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ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 14, 2018

There are, but both clubs I know about are fairly exclusive and out of my price range.

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 14, 2018

Yeah, daydream for now. And try to find a friend with one.

My ideal sailboat is probably big and wide enough that more than two adults can fit in it, but light enough that a couple people can carry it. If it can fit on a roof rack even better. I'd like to be able to bring a cooler and fishing gear, so the little racing designs aren't it.

The most inexpensive to build that is still a boat and not a garbage raft with a bedsheet are these things:

Most build reports I found cost between "a few hundred" and 2k. And they look like a plywood box but they're supposed to sail well. At the cheap end people use tyvek for sails:

At the other end of the spectrum are boats like this:

which took a retiree a year to build and an undisclosed amount of money.

But it's a beautiful little boat to drool over.

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: March 14, 2018


I'm on loan to a different department and in the middle of a mind-numbing project. We're on zone two of six of the layout, and all the details we're filling in are similar but slightly different so there's nothing new to make it interesting but it takes almost as long as if it was all from scratch. I talked with my manager a bit about it and he said it was so I would be exposed to more of the company's stuff, so I agreed and mentioned a couple areas that I would like to get some experience in, and he said that was a good idea too, but we'll see what happens. He's not going to let me off of this project while it's still understaffed and late.


My bought as a Christmas gift an "intro to sailing" class for us. I talk about sailing like an excited 5th grade nerd whenever it gets into my head, but I have only sailed 8ft Sunfish at a boy scout camp for a week as a teenager, and hardly ever through a friend since then. The lesson was on a 30ft Catalina, which was twice as big as the biggest I had ever been on, and we both had fun. The downside is I've had a recurring daydream ever since about building a nice 12ft sailboat for myself. I know a couple people who have built kayaks or canoes and it would be cheaper than buying a new one [but more than used, not including time, and tools]. That's going to stay a daydream for now. We live in an apartment and I have no space for a workshop [yet].

Maybe Ben Carson will be the only one to serve in the administration the whole term and the new HUD secretary will have to wake him up and shoo him out...

To me the humor is in how his worldview clashes with what he looks at. Got lost in the trees, trying to find the forest.

First he writes some articles kinda friendly to less conservative ideas, then he writes some articles explaining how masking those ideas conservative is the best way to implement them, because.

That's my take, anyway.

Ouch. Makes sense that wouldn't happen if it's worked from the start

Ever notice how patents are more forgiving of their own kids shit? Same thing happens when someone custom builds a Linux machine.

    But you actually do speak to some of my hopefulness when you talk about the question of "permanent damage". Not that I want permanent damage!

Let's not jump off a balcony to see whether our ankles or knees are weaker.

I think you are to optimistic about 2020. Look at the kind of people who get elected: if America is rolling on the ground with a broken ankle some are definitely going to exploit that for personal gain. And if "now that we see the weak points we'll fix them" was a valid assessment, we wouldn't have elected Donnie at all.

I thought it was worth waking this thread up to add a chart of XIV making beautiful returns until it didn't.

ThurberMingus  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: February 7, 2018

I brought my laptop and stuff home from work yesterday because there was a chance of freezing rain, so if it stuck to the roads I could work from home while it melted and come in at lunch. Normal procedure at this job. So this morning I got ready like normal and didn't realize I left the laptop and badge at home until I got there and had to go back for them.

So this morning sucked. At least there wasn't much important happening this morning. The only coworker it might have mattered to laughed his ass off, so I guess I'm lucky.

    Meltdown is a bit much.

But one premature prediction that pans out pays for a passel that pancake.

Sorry for the alliteration

Welll.... maybe he had only ever seen roadkill armadillos

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