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2 Hours Ago 03:06 PM
ccriders
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Grumpy? No, just trying to put a little perspective to the "Rock Star" label, while recognizing I'm just a little jealous.
John
4 Hours Ago 01:37 PM
smackdaddy
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Dude - you're grumpy!
4 Hours Ago 01:07 PM
ccriders
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

Rock Stars?
My dad spent the years after college, oh he didn't get to go to college, so it was the CCC for a couple of years, then the Border Patrol, then drafted into the Army and sent to Ft Lewis to prep for the I vision of Japan.
I got to go to college and the next few years saw me in Korea and then Viet Nam.
My son graduated college then completed Marine OCS and navy flight training and deployment to Iraq.
While I salute young people's freedom to pursue adventures like sailing Block Island Sound, doing so does not make them Rock Stars any more than the adventures many of us faced upon entering the adult world of work and service.
All of this self aggrandizement via electronic media is getting a little boring, especially when the waves reach four feet and camera gets put away in order to save (sail) the boat.
Oh me, aren't sour grapes wonderful?
John
4 Hours Ago 12:57 PM
smackdaddy
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

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Originally Posted by JonEisberg View Post
LOL! Yeah, "Rock Stars", huh? Sorry, but I'm not seeing it...
That certainly doesn't surprise me. You are the "let me tell you the thousand ways you are doing it wrong" king around here.

Yes. They are rock stars. What they lack in skill and accomplishment they more than make up for in zest and enthusiasm.

Think about it. There's plenty of room in sailing rockdom for both.

You, on the other hand, are a Muzak Star.
5 Hours Ago 12:33 PM
JonEisberg
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
All I will say is, I'm pretty happy there are no videos of much of what I was doing at their age.

Maybe I'm biased, but I think heading off to cruise at 21 is much cooler than backpacking Europe, snow or beach bumming, etc. I pretty much think anyone can backpack Europe. It takes a little something to live aboard and deal with cruising.
Don't disagree with that at all... All my sailing back then was done on OPBs, and whatever money I could scratch together back in those days went to trying to become a racing driver :-) I would have been way ahead of the game if I'd sunk that money into a cruising boat, instead... :-)) Although, that endeavor eventually did wind up morphing into what became my 'career' in photography, so it was all good, in the long run...

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Maybe not exactly Rock Star status to us, but at least a solid winner of Battle of the Bands. However, imagine this. We see a 21 year old kid learning to cruise with his girlfriend. About 60 years from now, that kid is going to be seen by some 12 year old grandchild as a really old man that spoils them rotten, with grey hair, sagging jowls and age spots. They will see their grandfather, as a young man, in that video as a Rock Star, no doubt.
Again, fair enough, and a good point... I was looking at them more in comparison to the reams of contemporaries out there today. For example, the couple on Teleport... If these kids are indeed "Rock Stars", we have to invent a whole 'nother level of exhalted status for folks like Chris and Jess, no?

:-))



5 Hours Ago 12:06 PM
Minnewaska
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

All I will say is, I'm pretty happy there are no videos of much of what I was doing at their age.

Maybe I'm biased, but I think heading off to cruise at 21 is much cooler than backpacking Europe, snow or beach bumming, etc. I pretty much think anyone can backpack Europe. It takes a little something to live aboard and deal with cruising.

Maybe not exactly Rock Star status to us, but at least a solid winner of Battle of the Bands. However, imagine this. We see a 21 year old kid learning to cruise with his girlfriend. About 60 years from now, that kid is going to be seen by some 12 year old grandchild as a really old man that spoils them rotten, with grey hair, sagging jowls and age spots. They will see their grandfather, as a young man, in that video as a Rock Star, no doubt.
8 Hours Ago 09:45 AM
JonEisberg
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Keep it in context, Jon. The kid just graduated from college, bought his first boat with money made waiting tables and head out. I would have considered Block Island Sound to be open ocean back then too. I think it's pretty cool that they are getting a bit of cruising in before life pins them down for about 30 years.
Nah, I don't disagree at all... They certainly seem like nice kids, and good on 'em for doing what they're doing, that's great...

But I think many of us here probably did something similar at that point in our lives, no? For me, it was a couple of years of ski-bumming in Jackson Hole immediately after college, among various other rather frivolous pursuits...I doubt I ever came close to achieving "Rock Star" status, however... :-)

If I'd only had a Go-Pro back in the day, perhaps?

:-))

To be fair, I haven't bothered to watch any of their other videos, so perhaps there's something I'm missing...
8 Hours Ago 09:32 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

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LOL! Yeah, "Rock Stars", huh? Sorry, but I'm not seeing it...

Perhaps, in a world where every kid with a Perfect Elementary School Attendance Record rates a bumper sticker on some minivan, I suppose...

Or, when sail from the Elizabeth Islands to Narragansett Bay constitutes "open ocean sailing"... :-))
Keep it in context, Jon. The kid just graduated from college, bought his first boat with money made waiting tables and head out. I would have considered Block Island Sound to be open ocean back then too. I think it's pretty cool that they are getting a bit of cruising in before life pins them down for about 30 years.
8 Hours Ago 09:06 AM
JonEisberg
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Awesome! They remind me of every other kid I grew up with on the water.
LOL! Yeah, "Rock Stars", huh? Sorry, but I'm not seeing it...

Perhaps, in a world where every kid with a Perfect Elementary School Attendance Record rates a bumper sticker on some minivan, I suppose...

Or, when sail from the Elizabeth Islands to Narragansett Bay constitutes "open ocean sailing"... :-))
9 Hours Ago 08:18 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Big Freakin' Sails

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Originally Posted by smackdaddy View Post
Honestly, these kids are rock stars...

....snip......

Go the Wicked Salty!
Awesome! They remind me of every other kid I grew up with on the water.
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