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For a Ship to Sail and a Book to Read
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A ramble.

The other day I was surfing the web, looking for nothing in particular, and I came across a cute little website run by a family of sailors who like to take excursions on the misty Chesepeake Bay on their cutter, Sea Dragon. I find sites like this all the time, but I happen to like the type of boat they sail and there will always be a place in my heart for the brackish bay where I first learned to sail. there was a picture that caught my eye of a leaning lighthouse called Sharps Island Light. http://www.cheslights.org/heritage/sharps.htm

Anyway, my point is I miss going sailing. I miss seeing interesting things on the Chesepeake like the beautiful wooden schooners under full sail, or going to exotic sounding places in the West Indies like Cayo Pirata in Culebra. It's not just the destinations though, sailing is about getting there more than being there I think. I want to exercise my hard earned knowledge of the science of wind and weather and just to be on the water which, just off Puerto Rico is the most alarming shade of blue you've never seen. Grey works for me too though, I have a thing for dreary weather.

The boat is so close to being launched. Just a bit of paint, a trailer, and a crew to practice with is all I need. I was going to make one of those vintage cruise line posters for the boat to try to enlist a crew since impressment is kind of illegal. :P

This recent stormy weather also makes me wish I had a book to read. I had ordered the last two Horatio Hornblower books and a few Redwall novels but they haven't shipped yet. The Hornblower series is a sea faring adventure saga (Who would guess?) that follows the career of the title character from midshipman to admiral during the Napoleonic wars through sequels and prequels which can get a little confusing to make sure you have it in the right order. They are nearly always exciting, and there is always a new problem that the self criticizing hero must solve. Whether it's chasing privateers out of a protected bay, or trying to remember the proper etiquette at a snooty dinner party. There was only one so far that I didn't completely enjoy, which was Lord Hornblower. It just felt too much like a text book on historical politcs and many, many dinner parties. Highly recommended books, but have a nautical dictionary on hand, or at least brush up on port and starboard.

If I could sum up Redwall in one word, however, I would use comfortable. The stories are a little predictable and sometimes repetitive, but that is sort of why I like them. They remind me of cartoons or those old westerns, where everything works out in the end and bad guys are sent home with their tails literally between their legs. Plus, mice with swords, you can't lose.

I hope this ramble wasn't too boring. <3

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