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Good ole Jim ..Croce and Captain...nice.. I learned not to spit into the wind from his music as a bonus
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Good ole Jim ..Croce and Captain...nice.. I learned not to spit into the wind from his music as a bonus
Reminds me of an often heard discussion with passengers...

"What if I get seasick?"

"This boat has a nice ride, so getting seasick isn't likely. But, if you do, go to the downwind rail and go for distance!"
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Reminds me of an often heard discussion with passengers...

"What if I get seasick?"

"This boat has a nice ride, so getting seasick isn't likely. But, if you do, go to the downwind rail and go for distance!"
That reminds me of a sailing trip in the Virgin Islands around 30 years ago, with 12 newbies crammed onto a pair of 37-ish footers, along with 2 experienced sailors on each rental boat. The end-of-day conversations were really intense at times - people learned a lot about themselves and how they see the world from sailing (we ran into some weather a few times, and 3-4 foot waves grew to be 12 foot swells in people's minds).

In honor of that trip, I created a newsletter that people contributed to for about a year called Over the Lee Rail and Other Musings on Life.
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That reminds me of a sailing trip in the Virgin Islands around 30 years ago, with 12 newbies crammed onto a pair of 37-ish footers, along with 2 experienced sailors on each rental boat. The end-of-day conversations were really intense at times - people learned a lot about themselves and how they see the world from sailing (we ran into some weather a few times, and 3-4 foot waves grew to be 12 foot swells in people's minds).

In honor of that trip, I created a newsletter that people contributed to for about a year called Over the Lee Rail and Other Musings on Life.
When getting condition reports from other boats, I always take into consideration who is making that report. A small boat in 5' waves will relay, "It is like a washing machine out here!" when something bigger will report it as "light chop." Perspective.
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Another day, another recording. My wife has been on an organizing project, concentrating on the storage area under our house. Up north, some might call this a basement. Or perhaps a crawl space. The Texas Department of Insurance calls this a "flow through" area, where a tidal surge could move under the house, hopefully without taking the house. So, it is not a weather-tight area by design. We are at the highest point on this island at 7'.

I stash stuff in that area, but don't spend much time there - it is a bit short for my average height, and I am almost sure to whack my head coming or going. I help her by staying out of her way, which gives me time in the guitar room.

Today, I was looking for something simple, just guitar and vocal. I recorded the Emerald X7 on the stereo X/Y mics, tracks 1 and 2; vocal on track 3; then decided to add a simple bass line. Here's a cover of the Beatles' Let It Be...

https://soundcloud.com/captainjimb/let-it-be





Not plugged in with the X7, so you get some idea of the acoustic tone.
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When getting condition reports from other boats, I always take into consideration who is making that report. A small boat in 5' waves will relay, "It is like a washing machine out here!" when something bigger will report it as "light chop." Perspective.
Ditto in the airplane world, as you know. What is "light chop" for a 737 can be extreme turbulence for my Cessna 177.
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Ditto in the airplane world, as you know. What is "light chop" for a 737 can be extreme turbulence for my Cessna 177.
"Wake turbulence" can be similarly problematic, as well. When training a young captain (had a new Master License) on an excursion boat, a large freighter passed by us in Haro Strait (between the US and Canada) - I told him to keep an eye on the wake from that ship. He kinda pooh-poohed me, until the wake was too close to evade. I knew we weren't in danger, but it wasn't going to be pleasant... coming up over the first wave of that wake, it was very apparent we were going to "stuff the bow." He listened to my advice after that.

My wife and I used to race our Corsair trimaran sailboat in the early 2000s. We met other sailors who had similar interests beyond sailing: guitars, motorcycles, RVing, flying. Seems to be similar with this group and interests outside of music. Must be certain personality types are drawn to these interests. I am aware of several others on this sub-forum who fly for a living and/or for the joy of it; same with boats. Challenging endeavors that many people aren't drawn to.
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"Wake turbulence" can be similarly problematic, as well.
Yeah, wake turbulence in the air ain't a cakewalk either. The worst I've ever felt, oddly enough, was from a turboprop although I was also in a turboprop at the time. We were coming into Dulles and got hit so hard it sounded like an explosion. We rolled into what felt like a 60* wing-high attitude. I'm sure it wasn't that severe, but it was way past the accepted bank angle on final approach at a few hundred feet above ground. I'm sure the passengers had no idea what hit them.
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Pretty much unrelated to guitars, other than I played an hour or so this morning... without recording anything. Just made some music.

I have mentioned the dredge operation in the canals on our island - they currently have us blocked from our exit canal. It is frustrating to look outside, see the sunshine, and not be able to go out on the boat whenever we want.

A couple days ago, I biked a couple canals over to check out the low bridge that crosses one of the other canals. No way to measure, and the clearance changes with the tide. Joan was wantoing to get out as much as I was and said, "The worst that can happen is we'll have to turn around and come back home."

