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..cos WOW are my teeth ever clean. Poked and scraped within an inch of their lives. Still, I think I got my money's worth. I really need to get some insurance.

Sailing on the weekend with K and A. It was a fantastic day out, and we went out for brunch first. And everything was going very smoothly, yet I pulled an almost complete Rainman-and-the-smoke-detector anxiety attack. Just cos it was a little windy. And ok, at one point at the dock I thought K and A were going to let go of the dock just as we'd managed to come in and we'd drift backwards. But even that woudn't have been the end of the world, I dunno what I was getting so excited about.

I think maybe its a little bit because.. well, when it's windy and I have new crew on board who can't trapeze, that means the only way to sail is just to rag the main constantly, and I can't point, and it just feels.. it's hard to describe it's a horrible way to sail because the balance is all off. Maybe something like driving with one very flat tire. Anyway, it was like nails on a blackboard all afternoon and I got so edgy I made us come in early.

And I bought a new DVD player. There were two types in the store, one for less than half the price of the other. I ASKED the guy what the difference was for such a big price gap, and he SAID that they were pretty much identical except for the brand name. So even though I should, I guess, have known that the super-super-cheap version was likely to be a bad idea, well. I couldn't buy the more expensive one just because it was more expensive could I?

Anyway, OF COURSE the cheapo piece of crap doesn't work at all. At first the power wouldn't go on, then it did go on, the drawer opened half way and stuck and then it shut down completely. So I can't even package it up again properly cos it's busted half open.

Bloody thing.

Date: 2006-09-11 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kmfda.livejournal.com
*g* You could warn prospective passengers before you set out: "okay, since this is a small craft, and the laws of physics being what they are, you don't get to just sit in one place sipping a martini and enjoying 'a day on the water'. You may be expected to man ropes, shift weight, or get out of the way of someone who knows what they're doing. Any martinis will be contained in sippy cups so they don't spill and get the boat sticky. . ."


ps

Date: 2006-09-11 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kmfda.livejournal.com
what's trapezing?

Re: ps

Date: 2006-09-12 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredsmith.livejournal.com
Trapezing is... So easy to describe in a picture, so hard to describe in words.

Well. Boats are tippy. They fall to whichever side the more weight is. They have big sails. When its windy the wind tips the boat over by pushing on the sail. To counteract that push, you have to get weight out in the opposite direction. So a long wire comes down from the top of the mast and hooks onto a harness worn by the crew. Then the crew stands with their feet on the edge of the boat lying back and being supported by the wire. This balances the weight of the wind in the sail on the one side, and the crew on the other. So the boat stays flat. So it moves forward instead of tipping over. Plus, trapezing is wicked fun.

Without someone out on the wire, if you don't want to tip over, you have to keep the sail very loose so the wind cant catch in it and push you over. And if the sail is loose it's flapping, which is noisy, and you can't go very fast, or aim where you want to, and any little change in wind strength or direction is harder to compensate for.

Wait.. here's a picture.
http://laser2.est.org/

Re: ps

Date: 2006-09-12 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredsmith.livejournal.com
And another one:

http://www.lasersailing.co.uk/disp/uk/dart-16/introduction

Re: ps

Date: 2006-09-12 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kmfda.livejournal.com
hey, this looks fun. Athletic, you know, as opposed to sitting in a power boat or on a 20 person yacht. . .not that I've done much of either.

That was a good explanation by the way. Thanks.

Date: 2006-09-12 03:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] finalcut999.livejournal.com
Cheap is often worth what you pay for it sadly. But just not often enough that you stop buying it entirely.

Im going to be going to the dentist myself soon. Not looking forward to it as I hates the dentists I does. Finally quit putting it off though which is mostly a good thing.

Date: 2006-09-12 01:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fredsmith.livejournal.com
Yup, I got greedy. I really should have known better.

I quite like my current dentist, because I think all the teeth-cleaner people are under strict orders not to nag about flossing. That's the only way I can explain it, cos every other dentist I've ever gone to has been obsessed with the topic.

But I was getting some pretty significant silences this last time, that I think amount to the same thing.

You put it off for like a decade or something tho right? I seem to remember.

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