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Sailing Zatara

Yesterday in the Lex Facebook group, xbradtc recommended this series on YouTube. A self-made man, who created a successful business decided (with his family’s agreement) to sell their Dallas house and business, and buy a 55′ sailboat in Florida to sail around the world.

Keith (the husband) didn’t propose this with some pie-in-the-sky plan but devotes the early episodes to his methodical approach in learning sailing and re-outfitting the boat.

He’s a commercial pilot, having flown a Beech King Air and Bell Jet Ranger. He is thorough in his approach to starting this new adventure.

I’m already to episode 9 and I am hooked.

Hat’s off to that family for having the adventuresome spirit to cast aside everything for a dream.

Their website is here.

They have 180+ episodes (which go from 5 minutes on up), and the first one is here.

H/T to xbradtc.

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El Paso Part 1

It’s funny how with age some of the smallest things in life one can still remember, like a photograph. My very first memory of El Paso was upon hearing Reveille , looking out my barracks window and seeing nothing but an ocean of sand. The day before, I had finished basic training at Ft Ord, along the coast of the Monterey Peninsula, and the Drill Sgt had us all in formation as he was giving out assignments with the Army post we’d be going to for advanced training. .

Guys were getting infantry, signal corps, and when it came time for him to call my name, “Brandt! Ft Bliss, Texas – Air Defense!

I’m thinking (to myself of course) – say what?

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The Not So Great Escape?

Over the years, I have enjoyed the BBCs History Magazine not only for the breadth of history they cover – from the middle ages to a few years ago, but frequently the different light its writers can shed on things we have just considered as “fact”.

And writer Guy Walters suggests that the escape on the night of March 24th from Stalag Luft III, made popular in the 1963 movie starring Steve McQueen and an all-star cast, was in reality a foolish action that accomplished nothing.

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The Best Travelers

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Mark Twain, “Mark Twain: The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It”


“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

St. Augustine of Hippo


“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.”

James A. Michener


Despite my posting my travel pictures here over the years, let me state that I am not the consummate traveler.

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Crater Lake

Crater Lake

I recently discovered that, despite now being into late middle age, I am still capable of rash quick decisions.

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Ross Perot

With a long time friend of mine, a computer programmer of the first rate, we have had this discussion several times over the years. He started programming in the late 70s as did I.

We’ve seen industries come and go – both in hardware and software. Billions of dollars made…and then with the next technological wave, gone. It’s really been an amazing thing to witness.

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Taking an Older Car on a Road Trip – Part 2

Yesterday, I talked a bit about the things that will sideline you on a road trip – and probably ruin the trip. By the time you find a place to look at the car, have it towed, order the part (in all probability), find a motel, you will have spent 2-3 days. Maybe more.

And many times the car will give you warning of an impending failure – sometimes for months. Particularly for a bearing on its way out – coolant pumps, idler pulley bearings, and alternators will (usually) squeak before they fail.

Most of the time.

Anyway, there’s a couple of more things that can fail on the road and leave you stranded. One of them can destroy your engine.

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