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Old 12-21-2012
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Re: To all my Northern Sailing Friends...

Hey it's full on winter here this weekend in Florida. Here in St. Pete we're supposed to have a high of 58 and 20-25kts on Friday. I might even have to bring a windbreaker on Sunday. It's a good thing we only have a couple days like this a year or I'd have to really consider moving it further south like to Panama or something....
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Re: To all my Northern Sailing Friends...

My winter song.... to the tune of "Jingle Bells" -

Winter Sucks, Winter Sucks, Winter Sucks so Much........

Winter Sucks, Winter Sucks, Winter Sucks so Much........

Ohhh ..... Yes...........

Winter Sucks, Winter Sucks, Winter Sucks so Much........

Winter Sucks, Winter Sucks, Winter Sucks so Much........

Altogether.... Now....................

Winter Sucks, Winter Sucks, Winter Sucks so Much.........................
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Re: To all my Northern Sailing Friends...

St. Pete? I remember St. Pete. We used to take a skiff out to the old Sky Way bridge and cast net a tub of bait in its shadow then catch kings until we were too tired to reel the damned things in. We kept our boat in Everglades City before the Mackle Brothers bought Marco Island. You could stop on any oyster bar and sit with a knife and a six pack and have lunch. There were no racks of boats stored in every vacant lot from Naples to Tampa. I could go on but times change. Florida was attractive. Even with the DC3 air force , now helicopters, keeping the mosquitoes under control and having to keep an eye out for alligators while jogging in the cooler predawn hours, it was enjoyable.

I wouldn't trade the sailing grounds for the coast of Maine. I remember the seasons changed one night when the leaves fell off the live oaks. Fall is now my favorite season. September is not life threatening solar exposure but beautiful and clean. Now I camp beside a salmon river and fish. My skiing doesn't require a motorboat to pull me around. I raised my kids in Maine and they are better for it. Variety is not one of Florida's long suits. I can and do speak from experience. I tell people the Moes surgery scar on my nose is from being bitten in a bar fight not from skin cancer. Ha!

Enjoy it but don't expend any sympathy on us. If you would like to experience "The way life should be." Send me a pm and I will reserve a room at the inn and a berth on the boat for you and yours.

Thank you, Ha!

Hoping you have a great "winter?"

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Re: To all my Northern Sailing Friends...

A cold front passed thrugh Marathon, Florida last night, bringing with it high winds and bone chilling temperatures of 60 degrees. All the locals here are walking around with long trousers, sweaters and jackets on. Those from up north are decked out in shorts, sandles and short-sleeve shirts.

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Re: To all my Northern Sailing Friends...

We are going sailing New Years weekend regardless. Likely 35 degrees and huge cold rain drops. I am somewhat excited about it
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Three replies and not a single thank you from any of you!!!

Dissapointing, really.

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Re: To all my Northern Sailing Friends...

Looks like snow not rain on our first day out, getting excited now

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Looks like snow not rain on our first day out, getting excited now

Good for you Kelly.... we're headed out for New Years eve overnight ourselves.. After all just about anyone can sail in January in warm sunshine...
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Hey Brian...


























BITE ME!

Happy Holidays!
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Re: To all my Northern Sailing Friends...

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I dedicate this thread to all those scraping the snow off their sidewalks instead of eating it out of a cone, those with 14 layers of clothes on their body instead of in their drawers, those who have red noses instead of red shoulders, those with bubblers under their boats instead of in their hands, those with a dozen extension cords snaked throughout the cabin to heaters instead of fans, those who wear rubber boots instead of flipflops, those who put salt on their drives instead of on their margaritas, and those who have antifreeze in their tanks instead of water....

... our thoughts are with you. Better days are only six months away. The sun is still up there beyond the clouds. The annual Ice Age will retreat.

And remember, those of us in Florida are plying the waters to keep them aerated for you. We are fishing the docks and coasts to make sure its inhabitants do not become complacent before your return. We are snorkeling and diving the reefs to make sure the life of the sea is staying in good order for the day you can come out of your igloos. We are ever mixing margaritas and toasting you at sunset, tears in our eyes. We got your back, my friends, we got your back.

Personally, I think you guys and gals up there owe us a bit of thanks.

Your Floridian friend,

Brian

PS It is 78 here today...
And to those of you in Floriduuhh , up to your ears in regulations ,and bureaucracy, living under constant threat of the Coasties boarding you in the middle of the night , trashing your boat with impunity, after having marched you and your family to the foredeck at gun point, having to confine your anchoring to only those places where it is "Allowed" , a shrinking number of anchorages, having to sneak aboard like a fugitive ,into your own floating home , for fear of being discovered to have actually done as you please in your own home, fearful of taking a dump , and having to hold your aching bowels til after dark, for fear of the poop cops catching you, or having to smell the tropical effects on a holding tank, and having to pay freedom chips to get rid of it , it being an unwelcome guest waiting for you to pay ransom to get rid of it, and having to put bug screens in and slosh your self with toxic chemicals to avoid them, and living in fear of the crime there. You have our deepest sympathies.
I find it far easier to throw another free log on the fire than to deal with hurricanes, and the above mentioned problems. I could sail anywhere in the world, with no problems , but I cant think of any place I'd rather be than here in BC. South Pacific ? Tropical Islands? Been there, done that. No thanks ( for the moment)
No customs, no visas, they cant kick me out, I can stay as long as I please, and make a bureaucrats life miserable, if he gives me problems. Coasties here are not cops, and even cops need a search warrant before they are allowed aboard. Far more comfortable here.

Sure glad I'm not in Floriduhh !
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