"No, the worst that could happen is we'll get stuck under that bridge and rip our bimini to pieces. Causing me public humiliation."

Here's how it all played out...

http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2018/01...ak-for-it.html

Spoiler Alert: we made it (just barely) and... dolphins!

After 5 years of driving whale watch boats, and nearly 20 years enjoying time with the dolphins in the Tropical Tip, we have really been missing getting out!

Here's a preview...









We are having lower than normal tides, which is typical this time of year. If the tide was any higher, we would not be able to get under that bridge.
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:22 PM
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Pretty much unrelated to guitars, other than I played an hour or so this morning... without recording anything. Just made some music.

I have mentioned the dredge operation in the canals on our island - they currently have us blocked from our exit canal. It is frustrating to look outside, see the sunshine, and not be able to go out on the boat whenever we want.

A couple days ago, I biked a couple canals over to check out the low bridge that crosses one of the other canals. No way to measure, and the clearance changes with the tide. Joan was wantoing to get out as much as I was and said, "The worst that can happen is we'll have to turn around and come back home."

"No, the worst that could happen is we'll get stuck under that bridge and rip our bimini to pieces. Causing me public humiliation."

Here's how it all played out...

http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2018/01...ak-for-it.html

Spoiler Alert: we made it (just barely) and... dolphins!

After 5 years of driving whale watch boats, and nearly 20 years enjoying time with the dolphins in the Tropical Tip, we have really been missing getting out!

Here's a preview...
Those are wonderful pics. Thanks for sharing, Jim!
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Today, we threw in the towel. Oh, I'm not one to give up easy, but this dredge operation seems never-ending. Now on month 16 of a job that was supposed to take 6 months or less, they have our main exit canal blocked. The only way we can now get out is on a very low tide, by going under a low bridge in another canal. The problem with that is: if you spend much time out on the water, you will be caught on the other side of that bridge as the tide comes up.

We'll be heading to Arizona sometime in the next couple weeks, so I proposed we get the boat out on the low tide this morning, enjoy some time on the water, then pull the boat out. It was a nice day today, and better to pull it now rather than chance having to pull it when the weather is crappy while waiting for a cooperative tide.

http://captnjim.blogspot.com/2018/01...-towel_14.html

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In the meantime, I have gotten plenty of playing time in. Time to start thinking about getting guitars put away, too.

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The boat is tucked away in the storage unit, and the next norther blew in this morning - temps dropped from 60º at 7:00 when the north wind came in at 30 gusting above 40 mph. The low tonight is supposed to be 37º - that is cold for here! No snow, but some of the area schools have already announced that they will be closed tomorrow due to the cold. (Yes, really.)

After breakfast out with some friends, we are cocooning. Nothing I need to go into the sideways blowing mist for. The heat is on, the electric fireplace is on, and I have time for playing... guitar and on the internet, as you can tell from my more than usual posts today.

The weather weasels were calling for "warmer than usual" here with the La Niña this season. Um... no. The CF guitars don't care.
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The boat is tucked away in the storage unit, and the next norther blew in this morning - temps dropped from 60º at 7:00 when the north wind came in at 30 gusting above 40 mph. The low tonight is supposed to be 37º - that is cold for here! No snow, but some of the area schools have already announced that they will be closed tomorrow due to the cold. (Yes, really.)


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Yeah, they don't know what to do to deal with the cold temps when it happens here. I was kinda surprised to see schools closed, but there are people in this area that don't own proper clothing for this rare cold. Drivers certainly don't know how to drive when the roads get slippery... they just crash faster.

That said, we get some kind of a cold weather event at least once during "the winter months. I understand that "cold" is relative. Average daytime high here in January is 70º. We have now had 3 Freeze Warning events in the past month. Usually not a concern for us since we are on an island and the water has a moderating effect. But, just in case, I did let my water faucet trickle overnight.
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Our hearts are broken. I have often related here about our sweet furry kid, Isabella, and how she always was an attentive audience when I would get the guitar out. Last night, we had to do the final (but so very hard) unselfish act to help our little furry girl have peace. Our sweet Izzy has had some medical issues over the past month which turned out to be cancer. We had a good day with her on Sunday, where she got to take one last walk outside, with the same joy and wonder as always. It was a very fast downhill after that. We had nine years with her... not enough, but we will treasure the memories and her adventurous spirit.

She traveled coast to coast to coast with us, by boat and motorhome. We were already retired when we rescued her nine years ago, so it has been the three of us through our travel adventures. She was so adaptable to all the new things and places she encountered.

We were enroute to Phoenix - earlier than we had planned, with the hope that an animal surgical specialist there could do something for her. We didn't make it that far, but found an emergency animal hospital in Tucson with a very kind and compassionate staff. Before taking her to the animal hospital, I played for her one last time. So very hard.

RIP Isabella

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