of the Orient.  It is largely inhabited by Christians, a powerful subtribe of the Hypocrites, whose principal industries are murder and cheating, which they are pleased to call "war" and “commerce."  These, also, are the principal industries of the Orient. 

        ocean:  the body of water occupying about two thirds of the world made for man—who has no gills. 

        omen:  sign something will happen if nothing happens. 

        once:  enough. 

        opposition:  in politics the party that prevents the government from running amok by hamstringing it. 

        outdo:  to make an enemy. 

        out-of-doors:  that part of one's environment upon which no government has been able to collect taxes.  Chiefly useful to inspire poets.