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Old 05-01-2007, 05:53 PM   #1
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Today I hit the magic 62 and can officially become a ward of the state. To celebrate went out with the wife for a birthday sail.

Wind picked up, wife's hat blew off, tried several times to sail back and pick it up, one of the jibes was a bit too violent, ripped the main sail all the way up, started the engine, went back to the marina, and had a few beers. Great way to spend a birthday!
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Old 05-02-2007, 05:18 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your birthday. Sorry about the damaged sail, can it be repaired?

Just remember a day sailing (even a bad day) beats any day working
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Thanks. No problem with the sail, it was over 20 years old and beginning to dry rot, so I will throw it out. I have a good sail I put on, and when that one goes it will be my time to go as well.
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Congratulations!
Sailing & beer - both of best worlds

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Sailing & beer - both of best worlds
I can tell you've been there :-) What do you sail?
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I can tell you've been there :-) What do you sail?
I sail whatever floats
We have a "pocket cruiser" at home (Sanibel 18), but charter bigger things for vacations (anything from 25 to 45 feet).

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What a beautiful little pocket cruiser! It's really all one needs for protected waters. I prefer small boats myself, as long as I'm not in the middle of the Atlantic. I also have a Capri 14 that I love to sail, though it's not a pocket cruiser. My experience is that the bigger the boat the less it's used and the price goes exponential with the LOA. Here's a web site you might enjoy.

http://www.microcruising.com/
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Congrats on becomming a ward of the state.

Can you let us know how you receive your first SS check?

I've been paying my income taxes and SS taxes and never received anything back.

I can wait - I don't want to hurry life but I want some of my money back.
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Can you let us know how you receive your first SS check?

I've been paying my income taxes and SS taxes and never received anything back.
I haven't applied yet, it's just this deliciously sweet potential that after over 40 years of paying I can walk up and tell them to give me a check without doing any work. My wife qualifies next Feb so I'm thinking of waiting until she qualifies and getting two checks at the same time, plus adding a bit to my own. I can see how welfare kings and queens can get off on this :-)
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I haven't applied yet, it's just this deliciously sweet potential that after over 40 years of paying I can walk up and tell them to give me a check without doing any work. My wife qualifies next Feb so I'm thinking of waiting until she qualifies and getting two checks at the same time, plus adding a bit to my own. I can see how welfare kings and queens can get off on this :-)
I should have wrote "how you feel"
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Yes this is the time of year to get them ready. You beat me to it still have to do the spring thing and launch.

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Nice Spinnaker, similar to the one I use for light air, which I designed myself. Looks like Great Minds Think Alike. Nice boat too, is that a Tanzer 25? I learned on a Tanzer 22, sailed well and built like a tank, could take anything. Hope you get her out soon, I see you're further north than me, a bit later start of the season. But then, our season on the Chesapeake takes a pause from mid July to mid August, when the wind dies and the tstorms start popping.

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Old 05-11-2007, 03:39 PM   #13
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Hi SoonToRetire

Yes we sail in Lake Champlain the season is just getting started. The boat is a Tanzer 29 foot also called a T29. Yes she has been a good boat since we have owned it. Happy sailing
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