Saturday afternoon sailing.

I scored a spot on one of the press boats for the start of the Bayview/Bell’s Brewing Port Huron-to-Mackinac race.

It’s a downwind start. Very spinnaker-y. Pret-ty sweet.


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73 responses to “Saturday afternoon sailing.”

  1. Joe kobiels said on July 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    The guy that owns Bells is a customer of mine. Really nice guy.
    Pilot Joe

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  2. beb said on July 12, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Even the Port Huron to Mackinaw race has sold it’s naming rights? *sigh* what a world, what a world.

    Nice photo, it does look very pretty with all those colorful thingamabobs. While the threat of thunderstorms today bother them?

    The last member of a band I heard more of then actually heard has died: Tommy Ramone. I was surprised to discover that they were not really brothers. But mostly I was shocked that all members of the band have died at shockingly young ages. Tommy was just 65.

    The other shocking Hollywood death involved British actor David Legeno, who appeared in the last three Harry Potter movies as a villainous werewolf. He died while hiking, alone, in Death Valley. I can’t help wondering what part of “hiking alone in Death Valley” was a bad idea.

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  3. Deborah said on July 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    That photo is so refreshing. Definitely like.

    Last night we had dinner at a neighbor’s place in Abiquiu. The couple lived in New Orleans and lost everything during Katrina. One of the guys is an artist who does these amazing large scale drawings, like 10′ x 14′. The subjects of the drawings would be described as magical realism with themes of opera and aids, very dark but incredible detail. We had mint juleps and lots of bourbon with dinner. Bread pudding with a buttery bourbon sauce for dessert. Needless to say, today I have a headache and I’m dragging ass. We camped up on our land after the meal. My husband goes back to Chicago tomorrow and I have to say I’m looking forward to not camping for awhile.

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  4. Dexter said on July 12, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    That photo has picked up my spirits as well. It made me recall the great radio coverage and excitement Joe McCarthy (JP was his radio name) gave us years ago of the Port Huron to Mackinac Race from WJR-AM 760 Detroit. Joe knew everybody and always had great reports from the crews and the families of the crews.

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  5. Sherri said on July 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    If stories like this were accompanied by pictures of black people with guns strapped on, I bet the laws on open carry would change in a hurry.

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  6. Pam (the sister) said on July 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Sherri @ #5 – Is it only me seeing this – when I clicked on your link, there’s the photo of that rather portly man, belted over/under the belly and then there’s an ad that says “wear better underwear”. Ha Ha – that guy could sure heed their advice.

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  7. brian stouder said on July 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Beautiful photo of the regatta.

    This morning at 6 am, Shelby (our almost-16 year old) and I went to Wayne High School and met the marching band (all 5 of them!) and the other flag corps young ladies and their coaches and some other parents, and we loaded onto a bus and went downtown for the Three Rivers Festival parade. I’d never actually been in</i a parade before, but I can’t say that anymore! It was quite nice; I wasn’t a spritzer*, but instead the wagon-puller.

    It was an amazing experience, altogether. I didn’t see Pam and Chloe, but they saw us (I was on the opposite side of the boulevard from them). Also, the favorite spot where they had planned to view the parade (across from the hospital, just before you get to the newspaper) isn’t ON the route anymore.

    Anyway, it was big fun, and at the end the bus was awaiting us, and we were whisked back to Wayne High School…but not before we saw Abe Lincoln walking downtown – still with no Secret Service escort, and with a 20-ounce bottle of Mountain Dew in his hand(!) – which was worth a chuckle or two!

    *spritzers move around and mist the kids with water if they want, or give them a drink. This, it seemed to me, looked like a job I could screw up, so I volunteered to pull the wagon. I stayed in step at the back and off to the side, and was mightily impressed by the young lady who drummed constantly, and without pause, keeping time and shifting into a couple of different tunes flawlessly. Plus, it was downright heartening to see how much affection and support the folks showered on good ol’ Wayne, as their feisty little marching band (and their larger, impressive flag and rifle corps) marched into their view. Our placement was #42 – we were way to the front, and the first high school band the crowd was treated to, ahead of many many others – almost all of which were larger (if not MUCH larger!)

    All in all, a superb summer day!

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  8. Deborah said on July 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Brian, when will you be in Cheyenne? We will be in Laramie on the evening of the 23rd on our way to Minnesota for my niece’s wedding. We’ll be visiting Devil’s Tower after that on the 24th and then staying in Rapid City, SD that night. On to Minnesota the next day. If any nn.c people want to hook up in any of those places let me know, after meeting with Scout yesterday I’m all for meeting up with nn.c people.

