One possible answer: discovering that I could, in fact, navigate back to Bermuda without electronics, using just compass and sextant, but this didn't occur until 1991. The other possible answers all involve my former shipmates and/or girlfriends, who are not blameless, but who will nevertheless remain nameless until I can figure out who it is safe to defame.
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Ted! The band width is so poor on my ship that I have a tendency to hit the Tabor Boy collaborative stuff about once a quarter, but I hope that this note finds you well. I have also noticed that I try to do too much and drive hundreds of miles per day when I am back in New England visiting family with very little downtime, so that has got to change, but today I have the coolest story for you, and since I am WAY out here, no one else back your way has heard it yet. Please pass it along to Uber Internet Guy Peter Mello since he likes this kind of stuff, and if I try to resend it will take up computer time that I do not have, so here goes: The Somalian pirate action all happens within a few hundred miles of my location, and yet, on the Day that the biggest bank in America effectively died (Citigroup Friday Nov. 21st RIP) I was pondering my good fortune having a steak dinner sitting high on a terrace overlooking Dubai Creek, and wondering if the Emir will wisely use this economic downturn to catch up and complete so many of the brilliant construction projects that encircle this city. The Chairman of Citigroup was also in town on this same evening to beg for a cash infusion. Dubai is an all-business town, and a polyglot nation of Maritime traders. If there are any Taborites who would be interested in my notes on this city, I'll be happy to correspond ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) because the social climate is amazing, and it is everything that I expected to find back in America when I was younger and seeking out opportunities to work with people who wanted to get things done. Anyway, I hope that you are well, and if anyone is looking for me, tell them to try Dubai. Oh, and if you are traveling with beautiful women, please keep them on a short leash or hire me to train them to be polite, because they will not get very far with their Cambridge sensibilities over here! Best Wishes, Matt
Ted: Can I buy you a beer sometime between May 10th and May 31st? I'll be making multiple trips up to Castine during my 27 days of Liberty , so I should yell at you and buy you lunch in Brunswick! This picture was taken by me yesterday, so she is up on the hard, poor girl. Best Wishes, Matt