Monday, August 17, 2015
Evanston: Paradox; poded; duo camed; R2AK; quote; side effect
The photo is my favorite so far of Dave Skafie’s 14’ Paradox. I thank him for permission to use it. The light is just right. Dave and Paradox have made the turn and are heading down Florida’s west coast.
The pod arrived Friday. Beautifully finished. I thank Gilles and his workers.
Three weeks tomorrow it and I will be on our way to GANNET.
In response to a question I asked, Gilles brought the Harken DuoCam swivel base to my attention. Some of you will know of this. I didn’t. The main sheet runs to the upper cam; the backstay control comes up through the base and runs to the lower cam. Excellent. GANNET’s backstay control line is going to remain below deck after all.
Other than a minute of nonsense with a would-be shaman—you will not be surprised to learn that I don’t make daily sacrifices to the water—here is a good half hour video about the recent race to Alaska.
From Peter comes a quote from Richard Wagner, for which I thank him.
“Whatever I thought right, to others seemed wrong; what I held to be bad, others approved of.”
Little kids like my eye patch.
I’m not a good judge of age, but I’d guess those about five years old. My life’s symmetry: I’ve found my level again.
As we walked through a park one evening, Carol heard a boy shout with glee, “That man has an eye patch!”
In a supermarket one little girl whispered in the ear of another and both turned and stared goggle-eyed.
And a boy, holding onto his mother’s hand, said to me, “I’ve got one of those.”
I replied, “You do?”
“Then that makes up pirates together.”
He seemed pleased to have found a shipmate and grinned.