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Old 10-24-2006
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Anyone read "Letters from the Lost Soul" or "The Sailing Life" by Bob Bitchin?

I sat down in the B&N the other day and read several pages of each. I haven't been that impressed with Bob's magazine ("Lattitudes & Attitudes) but I was pleasantly surprised with the books. They're definately not for everyone, and they're definately not too deep, but I was entertained and inspired to continue pursuing my sailing dreams!

The next step is for me to get my broke-ass to poney-up the $40 or so it'll cost me to get the books for a full read.

Anyone read these? Anyone have any thoughts on them?
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Bob's books are definitely not for everybody... but they're definitely entertaining. I'd also recommend Tania Aebi's I've Been Around, which is a collection of her columns, many from Latts & Atts magazine IIRC, which is an excellent read.
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I read "Letters From the Lost Soul," and I thought it was fun. It was simply a check-out from the library. I don't think I need to own it.

What I liked about it was the lack of pretentiousness-- at least on the technical and life style side of cruising. Some of the debauchery stuff was pretty forced, but the attitude was refreshing.

For example, I like how he notes that some people prepare for cruising as if they were preparing "for death." All the worldy goods go, all the ties are cut, "we're going for years and not coming back," etc. For some, this works, but his point is that one can have a fantastic time by simply going and then coming back to your home, and then going again as needed or possible. It's refreshing since so many cruising books are much more absolute-- you're not a cruiser until you've been out for 10 years and have faced what we have faced...

So, a good read for fun.

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Jim H hit the nail with his head -- make use of your local public library. If they don't have the books they can get them from other libraries. Or, if you really want to own them -- you can buy both used on Amazon for about $20. Actually they sound like good winter reading.
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I enjoyed them! Fun, funny, poignant, and sometimes even downright inspirational...

However, in the spirit of full disclosure I have to say that Bob is a friend and business partner of mine. Before I met him four years ago, though, I had only read Latitudes & Attitudes magazine sporadically. I, like most everyone else, started out with subscriptions to Sail and Cruising World and slowly came around to appreciating the spirit and soul of Lats & Atts. What most people don't realize is other than a few monthly columns (Tania Aebi is going to take a break, BTW), the entire magazine is basically written by its readers. The stories may not be as "professional", and there are the famous typos in every issue, but there is a refreshing first person sincerity and passion that comes through.

Of all the people I have met in my life, he is definitely an individual, and one of the few people who actually lives by the slogan he so often uses: "Don't dream your life, live your dream".
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