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I Am November

The weather is fantastic. I go sailing . The following movie depicts 2 days of happiness and joy. The first day the wind was strong and I put a reef in the mainsail. I did this very badly and as … Continue reading

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Antipasto

Apart from filling up with water, my main concern with the boat is the starter motor. Sometimes it just whirrs away but does not turn the engine over. There is a thing called the solenoid that jams up due I … Continue reading

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Clamato

So, probably the last great sailing picnic of the year is planned. Looks like I will go to San Francisco at the beginning of December and it also looks like the weather is going to be pretty bad for the … Continue reading

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The Last Day of October

31st October, 27 degrees, cool wind, beautiful sunshine! October and November are the best months in Okinawa. We go for a drive up a little bit of the East Coast. My companion is Japanese and she points out so many … Continue reading

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Jolly Boating Weather

I have not posted much about sailing because I have not done much. I feel guilty about this, not about not posting but about not sailing. I think there are several reasons. The first is the Geneva Ski Syndrome. If … Continue reading

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Tempura Fugerunt

On the way to┬áthe dentist’s surgery and indeed on the way back too, there is a place that sells the best fast food in the world. Okinawan Tempura! Japanese tempura is a little effete, the batter is light and fluffy. … Continue reading

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Just across the Road

I think I have already mentioned that a new fish restaurant has opened just across the road from my apartment building. I finally get to eat there. I dislike eating in restaurants alone and I trap a companion into joining … Continue reading

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Wet

Unannounced and unexpected, it rains very, very hard. The various weather apps I use predicted showers. Mad rain! The boat is uncovered. By the time I get down there, the cockpit is full of water that is overflowing into the … Continue reading

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Nothing Endures but Change

One of the great joys of living where I do is the proximity of a Farmer’s Market. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ginowan+Hagoromo+Market/@26.2850138,127.7478941,15.93z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xcfef77afb6b0f6ad!8m2!3d26.2854119!4d127.74382 In Okinawa the availability of fruit and vegetables is seasonable. You eat what is coming out of the ground or off the … Continue reading

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Spoonful

This past week has been an unhappy one for me. You will remember the dinner last Saturday, beautiful art, beautiful people, beautiful food and drink. As always misery and pain are never far away. But pleasures are like poppies spread,You … Continue reading

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