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Old 27-07-2010, 16:28   #1
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*New to the forums* Just posting a link to my new blog. I figured you seasoned folks out there might appreciate where we are coming from, and what we are trying to accomplish. Any tips or words of encouragement is more than welcome!
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Old 27-07-2010, 16:44   #2
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Another "Paypal" site wanting us to buy them a boat and fund their life living aboard. Maybe I can get in on that racket . . . .
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Old 27-07-2010, 16:57   #3
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Man .... I am working my A## off to do that, selling everything I have and get going. Those are people looking for the easy way out, sorry ...doesn't work that way.....
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Old 27-07-2010, 17:09   #4
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Nothing to say they aren't working hard either... you did read the bit about saving money to do this didn't you? You didn't just see the paypal button and dismiss them because they (like a TON of other bloggers) have one on their page?

How about "welcome to CF, ignore the grumps".

Your wife's response is one many here would give their eye teeth for! As one of the wives who has the same response as she does way to go ; -)

So often couples don't see eye to eye on how cool an idea cruising is!
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Old 27-07-2010, 17:24   #5
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Yes I did , to me trying to get money from people to fulfill your dreams is ... how can I put it....taking shortcuts???.

I am not saying that they are not working hard but putting a donation button on your site is like using CF to get money, sorry but that's me.

Of course I wish them good luck
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Old 27-07-2010, 17:44   #6
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*New to the forums* Just posting a link to my new blog. I figured you seasoned folks out there might appreciate where we are coming from, and what we are trying to accomplish. Any tips or words of encouragement is more than welcome!
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Welcome to CF. Lots of good advice and encouragement here, but it would help if you could be a little more specific about your plans and where you are with them. I couldn't tell from your blog if you have any sailing experience at all. If not, that's o.k. you just need to get started with some local lessons.

Anyway, give us some more details and I'm sure we can help you out ... which way did you come in?
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Old 28-07-2010, 12:46   #7
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There are many blogs I read that have a donate button... I don't need the money to move towards what I want. I am fortunate enough to be able to save upwards of 50% of my income on top of the fact that we are in the beginning stages of downsizing and drastically cutting our living expenses. However, people can do what they want with their money and if they choose to donate even as little as 25 cents than I would accept it, and be grateful for it. There are organizations I donate to that perhaps not everyone I know would see eye to eye with me in doing the same. So... don't donate. I do definately see how I could have given the wrong idea with what I posted though, and I took your critiquing for what it was worth and made a minor structural change to my post. But when 90% of the people I am around hear my vision and think I am crazy, the last thing I want to do is log on and see someone who shares a common goal posting negative and discouraging remarks.

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Old 28-07-2010, 13:49   #8
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Welcome to CF, danaxe! I'm afraid you just sailed through someone else's wake where the paypal discussion got blown up from a molehill into a mountain. Pay no attention to the grumpy moralists that we have a handful of here. The majority of members are tolerant and knowledgeable and eager to offer advice and encouragement. In fact, you'll find a wide range of opinions on any topic. I find that those who've done a good bit of actual ocean cruising to be the most useful and kind. Good luck!
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keep on going and update the site. good luck and happy cruising
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Old 28-07-2010, 14:51   #10
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Welcome to CF, danaxe! I'm afraid you just sailed through someone else's wake where the paypal discussion got blown up from a molehill into a mountain. Pay no attention to the grumpy moralists that we have a handful of here. The majority of members are tolerant and knowledgeable and eager to offer advice and encouragement. In fact, you'll find a wide range of opinions on any topic. I find that those who've done a good bit of actual ocean cruising to be the most useful and kind. Good luck!
Well put me in the grumpy moralist camp. I wonder how many of the members you noted accomplished their goals on their own. Without resorting to asking for handouts on the internet.
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Good luck with your dreams ,hope it all comes true ,i can understand the negative comments to a degree i think most of the posters have done it the hard way ,saving, selling there house [as i did] and it just comes across that you want a hand out rather that the road that most here have travelled to get where they are ,hey if some person offers to back you i bet we would be swamped with beggers asking for money, personally i wouldnt do it but as said in the life of brian ''yes we are all individuals'' cheers andy
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guys, it's been pointed out before, but the paypal button isn't all that lucrative.

i'm pretty sure that unless someone inherited money or was given a bunch, we're all doing this on our own, paypal button or not.

maybe it's more just the attitude of "sure, if you wanna give me money, i'll take it..." that's wearing on people's nerves?
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Nothing to say they aren't working hard either... you did read the bit about saving money to do this didn't you? You didn't just see the paypal button and dismiss them because they (like a TON of other bloggers) have one on their page?

I don't have a blog.

May I please put a paypal button in my signature line?
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May I please put a paypal button in my signature line?
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Well put me in the grumpy moralist camp. I wonder how many of the members you noted accomplished their goals on their own. Without resorting to asking for handouts on the internet.
Hi bmiller! How many made it cruising all on their own petard? (is that legal french?) Very few I would say. We all synthesize info from all sides and learn from those who've gone ahead. I think of myself as an autodidact, mostly self taught. But the learning of the self taught is often slow and tedious I tell ya. I don't see the paypal button as begging or cheating at all, but rather a cost defrayer and not much of a one at that. It's not what I do or will do, I don't think , should I open my yet to be made blog of my yet to be made voyages, but I'm from the older generation and things are done differently today in lots of ways, from how I would or have done them. I wasn't going to consider one until I found I could keep it for only the people I wished to keep up with me. I spent much of my youth, after Vietnam, fighting the lying stupid government and avoiding the plethora of agency spies sent out to keep an eye on the anti-war vets. They were afraid of us and we could barely agree on anything, let alone organizing a revolt. So privacy has a huge value to me, but to todays youths, it's seems to be irrelevant. They put their entire doings and thinking up for the world to see. I guess Andy Warhol was right, not only does everyone get their 15 minutes of fame but that, to the younguns, seems to be the point.

ps. The Bumfuzzle's earlier responded to their critics with exactly how much they got from the button, which was 1/30 of a month's expenditures, and that for a product consumed for free by folks who took the initiative to hit the button and buy 'em a pizza. Not really the devil's work, me thinks. And as a parttime daytrader over the last decade, I have to admire the kid who figured out how to make a small fortune trading commodities, or was it currencies. I know a lot of guys who've lost their shirt playing in that rigged casino.

And lastly, give me a couple of single malts and I can get pretty damn grumpy with moral indignation about a range of stuff.
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