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Old 30-07-2010, 19:14   #16
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somewhere in between there is something that is naturally worthwhile and fulfilling and inspirational. You don't have to be an angry agitator or live in a commune just something that is a little deeper than content that is generic, bland and self interested. Involve us in some way. Im tired of home movies and slide shows.

i dont subscribe that all people in causes are PITA.
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Old 30-07-2010, 20:23   #17
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Taru you are adorable. Thanks for sharing the blog and all of the photos. You two have a great time. Wish my old friends looked as good...hehe

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Old 30-07-2010, 20:43   #18
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Taru is strongly visually oriented, and frankly, some of the "sexiest" photography is of the food -- even the freshly-caught bonito was striking, suitable for framing :-) If you don't want to read Taru's opinions about her butt, stay out of her "lifestyle blog," is all. It's clearly separated.
There's an entire blog about her butt! How did I miss that? I agree, the photography is great. In fact much better than a lot of the cruising blogs I've seen.

Taru, to answer you're question, get the damn housing for the Canon already! And throw in a pair of strobes while you're at it. And a flat port. Macro really seems to be your thing. The top side images are way better than the UW ones, and judging by the quality of the top side, I'd say it's the camera and not the photographer that's the problem with the UW stuff.

I also agree with what someone poster earlier. Slapdash was one of my favorites. Unfortunately they don't post much anymore. Talk about inspiration. They have the same boat as me, and knew even less than me when they set out. Great writing...and very funny too.
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Old 30-07-2010, 20:49   #19
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somewhere in between there is something that is naturally worthwhile and fulfilling and inspirational. You don't have to be an angry agitator or live in a commune just something that is a little deeper than content that is generic, bland and self interested. Involve us in some way. Im tired of home movies and slide shows.

i dont subscribe that all people in causes are PITA.
I'm with sarafina on this one. I think anyone who's just out there doing it is going to be inspirational to 99% of the world, who are still rotting away in their cubicle day after day.

PITA? I guess that depends on the cause. For example, anything politically related, it's pretty much a guarantee that the person is going to be annoying.
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And even more funny is the fact that one of the emails we got was from a man who urged us to stop posting on forums like CF as we "destroy" the good reputation and "natural environment" of the cruising world. Isn't this hilarious?!
Who gives a damn? Go have some fun.

If you two can stay beautiful and stay together through what will definitely be some very rough times - THAT will be an inspiration. That will show the world.
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Old 30-07-2010, 21:05   #21
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I'm with sarafina on this one. I think anyone who's just out there doing it is going to be inspirational to 99% of the world, who are still rotting away in their cubicle day after day.

PITA? I guess that depends on the cause. For example, anything politically related, it's pretty much a guarantee that the person is going to be annoying.
1) Why do you think we need to be inspired by Yet Another Countless Pair out there cruising? Thats a really low bar. Boring. I have a barrel full of them. Find your own inspiration. You don't need anyone. These sycophant responses are just lemming flavors with a tome of "Love Fest"?

2) Political annoying? Not always...but most of the time. true
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Keep it coming!

Taru - It is good to see a younger couple living the dream - too many of us are well past that time in our lives. I do have a couple complaints about your blog:
  • don't go cutting off your head in the pictures
  • more pictures of you
  • higher resolution so we can zoom in
Actually, the story of another young Canadian couple Sailing Promise by Alayne Main www.mainsailing.com got us started to plan our escape.
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1) Why do you think we need to be inspired by Yet Another Countless Pair out there cruising? Thats a really low bar. Boring. I have a barrel full of them. Find your own inspiration. You don't need anyone. These sycophant responses are just lemming flavors with a tome of "Love Fest"?

2) Political annoying? Not always...but most of the time. true
Yeah, what he said.
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Old 30-07-2010, 22:30   #24
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1) Why do you think we need to be inspired by Yet Another Countless Pair out there cruising? Thats a really low bar. Boring. I have a barrel full of them. Find your own inspiration. You don't need anyone. These sycophant responses are just lemming flavors with a tome of "Love Fest"?
I don't think we need. I didn't even say her blog inspired me. But the fact is anyone out there actually doing is going to be an inspiration to plenty of your average mainstream 9-5ers.

REALLY! A whole barrel full of Tarus!! Can I have one? Yeah, there's no denying she's very nice to look at...and she's a diver too. Ok, so maybe I am inspired. Seriously can I have one? All kidding aside, the whole pop culture fashion aspect of her blog really isn't my thing either. But as a single guy in his mid 30s who also happens to be a diver, how can I not like it at least a little bit.

