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    "Got your Book"
    From: Bruce Stark
    Date: 2004 Nov 28, 13:16 EST
    Jim,

    Thank you for ordering my Tables. And thank you for your patience in waiting so long for them to arrive. So far, the Tables have been sold only through Celestaire and Starpath. Nautical Mind hasn't approached me about getting them direct. They ordered from Starpath at a time Starpath had run out and I was off on a trip.

    I've wanted you to have the Tables. Hope you continue to find them to your liking.

    From a post Mike Burkes sent in about a month ago, I know he's still using the Tables. Perhaps he's using some of the older methods as well. But, for all I know, Mike and I are the only ones who haven't shifted over to electronic clearing. Hope this isn't so. The ability to do pencil-and-paper calculation and avoid mistakes, or else catch them in time, was an important skill in navigation, and it comes only with practice. The old-timers, who kept the dead reckoning by traverse table, would have been REALLY good.

    The device I use for recording observations seems to be off the market now. The last couple of times Janice has made us a batch of chili, the four-inch diameter cans of beans and crushed tomatoes have been grooved, not smooth. But Fred has come up with a better idea anyway. His plastic cylinder, slit so it can expand and contract, has several advantages.

    A lot of good stuff on the List since I've been gone. Took a while to read, but very informative.

    Bruce

       
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