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  9. brian stouder said on July 12, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Deborah – we’re about a week out of sync.

    7/14 we roll west, for Rapid City. Cheyenne should be somewhere around 7/19 or 20, and then Haswell, CO, after that – with us busting back east around 7/22 (give or take)….unless I see Christie Brinkley in a red Ferrari, or some such…!

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  10. coozledad said on July 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Sherri: If there were some way we could lease the Gulf states back to whatever remains of either the Royalists or Bonapartists in France, it couldn’t be any worse. Granted, they’re the infucked useless slice of inhumanity the Republicans want us to be, but they’re still marginal. Even in a nation that’s long since accepted fat, white killbillies as a fact of life.

    It would be easier to bottle them up in the hellholes of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana at that point, and let them kill each other in the heat instead of threatening folks from more moderate, intellectual climates:

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  11. brian stouder said on July 12, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    An excellent translation of gooberish into plain language awaits you, when you click Cooz’s link.

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  12. brian stouder said on July 12, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Here’s an interesting cell-phone video of a guy hanging onto a trunk lid as a car travels down North Carolina’s I-77.

    Maybe it’s that calamity guy from the State Farm insurance commercials, on the campaign trail for that guy in Cooz’s Rurritable post…

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  13. coozledad said on July 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    brian: That’s the can do spirit that will help us close the education gap with Mississippi. Or fill a pothole or two with human skin.

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  14. Sherri said on July 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Corporations hate unions more than they love making money:

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  15. Judybusy said on July 12, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Deborah, I’m in Minnesota all the time. Where is the wedding?

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  16. Deborah said on July 12, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    Judy Busy, the wedding is in Glencoe on the 26th, I head back to Chicago on the 27th.

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  17. Basset said on July 13, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Nance, help us landlocked types understand “spinnaker-y”… Something to do with a sail, I guess…

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    • nancy said on July 13, 2014 at 9:13 am

      The spinnaker is the downwind sail, the billowy, colorful one.

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  18. Jolene said on July 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Basset, Nancy may be able to give a simpler explanation, but until she pops in,q here is the first paragraph of Wikipedia’s spinnaker entry:

    A spinnaker is a special type of sail that is designed specifically for sailing off the wind from a reaching course to a downwind, i.e. with the wind 90°–180° off bow. The spinnaker fills with wind and balloons out in front of the boat when it is deployed, called flying. It is constructed of lightweight fabric, usually nylon, and is often brightly coloured. It may be optimised for a particular range of wind angles, as either a reaching or a running spinnaker, by the shaping of the panels and seams. Some types of spinnaker can be carried by the side of the boat, but still in front of the mast. This is called “Flying a shy spinnaker”, and is used for reaching [see below].

    More here:

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  19. Deborah said on July 13, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Jeff tmmo, I thought this was interesting, I wonder what you think of this

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  20. basset said on July 13, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    OK, so the big poofy sails are out and colorful and looking good… I get it now. If I remember right, Bob Seger won that race or one similar to it a few years ago, is he in this one? Just got in from my morning walk and had “Back in ’72” on the earbuds, if I walk right on the beat it takes me forward at 3.2 miles per hour.

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  21. brian stouder said on July 13, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    I know next-to-nothing about soccer/World Cup, but I’ll say this: to hell with Germany, anyway

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  22. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 14, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Deborah, Christian progressives have a century of tradition behind being left behind in the public debates on almost everything; some of it is a tendency of our Lovestoneites to shoot right wing deviationists as well as premature anti-fascists, and some of it is because we’re too in love with higher education as an end in itself, and we suck at explaining ourselves more generally . . . and are almost proud of how hard it is to understand our hermeneutic imperatives phenomenologically into comprehensive praxis.

    If that last phrase made any sense to you, I’ve failed. 😉

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  23. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 14, 2014 at 3:55 am

    (And appallingly to most of my progressive friends, I’m about to get on a plane at Port Columbus to fly into the all-encompassing embrace of The Mouse. But:

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  24. Julie Robinson said on July 14, 2014 at 7:02 am

    *Hand waving wildly in the air*

    Hermaneutics is about how you interpret the Bible so it’s always good for hours of discussion among pastor types. And I actually had an entire college class in phenomenology, which billed itself as the intersection of religion and psychology and sounded fascinating. In reality I couldn’t penetrate the reading and class mostly consisted of the professor demonstrating how you could never step in the same river twice by moving his ancient briefcase around on the desk.

