Monday, March 3, 2014

San Diego: flow; the $10,000 ocean cruiser; 'C'

        Pastels.  Peach.  Rose.  Smoke.  Pewter.  Powder blue.  Gold.  Champagne.  Melding.  Shifting.   Fading.  And then, between masts, the first sliver of a new moon.
        The air is cool, crisp, washed clean.
        I stand in the companionway, sipping chardonnay (boxed) and listening to Loreena McKennitt sing “The Dark Night of the Soul”, a beautifully passionate love song, and think of Pythagoras and Heraclitus.  In the end I side with Heraclitus:  like this evening sky, all is change.  Life is flow.  
        From a hillside apartment of a woman I knew in Los Angeles more than forty years ago looking down on a freeway at night, flow of head lights.  Some entering.  Some exiting.
        From the top of the series of escalators leading up from the Underground at Leicester Square in London on a Monday morning thirty years ago:  an endless line of grim faced gray men and women going to work, some stepping off, as far below them others step on.
        A river flowing endlessly toward an unknown and, perhaps unreachable, sea.  New born tossed in, carried along; the old cast lifeless onto the banks.
        We are swimmers together.

        The $10,000 ocean voyager is most definitely not GANNET.  I paid $9,000 for her and spent that much again in the first few months.  Paying cash as I go along I have no idea how much I have put into GANNET in the almost three years I have owned the little sloop, but I expect that she is one of the more expensive Moore 24s around, as well as the most uniquely equipped.
        I had lunch today with Ronnie Simpson, an avid sailor who won his class in last year’s solo TransPac in a Moore 24.
        Ronnie is about to sail from San Diego across the Pacific in a Cal 2-27, which he has prepared for ocean sailing for about $10,000, including the price of the boat.  This is a significant achievement.
        I wish him a fine voyage.
        You can read more about Ronnie and MONGO, a skate-boarding term if I remember correctly, and find his tracking page here.



        Cartesian:  relating to Descartes, a famous philosopher, author of the celebrated dictum, Cogito ergo sum—whereby he was pleased to suppose he demonstrated the reality of human existence.  The dictum might be improved, however thus:  Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum—“I think that I think, therefore I think than I am;” as close an approach to certainty as any philosopher has yet made.

        circus:  a place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women and children acting the fool.

        clarinet:  an instrument of torture operated by a person with cotton in his ears.  There are two instruments that are worse than a clarinet:  two clarinets.

        Conservative:  a statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.

        corporation:  an ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.