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This is from Midnight In Paris, where Owen Wilson goes back in time and meets Ernest Hemingway.

ďAll men fear death. Itís a natural fear that consumes us all. We fear death because we feel that we havenít loved well enough or loved at all, which ultimately are one and the same. However, when you make love with a truly great boat, one that deserves the utmost respect in this world and one that makes you feel truly powerful, that fear of death completely disappears. Because when you are sharing your body and heart with a great boat the world fades away. You two are the only ones in the entire universe. You conquer what most lesser men have never conquered before, you have conquered a great boatís heart, the most vulnerable thing she can offer to another. Death no longer lingers in the mind. Fear no longer clouds your heart. Only passion for living, and for loving, become your sole reality. This is no easy task for it takes insurmountable courage. But remember this, for that moment when you are one with a boat of true greatness you will feel immortal.

I believe that love that is true and real creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing. And when the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face like some rhino hunters I know or Belmonte, who is truly brave, it is because they love with sufficient passion to push death out of their minds. Until it returns, as it does to all men. And then you must make really good love again. Think about it.Ē


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Hmmm... I guess so. But I have not found a boat like that yet. Like Owen, I have never found a woman like that at all. Damn it is so unfair. May be I have to show this to my wife and ask her to do some upgrade. Perhaps, I will have that feeling.


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As long as it is true and honorable and decent, you will find it. Have you ever come face-to-face with a charging rhino?

I just love Corey Stoll's Hemingway in that movie. And in a very real way I think so many of us have that romantic view of the sea. It's all at once scary, sexy, frightening, passionate, calming, exhilarating and addictive, once you experience its power and splendor. It's life in its most beautiful form and something we cannot be without once we know it.

I would change the end from "And then you must make really good love again." to "And then you must make really good sail again."
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Hmmm... I guess so. But I have not found a boat like that yet. Like Owen, I have never found a woman like that at all. Damn it is so unfair. May be I have to show this to my wife and ask her to do some upgrade. Perhaps, I will have that feeling.
A wife can have (make) upgrades?!!!!! Hmmmmm.......

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Hemingway explores your theme in a variety of scenes in Islands in the Stream. Thomas Hudson reflects on similar things while on the bridge of his boat
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This isn't about one's relationship with women, it's about one's relationship with a boat and the sea. Very different.
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[I]I would change the end from "And then you must make really good love again." to "And then you must make really good sail again."
Both work for me.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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This isn't about one's relationship with women, it's about one's relationship with a boat and the sea. Very different.
Not really.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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Re: Would You Say This Is A Good Analogy To Sailing?

I am looking forward to reading a relatively recent Hemmingway biography entitled, "Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life and Lost, 1934-1961".

In fact, Hemingway did love his boat and had an enlightened view of boating and the sea.
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