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    Re: Bonus Exotica January 2011
    From: Alan S
    Date: 2011 Jan 14, 21:11 -0800

    Patrick:

    Unfortunately, Alan isn't joking. I have twice crossed the North Sea. First passage, from UK to Holland was akin to sitting in a bath tub. The second was a bit more "interesting", in that I had to excuse myself and quickly depart from an overly hot, crowded dining room, and seek the aid of a stewardess, who sensing my problem proffered a tiny while pill, which having been swallowed, whatever it was, sent me immediately into the arms of morpheus, however one might spell it. I was fine next morning, arriving in Denmark.

    My local power squadron had a sail day this past summer, at Ashtabula,, Ohio. Actually we didn't get out onto Lake Erie itself. staying in the harbor, a seemingly large area, the 30 plus foot boat we were on encountered a possibly 1 foot sea. I was alright for a while, but when I tried to do a sun shot, looking to the south, using the land as a horizon, things sort of came unglued. Good thing my wife had thought to bring dram mime, again however one spells it. Taking one settled me though I was unable to shoot the sun. So much for my "seagoing" navigation. No such problems shooting from the beach, and then there now and then pass some bikini clad "sweet young thing" types, upon which dirty old men such as myself can gaze.

    I guess, in a real situation, a sea sick navigator could get to be a problem, which might well answer the question of WHY GPS.

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