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Old 02-07-2008, 11:42 PM   #41
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And speaking of grog: I found a good recipe for it on allrecipes.com, which I modified slightly: boil a cup of water*, add the juice of a lemon or lime, one lemon zinger tea bag and sugar to taste. Rum it up to your preference. Cane syrup is also good instead of sugar. Grog is my drink on miserable wet cold days, even though I haven't been sailing in decades. Yaaargh.

*Or substitute bilge water; pepper thoroughly to sink diesel fuel to the bottom of the glass.
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:09 AM   #42
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Am I the only woman who lost a lot of sleep as a young girl, wondering how the heck I would land a man with a "living" to support me? I was socially retarded, academically gifted, so I read everything I could lay my hands on, but fixated on Jane Austen and other novels set in that time frame.
Thank heaven for the 20th century and the opportunity for a woman to make her own "living".
I have all the Patrick O'Brian novels on my bookshelf (the Aubrey/Maturin you refer to). I plan to go through them again sometime, just as I do all the John D. MacDonalds occasionally. But neither of those authors gave me fits wondering how I'd get by, because they're written from a man's perspective.
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Old 02-08-2008, 01:33 AM   #43
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Am I the only woman who lost a lot of sleep as a young girl, wondering how the heck I would land a man with a "living" to support me?
I was raised with brothers and never even considered getting a man to support me until I was about 14. I always wished I was a boy then one day it dawned on me that being a female a man would work and give me his money.
When asked what I was going to do when I grew up I told my father I would marry a sailor and live on a houseboat. Tugboat Annie was my role model. I first considered living a life without work when a TV show giving away a million dollars was on TV. I computed that would give me $40,000 a year forever from the interest, my dad earned about $10,000. Funny most people thing get a million and you can buy things my first thought was living on the interest so it would last.
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*Or substitute bilge water; pepper thoroughly to sink diesel fuel to the bottom of the glass.
Don't have to worry about diesel fuel in the bilge water if it's one of them old sailing vessels - or even one of the modern ones as long as the motor is outboard only!

But ugh - lot's of other nasty stuff in that bilge water

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I computed that would give me $40,000 a year forever from the interest, my dad earned about $10,000. Funny most people thing get a million and you can buy things my first thought was living on the interest so it would last.
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I'd be curious if there are an inordinate number of 18th and 19th century European literature/lifestyle fans around ER circles....
I was always partial to the adventurous lifestyle of 18-19th century.

I would be part of another niche ER fan group influenced by a more recent, though still nostalgic lifestyle. Call it the "Beach Bum, Counterculture" influence (well, you get the picture). More impacted by music than books. Not so much a classic gentleman's life of upper-class leisure but a far more simple life of perpetual (mostly) ER in an idyllic location, or just vagabonding through a whole bunch of them.
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I was always partial to the adventurous lifestyle of 18-19th century.
I can only imagine what a Livingstone, Byrd, or Hillary could do with 21st-century technology. I bet they'd heal a lot faster, too...
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