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Mermaid lit

Mermaid fan and NSL follower Sandra Kishi Glenn  has released a new novel entitled Dangerous (available from Amazon as an e-book).   The themes are decidedly adult, and the mermaid tie-in is a bit tangential (involving some, uh, cosplay I guess one might call it), but it’s a jolly good read all the same.  Click through and download your copy now!

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Drake’s Bay Motor Cruise

Thanksgiving weekend, having no girls to feed or care for, I decided to go on a cruise.   My choices were Half Moon Bay, Drake’s Bay, a rounding of the Farallones, or some combination.    The troublesome factor was not wanting to reach a new-to-me anchorage in the dark, and the huge ebb tidal flow out the Gate in the late afternoons, which meant that once I left the bay I was not getting back in.    Winds mid-morning Friday were nothing-to-5 kts, so I started motoring up to Drake’s Bay.  There was a slight favorable current most of the time, but under engine I was faster than the wind coming from my transom.

The last few miles saw Pt. Reyes itself cloaked in a thick fog bank.   I found my horn and quickly refreshed myself on the signaling rules for powered vessels under way in reduced visibility in the COLREGs.   I was thinking also on how I might have spent some of the enroute hours in rigging my new radar reflector.  Visibility was about 100 ft as I groped slowly forward for the last mile, keeping a sharp eye out for the big mooring buoy near where I wanted to anchor — which is unlighted, and might not be where the GPS said it was.   Finally, dead ahead, a white sloop loomed into view.   It was S/V Tiger Beetle,  a friend from the SSS and Grand Marina.   I hailed Rob and Kristen aboard, and we rafted up for some drinks and snacks.

The fog lifted a bit shortly after I arrived (at about 1700) while there was still light in the sky.

Tiger Beetle and Temerity hanging out.

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Na vi go?

It seems the Pacific Cup Offshore Academy has its own coat of arms and even its own motto.   I guessed that it means something like “Why don’t you go” or maybe “Wouldn’t you go?”   in hybrid latin-english, and I also remember this was a PacCup slogan at one time, although I couldn’t find a similar phrase in the current Pac Cup website.   But I like what Google Translate did for the slogan:

“Go by the Force of Nature”, indeed!


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Blogging to what point?

I was going to post this a while back when I thought nobody was reading this blog, but then I got a great comment from BLUR on my Router 1 post.   So maybe I should go back to posting more actively.  But the lead cartoon at least is  funny, so I will post it anyway.


Stolen from DT.


Excluding the super-post Today’s (real live) mermaid which has 1098 of those comments leaves NSL with only 1338 comments, or about 0.55 comments per post.  Not a big number, but maybe the post count itself is diluting because of all the daily mermaids, which rarely excite comment.

Here’s a few of the 15 points she makes about men, from a recent Esquire interview:

We want you to order Scotch. It’s the most impressive drink order. It’s classic. It’s sexy. Such a rich color. The glass, the smell. It’s not watered down with fruit juice. It’s Scotch. And you ordered it.

Stand up, open a door, offer a jacket. We talk about it with our friends after you do it. We say, “Can you believe he stood up when I approached the table?” It makes us feel important. And it makes you important because we talk about it.

No shorts that go below the knee. The ones almost like capri pants, the ones that hover somewhere between the kneecap and the calf? Enough with those shorts. They are the most embarrassing pants in the world. They should never be worn. No woman likes those.

Also, no tank tops. In public at least. A tank top is underwear. You’re walking around in your underwear. Too much.

No man should be on Facebook. It’s an invasion of everyone’s privacy. I really cannot stand it.

OK, I’m actually looking good here, on the Scotch, the door thing (most of the time), no long shorts or tank tops, and especially not being on Facebook, which I got tired of and quit several months ago.   So I’m almost a third of the way!

I wonder what she thinks about blogging.

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Pulled the trigger

Well I have pulled the trigger on our Pacific Cup 2012 entry, we are officially in, if not yet that well prepped!