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    Why I Like Celestial Navigation
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2007 Oct 27, 11:19 -0600

    In the spirit of George's excellent mini-bio about his being an ex- 
    physicist, I would like to add that I grew up in Silicon Valley,  
    specifically, Sunnyvale, California.  I had a neighbor that took me  
    sailing once for the day on Monterey Bay.  I was hooked on the sea.   
    As I began asking questions about navigation, he showed me his copy  
    of Bowditch, the blue 1966 edition.  That opened a world to me, when  
    I was about 10 years old, that I have ever since wanted to explore  
    and understand.
    
    In college I majored in physics, but ended up studying math and  
    numerical analysis.  I then went on to work for Apple Computer and  
    Microsoft for many years writing software.  I finally got a boat and  
    actually planned a world trip.  It did not end up happening, but in  
    that period of time (late 1990s, early 2000s) I finally bought many  
    sextants and got seriously interested in using celestial navigation  
    for our proposed world trip.
    
    When the world trip fizzled I sold that boat and bought another but  
    since then we have taken up as an alternate adventure living on a  
    ranch in the Wild West.  No more boats.  My diminished frequency of  
    postings to this group has been a result of my being nowhere near an  
    ocean.
    
    Someday I hope to move back to a coastal region and get another boat  
    and then my interest will flourish once again.  In the meantime,  
    however, I do enjoy learning from many on this list about all things  
    celestial.
    
    Dan Allen
    N39.997� W111.757�
    
    
    
    
    
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