    Jeff, if you’re at Animal Kingdom today you can wave to my daughter the pastor, who will be there with her nephews.

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  25. beb said on July 14, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Deborah, never underestimate the power of victimology over reason and common sense.
    Everyone else thought that including birth control as part of required preventative medicine was a *good* idea. While Hobby Lobby threw up their arms and wailed “Noes, we’re being picked upon…!”

    In unrelated news, the Pope announced that only 2% of all priests are vampires. Parishioners are not reassured. I’m sorry, that should have read, “are pedophiles.” There is no evidence as yet that any Catholic priests are vampires.

    And is it too soon to start comparing Israel’s Gaza solution to Hitler’s solution?

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  26. Sue said on July 14, 2014 at 10:44 am

    brian stouder @21: Deutschland Uber Alles, baby.

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  27. Judybusy said on July 14, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Deborah, if you want to get together, I’d love to. Nancy, you have my permission to share my email.

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  28. Joe Kobiela said on July 14, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Yes, yes it is.
    Israel uses missiles to protect their people, think Iron Dome, their enemy’s use people to protect their missiles, think storing and launching from schools and churches. I like that the Israel people take no shit from their enemy’s.
    Just my own opinion.
    Pilot Joe

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  29. Deborah said on July 14, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Likewise Judy Busy. We arrive in MN on the evening of the 25th, the wedding is on the 26th in the afternoon into the evening. Perhaps we could meet for coffee in the morning of the 26th.

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  30. coozledad said on July 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Get your own arts programme, ya fairy!

    FAME is a fickle food
    Upon a shifting plate,
    I owe my fame to Pat
    Whose taste ain’t all that great.
    I sprung to publish my own books
    With precious, hoarded cash,
    Sold a dozen to my relatives
    Who threw them in the trash.
    But I sent one to Pat
    With my campaign donation
    And now I am the lariat
    And can has validation!

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  31. coozledad said on July 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I like that Nazi Germany didn’t take no shit from them Polishers and went ahead and took over their land to put em some Germans on that land like Beyond Thunderdome.

    And speakin’ of Thunderdome, Mel Gibson is right that the Jews own Hollywood, but there’s your Israel Jews and your Hollywood ownin’ Jews and let God sort ’em out is all I’m just sayin’

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  32. beb said on July 14, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Here’s what I think about the Palestinians and the Israelis. Back in the day Hammurabi laid down the law that vengeance against another had to be limited to the same degree of injury – the famous “eye for an eye.” This was to put an end to blood feuds that escalated from small insults to genocide. At the time it was a pretty radical concept. Later on Jesus would say to ‘turn the other cheek’ and “blessed as the peacemakers…” The Israeli response to Palestinian violence has been to double down on the violence. When you kill 175 people in one day, you’re not making peace, you’re just inciting Hamas to double-down on their attacks. Israel needs to be more restrained and measured in its responses to Palestinian provocations. At the moment it looks like their goal is to exterminate the Palestinians

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  33. MarkH said on July 14, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Srsly? Nothing against these guys, but DVAS needs to get another agent, like right now.

    Nancy, are you keeping track of how many time Kate is asked about being a descendant of Rick Derringer?

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  34. Sherri said on July 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    The Israeli response doesn’t seem to be all that effective at stopping Palestinian attacks on Israel.

    Put yourself in the shoes of a Palestinian for a second, Joe; would it stop you?

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  35. Julie Robinson said on July 14, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I’m not so thrilled that American tax dollars have paid for those attacks. I can no longer see right and wrong over there; just lots of dead and maimed people. As Tevye put it (Fiddler on the Roof), when quoted eye for eye, tooth for tooth, “the whole world will be blind and toothless”.

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  36. Joe Kobiela said on July 14, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Israel is still there, the last time they were passive was in the 30’s and 40’s
    How did that work out, and how about just once telling the Palestinians to quit firing on the Jews instead of the other way around.
    Pilot Joe

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  37. coozledad said on July 14, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Having your head slapped around a bunch don’t teach you no history. Who knew?

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  38. Dave said on July 14, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Kate should tell them that Rick’s real last name is Zehringer, son of a Nickel Plate/Norfolk and Western roadmaster (track maintenance supervisor), who would proudly talk about his son but was also keeping his other son, who had a bad encounter with drugs. I know, I’ve posted similar posts before.

