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as some of you may or may not know, we recently moved (renting as we just sold our house) anyway the guy across the street and i have been hollering back and forth at each other; hey how are ya? wanna beer etc. anyway yesterday ha asked if i wanted a beer and i said hell yeah. as i entered his garage i noticed that he was fabricating a roof mount car rack for his kayak. i told him about my interests of sailing and yada yada. he said have a seat and let me tell you a story as he handed me a cold one. turns out that this guy is a friend of Tristan Jones.
I've never heard of the man before but he had every book this guy has written personally autographed. I just stared in awe as he told me some of his tales. i finished my beer and said thank you for the stories and i was leaving, he said "i wanna sail with you sometime". i said anytime you like and then went home. I just thought it was very interesting this guy lives across the street with all his sailing knowledge. I'll keep you posted after we go for the daily cruise!
Tristan was a pretty interesting character and his tales make great reading. There has been some scuttlebutt that a lot of it was fabricated and that a few of his supposed voyages never happened. He died a few years back, in poverty, in the Phillipines I think it was. He lost a leg a few years earlier.
Correction -He died in Thailand and in fact had both legs amputated.
Andrew B (Malö 39 Classic)
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― Terry Pratchett.
Last edited by tdw; 08-08-2007 at 10:11 PM.