Monthly Archives: June 2009

Not All Who Wander Are Lost

It’s not important that you won’t understand the narration…you’ll understand the meaning…

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Listen to Phil Bolger

I have been avoiding doing anything about the subject of legendery boat designer Phil Bolger since he took his own life May 24th. It seemed as if everyone who has a boat site on the web did their tribute to Phil. My main contributor, Ken Hulme, sent a post which I declined to put on here because I didn’t want to add to the overload.

Earlier today I stumbled across the site The site has 148 “podcasts” all relating in one way or another with boats, boating and the people involded in same. There are two very interesting interviews with Phil Bolger to be found here. If you have an iPod you can listen to Phil and his sylibant “esses” and maybe learn a thing or two.

The other podcasts, like with Lin and Larry Pardey, Ted Brewer and Chay Blyth and John Guzzewell who sailed his Trekka into yachting history are also there, too.

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Keep Turning Left Part 4

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If I Didn’t Want To Live On The Water



It is the Cinque Terre, a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera.  It is in the Liguria region of  Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. “The Five Lands” comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore.

The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Ball & Chain

I don’t think there was a bigger fan of Janis Joplin than I was.  But how many realize that she “covered” a lot of songs by a genuine original…Big Mama Thornton?

Thornton also wrote “Hound Dog” covered with enormous success by Elvis, too.

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The Heart Attack Grill

Being retired I go to bed when I want to and get up whenever it happens. However, I set the alarm once a week so I can get up and watch the program Sunday Morning on the giant one-eye HDTV in my bedroom. While I enjoy almost all the stories they air, I really look forward to Bill Geist’s offerings. I think of Bill as sort of a gonzo Charles Kuralt. Since it’s summer they’re playing reruns on Sunday Morning and I got to watch Bill’s visit to the Heart Attack Grill in Tempe, Arizona. I loved it the first time and loved it this morning, too. If you are ambitious, go to youtube and search “Heart Attack Grill” and then  pick and choose from over 1,000 hits. Even Geraldo Rivera made a trip there, but I love Bill’s best. So, if you don’t have anything better to do for the next five minutes, check it out…

Even the Japanese know about the grill

And that bastion of gastronomy, the French pallet, where ketchup is labeled “sauce Americaine” had their shot at the grill…

But as with everything in life that’s fun there’s some person out there with a defective humor gene, like the Arizona Board of Nursing and Sandy Summers of the Center for Nursing  Advocacy.

I bet she’s the kind of person who tells their kids early on that there’s no Santa, Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy.

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Keep Turning Left Part 3

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