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  39. Sherri said on July 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Can’t put yourself in the shoes of a Palestinian even for a thought experiment to discuss the efficacy of Israel’s tactics, Joe?

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  40. Charlotte said on July 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I have a new puppy! Hank. He’s 8 weeks old, mama is an Aussie Shepherd, father the Border Collie on the ranch next door. So far, so sweet, although he did think we should all get up and play at 5:45 this morning. And he likes shoes a little more than one wants. Pic on my twitter:

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  41. Dexter said on July 14, 2014 at 5:19 pm

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  42. MarkH said on July 14, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Dave, you are exactly right of course, a great comeback Kate could use to show her R&R knowledge. Only you here would be aware of the Zehringer railroad background.

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  43. Deborah said on July 14, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Cute puppy, Charlotte.

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  44. David C. said on July 14, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Modern Israel didn’t exist until 1948, so I guess they were pretty passive. Then, and for the previous 2000 years, when that land was controlled by the British, Ottoman Empire, the Persians, the Greeks, the Romans, etc. It isn’t surprising then you keep people virtually imprisoned (Gaza) or bulldoze their houses and farms for illegal settlements, steal their water, and make it impossible to work (West Bank) that someone is going to be pissed and lash out. Nobody’s hands are clean in that area, but Bibi and the Likudniks hands are the dirtiest. Israel has no choice but to annex the West Bank and Gaza, making Israel a majority Arab country or kick the settlers our of the West Bank and create a viable Palestinian state. They’ll do neither though, so we’ll go through over and over for a long time to come.

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  45. Joe Kobiela said on July 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I might if you put yourself in Israel’s position.
    Pilot Joe

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  46. coozledad said on July 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    And a child shall fuck up the thread.

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  47. Sherri said on July 14, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I have no problem putting myself in Israel’s position. And in Israel’s position, I might consider that what I’m doing isn’t working, and that if I keep doing it, it probably won’t magically start working.

    I never said the situation in Israel had an easy solution. The troubles in Northern Ireland didn’t have an easy solution, either, but the British didn’t bomb Belfast.

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  48. Joe Kobiela said on July 14, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Wish there was a easy fix but there isn’t. Someone once said, if Israel’s enemy loses a battle they lose some dessert, if Israel loses a single battle, they lose their nation
    Pilot Joe

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  49. Sherri said on July 14, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    And that kind of thinking is why Israel is stuck doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.

    Of course, our country acts like it’s true for us, too.

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  50. Sherri said on July 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    A new low in “customer retention”:

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  51. Hattie said on July 14, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Love the photo. It all looks so fresh, clean and free!

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  52. Julie Robinson said on July 15, 2014 at 12:21 am

    What kind of dessert? Chocolate cream pie? Carrot cake?

    Hank’s adorable, Charlotte, bursting with energy and ready to bring you much joy.

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  53. Dexter said on July 15, 2014 at 12:22 am

    And I used to tell dumb asses to go jump in the lake, but I was the one who was all wet; this is MUCH better.,0,7682811.story

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  54. MarkH said on July 15, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Brian, since you are travelling to Mt. Rushmore, and if you’re still online while there, we’re expecting you to post a selfie while you pose on Lincoln’s nose, or something…

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  55. Judybusy said on July 15, 2014 at 10:06 am

    The puppy’s adorable, Charlotte!

    Sherri, I think the video was pretty accurate. BOTH sides need to renounce violence as a way to achieve peace.

    Remember our discussion about firworks? This happened. Yes, I was awakened, and thought: a. people are jerks and b. How the hell did they get their hands on such firepower?! And now I have one more reason to despise major league sports.

    My employer, Hennepin County, has been encouraging people not to come downtown today due to the increased traffic the all-star game will entail. I am happily ensconced at home, eventually working! Work on our basement had been delayed, but I hear the sounds of work being done in the basement again. New driveway and gutters installed last week, and we went shopping for furniture and found some great pieces for the new space.

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  56. coozledad said on July 15, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Simple pattern recognition common to most primates should tell you what kind of asshole Hamas recruits to strap C4 to himself and walk into a school. He’s a put upon whining loser who’s never been able to migrate beyond the adolescent pathologies of militarism and misogyny. He wants acceptance among a male peer group that regards him at best as a dimbulb. He’d push the button to fire a rocket into a suburb with the same cool detachment as his counterpart in the IDF. In the US, he’d walk into a Unitarian church and cut a few people in half with a shotgun. He’d walk up behind George Tiller and put a bullet in him while he hums Jesus Loves Me. He’d set bombs off at the Olympic Park or the Murrah Federal building. He’d have joined the Polish Freikorps to help round up the Jews for his new masters. He’s the eternal dumbass. The emotionally illiterate thug.

