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Old 09-17-2009, 04:36 PM   #2241
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That sounds like fun. BTW, I know that guy, and he sent me a photo of the boat:
Gentlemen...I just got a link from the boat owner, showing me what this beauty looks like. I am being gracious and therefore will not blatantly display my good fortune to be allowed to sleep over on this magnificent craft. The drool could short out yer collective keyboards.
PS The owner took me upon my offer to do some minor swabbie w*rk in return for quartering me. And he said he is going sailing at least once, if not more, while I'm there. Tough duty!
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Old 09-17-2009, 04:38 PM   #2242
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Gentlemen...I just got a link from the boat owner, showing me what this beauty looks like. I am being gracious and therefore will not blatantly display my good fortune to be allowed to sleep over on this magnificent craft. The drool could short out yer collective keyboards.
No fair. Now that you've mentioned it, you gotta post a pic.
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No fair. Now that you've mentioned it, you gotta post a pic.
OK OK...I'll be fair...presenting a snowbird's (me) waterfront hotel, all 36 feet of it. Picture waking up at sunrise aboard this baby after being gently rocked all night.
So that's what I did today...secured quarters for my winter escape in January 2010.
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So much for hearing waves hit the side of the boat.
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This is becoming more and more fun!
I am getting positively excited for you!
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You're gonna have a great time. Living on a sailboat is kinda magical. You are right about coffee in the cockpit at dawn.

You'll get to learn all about marine toilets, and maybe even pumping out holding tanks , but no biggie. A 36 footer will probably have one of those combo head/showers, where you have to sit on the toilet lid and shower with a handheld wand, getting the whole place wet; but the marina will probably have a nice bathroom complex with showers and laundry and all that. Unless the boat has a heat pump (it seems to be an older model, so maybe yes, maybe no) it might be chilly, but then you are from "up north".

Be careful of the propane system. Propane is heavier than air, and really dangerous in a boat. The boat will have a master cut-off valve for the propane. Use it. Turn the propane on only when cooking then turn it off again.
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You're gonna have a great time. Living on a sailboat is kinda magical. You are right about coffee in the cockpit at dawn.
...marine toilets...pumping out holding tanks , A 36 footer will probably have one of those combo head/showers, where you have to sit on the toilet lid and shower with a handheld wand, getting the whole place wet; ...chilly, but then you are from "up north".

Be careful of the propane system. Propane is heavier than air, and really dangerous in a boat. The boat will have a master cut-off valve for the propane. Use it. Turn the propane on only when cooking then turn it off again.
All good points.
I'm an experienced boater, as in 25 years worth. My LH and I owned a 1985 34' Pearson sailboat (bought used) on Ontario. I don't plan to cook onboard for exactly the reason you gave about propane. I knew my own sailboat, but I would not attempt that on someone else's boat. Pizza and Chinese takeout time!
Boat owner said not to worry about the cold, he has plenty of blankets on board. I am a native NYer, so bring on the FL cold, baby. Yeah.
http://www.rssweather.com/climate/Florida/Tampa/
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http://www.rssweather.com/climate/New%20York/Syracuse/
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Nice tub, Freebird. Reminds me that I miss sleeping on a boat.

Enjoy.
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Back from camping, kayaking trip. Have spent all of the time ignoring the world. Good for the soul.

This morning it was so quiet at the lakeside I could hear small fallen tree leafs rustling on the gravel pushed by the the breeze.
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I know the feeling. The last six or seven weeks of work they took me off cases because I was not going to be available for court. Office protocol was that each week one person did the janitorial duties. We didn't have a cleaning service because of evidence control issues. So for the last six weeks that task fell to me, taking about 45 minutes a day. The rest of the time I read the newspaper, surfed the web, took two-hour lunches, went shopping, etc.

So for six weeks I was the highest-paid janitor in the county.
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That sounds like fun - and very relaxing. Kind of the opposite from the way we spent the morning anyway. A new shopping mall opened here in Shanghai about 1 mile from our house. So we rode our bikes and checked it out - never know when we might find something new (according to DW). Anyway - that was a zoo!! Even by Shanghai standards, it was crowded. At one point, there were so many people in one store that the cops weren't allowing any more into it! Didn't find anything worthwhile afterall. This afternoon more relaxing - doing some reading and household chores.
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Mowed the lawn for the first time in over four months. Showered. Did a load of dishes and made a couple of quiches. My wife will be quite surprised when she gets home from her knitting group in another hour or two...
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Went to the gym and did what for me was a very tough workout for an hour. Came home, showered and changed. Then Frank and I went to an upscale Chinese restaurant for lunch. Afterwards, he took me about 40 miles to the outlet mall in Gonzales, Louisiana and we shopped. He bought four shirts, and I bought two pairs of long pants for myself.

I'm tired! It is hot out there today, or maybe it's just the humidity.
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Did mundane housekeeping tasks today as I have friends visiting from Houston for a couple of days next week. I am very much looking forward to this couple's stay as we are long time friends, and I will enjoy touring around with them. I went up to the high school track for a half an hour jog. I need to put in a good solid hour or two at the gym tomorrow for sure. We are having stunning weather here in western PA...sunny and high 60's. I hope it lasts while my visitors are in town.
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When I was a child I wanted a Spirograph but never had one, so I decided to simulate one.

Here is a movie of a wheel with an arm, rolling inside another wheel, drawing a hypotrochoid curve.

I did the simulation and made the movie with Grapher, a free math and graphing package that comes with every Mac. (It is in the Applications folder under Utilities.)

If you have a Mac and want to play with it to see how Grapher works, download this zipped file
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It should unzip automatically and the Spirgraph.gcx file should be in your Downloads folder. Double click on the file icon to start Grapher.

The simulation allows you to change the radius of both wheels, and the length of the arm to make all sorts of weird and wonderful curves. You can also make rolling wheel roll around the outside of the fixed wheel for a whole different family of curves.

If the image may be stretched when Grapher opens, click on the "Equalize Axis" button at the top.
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To start the animation, click on the start button to the left.
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To change a parameter, click on one of them and change the value like you would in a spreadsheet.
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The simulations run slowly and jerkily because they require a lot of calculations. To see a simulation run smoothly, click on the film icon at the upper right to make a movie.
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When I was a child I wanted a Spirograph but never had one, so I decided to simulate one.

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That is so cool, your video is hypnotic! Thanks, and groovy, I'm sure I had a Spirograph and the fad that followed was string art, remember that?

String art - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1970s Fads: String Art
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