And I agree, find your own inspiration. In just 2 months, I at least become a snowbird.

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Taru - It is good to see a younger couple living the dream - too many of us are well past that time in our lives.
On the other hand, this is a very good point. And as someone who's the same age as her guy, and who recently escaped a cubicle I can really relate to this.
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(though my tiny bikini days are over :-) ).
BTW- keep the recipes coming!!
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Sure could tell that by looking at your picture sailing.
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Old 30-07-2010, 22:40   #26
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All I have to say is:

"Get off your monkey-butts people and get out there! Just say NO to soft porn!"

Oh it is indeed late Friday night.
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1) These sycophant responses are just lemming flavors with a tome of "Love Fest"?
Salty, have a beer on me tonight, you actually made me laugh
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Old 30-07-2010, 23:56   #28
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Taru, I like these links:

Morgan's Cloud|Offshore Sailboat Voyaging|Attainable Adventure Cruising

Analysis Paralysis??? | S/V Trim

Yacht Billabong Home Sail Around the World Cruising Adventure Guide

Other People's Sailing Stories (a link to a bunch of links

Tropical Weather : Weather Underground (weather site)

Stormpulse / Hurricanes, severe weather, tracking, mapping (more weather site)




You said in your blog that you two are heading out across the Atlantic in November, what is your proposed route? Are you hitting the US at all? Are you planning on doing the canal?

Sorry for the thread drifters, I really am at a loss on the behavior.
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This thread is interesting, but then I thought the one missing in action was too.

I've been trying to put my finger on what it is about this blog that has prompted such a broad spectrum of reactions, and I think it's a generational thing. (for what it's worth my own kids are early 30s, and steps early 20s, and we all chat about all kinds of stuff so I'm not 'out of the loop' with this age group)

The mid 30s and under have grown up in a totally different environment to the mid 30s+1 and over. What appeals to them is shaped by their experience of life so far. Their world has been sanitized and reality removed.
Milk comes from bottles, not cows udders... eggs come from cartons, not chickens butts... meat comes from neat little cling-wrapped trays, not blood spattered slaughter houses.
We packed a kitbag and went travelling in an old VW Kombi, they go on a Kontiki tour. We wore our jeans til they faded and had holes in... they buy them that way.

They are the pre-packaged, image-is-everything generation... why have reality when we can morph it into something so much more 'appealing'. It's not their fault, we created that synthetic world for them... actually for ourselves, they just ended up having to grow up in it

We see crows feet and call it character or laughter lines... they photoshop them out because the image is what's important, not the reality.

And this blog is a classic example of where the 2 worlds collide.

We 'oldies' recognize great photography, but because it's photoshopped to perfection we don't believe it, and that feeling of phoney-ness undermines the credibility of the whole blog, for us. But not for them. It's just normal.
Every magazine image is photoshopped and they know it, we've just found it out!

I know if I said to my kids... "if the pics are photoshopped, they're not real. How do you know if their dream is real? or that their boat isn't a photoshopped trailersailer? This whole blog could be a sham!!"
You know what they'd say? "It doesn't matter. It's good". You see to them it doesn't have to be real. It just has to look good.

Where we want substance, they want an eye pleasing experience. They don't mind shallow. It means it's safe and you probably won't drown.
We want blood and guts reality, eyes burning with salt spray, blisters and raw knuckles... I'm starting to wonder who the idiots are

I've avoided comment on the presentation style because that is extremely contentious and is probably what saw the death of the old thread.
Suffice it to say, looks will fade, even beyond photoshop's capability.
The people with full and happy lives then are the ones who have learned some people skills along the way, and worked out that the biggest bores at parties are the ones who can't stop talking about themselves and are forever looking at themselves in the mirror.

My 2c worth... I know that's cheap... I'm trying to instill values here
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Aint this interesting, and its got very little to do with sailing.

You guys seem polarised between an envy that the 'kids' have more fun and freedom to do what you walways wanted to do, and a nervous sexual tension.

So whats realy going on here?

Doesnt every older generation look at the modern kids and shake heads, saying bloody kids think they invented and own the world?
Henry Winkler (Fonzy) said - By the time I realised my dad was right, I already had a son who thought I was wrong.
Its a rights of passage thing.

So fellas, are you jealous this couple have the spunk and means to live YOUR dream, the one you wish you had at their age, or are you jealous of the shiny happy couple who are definately getting more than you, and looking so damn hot with it?
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