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  57. Sherri said on July 15, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Judybusy, just to be clear, I didn’t post the video. I don’t support the Palestinian use of violence, either. I’m just trying to point out that bombing has never stopped a guerrilla war. It may make you feel like you’re doing something to make you safer, but it doesn’t. Superior firepower has historically not succeeded against guerrilla wars; negotiation and compromise has.

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  58. LAMary said on July 15, 2014 at 11:49 am

    That is one very nice puppy, Charlotte. I bet he’s smart too.

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  59. coozledad said on July 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    White trash Republican yee-haw hoooh-eee-shit!

    This ought to set Sean Hannity’s mouthparts a waterin’ for some cowboy scrod:

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  60. Scout said on July 15, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Judybusy, you are in for a treat. Deborah is lovely, as is LittleBird. I enjoyed meeting both of them in Santa Fe last week. It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. If I ever get to spend more time there (a definite goal) I hope to hang out with them again, and for longer. I bought a gorgeous pair of earrings from LittleBird and I haven’t taken them off since. I have gotten tons of compliments on them. Both Deborah and Littlebird so fit into the awesome cool vibe of Santa Fe. Such beautiful ladies! Thank you again, Ms. nn.c for making this a place to make connections we wouldn’t have otherwise.

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  61. Dorothy said on July 15, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    Okay now we need to know if Little Bird has a website for her jewelry?!?

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  62. LAMary said on July 15, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    I’m with Julie, still wondering about what kind of dessert. If it involves candied citron I’m out.

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  63. Deborah said on July 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Scout, how kind of you. We enjoyed our time with you and Pat too. Do come back, maybe we can have a picnic on our land in Abiquiu. It’s gorgeous here in the fall when the Aspen and Cottonwoods are golden.

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  64. coozledad said on July 15, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    You know what they say. If the Arabs lose a dessert it’s going to be halwa or basbousa.

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  65. LAMary said on July 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Here’s a nice news story about my great niece. She’s my brother’s grand daughter.

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  66. Deborah said on July 15, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Dorothy, Little Bird makes jewelry with spent bullet casings. She collects them from shooting ranges, she got a bunch of them silver plated then she uses them to hold vintage glass beads or crystals etc, to make earrings and pendants. She sells her stuff in a shop in Taos and she has another shop in Santa Fe that’s interested, but she needs to build up more stock. I’ll direct you to her fan page on Facebook, which needs more photos, a friend set it up for her.

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  67. coozledad said on July 16, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Midlife Queefus.

    We’re building fires that will burn off the donuts
    The stink of old men’s delusions surround us
    English the leather that wafts from my skin
    English the language we fake
    We smell the chili that we had for breakfast
    Up from materials wedged in our crack
    Mexico fighting my English again
    If I’m not strong they will win.
    Work till you’re gristlebound, all night long
    Work till you’re gristlebound, all night long
    Gotta work till you’re gristlebound, all night long
    Gotta work till you’re gristlebound, all night long
    We’re building fires that will burn off the donuts
    The scent of Vladimir Putin surrounds us
    Tough as a plump Russian strapped to a horse
    Riding that horse from my ass.
    To feel the pulsing from hindbrain to dingus
    Down through the vein and into the groin
    Strong is the party of Reaganilingus
    Here’s where the donuts will burn
    Work till you’re gristlebound, all night long
    Work till you’re gristlebound, all night long
    Gotta work till you’re gristlebound, all night long
    Gotta work till you’re gristlebound, all night long

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  68. Judybusy said on July 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Two of my nieces are hunters, and I bet they’d love Little Bird’s work!

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  69. Deborah said on July 16, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Judy Busy, it’s odd because people who like guns like her jewelry and people who don’t like guns like it because, for one thing it’s recycled and it uses something that has the potential for violence but makes something beautiful out of it.

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  70. Dorothy said on July 16, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I look forward to finding out the name of the fan page on Facebook, Deborah!

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  71. Scout said on July 16, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Count me in the latter category re LB’s earrings!

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  72. Sue said on July 16, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Word Crimes!

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