[TAG] LG pub schedule - slight delay
ben at callahans.org
Fri Jun 4 02:36:55 MSD 2004
On Thu, Jun 03, 2004 at 08:28:13PM +0100, Jimmy O'Regan wrote:
> Ben Okopnik wrote:
> >Almost immediately thereafter, St. Augustine got slammed by an
> >unexpected front carrying winds of up to (estimated) 70mph. Almost every
> >boat in the anchorage dragged; one went under the Bridge of Lyons,
> >breaking its mast. My boat held, despite one of the anchors letting go
> >(it turned out to have a 60 lb. or so fish trap tangled up in it; the
> >bottom here has more crap on it than any place I've ever been.)
> Wow, Ben. You make a natural disaster sound like most people's holiday
[grin] Thanks. I've seen <understatement>a few</u> of these things
before, so they're not a reason to panic - but they sure can wear on you
fairly hard. I lost a bit of skin off my fingers yesterday while
wrestling with rope and chain, and my hands feel like they've been
tenderized with a mallet, but it'll all heal.
BTW, seems that original estimate of 70mph was a tad low. The local
marina clocked the top gust at 83 knots (95.5mph/129.7kph.) And - oh
joy! - we're supposed to get more fronts coming through later.
> >I spent an uneasy hour or more cutting tangled lines (my boat is more
> >important than a damn piece of rope) and getting my anchors weighed and
> >reset - the main hook held fine, and I've just put out two more for the
> = "Bit of trouble at the airport".
> >I'm wet, exhausted, muddy from head to foot, and smiling happily
> >because I've handled this challenge successfully despite its extra
> >weirdness and difficulty.
> = "All in all, having a great time".
> >(Murphy, I don't *give a shit* if you're listening.) The LG will be
> >published tonight.
> = "Wish you were here".
[laugh] I *do* love it. Nature has a certain kind of... call it
"integrity" that I love with all the core of my heart; she's a goddess
who requires orthopraxy while not giving the slightest damn for
orthodoxy. That just feels so - *clean*, so right, that it feels like an
inextricable part of me. I get some of that from the mountains, too, and
deep forests, but I see the Ocean is the ultimate expression of it.
WHEN the robust and Brass-bound Man commissioned first for sea
His fragile raft, Poseidon laughed, and "Mariner," said he,
"Behold, a Law immutable I lay on thee and thine,
That never shall ye act or tell a falsehood at my shrine."
"Let Zeus adjudge your landward kin whose votive meal and salt
At easy-cheated altars win oblivion for the fault,
But you the unhoodwinked wave shall test -- the immediate gulf condemn --
Except ye owe the Fates a jest, be slow to jest with them."
-- from Rudyard Kipling's "Poseidon's Law" ("Traffics and Discoveries")
> Again, wow. You are *rock*.
Thanks, Jimmy! I hope I get to keep my swimming ability, though... :)
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