The South China Sea Blues

So we’d finally gotten through all of the lists, we’d left Hong Kong behind, and we were headed across the South China Sea to Manila. Sea trials are always an unknown, particularly with a new crew. But we’d prepared well, as I discussed in my previous post, and the boat, while mulish and hard to…

I Am Invited Overseas

Back in 1976, when I was about 30, a wealthy friend of mine named Antonio made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. I was to fly to Hong Kong, where I’d be the First Mate on a sailboat he’d bought and wanted to be delivered back to the US. I’ve done a variety of boat…

Crash and Burn

This is the sixth post telling of the misunderstandings and coincidences at the end of which I ended up living in Hawaii with a group of folks involved in LSD-assisted psychotherapy. Here are parts one, two, three, four and five of this convoluted tale. So … what did Dr. Charles Hawkins, PhD., and folks in the psychotherapy house get right, and…

Russia Is Dead, It Must Be Obstruction

While I think we’ve heard the last gasps of “RUSSIAN COLLUSION!”, I already see folks saying “OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE! The Special Counsel didn’t say there was no obstruction of justice.“ Here’s the definition of that crime. And it is true. Mueller opted out entirely on the question of obstruction. Mueller left it up to the…

Agreeing To Disagree

Well, I thought I’d repost this analysis of mine because of several discussions I’ve been involved in lately. Some people truly seem to think that e.g. merely claiming without explanation that my thoughts are “hyperbolic” is a valid argument. Over at “Digging in the Clay” Verity Jones has an excellent graphic summarizing the different levels…

Well Below The Minimum

I got my first job in 1961, the summer after my freshman year in high school. I was fourteen. I grew up on a cattle ranch in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, called the “Rough Diamond Ranch”. My summer job was working on a neighboring cattle ranch. Along with most everyone on ranches back…

Seventy And Two

Today’s my birthday. I’m seventy-two, which on my planet seems extremely strange since I believe I’m actually in my thirties … but I digress. Anyhow, I’ve gotten heaps of lovely birthday wishes from friends all over the planet. I wanted to comment on an oddity in that regard. I keep seeing the following meme in…